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Showing news for the month of July , 2017

SPORTS JULY 26
Wednesday 26th July 2017
The Blue Jays rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Yankees 6-5  in Leo Fahey Twilight Softball League action at the Albion Field on Monday evening. Judith Rogers' four singles, Debbie Maclean’s three singles, and a double and single by Bev Sheehan propelled the Blue Jays to victory. Jackie Morrisey, Heidi MacDonald, Kate Gratto, Jan Ferguson and Raylene MacPherson each had a single. The Yankees received two singles from Stephanie Heighton, Samantha Williams, Claudette Wolfe, Christena Stevens and Cindy Osmond. Chelsea Deagle chipped in with a single. In the evening's final game the Cardinals defeated the Orioles 8-5. Dawn Cleary’s two run homer and two singles, JD Morton and Vanessa Heighton’s double and two singles paved the way for the Cardinals. Brittany Heighton had three singles, Samantha MacDonald two singles and a single each by Kirsten Campbell, Donna Green and Shirley Kennedy. Four singles by Janey MacLean and two singles apiece by Laura Turner, Stacey Ferguson, Jane Harnish and Sherri Macleod paced  the Oriole attack. Players hitting singles were Sherry Whytewood, Gina Markie , Arden Ehler and Theresa Dewar. Action continues this coming Monday with the Cardinals hosting the Yankees and the Blue Jays hosting the Orioles. 
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The Northumberland Challenge Race and Rally is off today, with 2 legs to go. The 3rd leg starts Thursday Morning, heading 30 nautical miles across the Strait to Cape John, NS. The final leg of the event will start in Cape John on Friday Morning with the finish in Pictou later in the day. Pictou Yacht Club is represented by Titan, skipper Bill Stright and crew Shaun MacDonald, Jim Worden. For more information and up to date results go to the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association's Facebook page.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association home of the Subway Stingers will be hosting the 2017 Softball Nova Scotia U-14 Provincial Championship this weekend at the Dorrington Softball Complex in Stellarton. Action begins Friday evening at 5 pm on Dorrington Field -1 with the host Stingers facing the Sackville Surge. Along with the U-14 Provincial Championship the Stingers are also hosting a U-16 two game series between the Subway Stingers and the Cole Harbour Comets on Sunday starting at 2 pm on field -2. The series will determine seeding for the 2017 U-16 Eastern Canadian Championship being held in PEI. Full schedule details can be found by visiting the Stingers Website at Www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers
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Eagles Chance Par 3 Golf Course will be hosting the Annual Keigan Lucas Memorial Event on Saturday from 10-2. A fun day for the whole family: BBQ, bounce house, petting farm, games and more. $20/person to play in the 9 hole event. Contact Charlotte Affleck at charaffleck@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
Cesar Valdez pitched a career-high six innings to win for the first time since his Major League debut more than seven years ago, Ryan Goins had two RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1.
Kansas City 3 Detroit 1
Cleveland 11 L.A. Angels 7 (11 innings)
Tampa Bay 5 Baltimore 4
Seattle 6 Boston 5 (13 innings)
National League
Milwaukee 8 Washington 0
St. Louis 3 Colorado 2
Atlanta 8 Arizona 3
N.Y. Mets 6 San Diego 5
San Francisco 11 Pittsburgh 3
Interleague
Chicago Cubs 7 Chicago White Sox 2
Houston 5 Philadelphia 0
N.Y. Yankees 4 Cincinnati 2
Texas 10 Miami 4
L.A. Dodgers 6 Minnesota 2

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Drinking beer out of the Stanley Cup is normal for winners of hockey's biggest prize, but the Cup has now been used to serve authentic Nova Scotia donairs. The Halifax specialty, featuring slow-cooked meat and sweet garlic sauce, was devoured out of the Cup yesterday by customers of Tony's Famous Donairs. The Cup was brought to the restaurant by Ryan Bowness, a professional scout with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who visited his alma mater, Saint Mary's University. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will also bring the Cup to Halifax when he takes part in the Natal Day parade on August 7th.
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Research on 202 former football players found evidence of brain disease in nearly all of them, from athletes in the CFL, NFL, college and even high school. It's the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a brain disease linked with repeated head blows. But the report doesn't confirm that the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high occurrence in samples at a Boston brain bank that studies CTE. Many donors or their families contributed because of the players' repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before death. Dr. Munro Cullum, a neuropsychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, emphasized that the report is based on a selective sample of men who were not necessarily representative of all football players. He said problems other than CTE might explain some of their most common symptoms before death — depression, impulsivity and behaviour changes. He was not involved in the report. The strongest scientific evidence says CTE can only be diagnosed by examining brains after death, although some researchers are experimenting with tests performed on the living. Many scientists believe that repeated blows to the head increase risks for developing CTE, leading to progressive loss of normal brain matter and an abnormal buildup of a protein called tau. Combat veterans and athletes in rough contact sports like football and boxing are among those thought to be most at risk.


STELLARTON TO REPLACE BROKEN-DOWN BACKHOE
Wednesday 26th July 2017
Stellarton town council has approved the purchase of a backhoe during an emergency council meeting on Tuesday. Town engineer Blaine Murray told council that the transmission failed on one of the two backhoes owned by Stellarton’s public works department. Murray said the 2011 John Deere was slated to be replaced next year, and that repairs would run about $20,000. He said the backhoe is essential for snow removal in the winter as well as for sidewalk construction, catch basin installation, waterline replacement, and fixing waterline breaks during the summer months. Without the piece of equipment, a number of capital projects would have to be put on hold, said Murray. The town will issue a call for tenders for a replacement. In the meantime, a backhoe will be rented to fulfil planned capital projects for the year.


MORE LAND UNDER CONSERVATION IN MUSQUODOBOIT RIVER AREA
Wednesday 26th July 2017
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has expanded its conservation area on the Musquodoboit River by 67 hectares. A news release from the group says they've added two new properties and now protects 214 hectares of floodplain, wetlands, mature forest and rare trees on the lower Musqudoboit River. Conservation of these properties was supported by federal funding through the Natural Areas Conservation Program. The NCC says the new properties were conserved strategically to conserve habitat for species at risk, and to provide wildlife corridors and habitat connectivity to the nearby White Lake Wilderness Area, which is owned by the province.


SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE ISSUES OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT TODAY
Wednesday 26th July 2017
The Supreme Court is set to wade into the area of Indigenous rights and natural resource development once again. The court will decide this morning whether Ottawa can rely on National Energy Board reviews to fulfil its duty to consult Indigenous communities before development can take place on their traditional territories. The court will release decisions on two separate cases involving different oil and gas projects, one in Nunavut and one in southwestern Ontario, which were both heard together last November. Among the decisions the high court must make are whether NEB reviews trigger the Crown's duty to consult, whether or not the Crown can rely on the NEB process to fulfil that duty and if so, whether or not the consultations that were undertaken did in fact fulfil that duty.


OTTAWA CONCERNED TRUMP'S MASSIVE INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM COULD DRIVE UP COSTS
Wednesday 26th July 2017
The Trump administration’s fledgling promise to spend $1 trillion on repairing American roads and bridges may have some unintended ripple effects in Canada. Newly released documents show that top civil servants in Ottawa worried earlier this year that Donald Trump’s ambitious infrastructure program could end up driving up the construction costs in Canada. Trump has long talked about a massive infrastructure spending program to prod his country’s economy, but the yet-to-be-released program has taken a back seat in a legislative agenda focused on an ongoing fight over health care, the country’s debt levels and tax reform. The longer it takes to approve a plan, the longer it may put off what a group of deputy ministers worried in February would be an upward pressure on construction prices. The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the document under the Access to Information Act. The concern was listed as an issue that could affect relations with provinces and territories that were banking on federal financial help to replace and build new roads, bridges, water and transit systems. Higher costs would mean that planned federal investments in infrastructure wouldn’t be able to buy as much new infrastructure as the Liberals hope, and potentially dampen any economic spin offs.


HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN "SUSPICIOUS" FIRE ON EASTERN SHORE
Tuesday 25th July 2017
Human remains have been found in the ruins of an Eastern Shore home following a fire Monday that RCMP say may be suspicious. Police said the remains were found Monday around 9:30 p.m. after fire tore through the house and two garages in the Clam Harbour area earlier in the day. Police have not said how the blaze started, nor have they released the victim's identity, age or gender. The house and two garages were destroyed. Anyone with information about this incident contact Halifax District RCMP or Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020. Anonymous tips can be made to Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


NO BIG CHANGES IN PROPOSED PICTOU BUDGET
Tuesday 25th July 2017
The Town of Pictou has crunched the numbers to produce a draft budget for the current fiscal year. The proposed operating budget, set to be approved within the next couple of weeks, will keep the residential and commercial tax rates for another year. The curbside collection flat tax will drop from last year’s $185.27 to $164.16, while sewer operating will rise from $169.06 to $178.45. The sewer capital charge will drop from $117.52 to $112.53, with the hydrant rental area rate remaining almost the same. The cost for services to most taxpayers should be within 1.5% of last year's bill total. The proposed capital budget will see an investment of more than $1.3 million dollars. $390,000 is earmarked for paving projects, including a rebuild of Haliburton Road, and resurfacing areas along Water Street and Beeches Road. Other priorities include building upgrades, fleet purchases and business development enhancements. This work is in addition to the construction of a water treatment plant and installation of pressure zones targeted for completion by September of next year. Mayor Jim Ryan said in a press release that “with the final payment on the waterfront debenture occurring this year, additional funds will become available in future budgets to carry out Council’s proposed five-year street paving plan”. The draft Operating Budget can be viewed on the Town of Pictou's website (www.townofpictou.ca) or at the Town Administration Office on Water Street.


BURN RESTRICTIONS MAY CHANGE THIS AFTERNOON
Tuesday 25th July 2017
Today's precipitation is a welcome relief from the recent hot and dry weather that resulted in Pictou County, and large parts of the province, being placed under a complete burn ban. The province updates the burn restrictions daily around 2pm, so we'll learn then if the rain is having an effect. You can check the burning regulations online here.


VISITOR LIMITS IN EFFECT AT ABERDEEN HOSPITAL
Tuesday 25th July 2017
To prevent the further spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the Aberdeen Hospital is limiting visitors. Only immediate family members are allowed to visit patients and no more than two at a time. Children under the age of 12 are not allowed to visit. Visitors are advised to wash hands when entering and exiting patient units and the hospital. There are no concerns over untreatable infections at this time, and there have been no closures, but the restrictions will remain as long as there are increased incidents of resistant bacteria.


PICTOU LIONS CLUB MAKE PLANS FOR LOCAL PARK
Tuesday 25th July 2017
A local group hoping to build a park in Pictou is gauging public interest. Peter Boyles of the Pictou and Area Lions Club tells New Glasgow News that the club will host an open house on Saturday, August 12, from 10 am until noon at the quarry pond. The club’s plan is to enhance the property by adding a walkway all around the pond, benches and tables, barbecues and electric service. It would also like to plant a variety of greenery. It is also interested in hearing from other non-profit groups that might be able to make use of the park for its own needs. The club wants to enter a 10-year lease with the town for the property and if this is agreed upon, the club will start applying for grant money to help with the upgrades. Boyles says if the numbers at the open house are low, than the club won't go forward with the plan.


PROVINCE TALLIES COST OF BLUENOSE REFIT AT $24 MILLION
Tuesday 25th July 2017
Eight years after the refit was announced, taxpayers finally know the official cost of rebuilding the Bluenose II: $24 million, almost $10 million more than the original estimate. The province has broken down the price tag: $21.2 Million in capital funding for the rebuild, $2 million is costs related to a legal settlement with the Lunenburg Shipbuilding Alliance, nearly $600,000 for a hydraulic steering system retrofitted to manage steel rudder, and over half a million to replace the steel rudder with a wooden one. A 2015 report from the provincial auditor general highlighted the fact the PC government of Rodney MacDonald fast-tracked the famed schooner's refit in a bid to get Ottawa to cover half of the project. In the end, the federal government only contributed $4.9 million. Auditor General Michael Pickup severely criticized the province in his report for its lack of planning and the fact the project was originally handed over to the Department of Culture and Heritage, which had no experience with a project of this scale.


MAN-OF-WAR JELLYFISH HAVE ARRIVED AT NS BEACHES
Tuesday 25th July 2017
A creature nicknamed the "floating terror" and feared for its painful sting has been showing up on Nova Scotia beaches. In the past week, one Portuguese man-of-war has washed up at Crystal Crescent Beach in the Halifax area. Although they look like jellyfish, Portuguese man-of-wars are composed of a colony of organisms known as a siphonophore. They tend to be found in tropical and subtropical waters but have been known to pop up here from time to time. Bethany Nordstrom, a master's student in biology at Dalhousie University, tells CBC News there have been three confirmed sightings of Portuguese man-of-wars in Nova Scotia this summer.  Although the colourful creatures look harmless, beachgoers should be wary of their sting, which can be deadly for some. Nordstrom is asking anyone who spots a Portuguese man-of-war to email a photo and location details to jellyfish@dal.ca. 


SPORTS JULY 25
Tuesday 25th July 2017
The rally for the 16 Pictou County athletes heading to the Canada Games was held last night at the Wellness Centre. Stay tuned to ECFM and Classic Rock 97.9 for up to date information on their results during the event which takes place from July 28 to August 13.
The Pictou County contingent of athletes:
Athletics:
Heather Beaton, Stellarton, 400m and 4x400m Relay
Logan Coulet, Westville, High Jump
Megan Graham, Trenton, 400m Hurdles and 4x400m Relay
Jenna MacDonald, Linacy, 5000m
Tatum McLean, Greenhill, Hammer Throw
Lauren Quann, Pictou, Heptathlon
Breanna Sandluck, Pictou, 3000m Steeplechase
Kaelan Schmidt, Sutherlands River, High Jump
Jake Temple, Pictou, Javelin
Basketball:
Jaren Johnson, New Glasgow
Lucia MacKay, New Glasgow
Cycling and Mountain Biking:
Tim Shea, Pictou
Softball:
Kelyn Palmer, Thorburn
Courtney Smith, New Glasgow
Hilary Taylor, New Glasgow
Triathlon:
Peter Corbin, Linacy
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Shoot-outs were a big part of the success of the Northern Nova United Falcons at the Gunn Baldursson Memorial Soccer Tournament on the weekend. Three of four NNU teams participating in the 30th annual tournament in the Annapolis Valley ended up having games decided by penalty kicks. The U17 team advanced to the gold medal game on Sunday morning after Jenna Burrows and Emily MacKenzie both scored in a shoot-out in the crossover match, giving the team a 1-0 win over West Nova Fuels. Unfortunately, the short-handed team wasn’t able to pull out a win in the championship game, receiving the silver medal after being defeated by the Yarmouth PetValu Clippers 1-0. The Falcons placed first in their division with four wins to advance to the cross-overs, with a 5-0 win over Halifax County United Soccer, a 6-2 win against Valley District East Kings and a 5-0 victory over West Hants. The senior women’s team won the bronze medal at the tournament based on a shoot-out. Veronica Deno, Kaileigh Langille and Kara Power all scored in penalty kicks after regulation play ended in a 1-1 tie. The team finished in first place in their division to advance to crossovers, with a 2-1 win versus East Kings McGills, a 1-0 victory over Halifax Dunbrack and a 2-0 win over East Kings Rebels. In the semi-final game NNU was defeated by Halifax City Soccer Club 2-0. The U15 Falcons also finished first in their division, with wins over Upper County, West Hants and Somerset. The team lost to Fundy United 1-0 in the crossover game, and then was defeated by Kingston/Greenwood 3-2 in the bronze medal game, which was decided by penalty kicks. The U12 NNU team participated in the tournament as well, but no scores are kept in that division. The Gunn Baldursson is the largest all-female tournament in Eastern Canada, with about 130 teams participating this year.
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The Northumberland Challenge Race and Rally continues today with the second of 4 legs, starting in Summerside and finishing in Charlottetown. Racers will have a layover on Wed, with the 3rd leg starting Thursday Morning and heading 30 nautical miles across the Strait to Cape John, NS. The final leg of the event will start in Cape John on Friday Morning with the finish in Pictou later in the day. The Race / Rally is open to all boats both racers and cruiser. Pictou Yacht Club is represented by Titan, skipper Bill Stright and crew Shaun MacDonald, Jim Worden. For more information and up to date results go to the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association's Facebook page.
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Eagles Chance Par 3 Golf Course will be hosting the Annual Keigan Lucas Memorial Event on Saturday from 10-2. A fun day for the whole family: BBQ, bounce house, petting farm, games and more. $20/person to play in the 9 hole event. Contact Charlotte Affleck at charaffleck@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Lirim Hajrullahu's 34-yard field goal gave the Toronto Argonauts a wild 27-24 home win over the Ottawa Redblacks.


EVENT ORGANIZERS UNDER FIRE FOR NOT HIRE INDIGENOUS COMPANY TO BUILD TEPEES
Monday 24th July 2017
An event set to take place next month in Grand Pre to honour the historical ties between the Mi'kmaq and Acadians is under fire for hiring a non-Indigenous company to build 15 tepees. Mi'kmaq lawyer Natalie Clifford says contracting out the work to a non-Indigenous firm goes against the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Canada adopted last year. Organizers are defending the move by saying that they were unable to find an Indigenous owned company that would meet their needs in the local area. Little Foot Yurts, a small, family-owned firm in Wolfville, N.S., is making the tepees. Owners Selene and Alex Cole learned specialized manufacturing techniques from local Indigenous communities, as well as by travelling around the world.


FRANK MAGAZINE UNDER FIRE AGAIN FOR BREACHING PUBLICATION BAN
Monday 24th July 2017
Roughly eight months after public prosecutors dropped charges against Frank Magazine on allegations of breaching a publication ban, the managing editor and the publishing company are again in legal hot water. This time, a private prosecution has been filed by a woman who claims that Andrew Douglas and Coltsfoot Publishing violated the Children and Family Services Act in January 2015 by naming her and her ex-husband as being involved in a child protection hearing. The act in question makes it illegal to publish any information that serves to identify children who are the subject of protection hearings. This incident comes on the heels of Douglas facing charges related to information covered by a ban imposed by a judge 11 July, 2016, at the start of Christopher Calvin Garnier’s inquiry on charges of second-degree murder and interfering with Stellarton native Catherine Campbell’s remains. Douglas’s case was scheduled to go to trial last December, but the Crown withdrew the charge in November. Paul Carver, chief Crown attorney for the Halifax region, said a review of the file led prosecutors to conclude the defence would be able to establish reasonable doubt.


MISSING MAN FOUND **UPDATED**
Monday 24th July 2017
Stellarton Police say they have located a missing 26-year old man who had not been seen since the early morning hours on Sunday. Bradley Turnbull was reported missing after last being seen around 3am on Bridge Avenue, but police now say that Turnbull has been located safe and secure.


DRAGON BOAT CREWS RAISE $112K FOR LOCAL CHARITIES
Monday 24th July 2017
It was another six-figure weekend for the Race on the River. 37 teams competed, and raised $112,000, which are split between Women Alike Breast Cancer Survivors Society, Special Olympics Northern Region and Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Association. More than $1.85 million has been raised since the event started in 2002.
Cup Winners
Education Final (Grant Thornton Cup): North Nova Gryphons
Health Final (The Town of New Glasgow Cup): Reef Knots
Special Olympics Final (Michelin North America Cup): Cobequid Fire Eaters
Finance Final (Scotia Bank Cup): Sobeys “O” Crew
Community Final (East Coast FM 94.1 Cup): Team Elsie
Come From Away Final (Source Atlantic Cup): Dartmouth Dragon Beasts
Corporate Grand Final (Sobeys Cup): Crombie Crushers
Festival Grand Final (Bruce F Murray Memorial Cup): Sobeys “O” Crew
Breast Cancer Final (Advocate Cup): Breast A Mix


AMHERST RESIDENTS FIGHTING TO SAVE ARMOURY
Monday 24th July 2017
An emotional fight over the Amherst armoury could be a precursor of things to come for other small towns as the military moves to get rid of hundreds of buildings across the country. The building was the longtime home of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders, which moved to another town in 2006, leaving the unit’s regimental museum and three cadet corps as the armoury’s only occupants. Many locals believed at the time that the move was temporary, as Ottawa promised to renovate the armoury in 2010. But fears mounted when the repairs weren’t finished. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s office insists the government hasn’t actually decided whether to get rid of the armoury. Sajjan’s spokeswoman said while the military has declared the building to be surplus, other factors are being considered and the defence minister is still weighing his options. The Liberal government, in its recently released defence policy, directed the military to identify and dispose of buildings that were underused or obsolete to save money. Defence officials have started to draw up a list of buildings from the roughly 20,000 the department owns across Canada that they say are no longer needed. Officials have not released the list or said how many buildings are on it. But Sajjan has ordered the department not to get rid of any surplus armouries without his approval.


WEATHER BEING WATCHED CLOSELY AS BC WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO BURN
Monday 24th July 2017
Fire flare-ups caused by strong winds and thunderstorms in the forecast largely failed to materialize on Sunday, leaving many British Columbians breathing sighs of relief — but thousands are still out of their homes, and may not return for some time. Geoff Paynton, with the City of Williams Lake, said the city is still under evacuation order, but Sunday's weather was "good news." Still, he said the closest fire is seven kilometres away, and a large gust is all it would take to blow the fire into town. Thousands of people from 100 Mile House, Princeton and surrounding areas were free to go home Saturday as evacuation orders were downgraded to alerts. Officials cautioned that those people still need to be ready to leave anytime, should the alerts change back to evacuation orders. There are 152 wildfires currently burning across the province. To date, the province has spent more than $125.8 million fighting wildfires.


AT LEAST NINE DIE FROM HEAT EXHAUSTION INSIDE A TRACTOR TRAILER IN TEXAS
Monday 24th July 2017
Nine people are dead and the death toll could rise after emergency crews pulled dozens of people from a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, victims of what officials said was an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong. The driver was arrested, and nearly 20 others taken from the rig were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said Sunday. Investigators gave no details on where the rig began its journey or where it was headed, but said it was unlikely the truck was used to carry the immigrants across the border into the United States.


SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS 35 IN KABUL
Monday 24th July 2017
A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 35 people, more than doubling earlier casualty estimates. Police cordoned off the area, located near the house of the deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq in a part of the city where many of the mainly Shia Hazara community live, but they said the target of the attack was so far unclear. The latest suicide bombing adds to the unrelenting violence in Afghanistan, where at least 1,662 civilians were killed in the first half of the year. It came two weeks after the Islamic State group claimed an attack on a mosque in the capital that killed at least four people. Monday's attack was the second against employees of the mines and petroleum ministry. It also coincides with the U.S. administration weighing up its strategic options for Afghanistan, including the possibility of sending more troops to bolster the training and advisory mission already helping Afghan forces. 


