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Showing news for the month of March , 2015

INJURIES REPORTED AFTER PLANE LEAVES RUNWAY AT STANFIELD
Sunday 29th March 2015
Air Canada says 22 people were taken to hospital after a flight from Toronto "exited" the runway upon landing Saturday night at Stanfield International airport in Halifax. The airline tweeted that the 22 were admitted for observation and treatment of minor injuries. Air Canada said on its website that there were 132 passengers and five crew members aboard flight AC624, which left Toronto just before 9 p.m. Saturday for a scheduled midnight landing in Halifax. The Halifax area was experiencing blizzard conditions Saturday night and into Sunday. A tweet from the airport said the A320 Airbus made an "abrupt" landing as it touched down in the stormy conditions.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 29
Sunday 29th March 2015
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The Miramichi Timberwolves have evened up the Meek Division Final of the MHL with a 5-1 home win last night over the Dieppe Commandos. The Best-of-7 series is now tied 1-1, with Game 3 set for Tuesday. One game tonight has the Truro Bearcats looking to go up 2-0 on the Valley Wildcats when they host Game 2 of the Eastlink Division Final.
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The semi-finals of the NSSAF Division 1 Boys Hockey Final were played last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, and JL Ilsley and Citadel booked places in the championship game this afternoon. JL Ilsley defeated CEC of Truro 4-1, while Citadel got past Riverview 3-1 to set up this afternoon's meeting. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 1pm. The host North Nova Gryphons finished the Round Robin portion of the tournament with 2 losses and 1 tie.
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The Pictou County Peewee AA Subway Selects have made it into the Championship game of the Provincial Championship tournament being held at the Hector Arena. Game time this morning is 11am.
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The North Nova Gryphons Women's Hockey Team is in Antigonish this weekend for their championship series. They finished the Round Robin with a perfect 3-0 record after beating Auburn 6-1 yeste4rday afternoon. That put them into the semi-finals, where they got past Lockview with a 1-0 win, and have advanced to this afternoon's Gold Medal Game against CP Allen. Game time is 2pm at the Antigonish Arena.
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Today is the final day before the ice starts coming out of the Hector Arena. There will be a shinny pick up hockey tourney with registration starting at 3:30pm. $30 per player. Games will start at 4:30p.m. all proceeds raised from this event will go to the Hector Arena.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


FUTURE SHOPS SHUT DOORS ACROSS COUNTRY
Saturday 28th March 2015
An unexpected closure of the Future Shop in New Glasgow earlier this month was apparently just the beginning.
Earlier today, Future Shop doors across the country closed up shop permanently, although Best Buy, which bought the Future Shop chain in 2011, says roughly half will reopen under the Best Buy name.
Best Buy spokespeople indicate the consolidation will result in the loss of roughly 1,500 jobs across the country.
New Glasgow's former location is not indicated as one of the locations planned for relaunching.
There is no word on which, if any, of the four remaining Future Shop locations in Nova Scotia may reopen under the new plan.


SENIOR INJURED BY ROOF COLLAPSING UNDER HIM
Saturday 28th March 2015
A 65-year-old man suffered injuries yesterday after his shed roof suddenly collapsed while he was clearing snow off of it. Police say the incident occurred in the afternoon yesterday north of Bridgewater. The man fell through and was briefly caught in the debris. Neighbours and police unburied him from the rubble and paramedics brought him to hospital.