SPORTS JULY 24 *UPDATED 9:10 AM*
Monday 24th July 2017
Some very close competition at this year's Melmerby Triathlon. Six seconds separated Halifax’s Micheline McWhirter and Christa Hynes of New Glasgow for first female finisher in the Olympic distance. McWhirter, who was competing in the local event for the first time, crossed the finish line with a time of 2:29:38, with Hynes on her heels at a time of 2:29:44. Ryan MacDonald of Greenhill was the first man to cross the finish line in the Olympic distance – 1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run – with a time of 2:08:57. This was his second time competing in the local event, only starting triathlon last summer. MacDonald told New Glasgow News he plans to enter an Ironman competition later this summer in Maine. The event saw its most participants ever with 170 people.
Olympic distance
1. Ryan MacDonald, Greenhill, 2:08:57
2. Alex Russell, Halifax , 2:13:59
3. Alan White, Joggins, 2:16:37
4. Bryan Hipson, Yarmouth, 2:16:58
5. Tim Brooks, Baddeck, 2:17:00
6. Shawn Noftall, Abercrombie, 2:17:03
7. Ed Parker, New Glasgow, 2:22:49
8. Clint Snell, Westville, 2:24:32
9. Micheline McWhirter , Halifax, 2:29:38
10. Christa Hynes, New Glasgow, 2:29:44

Sprint distance
1. Giorno D' Allenamento, Florence, 1:03:04
2. Robert Langille, Halifax, 1:05:59
3. Andre Pollmann, Hubley, 1:09:53
4. Kevin Duffy, Bible Hill, 1:12:39
5. Mike Field, Valley, 1:13:25
6. Jason Lawton, Bedford, 1:14:08
7. Clint Cummings, Halifax, 1:16:09
8. Derek White, Amherst, 1:16:46
9. Jody Mattie, Truro, 1:17:19
10. Bronwyn Duffy, Bible Hill, 1:17:23

Super sprint distance
1. Dara Pelkey-Field, Valley, 41:51
2. Mathew Lawton, Bedford, 42:25
3. Conrad Robertson, New Glasgow, 42:46
4. Joseph Duffy, Bible Hill, 43:29
5. Hali Bauld, New Glasgow, 43:40
6. Simon Rostis, New Glasgow, 43:40
7. Jack Noftall, Abercrombie, 45:03
8. Madison Baudoux, Kenzieville, 45:40
9. Dean Robertson, Halifax, 46:10
10. Colin Aikman, Whitby, 47:25
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The Northumberland Challenge Race and Rally is a 4 leg, 130 nautical mile race covering the beautiful Northumberland Strait. The Race is sanctioned by the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association and starts today in Shediac, New Brunswick. The first leg is 30nm from Shediac to Summerside, PEI. The second and longest leg of the event starts in Summerside on Tuesday with the racers covering the 45nm leg to Ch-town. Racers will have a layover on Wed, with the 3rd leg starting Thursday Morning and heading 30 nm across the Strait to Cape John, NS. The final leg of the event will start in Cape John on Friday Morning with the finish in Pictou later in the day. The Race / Rally is open to all boats both racers and cruiser. Pictou Yacht Club is represented by Titan, skipper Bill Stright and crew Shaun MacDonald, Jim Worden. For more information and up to date results go to the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association's Facebook page.
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A send-off is planned for the 17 Pictou County athletes heading to the 2017 Canada Games in Manitoba later this summer. The event will take place at the Wellness Centre tonight from 7pm to 9pm. All are welcome to come out and show support for the local athletes who will be part of Team Nova Scotia.
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Eagles Chance Par 3 Golf Course will be hosting the Annual Keigan Lucas Memorial Event on Saturday from 10-2. A fun day for the whole family: BBQ, bounce house, petting farm, games and more. $20/person to play in the 9 hole event. Contact Charlotte Affleck at charaffleck@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 14 over 7 2/3 innings as Cleveland beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 to complete a three-game sweep.
Texas 6 Tampa Bay 5
Baltimore 9 Houston 7
Detroit 9 Minnesota 6
Kansas City 5 Chicago White Sox 4
L.A. Angels 3 Boston 2
N.Y. Yankees 6 Seattle 4
National League
Cincinnati 6 Miami 3
Philadelphia 6 Milwaukee 3
Colorado 13 Pittsburgh 3
San Diego 5 San Francisco 2
L.A. Dodgers 5 Atlanta 4 (10 innings)
Washington 6 Arizona 2
Chicago Cubs 5 St. Louis 3
Interleague
Oakland 3 N.Y. Mets 2
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Jordan Spieth is the British Open champion. On the verge of another meltdown in a major, so wild off the tee that he played one shot from the driving range at Royal Birkdale and lost the lead for the first time all weekend, Spieth bounced back with a collection of clutch shots, delivering a rally that ranks among the best. Spieth played the final five holes in 5 under and closed with a 1-under 69 for a three-shot victory over Matt Kuchar, giving him the third leg of the career Grand Slam and a chance to be the youngest to win them all next month at the PGA Championship. Canada's Austin Connelly shot a 3-over 73 to finish at 2-under and a tie for 14th place overall.


NEW DOCK UNVEILING IN RIVER JOHN TODAY
Sunday 23rd July 2017
River John is unveiling a major change to its waterfront today. Boaters will now be able to sail right into the business district and dock their canoes, kayaks and other small watercraft. Community organizer Barbara Harris says River John's riverfront deck will be a perfect spot for picnics and events. The New Riverfront Deck and Docks will be unveiled on the waterfront this afternoon at 1:30.


TISSUE SAMPLES FROM EIGHTH DEAD WHALE SENT OFF FOR ANALYSIS
Sunday 23rd July 2017
Expert teams have returned from Miscou Island and will examine tissue samples collected for the eighth North Atlantic right whale found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence since June. Researchers conducted a necropsy on the whale on the island. Following the necropsy, the whale was buried on-site. The Marine Animal Response Society, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative are trying to determine what killed the whale. Previous necropsies revealed some whales suffered blunt trauma and bore signs of chronic entanglement. Collisions with vessels have been suspected as the cause of the trauma. Andrew Reid, the response co-ordinator for the Marine Animal Response Society, said tissue analysis of the eighth whale will take several weeks. Reid said the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is still documenting a right whale found entangled. It's not known if rescue attempts were made to help this whale. The department has since backed away from rescue efforts since the death of whale rescuer Joe Howlett last week. On Thursday, the department said it was closing the snow crab fishery in Area 12 off northern New Brunswick in response to the latest whale death. The harvest was already 98 per cent complete.


THOUSANDS OF BC WILDFIRE EVACUEES ALLOWED BACK - FOR NOW
Sunday 23rd July 2017
Thousands of evacuees from Princeton, 100 Mile House and surrounding areas in British Columbia are free to go home after evacuation orders were downgraded to alerts. For some, it's been more than two weeks since they were ordered to leave. Shortly after the downgrades, Ottawa announced it would be matching B.C.'s contributions to the Canadian Red Cross for financial help. The funding will be distributed through the aid organization for long-term recovery efforts and infrastructure projects. The province is already distributing payments to evacuees to help them with short-term needs. The amount of money B.C. gives to the Canadian Red Cross will be dependant on how many households are evacuated during the wildfire season. B.C. has been in a state of emergency since July 7. Residents heading back to the Princeton and 100 Mile House areas will still need to be ready to leave again at a moment's notice if conditions worsen. The Cariboo Regional District said people should be aware that air quality is still poor. It also advised that grocery, healthcare and gas services have been affected by the fires. Evacuees should return home with a full tank of gas, as well as enough food, water and prescription medication for at least a week. The B.C. government estimates about 43,000 people are still out of their homes.


ALBERTA UNITES THE (PROVINCIAL) RIGHT
Sunday 23rd July 2017
In Alberta, Wildrose and Progressive Conservative party members have ratified the agreement to join forces and form the new United Conservative Party, with 95 per cent voting in favour. Jason Kenney, who ran on uniting the two parties in his successful bid to lead the PCs, called it a great day for Alberta. Wildrose Leader Brian Jean used his speech after the results were revealed to announce he was resigning as soon as papers were filed for the new party and running for leadership of the new party. Kenney declined to say when he planned to announce his leadership bid. PC and Wildrose MLAs will meet Monday to pick someone to serve as interim leader until a permanent leader is chosen on Oct. 28. Both Jean and Kenney have said a united conservative party is required to defeat Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and the NDP in the 2019 provincial election.


U.S. CONGRESS TO VOTE ON BILL TO INCREASE SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA, IRAN AND NORTH KOREA
Sunday 23rd July 2017
U.S. Republicans and Democrats have reached agreement on legislation that allows new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, in a bill that would limit any potential effort by President Donald Trump to try to lift sanctions against Moscow. The Countering Iran's Destabilizing Activities Act, which was passed by the Senate a month ago, was held up in the House of Representatives after Republicans proposed including North Korea sanctions in the bill. The House is set to vote Tuesday on a package of bills on sanctions covering Russia, Iran and North Korea, according to House majority leader Kevin McCarthy's office. Under the proposed bill, Trump must submit to Congress a report on proposed actions that would "significantly alter" U.S. foreign policy in connection with Russia, including easing sanctions or returning diplomatic properties in Maryland and New York that former president Barack Obama ordered vacated in December. Congress would have at least 30 days to hold hearings and then vote to uphold or reject Trump's proposed changes. Many lawmakers hope the bill will send a message to Trump to keep a strong line against Russia. Trump has been criticized for seeking to reset U.S.-Russian relations. His administration is bogged down by ongoing investigations of possible ties between his election campaign and Russia. In Brussels, the European Union sounded an alarm about the U.S. moves to step up sanctions on Russia, urging Washington to coordinate with its G7 partners. The European Commission, the EU's executive body, warned of possibly "wide and indiscriminate" "unintended consequences," notably on the EU's efforts to diversify energy sources away from Russia. McCarthy and Ed Royce, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement the revised bill helps "bolster the energy security of our European allies by maintaining their access to key energy resources outside of Russia."


SPORTS JULY 23
Sunday 23rd July 2017
The Northumberland Challenge Race and Rally is a 4 leg, 130 nautical mile race covering the beautiful Northumberland Strait. The Race is sanctioned by the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association and starts Monday in Shediac, New Brunswick. The first leg is 30nm from Shediac to Summerside, PEI. The second and longest leg of the event starts in Summerside on Tuesday with the racers covering the 45nm leg to Ch-town. Racers will have a layover on Wed, with the 3rd leg starting Thursday Morning and heading 30 nm across the Strait to Cape John, NS. The final leg of the event will start in Cape John on Friday Morning with the finish in Pictou later in the day. The Race / Rally is open to all boats both racers and cruiser. Pictou Yacht Club is represented by Titan, skipper Bill Stright and crew Shaun MacDonald, Jim Worden. For more information and up to date results go to the Northumberland Strait Yachting Association's Facebook page.
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A send-off is planned for the 17 Pictou County athletes heading to the 2017 Canada Games in Manitoba later this summer. The event will take place at the Wellness Centre on Monday from 7pm to 9pm. All are welcome to come out and show support for the local athletes who will be part of Team Nova Scotia.
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After six rounds of action across the country, the 2017 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals will be at Pleasant Valley MX in Truro this weekend for the seventh round of its twenty-fifth anniversary season. There are several Atlantic Canadian riders competing this year, led by MX1 stalwart Tyler Medaglia of Pleasant Valley, currently fifth overall in the Premier class standings. Halifax’s Davey Fraser is competing in MX2 class. Gates open at 6:30am, with action getting underway around 9:00am. Today the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley, with practice and qualifying taking place in the morning, and the first moto beginning shortly after Noon. The action typically wraps up around 5:00pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Calgary's Jerome Messam picked the perfect time to crack the 100-yard mark for the first time this season. Messam's one-yard plunge late in the fourth quarter salted away a 27-10 victory for the Stampeders against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
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MLB
American League

Francisco Lindor hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1.
Houston 8 Baltimore 4
Minnesota 6 Detroit 5
Texas 4 Tampa Bay 3
Kansas City 7 Chicago White Sox 2
L.A. Angels 7 Boston 3
Seattle 6 N.Y. Yankees 5 (10 innings)
National League
San Francisco 5 San Diego 4 (12 innings)
Chicago Cubs 3 St. Louis 2
Milwaukee 9 Philadelphia 8
Miami 5 Cincinnati 4
Colorado 7 Pittsburgh 3
Washington 4 Arizona 3
L.A. Dodgers 4 Atlanta 2
Interleague
N.Y. Mets 6 Oakland 5
MLS
Colorado 1 Toronto FC 1
FC Dallas 2 Montreal 1
New York City FC 2 Chicago 1
New York 3 Minnesota United 0
Houston 3 D.C. United 1
Columbus 1 Philadelphia 0
New England 4 Los Angeles 3
Sporting Kansas City 1 Real Salt Lake 1


METH SEIZED FROM PLYMOUTH BUSINESS, TRENTON MAN ARRESTED IN RAID
Saturday 22nd July 2017
A quantity of methamphetamine was seized from A Plymouth area business around 8:30 Friday night in a raid executed by the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit. Constable Ken MacDonald tells our newsroom that police arrested a 40-year-old male from Trenton, Nova Scotia, as a result of the investigation. MacDonald says at this time, the accused is facing one count of possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. The accused has been released from custody and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.


LATEST SPORTS SCORES SATURDAY, JULY 22
Saturday 22nd July 2017
Major League Baseball
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American League
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Cleveland 13 Toronto 3 Houston 8 Baltimore 7 Texas 4 Tampa Bay 3, 10 innings Detroit 6 Minnesota 3 Kansas City 7 Chicago White Sox 6, 10 innings Boston 6 L.A. Angels 2 N.Y. Yankees 5 Seattle 1
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National League
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St. Louis 11 Chicago Cubs 4 Philadelphia 6 Milwaukee 1 Miami 3 Cincinnati 1 Pittsburgh 13 Colorado 5 Arizona 6 Washington 5 Atlanta 12 L.A. Dodgers 3 San Diego 12 San Francisco 9, 11 innings
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Interleague
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N.Y. Mets 7 Oakland 5


STELLARTON POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAK INS AND THEFTS FROM CARS
Friday 21st July 2017
Stellarton Police are asking for help from the public in identifying a suspect they believe is responsible for multiple break-and-enters into vehicles early this morning. The video has been posted to the Stellarton Police Service Facebook page, and we have linked to it on our Facebook page as well. It shows a person walking toward a vehicle before quickly turning and leaving. Police say there were at least two people who broke into multiple vehicles located in the area of Maple Street, Pleasant Avenue, MacLeod Lane and Poplar Street. They seemed to be only after loose change. In the process they did cause damage to a couple of vehicles. If anyone witnessed any suspicious activity in the above mentioned areas between the hours of one am and three am they are asked to call the Stellarton Police at 902-752-6160 or crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Any information may be helpful. The public are reminded to keep your vehicles locked, the suspects only entered cars that were unlocked.


PICTOU CAO LEAVING FOR KINGS COUNTY POSITION ***UPDATED***
Friday 21st July 2017
The Town of Pictou will have a new Chief Administrative Officer this fall. The Municipality of Kings County have hired Scott Conrod to fill that role in their municipal staff effective 11 September. Conrod has been the CAO in the Town of Pictou for the past decade. Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan says Conrod will certainly be missed, as he has been a strong leader as Pictou CAO for the past 10 years. Ryan says Conrod has played a critical role in the success of the town, and wishes Conrod luck in his new endeavor. Ryan says the recruitment process is just getting underway, and the first step will be to create a hiring committee to look at potential candidates.


US TO BAN TRAVEL TO NORTH KOREA
Friday 21st July 2017
U.S. officials say the Trump administration will ban Americans from travelling to North Korea following the death of university student Otto Warmbier, who was returned to the U.S. in a coma after spending time in a North Korean prison. The officials said today that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had determined to implement a "geographical travel restriction" for North Korea, which would make the use of U.S. passports to enter the country illegal. They said the restriction would go into effect 30 days after a notice is published in the Federal Register, likely next week. Warmbier, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student who spent more than a year in captivity, died in the U.S. last month after he was released by North Korea and returned home to Ohio. Warmbier had confessed he tried to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group. He had been sentenced to 15 years with hard labour for subversion. There are reported to be three US citizens currently in custody in North Korea.


PRICES UP AT PUMP
Friday 21st July 2017
Fuel prices have risen again this week. Regular self-serve gas is up another cent and a half to $1.059 per litre, while diesel rose to 95.8 cents per litre.


THREE ER CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND IN TATAMAGOUCHE
Friday 21st July 2017
A lack of doctors in Tatamagouche means there will be several ER closures this weekend. The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This makes 17 days the Emergency department has been closed since May 30. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.  


LOT & ROAD CLOSURES FOR DRAGON BOAT RACES
Friday 21st July 2017
A reminder from the Town of New Glasgow that Glasgow Square Parking lot is closed all day today for site preparations for this weekend's Dragon Boat Festival. Road closures start at 6pm tonight with the closure of Riverside Parkway from George to MacLean Streets, in place until Saturday at 6:00 pm.  Dalhousie Street between Provost Street to Riverside Parkway will also be closed to traffic during the event, and traffic will be reduced to one lane (eastbound) on the George Street Bridge.  Access to the Marina is available off the George Street Bridge.


GIRL RUN OVER BY FARM TRACTOR DIES OF HER INJURIES
Friday 21st July 2017
RCMP say a seven-year-old girl who was run over by a farm tractor near Digby died Thursday evening. RCMP Staff Sgt. Victor Whalen said the girl was visiting relatives in the Clementsvale area when a neighbour who was cutting his hayfield next to the family's home ran over the child. Whalen said the hay in the field was about a metre high and the operator didn't see the girl. Whalen said the death of a child is especially difficult news for the numerous first responders who came to the scene and helped rush the child to hospital. 


PROVINCE WILL CREATE SPACES TO FILL PRE-PRIMARY NEED: CHURCHILL
Friday 21st July 2017
Education Minister Zach Churchill says that parents shouldn't worry about space in the province's new program for four-year-olds. Churchill says if there are more children than available spots, the department will look to create more spaces. The department announced Tuesday 50 centres will offer free pre-primary programs starting in September, each accommodating a maximum of 24 children. In Pictou County, there is one classroom planned for New Glasgow Academy. Five hundred families have already applied. In each location, families must live within the catchment area of the school that is offering the pre-primary program. If any program is oversubscribed, Churchill said the province will look at other options, possibly with private providers or community groups in the area. Meanwhile, some early childhood educators are concerned that pre-primary is being rolled out too quickly by the government. Michelle Lohnes, a member of the executive for CUPE local 4745 in Halifax and Bridgewater, says existing childcare centres are struggling to find qualified staff, and is worried educators may be lured from childcare centres to the school boards by higher wages and better benefit packages.


RUSSIA PROBE TO LOOK INTO TRUMP FAMILY FINANCES
Friday 21st July 2017
U.S. President Donald Trump's growing anxiety about the federal Russia probe has spilled into public view with his warning in a New York Times interview earlier this week that special counsel Robert Mueller would be out of bounds if he dug into the Trump family's finances. But that's a line that Mueller seems sure to cross. Several of Trump's family members and close advisers have already become ensnared in the investigations, including son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. Trump told The New York Times it would be a "violation" of Mueller's formal charge if he looked into the president's personal finances. That comment came amid reports from Bloomberg that the special counsel is interested in Trump's business transactions with Russians and with one of his main lenders, Deutsche Bank. It also comes as Trump's legal team is digging into the backgrounds of Mueller's investigative team looking for potential conflicts of interest, according the reports in the Washington Post and New York Times. In addition to attacking Mueller in the interview with the Times, Trump also lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions; James Comey, the FBI director he fired; Andrew McCabe, the acting FBI director who replaced Comey, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the special counsel. The president's comments were a reminder of Trump's willingness to target his own appointees and blur lines that have traditionally existed between the White House and Justice Department investigations. California Representative Adam Schiff, top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Mueller has the authority to investigate any ties the Trump family has to Russia, "including financial, and anything that arises. That is his duty."


SPORTS JULY 21
Friday 21st July 2017
Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Softball League this past week. In the first game the Yankees trimmed the Orioles 8-3. Samantha Williams led the Yankees with  a double and three singles. Christena MacKay had three singles while Theresa Dewar, and Cindy Osmond chipped in with a single apiece. Janey MacLean, Laura Turner and Jane Harnish each had two singles apiece for the Orioles followed by a single apiece by  Sherry Whytewood and Kelly Fraser. In the second game, Heidi MacDonald’s outstanding catch in the bottom of the seventh off the bat of Lisa James snuffed out a potential game-winning rally by the Cardinals as the Blue Jays held on for a 9-6 victory. Stephanie Heighton’s bases loaded triple led the Jays attack aided by Debbie MacLean’s double and two singles. Jill Davidson and Kate Gratto each had three singles with Bev Sheehan, Raylene MacPherson and Jan Ferguson notching two singles each. Judith Rogers chipped in with  two-run double. Dawn Cleary, Debbie D’entremont, Lisa James and Shirley Kennedy all had three singles apiece for the Cards.
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A send-off is planned for the 17 Pictou County athletes heading to the 2017 Canada Games in Manitoba later this summer. The event will take place at the Wellness Centre on Monday (24 July) from 7pm to 9pm. All are welcome to come out and show support for the local athletes who will be part of Team Nova Scotia.
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The Pioneer Coal track in Stellarton will be active this weekend, as Pictou County Athletics hosts the Atlantic outdoor track and field championships. About 200 athletes are taking part from around the region. The meet begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Pat Carty of PCA tells New Glasgow News that about 75 Pictou County athletes will be competing.
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After six rounds of action across the country, the 2017 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals will be at Pleasant Valley MX in Truro this weekend for the seventh round of its twenty-fifth anniversary season. There are several Atlantic Canadian riders competing this year, led by MX1 stalwart Tyler Medaglia of Pleasant Valley, currently fifth overall in the Premier class standings. Halifax’s Davey Fraser is competing in MX2 class. Gates open at 6:30am Saturday & Sunday, with action getting underway around 9:00am. Saturday is a full day of amateur racing, while on Sunday the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley, with practice and qualifying taking place in the morning, and the first moto beginning shortly after Noon. The action typically wraps up around 5:00pm both days.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly threw three touchdown passes as the Eskimos erased a 12-point deficit to remain undefeated with a 31-28 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
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MLB
American League

Toronto 8 Boston 6
Baltimore 9 Texas 7
Kansas City 16 Detroit 4
N.Y. Yankees 4 at Seattle 1
National League
N.Y. Mets 3 St. Louis 2
Arizona 12 Cincinnati 2
Pittsburgh 4 Milwaukee 2
Atlanta 6 at L.A. Dodgers 3
San Diego 5 at San Francisco 2

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Canada will play for gold at the women's lacrosse World Cup after downing Australia 8-6 in overtime in the semifinals on Thursday in Guildford, England.  Goaltender Katie Donohoe was a difference maker for the Canadian squad, stopping 12-of-18 shots to earn game MVP honours. It sets up a date with the United States, who are seven-time World Cup champions, in Saturday's final.


POLICE AND EHS ISSUE WARNING AFTER DRONE DISRUPTS RESCUE EFFORTS
Thursday 20th July 2017
RCMP, EHS, and Wolfville, Hanstport and Windsor Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 101 near Exit 9 earlier this week when a small car left the roadway. Injuries to the driver led to LifeFlight being called in to assist. However, the presence of a drone caused concern due to its proximity to the emergency scene and at times, it flew too close to the scene, infringing on rescue operations. Firefighters and police personnel conducted immediate patrols of the area in an effort to locate the operator of the drone however, no one was located. The drone left the area and EHS LifeFlight was able to take off from the scene. The drone's proximity caused great concern for emergency responders on scene. EHS Corporate Communications Manager Jean Spicer reminds operators of recreational drones that there are distinct rules for their use, and using a drone in a reckless and negligent manner could lead to penalties under the Aeronautics Act and Criminal Code, which could result in fines and jail time.


PICTOU NATIVE AND ARTS LEADER LOSES CANCER BATTLE
Thursday 20th July 2017
A Pictou native and icon in the Atlantic Canadian arts community has lost her battle with cancer. Mary MacDonald, one of the founders of Girls Rock NL and a curator, artist, writer and organizer, passed away while surrounded by family and close friends in St. John's on Tuesday. MacDonald worked with the Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John's from 2012 to 2015, and is often credited for putting the gallery on the Canadian arts radar as a hotbed for up-and-coming talent. Plans are underway to start a foundation in her honour. MacDonald grew up in Pictou and obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University, in Sackville, N.B.. She completed an MFA in criticism and curation at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and then returned to Atlantic Canada — first to Pictou, where she organized the W(here) Festival, about rural artistic practices in the region, and then to Newfoundland, to run the Eastern Edge Gallery. Mary MacDonald was 32.


PHOTOS TAKEN BY MISSING KAYAKER POSTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA
Thursday 20th July 2017
RCMP have called off the search for a missing man who disappeared while kayaking off the shore of Antigonish County on 9 July. Jason McGrath left Cape George around noon that day, and two days later his kayak, camera, and lifejacket were all found on the western shore of Inverness County in Judique Interval. Now, McGrath's brother, Kevin McGrath, has posted some of the photos from the camera to Facebook, in the hopes that they will provide clues as to where they were taken, and where Jason McGrath may have run into trouble. Kevin told CTV that he has no intention of stopping the search for his brother. Jason is roughly five-foot-six inches tall and 120 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police.


INTERNATIONAL EFFORT SHUTS DOWN TWO SITES ON 'DARK WEB'
Thursday 20th July 2017
Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a "landmark" international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. Police in the US and Europe collaborated on the operation. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay. The agency said it believes that the bust will lead to hundreds of new investigations in Europe. AlphaBay has been offline since early July, fuelling suspicions among users that a law enforcement crackdown had taken place. Investigations were led by the FBI, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Dutch National Police. Police in other countries, including the UK, France and Lithuania, also contributed. An alleged administrator of AlphaBay, 26-year-old Canadian Alexandre Cazes, was arrested in Thailand on 5 July following a joint operation between US, Canadian and Thai authorities. Police also seized millions of dollars in assets, three properties and four Lamborghini cars. But Cazes was later found dead in a Bangkok jail cell. The Department of Justice said that he apparently took his own life.


PROVINCE BUYING MORE P3 SCHOOLS
Thursday 20th July 2017
The province plans to buy ten P3 schools from two developers at a total cost of $49.3 million. Seven will be purchased from developer Nova Learning for $33.2 million, including Maple Ridge Elementary in Lantz, while three more were purchased from Ashford Investments for a total price of $16 million. The province signed deals with four developers in 1998 committing to long-term leases for 39 P3 schools. School boards across the province had been asked for recommendations on whether the schools should have their leases extended, returned to the developer, or be bought out. In the end, 37 of the 39 schools were bought by the government at a total price of $215.9 million, while two were turned back to the private companies who developed them in the late 1990's.


ANNAPOLIS VALLEY CHILD SERIOUSLY HURT IN COMBINE ACCIDENT
Thursday 20th July 2017
RCMP say a young child has sustained serious injuries after being struck by a combine in the Clementsvale area Wednesday night. The accident took place around 6:50 p.m., with officers from both Annapolis and Digby county responding to the scene.  Fire, EHS, and Life Flight were also on site.  The investigation is ongoing. 


KINGS COUNTY TEENS RECEIVED THREATENING TEXTS: RCMP
Thursday 20th July 2017
RCMP are alerting the public of text messages from an unknown caller threatening teenage girls in Kings County. Police say the text message threatens to distribute nude photos of the person targeted, and in one instance the situation escalated to where the victim was called at midnight. The male caller claimed to know the victim and what her bedroom looks like, but police say he gave himself away with an inaccurate description of the bedroom. RCMP are asking anyone who has been a victim of this to report it to local police, and don't respond to the message. Police once again remind people to also never give out personal information, especially your address or location.


PROVINCE PASSES BILLION DOLLAR SPECIAL WARRANTS TO ALLOW FOR SPENDING BEFORE FALL BUDGET
Thursday 20th July 2017
The province has approved special warrants of just over one billion dollars for capital spending and operating expenses. Special warrants provide funds for government when there is no budget. Minister of Finance and Treasury Board Karen Casey says these special warrants aren't uncommon and are necessary for the smooth continuation of government activity until the budget is passed in the fall. The special warrants include 888 million dollars for operating expenses, 99 million dollars for capital spending and 75 million dollars for debt-servicing costs. The province has already passed two special warrants this fiscal year.


FEDS PLANNING OVERHAUL OF COMPUTERS RUNNING THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET
Thursday 20th July 2017
Ottawa is on the cusp of launching an overhaul of the computer systems running key social safety net programs, and hoping to avoid another IT boondoggle. Government documents show that officials are planning to take more than eight years to modernize the systems that oversee payments from employment insurance, old age security and the Canada Pension Plan. The three programs were collectively worth more than $105 billion in the fiscal year ended in March 2016. The long timeline for work looks to avoid the same pitfalls that have befallen other large-scale federal IT projects, such as the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system that resulted in thousands of civil servants waiting months to get paid. The department overseeing the work is hoping to keep the updated system stable by taking breaks, or "plateaus," and giving officials time to plan ensuing phases or decide whether to "conclude or pause the journey," according to a departmental presentation from October. Despite a lengthy schedule, there is a sense of urgency. There are multiple systems that handle employment insurance, Canada Pension Plan and old age security benefits. Some are more than 40 years old, have been stretched to their technological limits, and are on the verge of what the auditor general once called technological "rust out."


MEMBERS OF TRUMP TEAM TO TESTIFY ABOUT RUSSIA MEETING
Thursday 20th July 2017
US President Donald Trump's eldest son, son-in-law and ex-campaign manager are to testify before the Senate on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort will be questioned about their links to Russian officials. One key subject will be their meeting with a Russian lawyer last year. Meanwhile, the president said he would not have named Jeff Sessions as attorney general if had he known he would recuse himself from the inquiry. The president has also spoken about an until recently undisclosed conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a G20 dinner, saying it was mostly "pleasantries". The Senate, the House and a Justice Department special counsel are all investigating whether Russia interfered in the election to try to tip it in Donald Trump's favour. They are also investigating whether there was any collusion with the Trump team, which both Russia and Mr Trump have denied. Trump Jr and Manafort have been called to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Wednesday. Two days earlier, Kushner is to answer questions in a closed-door session of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The hearings will be the most high-profile since sacked FBI head James Comey gave testimony in June.


HEALTH EXPERTS IDENTIFY DEMENTIA RISK FACTORS
Thursday 20th July 2017
A large new international review estimates that one in three cases of dementia could be prevented by tackling risk factors such as education and depression. A team of 24 experts in dementia conducted the review on prevention and care. In Thursday's issue of The Lancet, researchers model how nine health and lifestyle factors contribute to about 35 per cent of dementia. For instance, they said that if everyone reaped the brain stimulation and interaction of staying in school until over the age of 15, the total number of dementia cases could be reduced. Controllable factors they identified as important in midlife are preserving hearing and treating high blood pressure and obesity.  In late life, they said, controlling depression, smoking and social isolation are important. Maintaining physical activity and controlling diabetes also help, but they said 65 per cent of the risk isn't considered potentially modifiable. The interventions would not delay, prevent or cure all cases of dementia, the researchers said. The incidence of age-specific dementia has declined in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Sweden and the Netherlands over the last four decades. But it's increased in China.


SPORTS JULY 20
Thursday 20th July 2017
The Pioneer Coal track in Stellarton will be active this weekend, as Pictou County Athletics hosts the Atlantic outdoor track and field championships. About 200 athletes are taking part from around the region. The meet begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Pat Carty of PCA tells New Glasgow News that about 75 Pictou County athletes will be competing.
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Stellarton golfer Evan Callaghan sits tied for 14th place at the Acura Atlantic junior golf championship. Callaghan shot a 76 on Wednesday at the par-71 layout at Clare Golf Club in Digby County. Callaghan was two-over par at the turn, but his game got away from him a little bit on the back nine, with bogeys on 10 and 11, and a double-bogey on the 12th. He played the final six holes of his round 1-under, the lone birdie on the par-5 16th. Callaghan got his tournament off to a solid start on Tuesday with a 75, recording four bogeys and no birdies. Meanwhile, Ben Callaghan is currently tied for 52nd place after his first two rounds, with scores of 79 and 82. The top six finishers in the Boys Division will earn exemptions into the 2017 Canadian Junior Boys Championship on July 31-Aug. 3 at Cataraqui Golf and Country Club in Kingston, Ontario.
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After six rounds of action across the country, the 2017 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals will be at Pleasant Valley MX in Truro this weekend for the seventh round of its twenty-fifth anniversary season. There are several Atlantic Canadian riders competing this year, led by MX1 stalwart Tyler Medaglia of Pleasant Valley, currently fifth overall in the Premier class standings. Halifax’s Davey Fraser is competing in MX2 class. Gates open at 6:30am Saturday & Sunday, with action getting underway around 9:00am. Saturday is a full day of amateur racing, while on Sunday the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley, with practice and qualifying taking place in the morning, and the first moto beginning shortly after Noon. The action typically wraps up around 5:00pm both days.
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The Melmerby Triathlon is this weekend at Melmerby Provincial Park. On Saturday July 22nd it's the Kids Triathlon, a free, Non-Competitive Event. On Sunday July 23rd, the Melmerby Triathlon will have four divisions: Try-A-Tri, Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic Distance. Learn more at johnnymiles.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canadian Football League
Ottawa 24 Montreal 19
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MLB
American League

Dustin Pedroia drove in three, Drew Pomeranz pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-1.
Minnesota 6 N.Y. Yankees 1
Seattle 4 Houston 1
Oakland 7 Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore 10 Texas 2
Kansas City 4 Detroit 3
National League
Chicago Cubs 8 Atlanta 2
Philadelphia 10 Miami 3
Colorado 18 San Diego 4
Pittsburgh 3 Milwaukee 2 (10 innings)
Cincinnati 4 Arizona 3 (11 innings)
N.Y. Mets 7 St. Louis 3
Interleague
San Francisco 5 Cleveland 4
L.A. Dodgers 9 Chicago White Sox 1 (8 innings)
L.A. Angels 7 Washington 0
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Major League Soccer
Vancouver 1 Los Angeles 1
Montreal 2 Philadelphia 1
Toronto FC 2 New York City FC 2
New York 5 San Jose 1
Houston 0 Minnesota United 0
Seattle 4 D.C. United 3
Real Salt Lake 4 Portland 1


YOGURT RECALL CENTRES ON LIBERTE AND YOPLAIT BRANDS
Wednesday 19th July 2017
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has added the Yoplait Minigo and Liberte brands of yogurt to a recall over concerns that pieces of plastic may be in the product.
The national recall affects General Mills' Canadian products and includes some batches of Yoplait Minigo strawberry and raspberry yogurt in 90-gram containers, as well as Liberte Greek yogurt in raspberry and coconut flavours in the 120-gram size.


OPIOID ADDICTION HELP TO BECOME FREE IN N.S. BY SEPT 1
Wednesday 19th July 2017
If you or a friend or somebody you know needs the life-saving drug that's used in opioid overdoses, you'll soon be able to get it for free.
simply by stopping into Nova Scotia pharmacies who take part in a new government program that begins September 1st.
The provincial government is spending half a million dollars to make naloxone available to any drugstore that wants kits to give away.
Health Minister Randy Delorey made the announcement today as part of the province's new overdose framework.
He told reporters that putting naloxone in pharmacies helps to make it accessible to everyone in a convenient and trusted location.
The provincial government says there have been 24 confirmed and five probable deaths from opioid poisonings this year alone.


ROAD-TRAIN TO BE FUNDED BY HRM
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Chatanooga has the “Choo Choo”, and now Halifax has the “Waterfront Woo Woo”? City Council voted yesterday to provide funding for a “road train” that has been running in the downtown area of the city since June. Dennis Campbell of Ambassatours asked for 120-thousand dollars over three years from the municipality to fund the vehicle which is designed to make it easier for tourists to navigate the construction on the waterfront. HRM staff advised against approving the funding, but council still approved the request – with some conditions attached. Those conditions are: “proof of incorporation of the not-for-profit society established to operate the Train; a detailed budget that includes expected contributions of confirmed partners; a detailed Service Plan, hours of operation, number of daily trips and passenger capacity; and a requirement for detailed data collection and reporting to HRM.” After the first year, staff will report back to council with an evaluation to determine whether the next two years of funding will go ahead.


AUDIT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS SHOWS FUNERAL BENEFITS NOT BEING PAID
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Veterans Affairs Canada is promising action after an internal audit found the families of some recently deceased veterans may not be getting the funeral benefits they deserve. Veterans who died because of their military service or whose survivors can’t afford a proper burial are eligible to have some funeral costs covered. How many families aren’t getting that money wasn’t in the audit, but it did say the estates of only a fraction of the roughly 21,000 veterans who die each year are being assessed to determine whether they qualify. That includes 3,000 veterans who were receiving disability benefits when they died, but whose families were never contacted about whether they were eligible for financial help with the funeral. The audit also raises concerns that veterans who were homeless, poor, single or widowed when they died were more at risk of being overlooked than others. Veterans Affairs, which has long struggled with complaints from veterans about difficulties obtaining support and services, says it is now looking at ways to ensure more access to the program.


MORE SECURITY MEASURES IN PLACE FOR FLIERS ENTERING U.S.
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Canadians planning to head to the United States by airplane will be facing new enhanced security measures implemented by the Department of Homeland Security. Effective today, the new measures will include heightened screening of personal electronic devices, increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas, and use of advanced technology, expanded canine screening and the establishment of additional pre-clearance locations. WestJet and Air Canada are advising passengers to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their scheduled departure to accommodate the enhanced screening process.


POSSIBLE CONTROVERSY FOR GG IN MOMENT WITH QUEEN
Wednesday 19th July 2017
To borrow a line from Shakespeare, this may be “Much Ado About Nothing”. Governor General David Johnston broke royal protocol today during a visit by Queen Elizabeth to Canada House. The visit was to mark the sesquicentennial of Confederation in 1867. As the Monarch was entering the building, Johnston put his hand on her elbow to help guide her down the stairs in front of the building. Some British tabloids have expressed shock over Johnston actions, although the Governor General says he just wanted to make sure she did not stumble on the steps. Royal etiquette suggests the Queen should not be touched by officials who meet her, although the protocol has been broken several times in recent memory, including by Michelle Obama in 2009.


DRIVER CAUGHT STUNTING IN DARTMOUTH
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Another case of stunting has been reported in Dartmouth, as a 25-year old woman is facing a fine of over 24-hundred dollars after she was caught yesterday afternoon. Halifax Regional Police say the woman from Enfield was driving 136 km/h in an 80 km/h zone around 1:37 p.m. yesterday. The incident is said to have occurred on Highway 111 southbound. The woman was ticketed for stunting, her vehicle was immediately seized and a 7-day driving suspension was issued effective immediately. The fine will be imposed once a conviction is recorded in court, and at that point the woman will also have six demerit points on her driving record.


CROSBY TO BRING CUP TO HALIFAX FOR NATAL DAY
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Sidney Crosby has confirmed he will mark his 30th birthday by once again parading the Stanley Cup around his hometown in Nova Scotia. In tweets sent out by the Sidney Crosby Hockey School based in Cole Harbour, N.S., residents were told Crosby would be hoisting the trophy in the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth as part of an annual civic parade. The Natal Day parade, an event that celebrates Halifax's birthday, also happens to fall on the Pittsburgh Penguins captain's birthday -- Aug. 7. The four-kilometre parade starts at 10 a.m. on Gottingen Street in Halifax's north end and will travel across the Macdonald Bridge before ending up on Crichton Avenue in Dartmouth. Crosby has shown off professional hockey's most prestigious trophy twice before in his hometown Cole Harbour -- in 2009 and 2016. Last July, Crosby carried the Cup in the back of a pickup that made its way to an arena in Cole Harbour as thousands of cheering fans looked on amid sweltering heat.


CORNWALLIS PROTESTERS BOOTED FROM COUNCIL MEETING
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Some of the organizers of this past weekend’s peaceful protest at the Edward Cornwallis statue were ejected from Tuesday’s Halifax City Council meeting. Saturday’s protest brought hundreds of people to the Halifax park where the Cornwallis statue stands. Demonstrators had planned to remove the statue, but the monument was instead covered by a large tarp. City council says it will study whether the Cornwallis monument should be removed. Mayor Mike Savage read a statement from protest organizers at Tuesday’s meeting. Some of the protest organizers attending the meeting began questioning council from the gallery, prompting their removal from chambers. Savage says he and council are dedicated to becoming more inclusive, but there's a protocol to raising all issues with any level of government. The Edward Cornwallis statue was erected in 1931. The Halifax founder’s legacy has come under fire from some First Nations groups, who say he waged war on the Mi’kmaq and called for their extermination.


MAN CONVICTED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT APPEALING OVER DELAYS
Wednesday 19th July 2017
A man convicted earlier this year of a sexual assault that occurred in 2013 is appealing the conviction on the grounds that his right to be tried within a reasonable time was violated, which is causing the victim and her mother to raise questions of the justice system. The woman, whose name is protected from publication, was sexually assaulted by a stranger at a music festival. Troy Pennell was tried and convicted, but is looking to have that conviction overturned. A year ago, Canada's highest court ruled on unreasonable delays between charges and trial. The Jordan decision, referring to the name of the person involved in the precedent setting case, imposed time limits of 18 months in provincial court and 30 months in Supreme Court. Martin Herschorn, director of Nova Scotia's Public Prosecution, says getting court cases dealt with more quickly is a top priority. However, this case has the victim raising questions about the balance between victims' rights and the rights of the accused.


DENNY TO RECEIVE LIMITED DAY PASSES FROM FORENSIC HOSPITAL
Wednesday 19th July 2017
The man convicted of killing gay-rights activist Raymond Taavel in 2012 has been granted access to day passes from the East Coast Forensic Hospital, despite serious objections from the Crown prosecutor. Yesterday's decision from the Criminal Code Review Board said Andre Denny would be allowed to leave the hospital in Dartmouth on day passes under the supervision of either somebody from the facility or an approved volunteer. He was sentenced in 2016 to eight years behind bars and given 1½ times credit for the nearly four years he spent in custody following his arrest. The day before Taavel's death, Denny — who has been described in court documents as having paranoid schizophrenia — was given a one-hour pass to go to the edge of the East Coast Forensic Hospital property to smoke a cigarette, but failed to return to the facility as scheduled. Court documents have also described Denny as being grossly psychotic with a history of aggressive impulsivity and unpredictability. He has been found not criminally responsible for other crimes in the past. 


HOUSE ARREST AND DRIVING BAN FOR MAN WHO PLEADS GUILTY TO DRAGGING OFFICER
Wednesday 19th July 2017
A Pictou County man who pleaded guilty to charges related to dragging an RCMP officer 50 feet at a checkpoint in Alma this past winter will not be allowed behind the wheel for more than two years, plus face six months of house arrest as part of a nine month conditional sentence. Michael Jacob Taylor entered guilty pleas in May to charges of impaired driving, dangerous driving, and fleeing from police in relation to the incidents from February. He was sentenced earlier this week in Pictou Provincial Court.


TOWN BUYS LAND TO BUILD ACCESS ROAD FOR EMERGENCY ROOM
Wednesday 19th July 2017
The Town of New Glasgow has approved an agreement to purchase a parcel of land just under 20-thousand square feet in size to create an access road to the emergency department at the Aberdeen Hospital that will be opening this fall. NG News reports that the approval was passed in a vote at the council meeting earlier this week. Work on the construction of the road is already underway, with the costs being picked up by the Town, although other municipalities in the area are expected to be approached about contributing.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 19 JULY
Wednesday 19th July 2017
Day two of the Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) Women's Division saw two games played yesterday in Truro. The Nova Scotia Keltics suffered a second consecutive loss, falling to Equipe Quebec 60-7. Amber Davison scored the lone try for the Keltics, who are now 0-2 in the five team round robin. They have today off before they face the Wolfpack, representing the Prairies, on Thursday. Speaking of the Wolfpack, they fell in yesterday's other game to British Columbia by a score of 46-24.
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It was also day two of the CRC Mens U19 at the Truro Saints Rugby Club yesterday. The opening game saw the Voyageurs from Quebec get past the Wolfpack 21-17. The Voyageurs improved to 1-1, while the Wolfpack are now 0-1. In the second game of the day, British Columbia beat Team Atlantic 37-12. The Rock, as the Atlantic team is called, fall to 1-1, while BC are now 1-0. Two games today have Ontario taking on the Wolfpack and BC against the Blizzard, also from the Prairie region.
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Yesterday was Day 2 of the Female Lacrosse National Championships at the Halifax Forum. This tournament features provincial teams from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Nova Scotia in both the bantam and midget age groups. The Nova Scotia bantams struggled yesterday, losing 13-2 to Alberta and 11-1 to British Columbia. Today they face Ontario and get a rematch with BC in the double round robin. The midget girls took on BC yesterday, dropping that game by a score of 20-0.
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After six rounds of action across the country, the 2017 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals will be at Pleasant Valley MX in Truro this weekend for the seventh round of its twenty-fifth anniversary season. There are several Atlantic Canadian riders competing this year, led by MX1 stalwart Tyler Medaglia of Pleasant Valley, currently fifth overall in the Premier class standings. Halifax’s Davey Fraser is competing in MX2 class. Gates open at 6:30am Saturday & Sunday, with action getting underway around 9:00am. Saturday is a full day of amateur racing, while on Sunday the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley, with practice and qualifying taking place in the morning, and the first moto beginning shortly after Noon. The action typically wraps up around 5:00pm both days.
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The Melmerby Triathlon is this weekend at Melmerby Provincial Park. On Saturday July 22nd it's the Kids Triathlon, a free, Non-Competitive Event. All participants will receive a Race T-Shirt, Race Number, and Finishing Medal, with a BBQ to follow. On Sunday July 23rd, the Melmerby Triathlon will have four divisions: Try-A-Tri, Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic Distance. All participants receive a Race T-Shirt, Finishing Medal and Post Race Meal. The swim is parallel and close to the shoreline. The bike course is a one or two loop course and the roads and asphalt are in excellent condition. The run is also a loop course on the beach road and is pancake flat. Registration fee is only $60, Taxes and Insurance included. Learn more at johnnymiles.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Hanley Ramirez hit drive out of Fenway Park in the 15th inning, giving the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a rain-delayed game that ended at 2:09 a.m. AT Wednesday.
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Elsewhere in MLB:
Milwaukee 3 @ Pittsburgh 4
Texas 1 @ Baltimore 12
Arizona 11 @ Cincinnati 2
Philadelphia 5 @ Miami 2
St. Louis 5 @ NY Mets 0
Chi Cubs 5 @ Atlanta 1
LA Dodgers 1 @ Chi White Sox 0
NY Yankees 6 @ Minnesota 3
Seattle 2 @ Houston 6
Detroit 9 @ Kansas City 3
San Diego 7 @ Colorado 9
Tampa Bay 4 @ Oakland 3
Washington 4 @ LA Angels 3
Cleveland 1 @ San Francisco 2 (10 innings)


LASERS SHONE INTO COCKPITS TWICE IN TWO DAYS IN P.E.I.
Tuesday 18th July 2017
Twice in as many days, RCMP on Prince Edward Island received reports of a laser being pointed into a cockpit of an airplane. RCMP say that the incident reported yesterday over the Brackley Beach area was preceeded by a similar incident the day before. The Canadian Coast Guard reported on Saturday that a green laser was pointed at a search and rescue aircraft near Fernwood, roughly 60 kilometres west of Charlottetown. According to Transport Canada, shining a laser at an aircraft is a serious federal offence and could carry fines of up to $100,000 and five years in prison — or both. Last year, the department launched a social media campaign — #NotABrightIdea — to educate people about the dangers. It says there were nearly 600 reported laser incidents in 2015.