ZINCK DENIES ACCUSATIONS IN IMPAIRED DRIVING TRIAL
Saturday 28th March 2015
A former MLA on trial for charges of impaired driving is denying several of the pieces of testimony brought forward against him.
Trevor Zinck says he was not behind the wheel of his car when police arrested him in October, 2013.
Zinck also disputed testimony from several witnesses including one who said he and another man drank 26 beers between them on the night in question.
Zinck told provincial court he and a friend spent the evening at the bar of a bowling alley where they each consumed about six beers.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 28
Saturday 28th March 2015
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The Truro Bearcats have struck first in the Eastlink Division Finals of the MHL, earning a 6-4 victory over the Valley Wildcats last night in Berwick. Jimmy Soper led the way with two goals and an assist. Game 2 in the Best-of-7 series will be played tomorrow at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. In the Meek Division Final, the Dieppe Commandos take a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 tonight in Miramichi.
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Results from the opening day of the Division 1 NSSAF Provincial Boys Hockey Championships at the Wellness Centre, with some games yesterday played at the Westville Arena:
CEC 2  Sir John A 1
Citadel 2  Parkview 1
Millwood 2  NNEC 0
Riverview 5  JL Ilsley 4 (shootout)
CEC 4  Parkview 2
Citadel 4  Sir John A  2
Millwood 3  Riverview 4
NNEC  3  JL Ilsley 5
Games continue today at the Wellness Centre.
9:00am. Citadel vs CEC
10:45 am. Parkview vs Sir John A
12:30 pm. Riverview vs NNEC
2:15 pm. JL Ilsley vs Millwood
The semifinals will be played at 7:15pm and 9pm.
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Meanwhile, The North Nova Gryphons Women's Team is in Antigonish this weekend for their championship series. They won both of their opening day games, beating CP Allen 3-2, before shutting out Avon View 7-0. They wrap up the round robin at 12:00noon against Auburn before the semi-finals go tonight at 5:30pm.
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The Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions has moved – because of concerns of snow on the roof at the BMO Centre in Bedford, the tournament will now be played at the Colchester Legion Stadium and Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro. 8 teams from Pictou County will be on the ice to play for a Provincial Championship Banner. The Atom A, Atom AA, and Bantam A Crushers will all be in action, as will the Pictou Maripac Midget A team, Trenton Steeler Midget B's, New Glasgow Bomber Pee Wee B's, and the Midget A and Atom Pictou County Subway Selects. We want to wish good luck to all 8 Pictou County teams!
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The 32nd Annual Donald Keddy Memorial Hockey Tournament, 35 and under division, is taking place this weekend. As part of the festivities, there's a dance at the White Tail Pub tonight from 10 pm-2 am.
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The Peewee AA Selects are hosting provincials in Pictou this weekend. They play twice today, at 8:30 this morning and 12:30 in the afternoon.
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The final matchup is set for the NSJHL playoffs, as the Valley Maple Leafs finished off the defending champion Sackville Blazers with a 5-3 win last night. The Maple Leafs win the Fred Fox Division Final in 6 games, and advance to face the Glace Bay Miners in the Provinicial and League Championship series. The series schedule is yet to be announced. The winner will advance to the Don Johnson Memorial Atlantic Canadian Championship hosted by the Western Red Wings of the IJHL.
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Tomorrow is the final day before the Ice starts coming out of the Hector Arena. There will be a shinny pick up hockey tourney with registration starting at 3:30pm. $30 per player. Games will start at 4:30p.m. all proceeds raised from this event will go to the Hector Arena.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club will be continuing spring training /tryouts for the upcoming season. All Midget aged players are encouraged to attend. As well an invitation is being extended to any bantam aged players looking to get an early start to their season. All sessions will be under the direction of the 2014 National Midget AAA Provincial Representative MacGregor Kinsmen coaching staff as well as guest instructors. The first session is Sunday from 3-5 pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration will take place between 2:30-3 pm. Cost per session is $10. All players must bring indoor shoes ,workout gear and water. Players will need a parent to sign a waiver form. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
Dates and times for the sessions:
March 29 - 3:00 to 5:00
April 4 -1:00 to 3:00
April 11 - 3:00 to 5:00
April 25 - 3:00 to 5:00
may 2 - 3:00 to 5:00
may 9 - 1:00 to 3:00
may 16 - 1:00 to 3:00
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


IF PICTOU VIC IS TO RE-OPEN, OTHERS MUST RUN IT: SULLIVAN
Friday 27th March 2015
Civic leaders and local politicians met this week to discuss what to do about the Pictou Visitor Information Centre, which the province is not going to open this year.

NS Tourism Agency CEO Patrick Sullivan told those present that he is not going to reverse the decision to close the VIC, but he did leave open the possibility of providing some financing if another group takes it over, although he didn't go into detail.

Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane, who was at the meeting, is optimistic that a plan can come together to have the Centre ready this year, even if it's in a reduced capacity.


PROVINCE SHOULD BE WILLING TO MEET WITH NORTHERN PULP: HOUSTON
Friday 27th March 2015
Pictou East MLA Tim Houston is concerned that the government is unwilling to discuss the new Industrial Approval with Northern Pulp. The mill's owners plan to appeal the new IA, saying the standards are too onerous and go beyond what other pulp and paper companies are expected to meet.