SPRINGHILL INSTITUTE IN LOCKDOWN AFTER INCIDENT MONDAY
Tuesday 18th July 2017
An incident yesterday afternoon at the Springhill Institution has led to a lockdown which is still in progress this afternoon. Around 1:00pm yesterday, a group of inmates refused to return to their cells when they were ordered to do so. It took officials several hours to get the 19 inmates, out of a population of roughly 400, back into their cells. One inmate was injured in the incident, and taken to a hospital outside of the medium-security facility. Assistant warden Shannon Oickle did not comment on the extent of his injuries. The prison will remain in lockdown until further notice.


BODY IDENTIFIED AS MISSING QUEENS COUNTY MAN
Tuesday 18th July 2017
Human remains discovered near Highway 103 earlier this month have been confirmed to be a missing 59-year old Queens County man. Lunenburg District RCMP say the body of Gregory Milford Lyle was found on 7 July, although he had not been reported missing to police until three days later. An investigation was conducted by the RCMP and the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner's Office, confirming the body to be that of Lyle. Police have not released the cause of death, although they indicate that foul play is not suspected.


SOLAR ENERGY PROGRAM TO OPEN FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS
Tuesday 18th July 2017
Community groups looking to generate their own solar energy will have a chance to participate in a province-wide program being rolled out later this month. Earlier today, Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan announced that applications for the Solar for Community Buildings Program will open on 31 July. MacLellan says Nova Scotia is a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the program will allow communities to write their own chapter in the province's success story. Clean Foundation will independently evaluate and select projects. To help with the application process information sessions will be held at five Nova Scotia Community College campuses in mid-August, including the Stellarton campus from 4:30pm to 6pm on Thursday, 17 August. More information is available at Nova-Scotia-dot-C-A-slash-solar.


VICTIM IN ALLEGED VEHICULAR MURDER WAS EX-PARTNER OF ACCUSED
Tuesday 18th July 2017
More information is coming to light about the connection between the accused and the victim in an alleged murder that took place late last week. Kimberly Ann O'Dea of Sydney Mines is charged with second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing death. The 35-year-old woman is alleged to have struck 28-year-old Dana Marie Jessome with a vehicle last Friday morning. The Canadian Press is reporting that the two had been in a prior relationship and at the time of her death, Jessome was under court order to have no contact with O'Dea.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSED FOR MUCH OF THE COMING WEEKEND
Tuesday 18th July 2017
A lack of doctors in Tatamagouche means there will be several ER closures this weekend. The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. This makes 17 days the Emergency department will be closed since May 30. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.  


PROVINCE ANNOUNCES 43 LOCATIONS FOR PRE-PRIMARY STARTING THIS FALL
Tuesday 18th July 2017
The province will begin the rollout of its promised pre-primary program for four-year-olds in September. Education Minister Zach Churchill says free pre-primary will be offered in 50 classrooms at 43 locations across the province, including one classroom at New Glasgow Academy. The program will operate during normal school hours for children who are at least four years of age by Dec. 31st. There will be one early childhood educator for every 10 children in a class, with a maximum of 24 children per class. Class availability will be contingent on available staff and Churchill says he hopes to have all of the promised classes up and running by the last week of September. The plan is to have the program in place for all four-year-olds over the next four years at an estimated cost of $49.9 million a year. Information about the program, eligibility, registration and where pre-primary will be available, can be found on the department's website.


NDP WANTS MORE DETAILS ABOUT LIBERALS' PRE-PRIMARY PROGRAM
Tuesday 18th July 2017
As families and child care providers await an announcement today from the Liberal government on its plan to introduce a pre-primary program this fall, there are still questions about who has been consulted on this program. NDP Education and Early Childhood Development spokesperson Claudia Chender says that with seven weeks until the start of the new school year, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development still hasn't said if four year-olds will be able to ride the bus to these programs, how enrollment will be determined, who will be eligible to enroll at the anticipated 30 sites, what curriculum will be used, if classrooms will be appropriately outfitted for younger children, and what effect it will have on existing child care centres.


NOVA SCOTIA POSTS STRONG HOME SALES NUMBERS
Tuesday 18th July 2017
The realtors’ association is out with new numbers from across the province today. They show Maritimers are enjoying a better year for housing sales than the rest of Canada. Home sales in Cumberland, Pictou, Colchester and Antigonish Counties were the third-highest in the province last month, with 121 homes changing hands during the 30-day period.  As usual, Halifax led the way, because of its larger population.  And the numbers also put Halifax in the lead nationally when it comes to home sales, with 669 real estate closings in HRM during June. While sales were down nationally because of government moves to slow the big markets in Toronto and Vancouver, it was just the opposite in Nova Scotia. Province-wide, home sales were up by 8.5 per cent last month.  In Halifax, it looks like the beginning of a housing boom, with sales up by 15 per cent over June of last year. The average sale price for a Nova Scotia home last month was 139-thousand dollars – pushing more Ontarians and Vancouverites to buy here and get more bang for their buck. 


CHECKPOINT ENCOUNTER LEADS TO DRIVING BAN & HOUSE ARREST
Tuesday 18th July 2017
An 18-year-old Pictou County man who dragged an RCMP officer during a checkpoint won’t be allowed behind the wheel for more than two years. Michael Jacob Taylor was sentenced in Pictou Provincial Court on Monday for impaired driving from an incident in New Glasgow on 23 February and counts of dangerous driving and flight from police on 25 February in Alma. He entered guilty pleas on 23 May. Two other charges were withdrawn. Taylor was given a conditional sentence of nine months in total, which includes six months of house arrest, as well as driving prohibitions totalling more than two years, a $1,000 fine and victim surcharges. He is also subject to several conditions, including staying away from alcohol. In the early morning of 25 February, a driver later determined to be Taylor approached a checkpoint set up on Highway 4 in Alma. An officer approached the driver’s door, asking Taylor for his driver’s licence. He told the officer he forgot it and as they asked Taylor for other identification, Taylor accelerated away, dragging the officer for about 50 feet. The officer suffered bruising, cuts to his hand, and sprained and strained muscles.


SPRINGHILL INSTITUTION IN LOCKDOWN
Tuesday 18th July 2017
Inmates are back in their cells but the Springhill Institution is still in lockdown following a disturbance on Monday. At approximately 1 p.m. a group of inmates refused to return to their cells. Institution officials were able to get the remaining inmates back in their cells, but it wasn’t until several hours later that the remaining 19 were put back in their cells. There are approximately 400 inmates at the medium-security institution. One inmate was injured and taken to hospital outside the institution and his next of kin have been notified. The prison will remain in lockdown until further notice. The incident remains under investigation.


HEALTH AUTHORITY DEALING WITH MAJOR PATIENT PRIVACY BREACH
Tuesday 18th July 2017
Hundreds of patient records at the Nova Scotia Health Authority were inappropriately accessed in two separate incidents involving six employees. The health authority is reaching out to 337 patients whose personal health information was accessed in the widespread privacy breaches. A spokesperson says the privacy breaches are one of the largest on record at the provincial health body. Colin Stevenson, an executive with the authority, says the incidents are being taken very seriously. He says the six employees involved are subject to disciplinary action, which could include firing. Stevenson could not confirm whether the personal health records were accessed in error or deliberately with malicious intent.


NS FIREFIGHTERS OFF TO BC
Tuesday 18th July 2017
A group of elite Nova Scotia firefighters will join the front lines battling wildfires burning across British Columbia. Jim Rudderham, forest protection operations manager for Nova Scotia, says 20 highly-trained firefighters and a manager will board a chartered plane in Halifax that is transporting firefighters from across the region to Kamloops and Prince George in the British Columbia interior on Tuesday. He says the ``Type 1'' firefighters have passed rigorous physical fitness and skills training tests. Rudderham says the crew, made up of 19 men and one woman, will likely be assigned to ``hold the line'' of the fires to stop them from spreading on the ground. He says the crew will work 12-hour shifts for 14 days straight in hot, dusty and dangerous conditions. Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller is expected to address the 20 firefighters and manager before they depart Tuesday morning.


PREMIERS TALK TRADE WITH THE U.S.
Tuesday 18th July 2017
Canada's premiers will meet today in Edmonton to discuss trade issues, particularly business with the United States and the looming renegotiation of the NAFTA deal. It's the first of two days of meetings of the Council of the Federation. On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump's administration released its list of objectives in the NAFTA renegotiation, which is expected to begin next month. The U.S. wants better access for agriculture exports, freer trade in online purchases, and an overhaul of the dispute-settlement system. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Canada's premiers need to work even closer together as they continue to make the case directly to individual states in the U.S. that rely on cross-border business. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says while he doesn't think it will be needed, Canada should start compiling a list of ways to retaliate if the NAFTA talks take an ugly turn. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says talks he has had recently have reassured him the facts remain on Canada's side. He notes that nine million jobs in the U.S. are directly tied to trade with Canada, and more than 30 U.S. states have Canada as their largest export customer.


TRUDEAU TO MARCH IN HFX PRIDE PARADE
Tuesday 18th July 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will take part in Saturday's Pride Parade in Halifax. Trudeau became the first sitting prime minister to march in a Pride parade when he did so in Toronto in 2016, then attended the same event last month. The first Halifax Pride March was held in 1988 with just 75 people. Since then, it has grown to include upwards of 120,000 people each summer.


SPORTS JULY 18
Tuesday 18th July 2017
Pictou County Recreation and the Pictou County YMCA will be partnering to host swimming lessons in the River John area. Lessons will be offered for both the Preschool and Swim Kids programs. The program will take place at MacDonald’s Cove Beach in Seafoam until the 28th. Cost is $10.00/child or $25.00/family. For more information please contact Pictou County Recreation at 902-485-8528 or e-mail recreation@munpict.ca.
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After six rounds of action across the country, the 2017 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals will be at Pleasant Valley MX in Truro this weekend for the seventh round of its twenty-fifth anniversary season. There are several Atlantic Canadian riders competing this year, led by MX1 stalwart Tyler Medaglia of Pleasant Valley, currently fifth overall in the Premier class standings. Halifax’s Davey Fraser is competing in MX2 class. Gates open at 6:30am Saturday & Sunday, with action getting underway around 9:00am. Saturday is a full day of amateur racing, while on Sunday the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley, with practice and qualifying taking place in the morning, and the first moto beginning shortly after Noon. The action typically wraps up around 5:00pm both days.
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The Melmerby Triathlon is this weekend at Melmerby Provincial Park. On Saturday July 22nd it's the Kids Triathlon, a free, Non-Competitive Event. All participants will receive a Race T-Shirt, Race Number, and Finishing Medal, with a BBQ to follow. On Sunday July 23rd, the Melmerby Triathlon will have four divisions: Try-A-Tri, Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic Distance. All participants receive a Race T-Shirt, Finishing Medal and Post Race Meal. The swim is parallel and close to the shoreline. The bike course is a one or two loop course and the roads and asphalt are in excellent condition. The run is also a loop course on the beach road and is pancake flat. Registration fee is only $60, Taxes and Insurance included. Learn more at johnnymiles.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Steve Pearce hit a solo homer, then added the go-ahead single in the eighth inning in Toronto's 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Baltimore 3 Texas 1
Minnesota 4 N.Y. Yankees 2
Seattle 9 Houston 7 (10 innings)
Detroit 10 Kansas City 2
Tampa Bay 3 Oakland 2
National League
Washington 6 Cincinnati 1
Pittsburgh 4 Milwaukee 2
Miami 6 Philadelphia 5 (10 innings)
St. Louis 6 N.Y. Mets 3
Chicago Cubs 4 Atlanta 3
Colorado 9 San Diego 6
Interleague
Cleveland 5 San Francisco 3


PLANE LANDED SAFELY AFTER LASER SHONE INTO COCKPIT
Monday 17th July 2017
RCMP are investigating a report of a green laser being directed into the cockpit of a commercial aircraft as it approached the airport in Charlottetown. Police said the WestJet passenger aircraft encountered the beam of light at around 11 p.m. Sunday as it flew over the Brackley Beach area of P.E.I. The laser, which could temporarily blind pilots, shone in the cockpit for about five to 10 seconds. The pilot landed the plane without incident a few minutes later. RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Leanne Butler said police are appealing to the public for help after they patrolled the area, but did not find anything. Butler said the act of shining a laser at an aircraft is a serious federal offence and could carry fines of up to $100,000 and five years in prison.


EHS STATION DAMAGED IN VEHICLE FIRE
Monday 17th July 2017
A vehicle fire in the parking lot of an Emergency Health Services station in Halifax this morning has resulted in some superficial damage to the building. The EHS station at the corner of Agricola and McCully streets was damaged in the blaze reported around 2:00am. Fire officials say a van owned by EHS was on fire in the parking lot when they arrived, but crews managed to knock it down quickly. The heat of the fire caused some of the siding to melt, but officials say there is no structural damage to the EHS station. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


HALIFAX POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING TEENS
Monday 17th July 2017
Police in Halifax are looking for two teens reported missing last week, although there is no indication that their disappearances are related in any way. Fifteen-year old Emma Hutt of Dartmouth was last seen July 12 on Pleasant Street, carrying a beige purse and multi-coloured backpack. Emma is described as a 5’ tall, 100-pound caucasian girl with long blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black yoga pants, a dark coloured shirt and a dark leather-style jacket. Fourteen-year old Kennith (Kenny) Dawson Ashford has not been seen or heard from since July 8 when he left a home in the 200 block of Purcells Cove Road in Halifax. Ashford is described as a white boy, about 5’9, 130 pounds, with medium brown hair, blue eyes and a pierced eyebrow. There is no description of his clothing. In both cases, police say there is no indication that either of them has met with foul play, but there are concerns for their well-being. Anyone with information as to the location of Emma Hutt or Kenny Ashford is asked to contact Halifax Regional Police.


TOWN OF PICTOU SEES SURPLUS IN DRAFT YEAR END STATEMENT ***UPDATED***
Monday 17th July 2017
Some good news for the Town of Pictou as they look at the numbers for the 2016-17 fiscal year. According to the draft numbers discussed in a meeting by Council today, it appears there will be a 179-thousand dollar surplus for last year. The numbers will not become official until the final audit is completed, which is expected later this summer or early into the fall. The town now has an estimated reserve of over 650-thousand dollars. Council also discussed a 5.2 million dollar budget for 2017-18 at the meeting today, which includes a projected deficit of 95-thousand. Town CAO Scott Conrod says the shortfall comes as a result of property assessments in the town dropping over the last year. The final budget can not include a deficit, so Council still needs to determine if they will raise tax rates, or find a way to trim expenses.


POLICE INVESTIGATING AFTER VAN CRASHES INTO TRENTON HOME
Monday 17th July 2017
New Glasgow Regional Police are investigating a collision between a residence and a motor vehicle that occurred on High Street in Trenton. At 10:20 Sunday night, police were dispatched to a collision involving a lone 78-year-old male driver of a Toyota van and a High Street home. The driver was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital by Emergency Health Services with non-life threatening injuries. Three other persons in the house at the time of the collision suffered no injuries. Trenton Fire Department was on scene and both the Toyota van and the front of the home suffered extensive damage. The cause of the collision remains under investigation.


THREE NEW GLASWEGIANS TO RECEIVE MOLSON COMMUNITY AWARD *CORRECTION*
Monday 17th July 2017
Three New Glasgow residents are being recognized today for their exhibition of great Canadian character through their passion and commitment to community. As part of Canada's 150th birthday, Molson has selected 1500 Canadians to be celebrated, including Brian Bowden, Lisa MacDonald, and Courtney Malcolm. All three will receive a specially designed wooden crate at a ceremony at Glasgow Square at 3pm today. In addition, MacDonald, who is the CAO for New Glasgow, is one of 150 Canadians who will receive one of the iconic Red Fridges seen in commercials, for her leadership in the community.


CB WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN PEDESTRIAN COLLISION ***UPDATED***
Monday 17th July 2017
A woman faces a murder charge in connection with a crash that killed a pedestrian on Cape Breton. Police say a 28-year-old woman died after being airlifted to a Halifax hospital. Police say the victim was struck by a car in Sydney Mines on Friday. 36-year-old Kimberly Ann O’Dea of Sydney Mines appeared in court today on charges of second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing death. Police say the pedestrian and O'Dea knew each other.


TWO MOTORCYCLISTS IN HOSPITAL AFTER SEPARATE CRASHES
Monday 17th July 2017
Two motorcyclists were airlifted to hospital following separate crashes on Nova Scotia roads this weekend. One person was injured outside of Wolfville Sunday afternoon. Police have not said how many vehicles were involved in the crash. A 76-year-old man from Oregon was taken to hospital in Halifax after his motorcycle crashed on Highway 104 near Salt Springs Saturday afternoon. Police said the man was in critical condition. RCMP said there were no other vehicles involved and they're investigating what caused the motorcycle to end up on its side.


LIBERALS TO STUDY EI IMPROVEMENTS AFTER COSTS NEARLY DOUBLE ESTIMATES
Monday 17th July 2017
The federal Liberals are looking for answers after the government’s program to help workers in hard-hit economic regions of the country blew past budget expectations. The government estimated that 235,000 people would use extra weeks of employment insurance benefits when they unveiled the program last year to help workers in 15 regions of the country with stubborn unemployment rates. That was projected to cost the government $827.4 million between April 2016 and March 2019. But as of July 9, Employment and Social Development Canada said that it had spent just over $1.3 billion on the extra weeks of benefits for 317,261 claimants. A report will be coming out in September with a revised cost for the program. A spokesman for Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said that the high cost was one of the reasons the program wasn’t renewed and that a review is underway to determine why costs quickly exceeded estimates. Conservative critic Pierre Poilievre said the government’s moves to increase taxes had a negative effect on hiring, which meant more spending on employment insurance programs. NDP jobs critic Brigitte Sansoucy said the Liberals were right to extend EI benefits, but the numbers suggest Canadians are struggling more than the Liberals are willing to admit. She called on the government to make more permanent improvements to EI, suggesting the high spending and claimant figures show such changes are badly needed.


VETERANS HAVING TROUBLE FINDING MEANINGFUL WORK AFTER LEAVING THE FORCES
Monday 17th July 2017
A group that helps military veterans find jobs in the private sector says many former soldiers are struggling to find meaningful employment after serving their country. It's estimated about 140,000 personnel have left the Canadian Forces in the last 15 years. A report from the Veterans Transition Advisory Council says that while the unemployment rate for those leaving is no higher than the rest of the population, the quality of jobs and salaries is much lower. It found earnings for former military personnel declined by 42 per cent and former soldiers are frustrated they aren't able to find work that utilizes their skills. Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr raised the issue in a speech to military contractors in Calgary earlier this month.


SPORTS JULY 17 *UPDATED 10:45 AM*
Monday 17th July 2017
Pictou County Recreation and the Pictou County YMCA will be partnering to host swimming lessons in the River John area. Lessons will be offered for both the Preschool and Swim Kids programs. The program will take place at MacDonald’s Cove Beach in Seafoam from July 17th to the 28th. Cost is $10.00/child or $25.00/family. For more information please contact Pictou County Recreation at 902-485-8528 or e-mail recreation@munpict.ca.
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After six rounds of action across the country, the 2017 Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals will be at Pleasant Valley MX in Truro this weekend for the seventh round of its twenty-fifth anniversary season. There are several Atlantic Canadian riders competing this year, led by MX1 stalwart Tyler Medaglia of Pleasant Valley, currently fifth overall in the Premier class standings. Halifax’s Davey Fraser is competing in MX2 class. Gates open at 6:30am Saturday & Sunday, with action getting underway around 9:00am. Saturday is a full day of amateur racing, while on Sunday the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley, with practice and qualifying taking place in the morning, and the first moto beginning shortly after Noon. The action typically wraps up around 5:00pm both days.
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The Melmerby Triathlon is this weekend at Melmerby Provincial Park. On Saturday July 22nd it's the Kids Triathlon, a free, Non-Competitive Event. All participants will receive a Race T-Shirt, Race Number, and Finishing Medal, with a BBQ to follow. On Sunday July 23rd, the Melmerby Triathlon will have four divisions: Try-A-Tri, Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic Distance. All participants receive a Race T-Shirt, Finishing Medal and Post Race Meal. The swim is parallel and close to the shoreline. The bike course is a one or two loop course and the roads and asphalt are in excellent condition. The run is also a loop course on the beach road and is pancake flat. Registration fee is only $60, Taxes and Insurance included. Learn more at johnnymiles.ca
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Reminder for those who have registered or going to register for the Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament: all fees must be paid by Monday, July 24th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Miguel Cabrera walked with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, giving the Detroit Tigers a 6-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
N.Y. Yankees 3 Boston 0 - Game 1
Boston 3 N.Y. Yankees 0 - Game 2
Houston 5 Minnesota 3
Seattle 7 Chicago White Sox 6 (10 innings)
Kansas City 4 Texas 3
L.A. Angels 4 Tampa Bay 3
Oakland 7 Cleveland 3
National League
Washington 14 Cincinnati 4
L.A. Dodgers 3 Miami 2
Colorado 13 N.Y. Mets 4
Atlanta 7 Arizona 1
Pittsburgh 4 St. Louis 3
Philadelphia 5 Milwaukee 2
San Diego 7 San Francisco 1
Interleague
Chicago Cubs 8 Baltimore 0


POLICE SEARCH NEW GLASGOW BIKER CLUB FOR A SECOND TIME
Sunday 16th July 2017
Is no news good news? On Saturday, there was a heavy police presence in downtown New Glasgow as the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at the local Chapter of the Gatekeepers Motorcycle Club building on MacLean Street, with assistance from the New Glasgow Regional Police, RCMP, Stellarton Police Service, Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit. Sgt. Ryan Leil of the Integrated Street Crime Unit says the warrant was to gather evidence as part of an ongoing investigation. He did not say what evidence, if any, was gathered. The investigation continues.


MOTORCYCLIST IN SERIOUS CONDITION AFTER ACCIDENT NEAR SALT SPRINGS
Sunday 16th July 2017
An off duty police officer came across a single-vehicle crash on Highway 104 in Salt Springs Saturday afternoon. The officer found the motorcycle on the side of the road near Exit 19, then discovered the driver. The rider was rushed to hospital in serious condition.


CORNWALLIS STATUE TO STAY FOR NOW, BUT GETS COVERED UP
Sunday 16th July 2017
Protesters who pledged to remove a statue of Halifax's controversial founder Saturday say they came away victorious after the monument to Edward Cornwallis was covered in a tarp. Dozens of people — including Halifax Mayor Mike Savage, who had voiced concerns about "violent action" at the protest earlier in the week — looked on as a city-owned truck helped drape the tarp over the statue in Halifax's Cornwallis Park. Protesters worked with the city to cover the monument. Cornwallis, as governor of Nova Scotia, founded Halifax in 1749 and soon after issued a bounty on Mi'kmaq scalps. The Mi'kmaq have long called for removal of tributes to Cornwallis, some calling his actions a form of genocide. Members of the Nova Scotia Assembly of Mi'kmaq Chiefs agreed that the statue should come down, but they said protesters should use civic engagement, rather than force, to accomplish their goal.


YARMOUTH FERRY ON REDUCED SCHEDULE FOR SUMMER
Sunday 16th July 2017
Problems with one of the engines on The Cat ferry are not going to be fixed until the end of the sailing season. That means the temporary schedule for the service between Yarmouth and Maine will remain the norm until Labour Day. The ferry has been without the use of its starboard outer main engine since June 28th. The issue has caused the ship to reduce sailing speeds by 5 to 10 km/h...so for the rest of the summer, The Cat will make five round trips per week between Yarmouth and Maine, instead of the usual 6.


WILLIAMS LAKE EVACUATED AS FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO BATTLE BC WILDFIRES
Sunday 16th July 2017
Williams Lake is the latest city in B.C. to face an evacuation order due to wildfires. The order came early Saturday night as officials spent the day monitoring strengthening winds. Around 24,000 people live in Williams Lake and its surrounding areas, but at least half already left in the past week. Earlier Saturday, the province estimated more than 17,400 have been evacuated from residences. Many have relocated to evacuation centres set up in Prince George and Kamloops. Fire officials warned conditions would worsen as a forecasted cold front brings gusting winds and the potential for lightning strikes. There are seven new evacuation orders now in B.C., while multiple new evacuation alerts have been issued since Friday, all in the Central Interior. The B.C. Wildfire Service reported 161 wildfires burning in the province on Saturday afternoon, including 14 that pose a threat to structures. That's down from the more than 200 that were burning last weekend, but the weather forecast means more could be coming. Air quality alerts are in effect across the Interior due to smoke from the fires. The province says there have been no major issues getting supplies to non-fire affected municipalities, but Canadian Forces air assets may need to be used for supply drops to two First Nations in the Chilcootin area that have been cut off from supply lines by fires.


SPORTS JULY 16
Sunday 16th July 2017
The Melmerby Triathlon is next weekend at Melmerby Provincial Park. On Saturday July 22nd it's the Kids Triathlon, a free, Non-Competitive Event. All participants will receive a Race T-Shirt, Race Number, and Finishing Medal, with a BBQ to follow. On Sunday July 23rd, the Melmerby Triathlon will have four divisions: Try-A-Tri, Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic Distance. All participants receive a Race T-Shirt, Finishing Medal and Post Race Meal. The swim is parallel and close to the shoreline. The bike course is a one or two loop course and the roads and asphalt are in excellent condition. The run is also a loop course on the beach road and is pancake flat. Registration fee is only $60, Taxes and Insurance included. Learn more at johnnymiles.ca
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Reminder for those who have registered or going to register for the Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament: all fees must be paid by Monday, July 24th.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Michael Fulmer pitched eight strong innings and J.D. Martinez drove in five runs as the Detroit Tigers went on to an 11-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Backup quarterback Travis Lulay came off the bench to throw three TD passes and rush for another as the B.C. Lions defeated the winless Hamilton Tiger-Cats 41-26 in CFL action.
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Spain's Garbine Muguruza has captured the women's title at Wimbledon, defeating American Venus Williams 7-5, 6-0 in the final at London's All England Club. The men's final goes today.


POLICE PRESENCE HEAVY IN DOWNTOWN NEW GLASGOW SATURDAY
Saturday 15th July 2017
New Glasgow Regional Police and their partners are busy in the downtown core with a high-profile criminal investigation Saturday morning.
Constable Ken Maclean says they've had a heavy police presence with 20 armed officers on the scene at a motorcycle clubhouse. They've closed down Maclean Street from Archimedes to James Street.
The street crime unit is being tight-lipped but Maclean does confirm that officers have had their firearms out as they execute a search warrant at the Gatekeepers Motorcycle Clubhouse.
Asked if the search warrant is connected to a weapons, drug or violent crime, MacLean told our newsroom that he won't be able to reveal that until later in the weekend.


NOVA SCOTIA FIREFIGHTERS HEADED TO BC
Friday 14th July 2017
The province is sending assistance to fight the BC wildfires. A 21-person crew from the Department of Natural Resources is flying out of Halifax early Monday morning. The crew includes twenty on-the-ground firefighters and an on-site manager. They will be in B.C. for two weeks along with crews from New Brunswick, P-E-I., Newfoundland, and Quebec. The province is a member of the Canadian Mutual Aid Resource Sharing Agreement which ensures all provinces and territories will receive help if forest fires become too big to handle. The affected province covers the costs of those sending help.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSED TODAY
Friday 14th July 2017
The ER is Tatamagouche is closed today. The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC is closed until 2pm due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.  This marks the fourteenth closure of the Tatamagouche ER since May 30.


STREET CLOSURE TOMORROW IN NEW GLASGOW
Friday 14th July 2017
The Town of New Glasgow advises that MacLean Street from Archimedes Street to James Street will be closed on Saturday from 9:30am to 4:00pm for a special event. Motorists are advised to take an alternate route.


PAQ'TNKEK APPROVES LAND TRANSFER TO BEGIN HWY INTERCHANGE
Friday 14th July 2017
A $15.3-million highway interchange project near Antigonish has cleared another hurdle, as residents of the Paq'tnkek First Nation voted in favour of surrendering land for the project. Ninety-six per cent of those who cast ballots supported the project. Voter turnout was 67.4 per cent, with 277 of 411 eligible voters participating. Highway 104 divides the reserve into two pieces. Ever since the highway was built in the 1960s, residents have not been able to easily access about 200 hectares to the south of the highway. Advocates say the project will change that, hoping the interchange, bridges and new connector roads will pave the way for more homes and commercial and retail development. The band will surrender about 27 hectares for the province to build the interchange on, receiving $2.3 million in compensation for the land and the relocation of several houses. The project required community approval to transfer land from the reserve to the federal government.


NO SERIOUS INJURIES IN TRUCK FIRE THAT CLOSED SECTION OF HWY 104
Friday 14th July 2017
A traffic tie up on Highway 104 near Sutherland's River yesterday had motorists fuming most of the afternoon and into the evening. But the fumes were the real deal on a tractor trailer when its tires caught fire, which closed the Trans Canada in the first place. The highway re-opened to traffic last night after vehicles were re-routed around the mishap for close to five hours. RCMP report there were no serious injuries. The truck suffered little harm, but the trailer was severely damaged.


RIVER JOHN SETTING UP NEW RIVERFRONT DOCKS
Friday 14th July 2017
Some new facilities are coming to River John that'll allow watercraft to pull right into the central business district. Volunteers in the village are now gearing up for the Grand Opening of their new “Riverfront Deck and Docks.” Not only will they change the look of the River John waterfront, they'll also allow riverfront access for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards and temporary tie-ups for small boats. Community organizer Barbara Harris says River John's riverfront deck will be a perfect spot for picnics and all kinds of community and tourism-based events. That grand opening takes place on the River John waterfront Sunday, July 23rd at 1:30 pm.


GAS UP A LITTLE, DIESEL DOWN A BIT
Friday 14th July 2017
A small change in fuel prices as gas and diesel head in opposite directions. Regular self-serve is up slightly to $1.043 per litre, while diesel is down to 94.4 cents per litre.


CELEBRATE PARKS DAY AT PROVINCIAL PARKS ON SATURDAY
Friday 14th July 2017
Nova Scotians can enjoy celebrations at many provincial parks on Saturday to mark Canada's Parks Day. Natural Resources Minister Margaret Miller says Parks Day is the perfect occasion for everyone to enjoy our natural environment and see what our provincial parks have to offer. Events include barbecues, a sandcastle competition, canoeing, a scavenger hunt, and kite making. A list of Canada's Parks Day events and locations is on the provincial parks website.


WHALE RESCUES TEMPORARILY HALTED FOLLOWING FISHERMAN'S DEATH
Friday 14th July 2017
Federal officials are halting efforts to free North Atlantic right whales trapped in fishing gear following the recent death of a whale rescuer in New Brunswick. Fisheries spokesman Vance Chow said the department is reviewing how it responds to whale entanglements and until that review is complete, it is pausing efforts free North Atlantic right whales. The department said efforts to untangle other whales will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc told CTV News that Ottawa is investigating how New Brunswick lobster fisherman Joe Howlett died while rescuing an entangled right whale. Howlett died after freeing a North Atlantic right whale that had been entangled in fishing gear near Shippagan, N.B. Ottawa’s move comes a day after an American agency said it was halting efforts to free large whales. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which responds to marine mammals in distress, said it was conducting its own review of emergency response protocols.


BC FIREFIGHTERS WORRY NEW WINDS COULD WHIP UP WILDFIRES
Friday 14th July 2017
Despite a slight reprieve in weather conditions in recent days, crews battling wildfires in British Columbia are now preparing for the worst as officials predict winds to pick up over the weekend. The Cariboo Fire Centre says although winds remained calm yesterday, there's a chance they will pick up Saturday, fuelling dozens of fires across the Interior region of the province. Environment Canada forecasts a chance of rain for Williams Lake where 11,000 people are still on standby to evacuate, but officials say any showers that develop will not be enough to douse active fires. The province declared a state of emergency last week and more than 16,000 people have been evacuated, with thousands more on alert. The province says evacuees must remain patient and wait for official notice before they can return home, and warns violating orders can detract from firefighting efforts by diverting first responders to take part in avoidable rescues.


JUDGE STRIKES DOWN RESTRICTIONS ON RELATIVES IN TRUMP TRAVEL BAN
Friday 14th July 2017
A judge has ruled that grandparents and other relatives of people living in the US cannot be barred from entering under President Trump's travel ban. The order, by District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii, is a fresh legal blow to Mr Trump's immigration crackdown. The judge said the ban had interpreted a Supreme Court ruling too narrowly. That decision, made last month, partly reinstated the ban on refugees and travellers from six Muslim-majority countries. It said only those with "bona fide" family ties would be let into the US. But the Trump administration decided that did not include grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins. Judge Watson disagreed - and ordered that those restrictions should not be enforced, condemning the government's definition of a close relative as "unduly restrictive". Trump's ban on travel to the US for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been controversial since its announcement. The Supreme Court is still considering the current version of the law, and allowed a temporary ban to come into effect in June pending their full judgement in October.


SPORTS JULY 14
Friday 14th July 2017
Ben Callaghan of Stellarton finished third at the Nova Scotia junior golf championships. Playing in the U17 boys division, the Abercrombie Golf Club member shot a final round of seven-over par 77 on Thursday, three back of Ewan Kelly and seven strokes off the pace set by winner John Mosher.  His brother Evan Callaghan finished tied for 14th in junior division, posting a 77 in his final round. In the Bantam girls division, New Glasgow’s Taylor Long finished in 11th place overall in the girl’s division, but was fifth in the Bantam-aged group. The tournament was played this week at Ken-Wo in New Minas.
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Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Ladies twilight Softball League this past week. Game one saw the Orioles defeat the Blue Jays by a score of 7-4. Christa Webber’s triple and two singles and Sherri MacLeod’s double and two singles paved the way for Orioles. Debbie D’entremont and Alicia MacLeod had three singles apiece, followed by singles from Kelly Fraser, Arden Ehler, and Stacey Ferguson. Two singles each by Jill Davidson and Bev Sheehan, and singles from Judith Rogers, Kate Gratto, Heather Doubleday, and Jan Ferguson took care of the Blue jays offense. The Yankees outlasted the first place Cardinals to eke out a 10-8 victory in the night’s second game. Lisa James and Stephanie Heighton led the Yankees with two doubles and two singles each, followed by four singles by Claudette Wolfe, two singles by Laura Turner and Carol Hartling while Samantha Williams and Theresa Dewar batted in three runs apiece. Action continues Monday evening at the Albion Field with the Yankees and Orioles at 6:30 follwed by the Cardinals hosting the Blue Jays at 7:40.
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It's the IWK 250 Super Weekend at Riverside Speedworld in James River. On Friday, the Sportsman 150 and Maritime Legends will race. Saturday, it's the annual IWK 250 Pro Stock Race, featuring NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin and many local racers.
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The Melmerby Triathlon is next weekend at Melmerby Provincial Park. On Saturday July 22nd it's the Kids Triathlon, a free, Non-Competitive Event. All participants will receive a Race T-Shirt, Race Number, and Finishing Medal, with a BBQ to follow. On Sunday July 23rd, the Melmerby Triathlon will have four divisions: Try-A-Tri, Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic Distance. All participants receive a Race T-Shirt, Finishing Medal and Post Race Meal. The swim is parallel and close to the shoreline. The bike course is a one or two loop course and the roads and asphalt are in excellent condition. The run is also a loop course on the beach road and is pancake flat. Registration fee is only $60, Taxes and Insurance included. Learn more at johnnymiles.ca
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Reminder for those who have registered or going to register for the Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament: all fees must be paid by Monday, July 24th.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be holding a National Lifeguard Certification Course July 21-23 and 28-30. If you are 16 and have a Bronze Cross Certification NOW is the time to go to the next level. PLEASE NOTE: You must pre-register for these courses by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Winnipeg 33 Toronto 25


STOLEN RACE CAR RECOVERED
Thursday 13th July 2017
A $100,000 race car stolen from a Truro car dealership at the end of June has been found. The custom-made BMW M3 was not insured for theft, but video surveillance from nearby businesses showed the trailer being hauled by a small minivan. East Hants District RCMP located the trailer in an isolated area near Nine Mile River. The trailer and car were towed to the RCMP detachment in Bible Hill, where they're being examined by the RCMP Forensic Identification Section. There was some damage and parts removed, but the owner hopes to have it back in time to have it ready to race by the end of the month. Police are still looking for the person responsible for the theft. Anyone with further information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.


RCMP ANSWER DOZENS OF CALLS OVER PETS IN CARS
Thursday 13th July 2017
RCMP in Nova Scotia say they've responded to 69 complaints about animals being left unattended in vehicles since June 1st. In a news release, Corporal Dal Hutchinson says despite trying to educate people on the issue, they're still seeing individuals leaving their pets unattended in vehicles on hot days. The interior of vehicles can heat up very quickly, making it intolerable for pets and people. Cpl. Hutchinson says it's best to leave your pet at home and avoid the risk of putting them in distress or danger.


MOUNTIES WILL BE OUT OF UNIFORM IF THEY MARCH AT HFX PRIDE
Thursday 13th July 2017
Nova Scotia Mounties taking part in the Halifax Pride festivities this year won't be doing so in uniform. A news release from Halifax Pride said the decision was made mutually after the community identified challenges with including police in the Pride parade. Instead of marching in the Pride parade in uniform, Halifax Pride said RCMP would encourage officers to volunteer with the festival and explore other ways to engage with the LGBTQ community. Adam Reid, Halifax Pride's executive director, said the discussion around police presence in Pride events is contentious and divided. Halifax Regional Police announced in February it also wouldn't be marching in uniform in the parade for the same reason.


FEDS SPENDING $1 MILLION TO PROMOTE ACADIAN CULTURE
Thursday 13th July 2017
Ottawa is spending $1 million on dozens of projects that celebrate Acadian culture in Atlantic Canada. Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly was in Moncton, N.B., to announce funding for 59 projects for National Acadian Day events, including the Festival Acadien de Caraquet in New Brunswick and Grand-Pre 2017 in the Annapolis Valley. Joly says the money is part of the Canada 150 Fund and will give Acadian communities the chance to showcase their culture during National Acadian Day celebrations. MP Bill Casey says his riding has one of the country's most intact Acadian villages in Cumberland County at Beaubassin, where a park will open later this year. National Acadian Day is celebrated on Aug. 15 and dates back to the late 1800s, but was enacted by the federal government in 2003.


PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION AT NS ART GALLERY STUCK IN BUREAUCRATIC LIMBO
Thursday 13th July 2017
Four years after the country's largest collection of photographs by famed American artist Annie Leibovitz was donated to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the images of celebrity and pop culture icons are still in storage. The impasse stems from a refusal by an independent federal board to certify the multi-million dollar collection as "cultural property" of outstanding significance, leaving many well-known portraits in the dark, including a naked and pregnant Demi Moore, and Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the Blues Brothers. While the board certified Liebovitz's "file collection" — the series of snapshots that led to final photographs — it has refused to certify the large-scale exhibition-style prints. The gallery submitted its fourth and final application to the board in June and expects to hear back in the coming months. The certification provides important tax incentives to donors, encouraging private collectors to donate artwork to public institutions that couldn't otherwise afford them. However, it's those tax incentives that may have raised red flags. In fact, the laws around tax shelter gifting arrangements were changed two years after the donation was made.


LOBLAWS RECALLS PUB RECIPE CHICKEN NUGGETS
Thursday 13th July 2017
Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling select packages of chicken nuggets out of “an abundance of caution.” The grocery chain says some packages of President’s Choice pub recipe chicken nuggets may expose consumers to salmonella if the nuggets aren't properly handled. Loblaw says the recalled nuggets bear a best-before code of “2018 MR 15” and were sold prior to Wednesday in most of the country at Loblaw stores and at affiliated outlets including Atlantic Superstore, Dominion, Your Independent Grocer, Wholesale Club and Shoppers Drug Mart. According to Health Canada guidelines, salmonella can be avoided if consumers properly follow cooking instructions and cook frozen raw, breaded chicken products to an internal temperature of at least 74 degrees Celsius (165 degrees Fahrenheit). Loblaw says all affected products have been removed from store shelves. Customers can return the product to any store where President’s Choice products are sold for a full refund, with or without a receipt.


JULIE PAYETTE WILL BE NEXT GOVERNOR GENERAL
Thursday 13th July 2017
Former astronaut Julie Payette will be the next governor general. The 53-year-old Montrealer, who speaks six languages, will be officially announced as the replacement for David Johnston by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later today. A computer engineer with a commercial pilot licence, Payette was picked from over 5,000 applicants in 1992 to be one of four new astronauts with the Canadian Space Agency. She participated in two space flights to the International Space Station and served as the CSA's chief astronaut between 2000 and 2007. Johnston is stepping down as governor general in September. The role has in recent decades alternated between francophones and anglophones.


SPORTS JULY 13
Thursday 13th July 2017
Five Pictou County athletes are part of Team Nova Scotia at this year's Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field championships in Brandon, Manitoba. The five members are Brett Corbin of Lyons Brook (long jump, triple jump and high jump), Pictou’s Eric Hughes (110m hurdles), Jenna Reid of Pictou (javelin), Parker Swain (discus, shot put) and Pictou’s Jake Temple (javelin). So far, a total of 36 athletes have been named to the team, while two more will be added this week.
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It's the IWK 250 Super Weekend at Riverside Speedworld in James River. On Friday, the Sportsman 150 and Maritime Legends will race. On Saturday, it's the annual IWK 250 Pro Stock Race, featuring NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin and many local racers.
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The Melmerby Triathlon is next weekend at Melmerby Provincial Park. On Saturday July 22nd it's the Kids Triathlon, a free, Non-Competitive Event. All participants will receive a Race T-Shirt, Race Number, and Finishing Medal, with a BBQ to follow. On Sunday July 23rd, the Melmerby Triathlon will have four divisions: Try-A-Tri, Super Sprint, Sprint and Olympic Distance. All participants receive a Race T-Shirt, Finishing Medal and Post Race Meal. The swim is parallel and close to the shoreline. The bike course is a one or two loop course and the roads and asphalt are in excellent condition. The run is also a loop course on the beach road and is pancake flat. Registration fee is only $60, Taxes and Insurance included. Learn more at johnnymiles.ca
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Reminder for those who have registered or going to register for the Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament: all fees must be paid by Monday, July 24th.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be holding a National Lifeguard Certification Course July 21-23 and 28-30. If you are 16 and have a Bronze Cross Certification NOW is the time to go to the next level. PLEASE NOTE: You must pre-register for these courses by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby won the ESPY Award for best NHL player on Wednesday night. Crosby beat out Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid, Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. It’s Crosby’s eighth time winning the award. The 29-year-old from Cole Harbour, N.S., scored 44 goals and added 45 assists for the Penguins this season, helping to guide them to a second straight Stanley Cup championship. Crosby was also nominated for the ESPY for best male athlete, losing out to NBA MVP Russell Westbrook. Crosby was one of two Canadians to win awards on the night. Olympic snowboarder Mark McMorris of Regina was named best male action athlete.


CITING STRONG ECONOMIC GROWTH, BANK OF CANADA HIKES INTEREST RATES
Wednesday 12th July 2017
The experts say it's a major turning point for the economy, and it's good news for people who have been searching for economic momentum. The Bank of Canada has raised interest rates for the first time in 7 years.
The trend-setting rate is now up to 0.75 per cent, an increase of a quarter of a point.
That move will now increase the costs of variable rate mortgages, home equity lines of credit and other loans.
Local realtors say it's not so much the amount of the increase, but the fact that interest rates are actually increasing for the first time since September of 2010.
That could cause a flurry of activity in real estate offices as people start to realize that the rock bottom housing deals we've been experiencing might not be around much longer.
The announcement comes following a series of data showing the Canadian economy has just come through 6 months of solid growth.


ICEBERG THE SIZE OF PEI BREAKS OFF FROM ANTARCTICA
Wednesday 12th July 2017
One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up. The one trillion tonne iceberg, some 200 square kilometres larger than P.E.I, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between Monday and today, according to scientists at the University of Swansea and the British Antarctic Survey. Throughout the Antarctic winter, scientists monitored the progress of the rift in the ice shelf using the European Space Agency satellites. They believe it is likely to break into fragments, some of which may head out into warmer waters. The ice will add to risks for ships now it has broken off. The peninsula is outside major trade routes but is the main destination for cruise ships visiting from South America. The iceberg was already floating before it broke away, so there is no immediate impact on sea levels, but the calving has left the Larsen C ice shelf reduced in area by more than 12 per cent. The Larsen A and B ice shelves, which were situated further north on the Antarctic Peninsula, collapsed in 1995 and 2002, respectively.


PUBLIC ASKED TO PUT AWAY BIRD FEEDERS TO STOP RAPID SPREAD OF PARASITE
Wednesday 12th July 2017
A highly contagious infection is spreading through finch populations in Atlantic Canada and experts are asking for the public's help to stop the spread of the disease. The problem is the avian parasite trichomoniasis, which leads to an infection in the throats of birds, making them unable to swallow. Dave Currie, president of the Nova Scotia Bird Society, said the infection is among the worst he's seen in his nearly 40 years of observing birds in Nova Scotia. Currie says reports are coming in from across the province of very sick and lethargic purple finches and gold finches. Affected birds look skinny and have ruffled plumage. Currie tells CBC that in order to stop the spread, people should take down their feeders and bird baths, clean them with a diluted bleach solution and put them away for the summer. Currie warns the parasite can spread to all birds, including pet birds like budgies and parrots, as well as to birds of prey like hawks and eagles who feed on infected birds.


ANTIGONISH MAN MISSING AFTER KAYAK TRIP
Wednesday 12th July 2017
RCMP are asking for the public's help to find a missing 32-year-old man from Antigonish. Police say Jason William MacGrath left the Cape George area in a Kayak around noon on Sunday. The kayak was found last night around 5:30 p.m. on the Western shore of Inverness County near Gillis Pond in Judique Interval. MacGrath is described as a white man, standing 5'8" tall and weighing 155 pounds, with light brown hair and hazel eyes. Officers say he was wearing a black t-shirt and beige shorts. Antigonish RCMP, along with the military's Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, ground search and rescue, RCMP police dogs and a helicopter will continue the search this morning. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the police or Crime Stoppers.


PLAN TO REMOVE CORNWALLIS STATUE A BAD IDEA: HFX MAYOR SAVAGE
Wednesday 12th July 2017
The mayor of Halifax is speaking out against a plan circulating on social media to forcibly remove a statue of Edward Cornwallis from a downtown park that bears the name of the city's contentious founder. Mike Savage issued a statement Tuesday saying any action to remove the statue is not condoned by the Nova Scotia Assembly of Mi'kmaq Chiefs. The mayor says he understand that many Indigenous people and others disagree with the continued presence of Cornwallis on a pedestal in a public park. Cornwallis and his military council issued an infamous scalping proclamation in 1749 promising a bounty for the scalp of every Mi'kmaq. Savage says he is committed to a resolution of the polarizing situation and notes that city council has asked a panel to make recommendations, including potentially removing the statue and renaming the park. A Facebook event called ``Removing Cornwallis'' invites people to a protest Saturday, and to ``peacefully remove'' the statue. Halifax Regional Police say they are aware of the planned protest, but they expect it to be peaceful.