Houston says he and the other Pictou County MLAs have tried to set up a meeting between the province and the mill, without success. He says the process must be open and transparent, as the mill's business affects everyone.


LOCAL COMPANY SAYS PHONE SCAMMERS ARE IMPERSONATING THEM
Friday 27th March 2015
A local business is warning people of a phone scam in the area. Janet Lucas of Metro-Midtown Taxi says a person received a call showing their number on the caller ID, but when they answered, they heard a recording saying they've won an all expense paid weekend vacation and to push 1 to claim it. Lucas says the call is not from them, and that you should hang up. She says they have notified the police.

Meanwhile, the Mounties in P-E-I are warning the public about calls from people claiming to work for the Canada Revenue Agency. Police say the callers claim that money is owed to the agency and request that money be transferred to an online account.

The R-C-M-P say people should call the Canada Revenue Agency directly prior to making any financial transactions.


BC MAN CHARGED AFTER COLLISION IN ABERCROMBIE
Friday 27th March 2015
Pictou District RCMP are investigating a two-vehicle collision that occurred around 7:30 this morning in Abercrombie. RCMP, EHS and the Abercrombie Fire Department responded to the collision on the off-ramp from Exit 2 for Highway 106.

A Dodge Ram pick-up truck, driven by a 52-year-old man from British Columbia, illegally entered the south bound off-ramp for Highway 106 and collided with a Toyota Echo exiting the highway. The driver of the Echo, a 57-year-old Pictou County man, was transported to the Aberdeen Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police have charged the BC man with Making a Prohibited Turn at an Exit Ramp. The investigation continues.


PROVINCE REMOVES TIME LIMITS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUITS
Friday 27th March 2015
The province has made amendments to the Limitation of Actions Act to strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault.

Under the new rules, victims of sexual assault and individuals in an intimate or dependent relationship can file a civil lawsuit against their abuser, regardless of when the assault took place.

The new act does not apply to equitable claims made by aboriginal people against the Crown.


VACANT HALIFAX SCHOOL SUFFERS ROOF COLLAPSE *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Friday 27th March 2015
Heavy snowpack caused severe damage at a vacant school in Halifax. Walls are visibly buckled and windows shattered after part of the roof collapsed at St. Patrick's High School. The building has been closed since 2007, and is already scheduled for demolition. A city spokesperson says a structural engineer recommends tearing down the affected area after an assessment this morning.


GAS UP, DIESEL DOWN
Friday 27th March 2015
Like in New Brunswick yesterday, gas is up and diesel is down. The price of regular unleaded gasoline is up almost a penny and a half to $1.076 per litre. Diesel dropped two and a half cents to $1.07 per litre.


AMHERST SPEEDER ALSO BUSTED FOR POT
Friday 27th March 2015
A speeding ticket in the Amherst area led to a seizure of marijuana. Monday night, RCMP stopped a 2014 Hyundai Accent travelling 146km/h westbound on Highway 104. The 22-year-old driver from Charlottetown didn't have a valid driver's license and was operating a rental vehicle he was not authorized to drive. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of marijuana and other paraphernalia. The driver was arrested without incident and his vehicle was seized.

He faces charges of Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, Speeding, Operating a Motor Vehicle without Valid Insurance and Driving while Suspended. The man will appear in Amherst Provincial Court on June 1st.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 27 *UPDATED 9:30 AM*
Friday 27th March 2015
Division Finals in the MHL are underway. In the Meek Division, the Dieppe Commandos took the first game of the series beating the Miramichi Timberwolves 3-1. The Eastlink Division Final begins tonight in Berwick, when the Valley Wildcats host the Truro Bearcats.
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High school girls curling provincials are taking place in Truro, and this morning two Pictou County schools do battle. North Nova lost to West Kings 8-1 in their Thursday morning game before defeating Halifax West, while Pictou Academy beat Prince Andrew 8-7 before losing to Forest Heights later Thursday. The winner of today’s match advances in the tournament, the losing team gets eliminated. Pictou Academy also had a mixed team at provincials, but lost both of their games – 9-2 against North Kings Education Centre and 8-1 to Halifax West – and are out of the event.
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The Division 1 High School Provincials , hosted by North Nova Gryphons, have made some changes because of roof leaks at the Wellness Centre. The opening ceremonies have been cancelled, and the early games, including North Nova's game against Millwood at 12:30 p.m., have moved to Westville. Tonight at 7:45 p.m., the Gryphons play J.L. Isley, and they have a Saturday tilt against Riverview, at 11:45 a.m.
Semifinals are Saturday night at 6:30 and 8:30, with the championship game slated for Sunday at 1 p.m.
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Meanwhile, The North Nova Gryphons Women's Team is in Antigonish this weekend for their championship series. Their first match is with Charles P. Allen of Bedford at 10am Friday morning, then Avon View of Windsor at 7:30. Saturday, the Lady Gryphons face off with Auburn Drive at Noon.
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The Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions has moved – because of concerns of snow on the roof at the BMO Centre in Bedford, the tournament will now be played at the Colchester Legion Stadium and Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro. 8 teams from Pictou County will be on the ice to play for a Provincial Championship Banner. The Atom A, Atom AA, and Bantam A Crushers will all be in action, as will the Pictou Maripac Midget A team, Trenton Steeler Midget B's, New Glasgow Bomber Pee Wee B's, and the Midget A and Atom Pictou County Subway Selects. We want to wish good luck to all 8 Pictou County teams!
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The 32nd Annual Donald Keddy Memorial Hockey Tournament, 35 and under division, is taking place this weekend. As part of the festivities, there's a dance at the White Tail Pub on March 28th from 10 pm-2 am.
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The Peewee AA Selects are hosting provincials in Pictou this weekend. They have a pair of matches today at 11 and 5, and Saturday at 8:30 and 1:30.
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Sunday is the final day before the Ice starts coming out of the Hector Arena. There will be a shimmy pick up hockey tourney with registration starting at 3:30pm. $30 per player. Games will start at 4:30p.m. all proceeds raised from this event will go to the Hector Arena.
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The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club will be continuing spring training /tryouts for the upcoming season. All Midget aged players are encouraged to attend. As well an invitation is being extended to any bantam aged players looking to get an early start to their season. All sessions will be under the direction of the 2014 National Midget AAA Provincial Representative MacGregor Kinsmen coaching staff as well as guest instructors. The first session is Sunday from 3-5 pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration will take place between 2:30-3 pm. Cost per session is $10. All players must bring indoor shoes ,workout gear and water. Players will need a parent to sign a waiver form. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
Dates and times for the sessions:
March 29 - 3:00 to 5:00
April 4 -1:00 to 3:00
April 11 - 3:00 to 5:00
April 25 - 3:00 to 5:00
may 2 - 3:00 to 5:00
may 9 - 1:00 to 3:00
may 16 - 1:00 to 3:00
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


PROVINCE INCREASING USER FEES THREE PERCENT
Thursday 26th March 2015
The province is putting up user fees three per cent. The fee adjustment is tied to Nova Scotia's consumer price index increase of 1.2 per cent in 2013 and 1.7 per cent last year. The increase will apply to most user fees for government-provided services, as well as licensing and regulatory functions by departments.

Amoung the fees that won't change are Freedom of Information requests, international student fees, and fees for government service organizations, such as school boards and health authorities. The fee increases take effect April 1st. The last fee increase was in April 2013.


CHANGES TO HEALTH CARE ACT MOVING FORWARD
Thursday 26th March 2015
Four councils would negotiate collective agreements on behalf of unionized health workers in Nova Scotia when the number of health authorities is cut from 10 to two next week under legislation introduced today by the government. Health Minister Leo Glavine says the councils would bargain on behalf of nursing, health care, support and administrative workers. The Nova Scotia Nurses Union would be the lead negotiator for nurses and licensed practical nurses, the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union would bargain for health care workers, Unifor would handle talks for support workers and CUPE for administrative professionals.

The legislative changes follow an agreement struck with the province's public-sector unions earlier this month after the government dismissed an arbitrator it hired to settle issues surrounding union representation under the bill passed last fall. Glavine says the changes will streamline bargaining by cutting the number of units from 50 to four.

NDP labour critic Frank Corbett says the changes represent a government retreat on a position that unions had advocated in negotiations last summer. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie says there has been a lot of turmoil and expense in getting the process back to where it was six months ago.