MORE EVACUATIONS LIKELY AS WILDFIRES BURN IN BC - RELIEF DONATIONS POURING IN
Wednesday 12th July 2017
Firefighters on the front lines of British Columbia's raging wildfires are bracing for expected lightning and wind today, with all eyes on Williams Lake where more than 10,000 people are under an evacuation alert. Residents of the Central Interior community have been told to be ready to leave at a moment's notice, with municipal officials warning the weather could rapidly push fires toward the city. More than 14,000 people have been displaced by about 200 fires burning across the province, and Bob Turner of Emergency Management BC says the province is preparing for the possibility of mass evacuations. He says if an evacuation order goes into effect in Williams Lake, people will be sent north on Highway 97 to Prince George, but Canadian Armed Forces aircraft and helicopters are also standing by in case airlifts are necessary. Turner says the province's priority is public safety and he encourages people to heed evacuation orders when they are issued. But the chief of the Bonaparte Indian Band north of Ashcroft says they defied an evacuation order over the weekend and successfully stopped flames from overrunning their reserve.
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Canada's big banks and other companies are donating sizeable sums to the Canadian Red Cross to help the victims of the wildfires in British Columbia. The Red Cross says cash donations for wildfire victims are coming in from across B.C. and Canada, and with the crisis expected to continue, there is no set goal for fundraising efforts. On Tuesday, Scotiabank, CIBC, Royal Bank and the Bank of Montreal each said they would donate $50,000 to the relief effort. The banks also said donations to the Red Cross can be made at any of their branches. Donors are asked to indicate that their donation is for the British Columbia Fires Appeal. Other corporate donations announced Tuesday include $100,000 each from Honda and the BC Automobile Association, plus $25,000 each from Sun Life Financial and CN Rail.


TRUDEAU TO MEET WITH VP PENCE AT GOVERNOR'S MEETING
Wednesday 12th July 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold a bilateral meeting with U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence later this week while they're both visiting a conference of U.S. state governors. The men will be in Rhode Island for a gathering of more than three dozen governors, and there had been whispers that the Canadian delegation might spend time with a high-profile U.S. federal official. A Canadian official has confirmed to the Canadian Press the official is Pence. Lest anyone read any political intrigue into the meeting with the man who is second in line to the U.S. presidency, the official stressed this event was arranged before the latest headlines involving President Donald Trump's family contacts with Russians. With NAFTA negotiations approaching, Canada also has a strategy of reaching out to 11 politically important states — in the hope that, if trade talks hit a rough patch, their governors will advocate for continued open borders. Some of those governors will be in Rhode Island. Trudeau will deliver a speech and hold a more informal public exchange with the governors Friday.


GERMAN POLICE SEARCHING FOR MILLION DOLLAR CANADIAN GOLD COIN
Wednesday 12th July 2017
Police in Germany have arrested several people following raids in Berlin in connection with the theft of a massive gold coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint that had been stolen from a city museum in March. The 100-kilogram “Big Maple Leaf” coin was stolen in a spectacular heist from Berlin’s Bode museum. The coin is three centimetres thick with a diameter of 53 centimetres and has a portrait of the Queen on one side and maple leaves on the other. At least two burglars broke into the museum, using a ladder to climb to a window from elevated railway tracks. They grabbed the coin and loaded it onto a wheelbarrow. The coin was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007 and is in the Guinness Book of Records for the purity of its gold. Royal Canadian Mint spokesman Alex Reeves said at the time of the theft that the coin has a face value of $1 million, but by weight alone it would be worth almost US$4.5 million at market prices. He said a total of five coins were produced and the one stolen in Germany was one of those five. Police believe the coin may have already been melted down and sold.


SPORTS JULY 12
Wednesday 12th July 2017
Ben Callaghan is near the top of the leader board halfway through the U17 boys division at the Nova Scotia junior golf championships, being played this week at Ken-Wo in the Annapolis Valley. Callaghan, who plays out of Abercrombie Golf Club, trails Mark Chandler of Chester by one stroke after the second round. Callaghan was four-over par on Tuesday, picking up three birdies to offset five bogeys and a double-bogey on his round. Callaghan started the tournament with an even-par 70 on Monday. His brother, Evan Callaghan followed up his first-round 80 with a 77 on Tuesday, and sits in 22nd place in the Junior division. In the Bantam girls division, New Glasgow’s Taylor Long had scores of 96 and 93 over the first two days of the tournament, while Keighan DeCoff of Frasers Mountain fired rounds of 110 and 101 and missed the cut. 
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Five Pictou County athletes are part of Team Nova Scotia at this year's Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field championships in Brandon, Manitoba. The five members are Brett Corbin of Lyons Brook (long jump, triple jump and high jump), Pictou’s Eric Hughes (110m hurdles), Jenna Reid of Pictou (javelin), Parker Swain (discus, shot put) and Pictou’s Jake Temple (javelin). So far, a total of 36 athletes have been named to the team, while two more will be added later this week.
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Reminder for those who have registered or going to register for the Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament: all fees must be paid by Monday, July 24th.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be holding a National Lifeguard Certification Course July 21-23 and 28-30. If you are 16 and have a Bronze Cross Certification NOW is the time to go to the next level. PLEASE NOTE: You must pre-register for these courses by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Scotsburn Recreation Parents vs Kids Baseball will take place Wednesday at 6:30 in the ball field. Join our summer rec leaders Kyle and Courtney every Wednesday from 6:30 - 8 for fun parents vs kids activities. Those who can, are asked to make a $10 donation the first time your family comes to cover the whole summer. Summer recreation registration will take place during this time as well as there are still spots available.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Seattle's Robinson Cano hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning off Wade Davis of the Chicago Cubs, and the American League topped the National League 2-1 in the All-Star Game.


SANDESON GETS 25 YEARS MINIMUM FOR FIRST-DEGREE MURDER
Tuesday 11th July 2017
A Halifax medical student has been sentenced to at least 25 years behind bars. William Sandeson was found guilty of the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Taylor Samson, a fellow Dalhousie University student whose body has never been found. The sentence and parole eligibility period are automatic with a conviction of first-degree murder, though Sandeson was given credit for 693 days in custody. Sandeson's lawyer asked if Sandeson could stay at the provincial jail in Burnside, but the judge said that wasn't possible as the murder sentence is federal.


SIXTH MEMBER OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN INQUIRY RESIGNS
Tuesday 11th July 2017
Marilyn Poitras has resigned as a commissioner for the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In a letter of resignation obtained by CBC News, Poitras said she supports the principles of the inquiry but can not continue her work within the current framework. Poitras' resignation is the sixth by an inquiry staffer since it was formed last September. Last week, Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett said the inquiry would go forward, and the inquiry announced plans to conduct hearings across the country beginning in Thunder Bay this fall.


TWO MEN CHARGED WITH STUNTING IN PICTOU COUNTY
Tuesday 11th July 2017
Two men have been caught stunting in Pictou County. On Friday afternoon, RCMP Eastern Traffic Services clocked a Chevrolet Equinox travelling 169 km/h on Highway 104 near Saltsprings. A 19-year-old man from New Victoria was charged for stunting, had his licence suspended for 7 days and his vehicle seized. Less than 40 minutes later, a 42-year-old man from Pictou County suffered the same penalty after he was clocked at 163 km/h on Highway 104 in Telford. Both men face fines of over $2,400. If you see someone driving unsafely on the road, report it to the RCMP at 1-800-803-RCMP (7267) or 911.


STELLARTON MAN SEEKS DISMISSAL OF SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE OVER DELAYS
Tuesday 11th July 2017
A Stellarton man convicted in January of sexual assault is trying to have the case dismissed, saying he was not tried within a reasonable time. 46 year-old Troy Leonard Pennell of Harmony Lane was scheduled to be sentenced June 16 following the postponement of several sentencing dates. On the day of the sentencing hearing, Pennell informed Judge Warren Zimmer that he was dismissing his Legal Aid lawyer and hiring New Glasgow attorney Ed Patterson. Last Friday, Patterson made an application to the court under the Charter of Rights alleging that Pennell’s right to be tried within a reasonable time had been violated. Patterson was granted an adjournment to prepare his charter argument, despite objections from Crown attorney Rick Hartlen that any delays in the case had been due to the defence. In January, Zimmer found Pennell guilty of sexually assaulting a woman who was asleep in her tent during the 2013 Dutch Mason Blues Festival in Bible Hill. Last summer, following the R vs. Jordan case in the Supreme Court of Canada relating to lengthy court delays, new rules were established to the effect that all provincial court cases are to be concluded within 18 months of the original charge being laid while Supreme Court cases should be heard within 30 months.


POLICE WATCHDOG TO LOOK INTO NEW INFORMATION ON CLAYTON MILLER CASE
Tuesday 11th July 2017
The Serious Incident Response Team has responded to Monday's news conference held by the lawyer for Clayton Miller’s family. Ray Wagner says there’s new evidence in the disappearance and death of the teen in 1990 after a drinking party in New Waterford – that Ground Search and Rescue conducted a search of a stream the day before Miller’s body was found and his body wasn’t there. The provincial police watchdog, which cleared the New Waterford police of any wrongdoing in Miller's death after an investigation in 2014 and 2015, says it was told by the fire department in New Waterford that no such search had been conducted. SIRT says it will follow up on the information provided by Wagner and determine what effect it has on conclusions of the previous investigation. Wagner is asking anyone with information about the Clayton Miller case to contact his law firm.


ATLANTIC CANADA TO FORM A SINGLE POLICE WATCHDOG
Tuesday 11th July 2017
Plans are in the works to create a single, civilian-led agency to police the police in Atlantic Canada. Senior government officials in the four provinces have confirmed the plan is to expand Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team into a region-wide investigator. However, some observers say the four provinces should take the opportunity to create a regional watchdog that can go beyond simply assessing whether officers have broken a law. John Sewell, a former mayor of Toronto and expert on police issues, says if the Atlantic provinces want to expand the agency, they should also give it the power to make recommendations on how police can improve their performance. Four deputy ministers of justice met in early June and came to an agreement in principle to establish a regional team. Michael Comeau, deputy minister of justice in New Brunswick, says there are details to be worked out on funding and other issues, but he says the deputies agreed a single agency could be recommended to their respective cabinet ministers.


MI'KMAQ LEADER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT
Tuesday 11th July 2017
A Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq leader and regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations has been charged with assault after an alleged fight in a Cape Breton hotel last month. Chief Morley Googoo was charged Thursday with assault and causing a disturbance at the Hampton Inn in Membertou on June 17th. Police say they responded to reports of a disturbance at about 11 p.m. but would not release details as the matter is now before the courts. Googoo is set to appear in Sydney provincial court on July 31st. The conditions of his release include remaining in the province, abstaining from alcohol or drugs, staying away from the Hampton Inn and the Membertou Trade and Convention Centre, not communicating with the alleged victim and keeping the peace. The former chief of the Waycobah First Nation was re-elected as the Nova Scotia and Newfoundland representative of the Assembly of First Nations in March.


'ICEBERG ALLEY' VERY BUSY THIS YEAR
Tuesday 11th July 2017
Iceberg Alley off Newfoundland has been an especially dangerous stretch this year with almost 1,000 icebergs counted in North Atlantic shipping lanes since February. Gabrielle McGrath, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard's International Ice Patrol, says it's already among the top 20 most severe ice seasons since records began in 1900. A final ranking won't be known until later as some bergs are still drifting down the Labrador coast. The patrol was formed after an iceberg sank the Titanic in 1912. It works with Canadian partners to track icebergs in shipping lanes and warn mariners. McGrath says the ice patrol has a perfect safety record for those who heed its warnings. She says a series of low-pressure systems last spring drove hundreds of icebergs close to shore along with unusually thick sea ice.


BC WILDFIRES COULD TAKE WEEKS TO GET UNDER CONTROL
Tuesday 11th July 2017
The head of emergency management in British Columbia says the province's wildfire situation will remain challenging for several weeks. More than 200 fires continue to burn across the province, but Bob Turner of Emergency Management BC says the situation is still deteriorating. He says about 14,000 people have been evacuated and the government's priority is keeping residents safe. An evacuation alert was also issued for the more than 10,000 residents of Williams Lake last night, with municipal officials warning that more wind and lightning could push fires towards the city at a "rapid pace." Kevin Skrepnek, chief information officer with the BC Wildfire Service, says gusty winds and hot, dry conditions are expected to persist throughout the province over the next several days, meaning fire crews will not get a reprieve. The fires, which have scorched about 400 square kilometres of land, are being fought by some 1,000 B.C. firefighters, with about 300 colleagues and support staff arriving from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick.


SPORTS JULY 11
Tuesday 11th July 2017
Pictou County Athletics Track and Field Club won its fourth consecutive provincial championship on the weekend at Beazley Field in Dartmouth. 69 athletes competed in all age categories ranging from Mosquito (ages 6-9) to Masters (ages 35+).
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be holding a National Lifeguard Certification Course July 21-23 and 28-30. If you are 16 and have a Bronze Cross Certification NOW is the time to go to the next level. PLEASE NOTE: You must pre-register for these courses by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Scotsburn Recreation Parents vs Kids Baseball will take place Wednesday at 6:30 in the ball field. Join our summer rec leaders Kyle and Courtney every Wednesday from 6:30 - 8 for fun parents vs kids activities. Those who can, are asked to make a $10 donation the first time your family comes to cover the whole summer. Summer recreation registration will take place during this time as well as there are still spots available.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Aaron Judge won the Home Run Derby, beating Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins 11-10 in the final at Marlins Park. 

Expos fans hoping for a reboot will have to wait awhile. Major League Baseball will continue to delay any plans for expansion until after the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays get new ballparks, according to baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. The Expos played in Montreal from 1969 until 2004, at which point the franchise was relocated to Washington, D.C. and the team became known as the Nationals.  The team's decline from the mid-1990s onward left the Expos unviable but renewed interest in bringing a team back to Montreal has grown in recent years. The Toronto Blue Jays have drawn impressive turnouts in the pre-season games played at Montreal's Olympic Stadium in the past two seasons. The Athletics currently share the Oakland—Alameda County Coliseum with the NFL's Raiders. It was opened in 1966 and is considered antiquated. Tropicana Field, where the Rays play, was opened in 1990. It is the smallest MLB stadium by seating capacity when obstructed-view rows in the uppermost sections are covered with tarp as they are for most Rays games.


CLAYTON MILLER FAMILY LAWYER ANNOUNCES NEW INFORMATION IN DECADES OLD CASE
Monday 10th July 2017
Lawyers for the family of a Cape Breton teenager who died 27 years ago say there's been a major development. Ray Wagner announced new findings in the Clayton Miller case at a news conference in Halifax. Two investigations — conducted by Nova Scotia's chief medical examiner and the province's independent police watchdog — concluded in 2015 that the 17-year-old was drunk when he fell into a stream in New Waterford while trying to run from police, who had raided a nearby bush party on May 4, 1990. A subsequent inquest and RCMP investigation both cleared the New Waterford police department. But over the years, Miller's family has raised questions about the circumstances surrounding the teen's death, saying they believe key information was withheld from the public. Several witnesses have claimed over the years that they never saw Miller's body on the day it was discovered in the brook where police found it. Wagner showed new evidence from Bryan McDonald, who was with Ground Search and Rescue at the time and organized the search for Miller. In a taped interview with Wagner, McDonald says if Miller had been in the brook, they would have found him, and that he was surprised when police said the next day Miller was found there. Wagner says his firm has been trying to track down other searchers, but have only been able to reach McDonald. Many of them are deceased. Wagner is asking anyone with information about the Clayton Miller case to contact his law firm.


SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE THURSDAY WHETHER TO HEAR DENNIS OLAND CASE
Monday 10th July 2017
Dennis Oland will find out Thursday morning whether the country's highest court will review his second-degree murder case in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his father, multimillionaire Richard Oland. The Crown is seeking to have the jury's guilty verdict reinstated, while Oland's defence is seeking an acquittal instead of the retrial ordered by the New Brunswick Court of Appeal when it quashed his conviction last fall. If the top court agrees to hear the matter, a hearing will be scheduled. If ​it denies the applications, a date for Oland's new trial will be set. The Supreme Court receives about 600 applications for leave to appeal each year. Of those, only about 80 are granted. A three-justice panel consisting of Justices Michael Moldaver, Suzanne Coté and Malcolm Rowe have been considering the applications from the Crown and defence since June 12. Oland, 49, remains free on bail under conditions pending a new trial. The Supreme Court sided with his defence lawyers in March, ruling the New Brunswick Court of Appeal had wrongly denied Oland bail while he waited to appeal his conviction. Oland was convicted in December 2015 and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for at least 10 years. He served about 10 months before the New Brunswick Court of Appeal overturned his conviction, citing an error in the trial judge's instructions to the jury. Dennis Oland's extended family has maintained his innocence from the beginning.


HUMAN RIGHTS BOARD FINDS ENVIRONMENT DEPT DISCRIMINATED AGAINST FORMER EMPLOYEE
Monday 10th July 2017
An independent human rights board of inquiry has ruled that the Nova Scotia Department of Environment discriminated against Sandra Wakeham when it did not provide reasonable accommodation as an employer for her disability. Board chair Kathryn Raymond ruled that the Department of Environment must pay Wakeham $35,000 in general damages and $51,000 in damages for the loss of past income. The finding and related remedies were determined after a board of inquiry which began in June 2016. The two-part decision can be found online.


PROVINCIAL DATA SHOWS CHASE THE ACE IS CHASING AWAY BINGO REVENUE
Monday 10th July 2017
Data released by the province shows that Nova Scotians are trading their bingo dabbers for Chase the Ace tickets. Between 1997 and 2016, bingo revenues have dropped more than half, from $90.6 million to $44 million. Many bingo halls have shuttered their facilities over the last twenty years because of this. The amount of money wagered on charitable lotteries had steady increases from 1997 onwards, but jumped 67 percent between 2014 and 2016, increasing to $58.5 million. In the provincial government's most recent annual gaming report, the popularity of Chase the Ace was cited as a contributing factor. As a whole, the amount Nova Scotians spent on gambling has increased by 46 per cent in the last 19 years, rising from $940 million to almost $1.4 billion. The province's overall cut from gambling revenues has increased 78 per cent over the past 19 years. It now brings in $160 million a year for government coffers, up from $90 million.


TWO PEI FERRY CROSSINGS FULL TODAY, BUT SECOND SHIP EXPECTED IN SERVICE TUESDAY *UPDATED 10:00 AM*
Monday 10th July 2017
The headaches for travellers headed to and from PEI should be over soon. Due to mechanical issues with the MV Confederation, Northumberland Ferries is running a modified schedule with five daily departures from each port on the MV Holiday Island. Northumberland Ferries says the Wood Islands departures at 1 and 4:30pm are full, therefore only customers with confirmed reservations will board. But the company says the parts to repair the MV Confederation are expected be installed this evening, enabling the ship to return to regularly scheduled service tomorrow. Check www.ferries.ca for the latest information.


HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN LUNENBURG COUNTY
Monday 10th July 2017
RCMP say foul play isn't suspected in the death of a person whose remains were found in Lunenburg County on Friday. Cpl. Andrew Joyce said a man was working in the woods near Highway 103 in Blockhouse when he discovered the remains just after 4 p.m. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner's office is working to determine the person's identity. Joyce said evidence discovered at the scene is what led police to believe they know who the person is and that there was no foul play, but they need forensic confirmation to confirm their theory on the identity. He said police believe the remains have been at the location for some time.


SCIENTISTS LOSE CONTACT WITH WHALE RESCUED FROM NORTHERN NB
Monday 10th July 2017
Scientists are looking for signs of a young whale that was flown from a New Brunswick river to the waters off Quebec after losing contact with the whale a few days ago. The beluga, which is about two metres long, was captured alone in the Nepisiquit River last month and transported to Quebec, where it was released near Cacouna in the St. Lawrence Estuary. The Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals said it hasn't received satellite transmissions from the whale, which was outfitted with a tracking device so scientists could monitor its movements, since last Tuesday. The group said officials are holding out hope that the beluga is still alive and its tracking device has been lost or broken. The population of belugas in the St. Lawrence has been declining since the early 2000s and it's believed there are fewer than 900 of them still in existence. They were placed on the endangered species list last fall.


BC DECLARES PROVINCE-WIDE EMERGENCY AS WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO SPREAD
Monday 10th July 2017
Residents in the town of 100 Mile House were ordered to leave their homes Sunday evening as winds picked up and fanned the flames of the many wildfires in the tinder-dry B.C. Interior. Authorities are urging evacuees to head north to Prince George — not to go south to Kamloops, which is already struggling to meet the needs of evacuees from other parts of the province. Earlier in the day, Ottawa announced it will help B.C. battle out-of-control wildfires sweeping through the province. Ralph Goodale, federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said he approved the provincial government's request for help on Sunday afternoon. Federal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan confirmed that the Canadian Forces are on standby. Earlier in the afternoon, Premier Christy Clark announced the province had created a $100-million relief fund to help those affected by the fires. Clark and premier-designate John Horgan were both scheduled to travel to Kamloops to visit evacuees. Horgan will replace Clark when he is sworn in on July 18. Around 220 wildfires are currently burning across the the province. More than 10,000 people have been pushed out of their homes since Friday.  The province also announced more than five dozen provincial parks would be closed as a precaution until further notice. A state of emergency remains in effect for all of B.C. There hasn't been such a state province-wide since 2,500 fires broke out in the summer of 2003.


SPORTS JULY 10
Monday 10th July 2017
Roller Derby Season is back! The Kicken Vixens fought hard and won their first game in Halifax on Saturday against the Dockyard Brawlers 269 to 264. MVP Jammer was Rocken Roller (Char Pentz) & Eye Sock Ya (Marla Cameron) was MVP blocker.
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Pictou County Athletics Track and Field Club won its fourth consecutive provincial championship on the weekend at Beazley Field in Dartmouth. 69 athletes competed in all age categories ranging from Mosquito (ages 6-9) to Masters (ages 35+).
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be holding a National Lifeguard Certification Course July 21-23 and 28-30. If you are 16 and have a Bronze Cross Certification NOW is the time to go to the next level. PLEASE NOTE: You must pre-register for these courses by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club has spaces available for Summer Rec classes running Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings 4-5, 5-6, 6-7, 7-8 , Gymnastics Day Camps for school age children, Monday - Fridays 8:30-4:30 and Preschool Camps Tuesday- Thursday 8:30-12:00.   Day camps offer a variety of crafts, games and activities, with fun weekly themes as well as time dedicated to gymnastics. No experience necessary. All athletes work at their own skill level. For more information on times and dates please call 902-695-3699 or check the detailed post on facebook at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club".
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Scotsburn Recreation Parents vs Kids Baseball will take place Wednesday at 6:30 in the ball field. Join our summer rec leaders Kyle and Courtney every Wednesday from 6:30 - 8 for fun parents vs kids activities. Those who can, are asked to make a $10 donation the first time your family comes to cover the whole summer. Summer recreation registration will take place during this time as well as there are still spots available.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
Carlos Correa hit a pair of home runs and drove in five runs as the Houston Astros crushed the Toronto Blue Jays 19-1.
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R.J. Barrett scored 18 points and 12 rebounds as Canada downed Italy 79-60 in Cairo to win the FIBA under-19 men's basketball World Cup. It's the first time Canada has ever played for, and won, a medal at the tournament.