PREMIER OUTLINES PRIORITIES AS MLA'S ARE BACK IN HOUSE
Thursday 26th March 2015
The provincial legislature resumed sitting today. The government says key priorities will include simplifying regulations, fostering business growth, and getting the province's finances back on track.

Premier Stephen McNeil says government has listened to Nova Scotians and will be making the changes necessary to get the province's fiscal house in order and protect the programs and services that are most important to citizens. The provincial budget will be tabled on Thursday, April 9th.


PETER MACKAY WILL BE A FATHER AGAIN
Thursday 26th March 2015
Kian Alexander MacKay is going to be a big brother. Justice Minister Peter MacKay and his wife, human rights activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam, are expecting a baby girl in the fall. Afshin-Jam made the announcement this morning on Twitter.


MAN ACCUSED OF HOLDING DANGEROUS CHEMICALS PLEADS NOT GUILTY
Thursday 26th March 2015
A man who was arrested after police found chemicals in a shed and cottage in Halifax will stand trial in June. Christopher Phillips pleaded not guilty today to charges of uttering threats and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. The 42-year-old man has elected to be tried by judge alone when the five-day trial begins June 1 in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.

The case is also due in court on May 7 to determine whether the trial dates are suitable. The discovery of chemicals prompted evacuations in Halifax and the Ottawa hotel where Phillips was arrested in January.


TUITION INCREASE FOR NSCC STUDENTS
Thursday 26th March 2015
The Nova Scotia Community College has approved a tuition increase for the next school year. The cost for most programs will increase three percent, which is on average a $90 raise. NSCC President Don Bureaux says the increase is needed to balance the budget and stay on top of rising costs. Tuition for Recording Arts, Health Information Management, Certified Welding, Gas Technician, Heavy Equipment Operator, Process Operations 4th Class, and Aviation Programs (Avionics, Mechanical and Structures) won't increase.


RAINFALL WARNING FOR SOUTHERN NS: WATCH FOR SNOW MELT, TOO
Thursday 26th March 2015
It's not snow, but it could still be a problem. Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for the southern coast of Nova Scotia as a trough of low pressure moves into the region. It says up to 40 millimetres of rain is expected in those areas. Environment Canada says mild temperaures mean snow will also be melting, so flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

Meanwhile, rainfall warnings are also in effect in eastern Newfoundland, where up to 25 millimetres of rain is expected by tomorrow evening.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 26 *UPDATED 1:00 PM*
Thursday 26th March 2015
Division Finals in the MHL begin tonight. In the Meek Division, as the Dieppe Commandos host the Miramichi Timberwolves. The Eastlink Division Final begins tomorrow in Berwick, when the Valley Wildcats host the Truro Bearcats.
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The North Nova Gryphons are hosting the Division 1 provincials at the wellness centre, beginning on Friday. The opening ceremonies will be Friday at 11:30am at the Wellness Centre and will be hosted by Gene Mills. North Nova plays Millwood at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, have a 7:45 p.m. game against J.L. Isley and a Saturday tilt against Riverview, at 11:45 a.m.
Semifinals are Saturday night at 6:30 and 8:30, with the championship game slated for Sunday at 1 p.m.
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Meanwhile, The North Nova Gryphons Women's Team is in Antigonish this weekend for their championship series. Their first match is with Charles P. Allen of Bedford at 10am Friday morning, then Avon View of Windsor at 7:30. Saturday, the Lady Gryphons face off with Auburn Drive at Noon.
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The full schedule for the Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions is set, and 8 teams from Pictou County will be on the ice to play for a Provincial Championship Banner. The Atom A, Atom AA, and Bantam A Crushers will all be in action, as will the Pictou Maripac Midget A team, Trenton Steeler Midget B's, New Glasgow Bomber Pee Wee B's, and the Midget A and Atom Pictou County Subway Selects. We want to wish good luck to all 8 Pictou County teams as they play for Provincial titles this Saturday in Bedford.
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The 32nd Annual Donald Keddy Memorial Hockey Tournament, 35 and under division, is taking place this weekend. As part of the festivities, there's a dance at the White Tail Pub on March 28th from 10 pm-2 am.
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The Peewee AA Selects are hosting provincials in Pictou this weekend. They have a pair of matches tomorrow at 11 and 5, and Saturday at 8:30 and 1:30.
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Sunday is the final day before the Ice starts coming out of the Hector Arena. There will be a shimmy pick up hockey tourney with registration starting at 3:30pm. $30 per player. Games will start at 4:30p.m. all proceeds raised from this event will go to the Hector Arena.
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The Pictou County Old Timers Hockey League Year End Banquet was held this week at the end of another great season.  Some highlights of the evening included Manager of The Year going to Roddy Urquart after a decade of runner ups. Second Team All-star Center man went to Brian Levy. Marc Theriault took home The League MVP and Best Plus Minus award for the season.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