ONLY ONE FERRY MAKING THE CROSSING FROM NS TO PEI
Sunday 9th July 2017
Due to mechancial issues, Northumberland Ferries is now running a modified schedule. Until further notice, five departures from each port will be performed by the MV Holiday Island. Departure times are as follows: Leaving Wood Islands, PEI at 6:30am, 9:30am, 1:00pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm. Leaving Caribou, NS at 8:00am, 11:15am, 2:45pm, 6:00pm and 9:00pm. All other previously scheduled departures today are cancelled. Customers holding reservations on cancelled sailings will be contacted and accommodated on the next available sailing. If suitable alternate arrangements cannot be made, customer reservations will be fully refunded. Customers are encouraged to monitor www.ferries.ca for updates.


PICTOU LANDING CHIEF TO ATTEND UN CONFERENCE ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
Friday 7th July 2017
Two commissioners with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, Chief Andrea Paul of Pictou Landing First Nation and Cheryl Knockwood of Membertou First Nation, will attend a United Nations meeting on the rights of Indigenous peoples in Geneva next week. Titled the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the session is held annually to discuss how the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can improve Indigenous peoples' lives. Christine Hanson, director and CEO of the Human Rights Commission, says the Nova Scotia commissioners will be instrumental in helping bring attention to indigenous rights not only in Nova Scotia, but throughout Canada.


LAWYER PROMISES NEW DEVELOPMENT IN CLAYTON MILLER CASE
Friday 7th July 2017
Lawyers for the family of a Nova Scotia teenager who died three decades ago say there is a major development in the case. Ray Wagner says his firm will announce the findings in the Clayton Miller case at a news conference on Monday in Halifax. Two investigations, conducted by the province's chief medical examiner and the province's independent police watchdog, concluded in 2015 that the 17-year-old was drunk when he fell into a stream in New Waterford while trying to run from police, who had raided a nearby bush party on May 4, 1990. Doctors had come to differing conclusions about the cause of his death and a subsequent inquest and RCMP investigation both cleared the New Waterford police department of any wrongdoing. But over the years, Miller's family has raised questions about the circumstances surrounding the teen's death, saying they believe key information was withheld from the public. They have long called for the investigation to be reopened.


GAS & DIESEL UP 2.5 CENTS
Friday 7th July 2017
There's been a bump at the pumps. Regular self-serve gas is up two and a half cents to $1.036 per litre, with diesel up the same amount to 95.1 cents per litre.


CAMPBELL MURDER TRIAL DATES SET FOR SEPT 2018
Friday 7th July 2017
A 37-year-old man accused of murdering Nicole Campbell will likely go to trial next fall. Three weeks beginning 10 September 2018 have been reserved for Robert Jason MacKenzie’s trial in Pictou Supreme Court, pending confirmation from his lawyer. MacKenzie is charged with the second-degree murder of 33-year-old Campbell who was found in a New Glasgow apartment on 30 December 2015. MacKenzie also faces charges of robbery and carrying a weapon with the purpose to commit a crime in a separate incident. During his last appearance June 15, MacKenzie was waiting to hear if Legal Aid would grant him a certificate to hire a lawyer outside of those who work for Legal Aid. He was previously represented by Legal Aid lawyers, but fired them before his preliminary inquiry. 


LOCAL RIVER GROUP GETS FUNDING FOR RESTORATION IN SIX MILE BROOK
Friday 7th July 2017
The Pictou County Rivers Association will receive funding through the federal Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) for a restoration project. The $25,000 will be used for fish habitat restoration in Six Mile Brook, a tributary of the West River. A release from Environment and Climate Change Canada says the project’s goal is to improve the stream system by reducing the amount of aggregate material that enters it. Though distributed by the EDF, the funding is part of the $225,000 penalty against Northern Pulp in May of last year for a pipeline break that spilled over 47 million litres of effluent into an area leading to the East River and Pictou Harbour. The Mi’kmaw Conservation Group, the Pictou County Rivers Association, and the Pictou Landing First Nation were each to receive $75,000 under the program to carry out fish and fish habitat projects in Pictou County.


CB MURDER TRIAL MOVED UP TO AVOID 'UNREASONABLE DELAY'
Friday 7th July 2017
The first-degree murder trial for a Glace Bay man accused of killing World War Two vet Harold "Buster" Slaunwhite has been bumped up to October 2018 to avoid contravening the Supreme Court of Canada's "unreasonable delay" ruling. The original trial date for Raymond Glenn Farrow, who was charged in December 2016, had not been until March 2019.  However, the 27-month gap between the laying of the charge against Farrow and his trial was perilously close to the 30-month maximum set down last year by Canada's top court. The 2019 court date was assigned Wednesday morning. By afternoon, adjustments had made to the court schedule and an earlier date of October 2018 was found. There are only two full-time Nova Scotia Supreme Court justices in Sydney and jury trials are only held in the spring and fall sessions. Justice Minister Mark Furey said Thursday the province is working to comply with the Supreme Court of Canada guidelines. A criminal justice transformation group has been created to clear up backlogs. Six appointments were made in the last six months to the Nova Scotia Provincial Court bench.


PROVINCE NOT ON HOOK FOR FERRY ENGINE REPAIRS: HINES
Friday 7th July 2017
Provincial Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines says the cost of engine repairs for the ferry between Yarmouth and Maine is expected to be picked up by the engine manufacturer, not the province. Bay Ferries and engine manufacturer MTU are investigating the cause of the malfunction of one of the Cat's four engines. ​The ferry still remains in service, but not at full power, adding another hour to the 5½ hour trip. The ferry is also running fewer round trips per week for the time being. Hines said he didn't know if ferry would need to be out of service to fix the faulty engine. Despite that, Bay Ferries is expected to well exceed ticket sales for last season. Last year, Bay Ferries carried 35,551 passengers between June 15 and Oct. 1 — over 15,000 fewer than in 2015, when the Nova Star ferry brought across 51,038 passengers.


SPORTS JULY 7
Friday 7th July 2017
Help cheer on Nova Scotia's best young athletes on Saturday as they get ready to represent the province at Canada's largest multi-sport event later this month. The public pep rally will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Parade in downtown Halifax for the 425 athletes, coaches and managers who will be attending the 2017 Canada Summer Games, July 28th to Aug.13th, in Winnipeg. This is the largest Team Nova Scotia in more than 15 years. Nova Scotia chef de mission Stephen Gallant says the young athletes have been working very hard so that they can do their best while representing their province and communities at the Canada Games. Nova Scotians can find information about their team, its athletes, and how to follow their progress at www.teamnovascotia.ca. Fifteen athletes from Pictou County are part of Team Nova Scotia.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club has spaces available for Summer Rec classes running Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings 4-5, 5-6, 6-7, 7-8 , Gymnastics Day Camps for school age children, Monday - Fridays 8:30-4:30 and Preschool Camps Tuesday- Thursday 8:30-12:00.   Day camps offer a variety of crafts, games and activities, with fun weekly themes as well as time dedicated to gymnastics. No experience necessary. All athletes work at their own skill level. For more information on times and dates please call 902-695-3699 or check the detailed post on facebook at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club".
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Scotsburn Recreation Parents vs Kids Baseball will take place Wednesday July 12th at 6:30 in the ball field. Join our summer rec leaders Kyle and Courtney every Wednesday from 6:30 - 8 for fun parents vs kids activities. Those who can, are asked to make a $10 donation the first time your family comes to cover the whole summer. Summer recreation registration will take place during this time as well as there are still spots available.
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Members of the Okotoks Baseball Academy U-16 Midget team are visiting from Alberta this week. There will be a double header with the MacGregor Kinsmen Midgets on Saturday at the Albion Field at 3pm and 6pm. The MacGregor team will be heading to Alberta at the end of the month.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
Back-up quarterback Travis Lulay ran in a touchdown with 2:43 left to play to snap a tie and lift the B.C. Lions to a 23-16 victory over the Alouettes in Montreal.
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MLB
American League

Russell Martin had three hits, including a solo home run, as the Toronto Blue Jays used a five-run fifth inning to defeat the MLB-best Houston Astros 7-4.
Tampa Bay 4 Boston 1
Minnesota 6 Baltimore 4
Oakland 7 Seattle 4
National League
St. Louis 4 Miami 3
Milwaukee 11 Chicago Cubs 2
Cincinnati 6 Colorado 3
Pittsburgh 6 Philadelphia 3
Atlanta 5 Washington 2
L.A. Dodgers 5 Arizona 4
Interleague
Detroit 6 San Francisco 2
Cleveland 11 San Diego 2


NEW GLASGOW RESIDENTS TO BE HONOURED FOR EXHIBITING CANADIAN CHARACTER
Thursday 6th July 2017
Three New Glasgow residents are being recognized by a national beer company for their exhibition of great Canadian character through their passion and commitment to community. As part of Canada's 150th birthday, Molson has selected 1500 Canadians to be celebrated, including Brian Bowden, Lisa MacDonald, and Courtney Malcolm. All three will receive a specially designed wooden crate at a ceremony later this month. MacDonald is one of 150 Canadians who will also receive one of the Red Fridges seen on commercials, for her leadership in the community. The celebration will take place in New Glasgow, with Mayor Nancy Dicks in attendance, on 17 July.


ANOTHER TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSURE TOMORROW & SAT
Thursday 6th July 2017
The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed Friday and Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. due to a lack of physician coverage. That will make 13 days the Tatamagouche ER has been closed since the end of May. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. Health Minister Karen Casey says the fall budget will include stepped up efforts to recruit more doctors.


TEMPORARY HOMELESS SHELTER BEGINS NEXT WEEK IN NEW GLASGOW
Thursday 6th July 2017
A local church will soon be offering shelter for the homeless. The First Baptist Church on East River Road in New Glasgow is opening its doors next Wednesday to serve as a temporary shelter one night a week. After the LifeCentre church announced its closure last October, local residents began work on establishing a new permanent shelter, with a temporary option in the meantime. As of July 12, the First Baptist Shelter will be open from 7 p.m. Wednesday night to 7 a.m. Thursday morning until the permanent shelter opens, likely before the winter.. Shelter will be provided for men and women over 24, as Roots For Youth already provides emergency accommodation for people under 24, while Tearmann House offers shelter for women and children in abusive relationships.


REFUGEE GROUPS SEEK TO OVERTURN 'SAFE THIRD COUNTRY' AGREEMENT WITH U.S.
Thursday 6th July 2017
A legal challenge is being launched against the Canada-U.S. agreement that governs where people can make asylum claims on either side of the border. Three advocacy groups are throwing their support behind a woman being named only as "E" in asking the Federal Court to strike down the so-called Safe Third Country Agreement. Under the deal, most people who make an asylum claim at the land border are denied entry; as a result, there's been an influx of people crossing illegally into Canada in recent months to file asylum claims. The Canadian Council for Refugees, Amnesty International and the Canadian Council of Churches are among the groups urging Canada to suspend the arrangement following major changes to U.S. immigration and refugee policy since the election of President Donald Trump. But now they're asking the Federal Court to step in, arguing that sending claimants back to the U.S. is morally and legally wrong because it risks violating their basic rights. The federal Liberals have said they believe the deal does not need to be suspended or altered, as the asylum system in the United States is still functioning.


PM GIFTS QUEEN WITH CANADA DAY FLAG
Thursday 6th July 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked Canada's 150th birthday with the Queen on Wednesday by giving her the Canadian flag that flew on the Peace Tower on Canada Day. On his daylong stop in Edinburgh, Trudeau met with the Queen for a private audience at her official Scottish residence. Outside the Palace of Holyroodhouse, some protesters were at the gates sporting placards demanding an end to the ``tar sands'' and to grant Indigenous rights. It was a taste of what's to come for Trudeau at Friday's G-20 leaders' summit in Hamburg, Germany where tens of thousands of anti-globalization protesters have already started to assemble. 


SPORTS JULY 6
Thursday 6th July 2017
The Weeks Crushers Hockey Club has signed forward Jon Vandermolen for the 2017/18 season. Vandermolen, 19, is from Cochrane, Alberta and spent last season with the Revelstoke Grizzlies of the KIJHL. The 6’1, 190lb power forward led the Grizzlies in scoring with 17 goals and 19 assists in 45 games. Prior to joining the Grizzlies, Vandermolen attended the Ontario Hockey Academy. “Jon comes highly recommended as a character player, who can skate and play on both sides of the puck” says Crushers GM Chad McDavid. “He fits with the style of game we want to play and adds size up front.” Vandermolen, who had offers to stay in BC and play this season ultimately chose The MHL and Pictou County to further his junior career. “I’m excited to be heading to Pictou County, excited to become a Crusher and looking forward to a strong season with my new team.”
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Scotsburn Recreation Parents vs Kids Baseball will take place Wednesday July 12th at 6:30 in the ball field. Join our summer rec leaders Kyle and Courtney every Wednesday from 6:30 - 8 for fun parents vs kids activities. Those who can, are asked to make a $10 donation the first time your family comes to cover the whole summer. Summer recreation registration will take place during this time as well as there are still spots available.
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Event number four of the Johnny Miles Running events series, the Run for the Lobster 5km and 10km will be held this Sunday starting at 9:00 am. The event will start from the Advocate parking lot at Browns Point. Registration fee is only $30 and runners receive race shirt, finishing medal, chip timing, free race photos and post race lunch and as usual, kids and students run free (this is limited to first 100). For more details and to register today at www.johnnymiles.ca
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Members of the Okotoks Baseball Academy U-16 Midget team are visiting from Alberta this week. On Thursday they will take part in a double header with the MacGregor Kinsmen Midgets at the Albion Field – first game at 3pm, second at 5:30. There will be a second double header on Saturday at the Albion Field at 3pm and 6pm. The MacGregor team will be heading to Alberta at the end of the month.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Dellin Betances forced in the go-ahead run with four walks in the eighth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 7-6 after wasting a five-run lead.
Oakland 7 Chicago White Sox 4
Texas 8 Boston 2
L.A. Angels 2 Minnesota 1
Kansas City 9 Seattle 6 (10 innings)
National League
Pittsburgh 5 Philadelphia 2
Milwaukee 4 Baltimore 0
San Diego 6 Cleveland 2
San Francisco 5 Detroit 4
Houston 10 Atlanta 4
Miami 9 St. Louis 6
Colorado 5 Cincinnati 3
L.A. Dodgers 1 Arizona 0
N.Y. Mets at Washington, postponed
Interleague
Chicago Cubs 7 Tampa Bay 3
Milwaukee 4 Baltimore 0
San Diego 6 Cleveland 2
San Francisco 5 Detroit 4
Houston 10 Atlanta 4
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NHL
Alex Galchenyuk agreed to a three-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday and now the question is where he will play next season. The 23-year-old forward who scored 30 goals in 2015-16 has been slated to be a top-line centre since he was drafted third overall in 2012, but two coaches, Michel Therrien and his successor Claude Julien, have questioned his ability to handle the defensive responsibilities that come with that position and moved him to left wing. And there are still rumblings that the Canadiens may deal the Milwaukee-born player of Belarusian descent, who reportedly does not have a no-trade clause in his contract.

Forward Zach Hyman signed a four-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday with an average annual value of US$2.25 million. Hyman will earn $2 million in 2017-18 and 2018-19, and then $2.5 million in 2019-20 and 2020-21. The 25-year-old Hyman was set to become an unrestricted free agent prior to the 2019-20 season. In 98 career regular season NHL games, Hyman has 14 goals and 20 assists.

The Edmonton Oilers have made Connor McDavid the highest paid player in the NHL with an eight-year contract extension that will pay him an average $12.5 million per season. The $100-million deal won't kick in until the 2018-19 season. McDavid is currently in the final year of his entry-level contract. Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said the team could have paid McDavid more per season over a shorter contract term, but McDavid was unwavering in his commitment to stay with the Oilers for the maximum eight-year term. McDavid earned the Art Ross trophy for leading the NHL in scoring last season, the Hart trophy as league MVP and the Ted Lindsay Award as most "outstanding" player as voted by his peers.


MANITOBA PROSECUTORS CALLED IN TO ASSESS CASE
Wednesday 5th July 2017
The Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service has asked the Manitoba Prosecution Service to provide legal advice to the Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team as it investigates a 2016 death in Halifax Regional Police cells. On 16 June 16, 2016, 41-year-old Corey Rogers was found unresponsive in a police cell at 1:45 a.m. Emergency Health Services were called but, when resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, SIRT was called in to investigate. Martin Herschorn, director of public prosecutions, says that as the Crown examined the material being gathered by SIRT, it became apparent the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service was in conflict. He says the involvement of another prosecution service was necessary to avoid a conflict of interest or any appearance of conflict. The Manitoba Crown will advise SIRT as the investigation progresses and will prosecute any criminal charges which may result. It is common practice for prosecution services across Canada to help each other in conflict cases.


NEW DATA COLLECTIONS FROM PROVINCE OPEN TO PUBLIC
Wednesday 5th July 2017
Nova Scotians are getting access to more vital statistics, maps and education information today as the provincial government has made new data collections available to the public through the open data portal. The new data collections available include community grants supporting seniors, high school graduations, birthdays, Gaelic courses offered in high schools, municipal and village boundaries and shooting range locations. Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab says government is expanding its open data offerings to give Nova Scotians free and easy access to data they can use to start or grow a business idea.


SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH TAKES LIFE OF DRIVER
Wednesday 5th July 2017
A single-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon took the life of a 35-year old Victoria County man. RCMP say the man, whose name is being withheld, was driving west on Kempt Road in Boularderie Centre around 2:00 yesterday afternoon when his car left the road and struck a tree. Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN IN HALIFAX
Wednesday 5th July 2017
Police in Halifax are asking the public for help in finding a 51-year old woman who was last seen leaving her home this morning. Police say Elizabeth Smith was driving a 2000 4-door Toyota Corolla with a Nova Scotia license plate DZL 086. Smith is described as a caucasian female, 5'8” tall, with short brown hair and blue eyes, as well as a scar on the left side of her lip. If you have any information on her whereabouts you are asked to contact Halifax District RCMP at 902-490-5020. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.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.


HIGHWAY 104 CLOSED BETWEEN EXIT 19 AND 20 - BOTH DIRECTIONS ***UPDATED***
Wednesday 5th July 2017
Traffic on Highway 104 between Salt Springs and Union Centre is being diverted to Highway 4 in both directions. RCMP have informed us that an incident involving a tractor trailer occurred just before 12:30 this afternoon. Cpl Dal Hutchinson says motorists should expect that stretch of highway to remain closed, and the detour to remain in place, for several hours. There are unconfirmed reports that the incident may have involved a pedestrian.


HOSPITAL REVIEW WANTS SHORTER ER RESPONSE TIMES *UPDATED 10:05 AM*
Wednesday 5th July 2017
A hospital review is calling for shorter response times for patients sent to emergency after a 68-year-old man who was dying from pancreatic cancer languished for six hours in an ER hallway. The widow of Jack Webb provided The Canadian Press with a copy of six internal recommendations completed by the Nova Scotia Health Authority. The review includes the goal of having specialists meet their patients within two hours when they're transferred to ER, something that didn't happen in Webb's case. There is also a call for those involved in the review to ``provide written feedback'' to a group that's been put together by the health authority to address emergency department overcrowding. Webb's widow Kim D'Arcy says she has to hope recommendations such as better response times, along with more education on end-of-life care, will actually come into being. But she's worried about whether the recommendations are specific enough, and is asking to meet again with the health authority to ensure they're carried out. Dr. Mark Taylor, a medical director at the authority, says the recommendations will be acted upon, and says he will meet again with the family to inform them on how and when goals will be met.


COAST GUARD EXERCISE TOMORROW IN PICTOU ISLAND AREA
Wednesday 5th July 2017
On Thursday, the Canadian Coast Guard, working with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Parks Canada, RCMP, Ground Search and Rescue and other emergency personnel, will be conducting a mass casualty exercise off of Pictou Island. This exercise will be run in two phases, the first from roughly 10am to 1:30pm, then again from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Residents of the area are likely to see increased traffic of emergency vehicles, but are reminded that this is an emergency preparedness exercise.  Regular training helps to improve the response capabilities of both Canadian Coast Guard and its Search & Rescue partners. Do not be alarmed by the sight of several vessels and helicopters in the area on Thursday.


NAVY MEMBERS UNDER REVIEW AFTER CANADA DAY INCIDENT
Wednesday 5th July 2017
Canada's top soldier is condemning the actions of a group of Armed Forces members who disrupted a Canada Day ceremony honouring the suffering of Indigenous Peoples. General Jonathan Vance, chief of the defence staff, calls the incident ``deplorable'' and says the men involved will be removed from training and duties while the incident is investigated, adding, ``their future in the military is certainly in doubt.'' In his statement Tuesday night, Vance also offered an apology to the Indigenous community, saying what happened in Halifax does not represent the ``women and men who serve our country.'' The men, who witnesses say approached the ceremony singing ``God Save the Queen,"said there were members of the Proud Boys, a self-declared group of ``Western Chauvinists,'' who say they are tired of apologizing for progress. The commander of the Royal Canadian Navy on the East Coast also apologized to the Aboriginal community yesterday. Rear Admiral John Newton confirmed the men will be facing an administrative review and an investigation by the military justice system. Newton did not reveal their names.


ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT IN GLENHOLME SUSPENDED
Wednesday 5th July 2017
The environment minister has suspended an environmental assessment to expand aggregate extraction in the Glenholme area. Iain Rankin says the review has shown that OSCO Aggregates Limited (OSCO) is not in compliance with the Environment Act and Regulations. He says the company must comply with a directive issued on Friday, though details of that document were not released. Rankin also said in a written decision that he strongly recommends OSCO complete breeding bird surveys and early season botanical surveys for 2017. OSCO has applied to expand Pit No. 4 on the Little Dyke Road from the current four hectares to over 30 hectares. Rankin says once he's satisfied the company is in compliance with the Environment Act and Regulations, a decision on the environmental assessment will be made within 20 days.


PICTOU CARNY WILL BE UNDER THE BIG TENT THIS YEAR
Wednesday 5th July 2017
The Pictou Lobster Carnival is trying something different to 'weather-proof' the festivities. Carnival chair Shawn McNamara tells NG News that last year, the carnival lost $20,000 because cool and wet weather meant fewer people at the beer garden and main stage. So the carnival committee has changed the layout. A large tent will cover the parking lot of the CN station grounds. The main stage will be in the middle of the tent, with the beer garden on one side and general admission on the other.  A grandstand will also be set up for seating outside the tent. The 83rd Pictou Lobster Carnival begins on Friday.


NS DOCTORS CONCERNED ABOUT DELAYS IN PAYMENTS FOR MEDICALLY ASSISTED DEATH
Wednesday 5th July 2017
The president-elect of Doctors Nova Scotia is concerned that delays in getting paid for administering medically assisted deaths is keeping doctors from offering the service. Dr. Tim Holland said he's yet to be paid for any of the procedures he's done since Bill-C14 came into effect last June. Of the 67 claims made in the province for assessments and procedures related to medically assisted deaths, 35 have been paid and 32 are being assessed for payment. Spokesperson Tracy Barron said the reason for the slow payments is the billing codes that were introduced for the service last September. Barron said the department is working with Doctors Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and Medavie to resolve billing issues. Doctors can submit claims for assessments and the procedure itself, but Holland is concerned the time doctors can bill for isn't enough. He said the initial assessment, and the procedure itself, are both capped at two hours for billing.


YARMOUTH FERRY DEALING WITH ENGINE PROBLEM
Wednesday 5th July 2017
A spokesperson for Bay Ferries says engine manufacturer MTU “responded immediately and has been working diligently” with the company to assess a problem with one of the four main engines of the Cat ferry, and to identify options to get the engine back into working order. Bay Ferries cancelled its Sunday sailing due to the engine problem, and says the vessel would be operating with slightly longer transit times and with fewer trips. Under the modified schedule, the vessel is completing five round trips per week as opposed to the six trips originally scheduled for the month of July, with no round trip on Wednesdays. On Saturday the vessel will sail from Yarmouth to Portland, and from Portland to Yarmouth on Sunday. Customers are asked to check Bay Ferries website for the latest information, or to call 1-888-868- 9728.