OFFICIALS SAY PRIVATE SECTOR WILL LEAD TOURISM GROWTH
Wednesday 25th March 2015

The Nova Scotia Government says they will change the NS Tourism Agency into a private-sector led crown corporation.

Finance and Treasury board Minister Diana Whalen says the government needs to let the private sector lead.

Whalen says effective April 1st, the NS Tourism Agency will become “Tourism Nova Scotia,” should legislation to do so be passed.

She predicts the creation of the crown corporation will result in a doubling of tourism revenues to $4,000,000,000.00 annually.

The chair of the new corporation would be Ben Cowan-Dewar. Current Nova Scotia Tourism Agency CEO Patrick Sullivan would retain that title.

A release from Communications Nova Scotia says the new organization will be led by a board of business owners from across the province.

The legislation will be introduced April 1st.



GOVERNMENT TO DELIVER BUDGET IN APRIL
Wednesday 25th March 2015

A timeline has been given for the next provincial budget.

At a pre-budget speech before the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, Finance and Treasury board Minister Diana Whalen said she will – in her words – provide a frank presentation of the state of [the province's] fiscal affairs.

Earlier this month, Whalen said the budget will include some difficult decisions and change.

The province is operating with a projected budget deficit of over $220,000,000.00

The budget is to be delivered April 9th.



OCEAN INNOVATION CENTRE TO OPEN IN NOVA SCOTIA
Wednesday 25th March 2015

Land formerly belonging to the Canadian Coast Guard in Dartmouth will soon house what's being called an “Ocean innovation centre.”

The Provincial government approved the purchase of the property by the Waterfront Development Corporation, who will buy it from the federal government for over $6,000,000.00

Communications Nova Scotia says this will enable the government, schools, and private marine businesses to work together to drive investment, commercialization, exports and growth.

The department says the annual global market value for ocean-related goods and services is 3 trillion dollars.



MURDER CASE ADDED TO REWARDS PROGRAM
Wednesday 25th March 2015

The Halifax Regional Police and Nova Scotia government says have added a 2009 shooting death to the Reward for Major Unsolved Crimes Program.

Timothy John Kelly was found on a sidewalk in Halifax, having been shot multiple times. He later died in hospital.

The HRP and provincial government say in a release they hope to bring closure to Kelly's family.

The Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program was set up in October 2006, and you can learn more about it at novascotia.ca/justice.



SECURITY STEPPED UP AT PROVINCE HOUSE
Wednesday 25th March 2015

The Nova Scotia Legislature resumes tomorrow in Halifax, and security will be increased at Province House accordingly.

A release from Communications Nova Scotia says all visitors will have to check in with I.D, leave bags at the commissionaire's desk, submit to a metal detector, and wear a visitor badge.

The same rules will be in effect for government employees and members of the media.



SAMSON GETS MORE CABINET RESPONSIBILITY
Wednesday 25th March 2015
Michel Samson's dayplanner is going to get fuller.

He was officially sworn in as Minister of Energy, Communications Nova Scotia and Minister responsible for Part I of the Gaming Control Act on Tuesday. That's in addition to his work as Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, and Minister of Acadian Affairs.

Yesterday Andrew Younger submitted his resignation as a member of cabinet. Younger will continue to serve as MLA for Dartmouth East.


EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE ADDRESSES RISK OF FLOODING *RE-FEED FROM TUESDAY*
Wednesday 25th March 2015
With temperatures increasing, rainfall predicted, and snow blocking many drains, the risk of flooding is something Nova Scotians should prepare for. The Emergency Management Office responded to the our newsroom's inquiries about what they're doing to ensure the protection of residents. The department says along with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, they're monitoring areas where snow and ice could melt and become an issue. They say motorists should be extra cautious at times like this to avoid hydroplaning because of water accumulation on the roads and highways. The E.M.O. Has also provided us a list of tips they recommend to prepare. That list is available here.