SPORTS JULY 5 *UPDATED 8:10 AM*
Wednesday 5th July 2017
Parents vs Kids Dodgeball starts tonight in Scotsburn. Summer Recreation leaders Kyle and Courtney will be in Scotsburn every Wednesday from 6:30 - 8 for fun parents vs kids activities (dodgeball, baseball, basketball and soccer baseball) in the recreation field beside the school. They are asking those who can to make a $10 donation the first time your family comes to cover the whole summer. Summer recreation registration will also take place tonight at 6:30 - there are still spots available.
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Event number four of the Johnny Miles Running events series, the Run for the Lobster 5km and 10km will be held this Sunday starting at 9:00 am. The event will start from the Advocate parking lot at Browns Point. Registration fee is only $30 and runners receive race shirt, finishing medal, chip timing, free race photos and post race lunch and as usual, kids and students run free (this is limited to first 100). For more details and to register today at www.johnnymiles.ca
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PCMHA and some  of their coaching staffs are hosting a meeting for all potential rep players in the Bantam and Peewee divisions.. This includes B teams and all A, AA, and AAA teams in the two divisions. The meeting will be held at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 6:30 on Wednesday. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide players and parents some information on the selection process for the 2017-2018 season and to encourage players to physically prepare by doing an off ice program. A hard copy of a Program will be provided to all who attend and the rest will be up to the players who the coaches hope will work hard and increase their preparedness for the upcoming season.
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Members of the Okotoks Baseball Academy U-16 Midget team are visiting from Alberta this week. On Thursday they will take part in a double header with the MacGregor Kinsmen Midgets at the Albion Field beginning at 3pm. There will be a second double header on Saturday at the Albion Field beginning at 3. The MacGregor team will be heading to Alberta at the end of the month.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

J.A. Happ pitched six innings of four-hit ball as the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over the Yankees in New York City.
Minnesota 5 L.A. Angels 4
Oakland 7 Chicago White Sox 6
Kansas City 7 Seattle 3
Boston 11 Texas 4
National League
Washington 11 N.Y. Mets 4
Miami 5 St. Louis 2
Pittsburgh 3 Philadelphia 0
Cincinnati 8 Colorado 1
L.A. Dodgers 4 Arizona 3
Interleague
Detroit 5 San Francisco 3
Tampa Bay 6 Chicago Cubs 5
Milwaukee 6 Baltimore 2
San Diego 1 Cleveland 0
Houston 16 Atlanta 4

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MLS
Columbus 1 Minnesota United 0
Atlanta United FC 4 San Jose 2
FC Dallas 4 D.C. United 2
Seattle 3 Colorado 1
Real Salt Lake 6 Los Angeles 2


AMBROSE RESIGNS AS MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT
Tuesday 4th July 2017
Rona Ambrose has formally stepped away from her seat in the House of Commons. The former interim Conservative leader resigned through a letter to the Speaker of the House today, ending 13 years as a Member of Parliament for a riding just northwest of Edmonton. The announcement comes as no surprise, as she had indicated previously that she would resign her seat once a permanent party leader was chosen and the Commons rose for the summer. Ambrose has already announced plans for the nest stage in her career, as she has signed on to work with a DC based think tank on US-Canada relations. In her letter, she says it was the privilege of her life to serve and she hopes she has inspired women and girls to aspire to public office as a way to make the world a better place.


RIGHT WHALES DEATHS RELATED TO CONTACT WITH SHIPS
Tuesday 4th July 2017
Two right whales found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence showed signs of trauma that likely resulted from collisions with ships, based on the necropsies done by a wildlife pathologist. Dr. Pierre-Yves Daoust of the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown told the CBC earlier today that two of the three whales examined had evidence of blunt force trauma, while the third was showing signs of getting tangled up in equipment. Daoust says the Canadian Coast Guard and the shipping industry need to work together to prevent these types of incidents from occuring, particularly as the recent spate of deaths accounts for one percent of the total population of right whales.


CANADA DAY STABBING LEADS TO ARRESTS IN CAPE BRETON
Tuesday 4th July 2017
Police have made several arrests related to a stabbing at a Canada Day concert in Cape Breton over the weekend. Police were called to the Emera Centre in North Sydney where they found a 37-year-old man with multiple stab wounds inside the main tent on the property. The man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released. The investigation is ongoing.


MILITARY PERSONNEL INVOLVED IN CONFRONTATION AT INDIGENOUS CEREMONY ***UPDATED 2:50pm***
Tuesday 4th July 2017
The military is confirming that five service members were involved in a confrontation at an indigenous ceremony in Halifax on Canada Day. The servicemen showed up at a ceremony around a statue of Halifax's controversial founder on Saturday. Organizer Rebecca Moore said dozens of people were gathered around the statue of Edward Cornwallis as British Columbia-native Chief Grizzly Mamma shaved her head in a ceremony to mourn the atrocities committed against indigenous peoples. A video which captured the incident shows the group of men saying they were recognizing Canada's heritage as a British colony. Asked if the group is associated with an organization, one of the men responded with, "The Proud Boys, Martime chapter." A spokesperson for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said he has been made aware of the claim and his office is following it closely.

Meanwhile, those in command of the Royal Canadian Navy have issued a statement through social media, denouncing the actions of the five servicemen. In the statement, Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd and Lt. General Paul Wynnyk did not specify what, if any, action would be taken against the five servicemen, however they described the behaviour as contrary to strategic objectives and not in keeping with the Codes of Conduct. They went on to say the actions of the group are not reflective of the “Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Army commitment to being inclusive and diverse organizations”.


UP TO TWO DOZEN HOMELESS AFTER WOODSTOCK FIRE
Tuesday 4th July 2017
At least 23 people are temporarily homeless after a fire in a Woodstock, New Brunswick apartment building early Sunday morning. Woodstock Fire Chief Ricky Nicholson says the blaze began in one of the basement units in the building, and spread throughout the building. Nicholson told CTV News that one person had to be sent to hospital for smoke inhalation, although there were no other injuries. Officials are currently citing accident as the cause of the fire, however they have not yet closed the investigation. The Red Cross has provided emergency lodging to at least 15 of the tenants.


POLICE LOOK FOR HELP TRACKING DOWN STOLEN TRAILER AND CAR
Tuesday 4th July 2017
Colchester RCMP are looking for help from the public in finding a stolen trailer containing a BMW sports car that was taken late last week. Police say the trailer which held the 2001 BMW M3 sports car was taken from a car lot in Lower Truro last Friday evening. They say a dark coloured van was observed leaving the dealership hauling the trailer, turning right on to Robie Street then proceeded under the 102 overpass. They do not know which direction the van went beyond that point. The trailer is described as a white, 2015 enclosed utility trailer, with New Brunswick plate TRC647. It is 24-feet long with a three foot door on the right side. The car in the trailer is described as a 2001 BMW M3 sports car with red and blue decals on the side and a black spoiler mounted above the trunk. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Colchester District RCMP at 902-896-5000. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.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.


OMAR KHADR TO RECEIVE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT FOLLOWING GUANTANAMO DETENTION
Tuesday 4th July 2017
Ottawa is going to apologize and give millions to former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr. Khadr will receive $10.5 million, according to unnamed sources who spoke to The Associated Press, The Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. Speaking to reporters in Ireland, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said only that a judicial process was underway, and that the process should be ending soon.  The Canadian-born Khadr was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops following a firefight at a suspected al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of an American special forces medic. Khadr was taken to Guantanamo and ultimately charged with war crimes by a military commission. He pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges that included murder and was sentenced to eight years plus the time he had already spent in custody. He returned to Canada two years later to serve the remainder of his sentence and was released in May 2015 pending an appeal of his guilty plea, which he said was made under duress. Omar Khadr spent 10 years in Guantanamo Bay. His case received international attention after some dubbed him a child soldier. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2010 that Canadian intelligence officials obtained evidence from Khadr under "oppressive circumstances," such as sleep deprivation, during interrogations at Guantanamo Bay in 2003, and then shared that evidence with U.S. Officials. Khadr was the youngest and last Western detainee held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.


NS 911 TURNS 20
Tuesday 4th July 2017
Friday marks the 20th anniversary of provincewide 9-1-1 service, which links callers to fire, police, ambulance and poison information within seconds. One-hundred-and-seventy dispatchers at four locations answer about 220-thousand calls each year. Interpretation services are available in more than 170 languages, and texting and T-T-Y services are in place for people with hearing or speech impairments. Minister of Municipal Affairs Derek Mombourquette says the province is in the process of updating the technology that supports 9-1-1 service, which is done every five years.


PM IN IRELAND TO TALK TRADE
Tuesday 4th July 2017
Justin Trudeau and his Irish counterpart reaffirmed their commitment to the Canada-EU trade pact known as CETA during their meeting today in Dublin. Speaking to reporters after their meeting, both the Prime Minister and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar sang the praises of CETA as a commitment to free trade and a pact which will benefit both sides. Trudeau reiterated that CETA will deliver stronger economic growth and create more well-paid jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. Trade between Canada and Ireland totalled about $2.4 billion in 2016, but both countries want the agreement to work — Canada views it as a hedge against U.S. protectionism, and Ireland as a hedge against an uncertain post-Brexit future. Varadkar said while Canada is very large and Ireland is small, both countries have many similarities, notably by having large neighbours "going in different directions for the time being" — referring to the U.S. protectionist path and Britain's divorce talks with the EU. Both also touted their views about inclusiveness. Trudeau is the Irish leader's first international visitor and this was their first face-to-face meeting. Trudeau will later head to Scotland to meet with Queen Elizabeth before going to Hamburg, Germany for the G20 summit. That gathering on Friday is shaping up as a showdown between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump over the issues of isolationism and protectionism.


TWO NAVY MEMBERS ALLEGED TO HAVE TAKEN PART IN RACIAL INCIDENT AT CANADA DAY CEREMONY
Tuesday 4th July 2017
An Indigenous organizer says she hopes the military takes action against two Navy members who are alleged to have been involved in a confrontation at a spiritual ceremony in Halifax on Canada Day. Rebecca Moore says five men clad in matching polo shirts showed up at an Indigenous ceremony singing ``God Save the Queen.'' Moore says one man carried the Red Ensign flag bearing the Union Jack in the corner, which she saw as a sign of disrespect towards Indigenous peoples. A spokesperson for the military confirms two members of the Navy were involved in the incident, but couldn't provide names. Moore says the military should discipline the servicemen for their behaviour.


ABORIGINAL GROUPS WORRIED ABOUT INQUIRY AFTER ANOTHER RESIGNATION
Tuesday 4th July 2017
An Aboriginal group is calling on organizers of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to be more transparent about how the process will move forward with the resignation of its executive director. The inquiry issued a statement Friday afternoon saying its executive director Michele Moreau would be officially leaving July 21 for personal reasons. They have not said when a new executive will be hired. The Native Women's Association of Canada says a several other executives and staff have quit in recent months, and families need reassurance that the national inquiry is not in jeopardy. The inquiry already held a session with families in Whitehorse in the spring, but has yet to schedule dates in other communities. The association's president, Francyne Joe, says this could be a pivotal moment to bring in new leadership as the inquiry reviews its process. Officials with the national inquiry did not respond to requests for comment.


INITAL REPORT SUGGESTS BLUNT TRAUMA KILLED RIGHT WHALES
Tuesday 4th July 2017
Marine mammal experts have released their initial findings after hauling three of the six North Atlantic right whales found dead in Canada's eastern waters to the shore for post-mortem examinations. The Marine Animal Response Society says preliminary observations suggest that two of the endangered animals suffered blunt trauma, but it's too early to rule out other underlying problems. The group says a third whale suffered from ``chronic entanglement,'' and all of the carcasses were in an advanced state of decomposition. It says experts will continue analyzing the results and are set to release a final report within the next two months. The society says the death of six North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence last month represents about one per cent of the estimated 525 endangered animals now in existence.


SANDESON WILL APPEAL MURDER CONVICTION
Tuesday 4th July 2017
William Sandeson is appealing his first-degree murder conviction, two weeks after a jury found him guilty of killing fellow Dalhousie University student Taylor Samson. Samson disappeared on Aug. 15, 2015. His body has never been found. Sandeson is using at least four points to argue his case — including that information shared by private detective Bruce Webb was a violation of Sandeson's solicitor-client privilege. Webb is a retired RCMP sergeant who was hired by Sandeson's legal team as a private detective. The jury didn't hear that Webb tracked down two witnesses in the case and tipped off a member of Halifax Regional Police about what he learned from the witnesses. Sandeson is also arguing that he was detained before his first interview and denied a right to counsel. He's also appealing on the grounds that his cellphone was searched and seized, contrary to Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Finally, Sandeson is appealing on the grounds that police didn't follow charter rules when they searched his apartment. Sandeson's lawyer, Eugene Tan, said he is only set to represent Sandeson up until his sentencing on July 11 and is not currently a part of the appeal process. 


CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN MONCTON RCMP TRIAL
Tuesday 4th July 2017
Lawyers are scheduled to make their closing arguments today at the RCMP's Labour Code trial stemming from a shooting rampage in New Brunswick more than three years ago. The national force faces four charges stemming from the June 4, 2014 Moncton shootings that left three officers dead and two injured. The RCMP is accused of failing to provide its members and supervisors with enough information, instruction, equipment and training to adequately handle the rampage. Carbine rifles were not available to general duty officers during Justin Bourque's shooting spree and numerous witnesses have testified they could have made a difference. The weapons were approved for use in 2011, but their rollout was delayed on several occasions. But now-retired commissioner Bob Paulson testified last month that RCMP management had concerns over the possible militarization of the force and worried the carbines could "distance the public from the police.''


NORTH KOREA SAYS IT CAN LAUNCH ICBM'S
Tuesday 4th July 2017
North Korea claimed to have tested its first intercontinental ballistic missile in a launch Tuesday, a potential game-changing development in its push to militarily challenge Washington — but a declaration that conflicts with earlier South Korean and U.S. assessments that it had an intermediate range. The North has previously conducted satellite launches that critics say were disguised tests of its long-range missile technology. But a test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, if confirmed, would be a major step forward in developing a nuclear-armed missile that can reach the United States. Still, the launch appeared to be the North's most successful missile test yet, a weapon analysts said could be powerful enough to reach Alaska. The launch seems designed to send a political warning to Washington and its chief Asian allies, Seoul and Tokyo, even as it allows North Korean scientists a chance to perfect their still-incomplete nuclear missile program. It came on the eve of the U.S. Independence Day holiday, days after the first face-to-face meeting of the leaders of South Korea and the United States, and ahead of a global summit of the world's richest economies. North Korea says it needs nuclear weapons and powerful missiles to cope with what it calls rising U.S. military threats.


CANADA 150 CELEBRATIONS IN WESTVILLE-WRAP UP
Monday 3rd July 2017
Canada Day events in Westville were well attended over the weekend, despite the rain. The parade route was lined with several thousand people, many sporting red and white and maple leafs aplenty. The rain also didn't stop the RCAF Salute flyover for the 150th Celebration and the fireworks also went ahead, as did the Parade Award presentations and crowning of the 2017 Canada Day Queen at Victoria Park.

Congratulations to Westville Canada Parade winners: Best commercial entry was won by Scott's Pizza, Individual award winner was Karen Deagle, Canada Day Theme entry was won by the Westville Legion, Fire Department entry award went to the Eureka Fire Dept., Antique Entry was the Blue Ford Truck, Horse entry was McLennan Mountain Sleigh Rides, Band Entry award went to Pictou County Pipes and Drums, Humorous award was won by Cecil Cameron, Organization entry award was won by Red Knights Motorcycle Club, and Youth award went to Northumberland Regional High School.

Westville Canada Day Queen for 2017 is Abagail Ryan, 1st lady is Bailey Hendsbee, 2nd Lady is Taylor Reim, Evening Wear is Kaitlyn Maloney, Congeniality is Emma Van Every. Little Miss is Hadley Deon, and Ushers are Trent Cosh and Damon MacKenzie.


LOCAL SPORTS-JULY 3
Monday 3rd July 2017
Event number four of the Johnny Miles Running events series, the Run for the Lobster 5km and 10km will be held this Sunday July 9th starting at 9:00 am. The event will start from the Advocate parking lot at Browns Point. Registration fee is only $30 and runners receive race shirt, finishing medal, chip timing, free race photos and post race lunch and as usual, kids and students run free (this is limited to first 100). For more details and to register today at www.johnnymiles.ca
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PCMHA and some  of their coaching staffs are hosting a meeting for all potential rep players in the Bantam and Peewee divisions.. This includes B teams and all A, AA, and AAA teams in the two divisions. The meeting will be held at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 6:30 on Wednesday July 5, 2017. The purpose of the meeting will be to provide players and parents some information on the selection process for the 2017-2018 season and to encourage players to physically prepare by doing an off ice program. A hard copy of a Program will be provided to all who attend and the rest will be up to the players who the coaches hope will work hard and increase their preparedness for the upcoming season.
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Pictou County Athletics is going to be holding registration for the summer Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel program this coming Tuesday. The program is for any children ages 5-9 years and focuses on teaching the fundamentals of track and field. It will begin on Tuesday, July 4th and end in mid-August. Registration is occurring Tuesday, July 4th from 9-9:45am. The program is going to run every Tuesday from 9:30-10:30am and Thursday from 5-6pm at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton.
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Registration is underway for the NS 55+ Games being held in Lunenburg County September 13 – 16.   The games provide an opportunity for participants to be part of 25 different activities or sports being held in 17 different venues, including 5k and 10k runs, 45’s, badminton, cribbage, candlepin bowling, contract bridge and duplicate bridge, curling and stick curling, darts, golf, horseshoes, men’s and women’s hockey, floor shuffleboard, mountain biking, pickleball, 8-ball pool, women’s soccer, skip bo, swimming, scrabble, tennis, washer toss and track and field. Within each activity or sport, there are various age category breakdowns for individuals, partner activities and for teams with a possible grand total of 369 events!  Winners will be able to attend the national games being held in New Brunswick in 2018. The deadline for applications is July 28 – learn more at 55plusgames2017@gmail.com
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2017 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 27th at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format will be a best ball with a Shot Gun Start at 1:00 pm. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $40). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked when you call the WING to register with an additional cost of $20 per person. The Tournament is sponsored by Archway Insurance Hayman and the winning foursome will be awarded the Dave Hayman Trophy. Lisa Parsons of Archway stated “Archway is very pleased to continue with this 27 year tradition and the trophy will remain in the memory of Mr. Hayman”. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee time is 1:00 PM sharp. Please be there by 12:30. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the RCAF 110 Wing of the RCAF in Stellarton upon the completion of the event. Archway representatives will be present to award trophies and individual prizes.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.


TALL SHIPS WEEKEND IN PICTOU A SUCCESS
Monday 3rd July 2017
The wet weather over the Canada Day weekend didn't keep visitors away from the Tall Ships in Pictou. According to a recent post on the deCoste Centre Facebook page, 16,000 people attended the three day event and the committee is sending along a thank you to the volunteers and supporters for making the weekend such a success. The five ships had been docked at Pier C as part of Rendezvous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta and to also help Pictou County celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. There are 40 ships in the regatta and the five that visited Pictou were the Bluenose II, El Galeon of Spain, Gulden Leeuw of The Netherlands, Spaniel of Latvia and a sail training vessel from Ecuador, Guayas.


POLICE IN KINGS COUNTY SEEK MISSING TEEN
Sunday 2nd July 2017
The RCMP is seeking the public's help in locating Miranda Young, 16, who was last seen in North Kentville just after 3 p.m. on June 25. Miranda is five foot two, weighs about 135 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes. Her lower lip is pierced. She was last known to be wearing a purple sweatshirt and black jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call Kings District RCMP at 902-679-5555.


CANADA DAY HAS HIGHS AND LOWS
Sunday 2nd July 2017
While yesterday was a day of celebration for Canada, the sesquicentennial did not go quite as planned for many in the nation's capital. Thousands of people who were trying to get onto Parliament Hill to join in one of the largest of the parties across the country were left waiting for hours in lines before being told that they could not get into the grounds.
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Meanwhile, Canada Day celebrations in Halifax were also taken as an opportunity for members of the First Nations community to express their displeasure with their treatment by European settlers of the past. A small group gathered at the foot of an Edward Cornwallis statue to try to call attention to darker chapters of the country's past. Cornwallis was a British military officer who founded Halifax in 1749. Later that year, he issued a bounty on the scalps of Mi'kmaq people. Chief Grizzly Mamma, who is originally from British Columbia but now lives in Halifax, shaved her head and then placed her hair — which had been braided in two sections — at the foot of the statue.
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There was a strong sense of Canadian pride locally, as foul weather did not prevent a strong crowd from attending the parade in Westville yesterday. The parade route was lined with several thousand people, many sporting red and white and maple leafs aplenty.


PICTOU'S CANADA DAY SATURDAY SCHEDULE
Saturday 1st July 2017
The SCHEDULE FOR TALL SHIPS PICTOU TODAY is a busy one. 7:00 am—9:00 am Breakfast at the Hector Heritage Quay by the Pictou Fire Dept. Pier C Ships open from noon till 5:00 pm for public tours Live Entertainment featuring: 1:00 pm Alycia Putnam & Family 2:00 pm Brian & Brenda Bowden 3:00 pm NaGaisGich Pipeband 4:00 pm Pirates of Pictou
Kids Zone with inflatables and slides Pirate Treasure Map Pictou County Weekend Market at the Curling Club 10 am—5 pm Concessions at Pier C Lobster Burgers at the Curling Club Other activities will be taking place as part of Pictou’s Canada Day celebrations—kid’s activities/entertainment/car show/something for everyone !
Kid Zone on the Waterfront at the Marina 1:00 -3:00 Bouncy houses, face painting by Imagine Faces, Celebrate 150 cake, children's games, kiosks
Live music on the Marina Stage 1:00-3:00 pm Nikki Veniot 3:00 - 600 pm Ashley George & Hayley MacLeod


BLUENOSE AMONG TALL SHIPS VISITING PICTOU FOR LONG WEEKEND
Saturday 1st July 2017
Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador is in Pictou this weekend to help mark Canada Day. The Bluenose II, along with four other tall ships, are on the Pictou waterfront until Monday as part of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. The ship will also be open to the public Monday for deck visits and harbour cruises. The Tall Ships Regatta is a 7,000-nautical mile transatlantic race, led by Sail Training International.
Canada Day will also mark the launch of the Bluenose II mobile exhibit, which will join the ship at each post she visits this summer.
Other tall ships are also to be found on the Pictou waterfront this weekend, so make sure you take that in if you have a chance to place it on your Canada Day long weekend agenda.
The Bluenose II will also visit Halifax, Sydney, Lunenburg, Digby and Annapolis Royal between now and Aug. 16.


GIVING GARDEN UNVEILED AT NG FARMERS' MARKET SATURDAY MORNING
Saturday 1st July 2017
The unveiling and grand opening of the New Glasgow Farmers Market’s community garden project, known as The Giving Garden, will take place at the New Glasgow Farmers Market at 10:30 Saturday morning as part of the Market’s Canada-150 celebrations.
The Town Crier will be on hand followed by a ribbon cutting and guest speakers from the Town of New Glasgow including Hon. Mayor Nancy Dicks as well as Central Nova MP Sean Fraser, and Kristi Russell, NGFM Market Manager.
The Giving Garden is a space designed and built by Market vendors in an effort to give back to the community. The purpose of the garden if multi-faceted in that it will support education, increase food security and improve whole health and well being in the community.
That means showing Pictou County residents how to eat healthy at an affordable price and help cut down on diseases.