FARMERS' GROUP TO ASK FOR STORM FUNDS FROM PROVINCE
Wednesday 25th March 2015
The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture says it will ask for funding from the province to help with structural damage caused by a harsh winter. The federation says this winter's snowfall has caused about three million dollars worth of damage to agricultural structures across the province, such as greenhouses, livestock barns and machine storage buildings.
Federation president Chris van den Heuvel says storms have made it more difficult than usual to clear snow from the buildings. He says the federation is gathering feedback from farmers through a survey and will use the information to lobby for funding from the province.


TRURO SCHOOL CLOSED AGAIN TO CLEAR ROOF
Wednesday 25th March 2015
Students at Redcliff Middle School in Truro will not be in class again today. The school was closed on Tuesday afternoon after a crack in the ceiling of the main lobby was discovered. A structural engineer inspected the ceiling, and while no apparent structural issues have been discovered, classes are canceled as a precautionary measure while snow on the roof above the lobby can be cleared. Parents and guardians with questions may contact the Cobequid Family of Schools Office at 902-896-5737.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 25
Wednesday 25th March 2015
The schedule for the Division Finals in the MHL has been released, and action gets underway tomorrow in the Meek Division, as the Dieppe Commandos host the Miramichi Timberwolves. Meanwhile, the Eastlink Division Final begins Friday night in Berwick, when the Valley Wildcats host the Truro Bearcats.
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The season has ended for the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians. The Glace Bay Miners wrapped up the best of 7 series in game 5 last night at the Bay Plex 4-3. The Scotians tried to close a 3 goal gap with a pair of third period goals. The Miners have advanced to the NSJHL Final.
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The full schedule for the Hockey Nova Scotia Day of Champions is set, and 8 teams from Pictou County will be on the ice to play for a Provincial Championship Banner. The Atom A, Atom AA, and Bantam A Crushers will all be in action, as will the Pictou Maripac Midget A team, Trenton Steeler Midget B's, New Glasgow Bomber Pee Wee B's, and the Midget A and Atom Pictou County Subway Selects. We want to wish good luck to all 8 Pictou County teams as they play for Provincial titles this Saturday in Bedford.
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The 32nd Annual Donald Keddy Memorial Hockey Tournament, 35 and under division, is taking place this weekend. As part of the festivities, there's a dance at the White Tail on March 28st from 10 pm-2 am.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20. If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


PICTOU COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL TAKING PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES
Tuesday 24th March 2015

The Pictou County branch of the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation Renewal says they're keeping an eye on things in the area in the wake of warming temperatures, melting snow, and the risk of rainfall.

Area Manager Troy Webb says crews are working to wing back snowbanks to get as much width as possible and shelving back the tops of the banks in the event more snow falls.

In addition, Webb says crews cut a lot of openings in snow banks in problem areas during prior rain events, are monitoring them now and responding as needed.



EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE ADDRESSES RISK OF FLOODING
Tuesday 24th March 2015

With temperatures increasing, rainfall predicted, and snow blocking many drains, the risk of flooding is something Nova Scotians should prepare for.

The Emergency Management Office responded to the East Coast FM Newsroom's inquiries about what they're doing to ensure the protection of provincial residents.

The department says along with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, they're monitoring areas where snow and ice could melt and become an issue.

They say motorists should be extra cautious at times like this to avoid hydroplaning because of water accumulation on the roads and highways.

The E.M.O. Has also provided us a list of tips they recommend to prepare. That's available at:

http://novascotia.ca/dma/emo/prepare_for_an_emergency/risks/floods.asp



UNCERTAINTY ABOUT BUILDING THAT HOUSED FUTURE SHOP NEW GLASGOW
Tuesday 24th March 2015

The Future Shop in New Glasgow is now closed, but there have been questions about what's going to happen to the building where it was housed.

The East Coast FM Newsroom reached out to Crombie REIT, the company that owns the building, and they said at this time no decisions have been made about the future of the property.



REPORT RELEASED ON NOVA SCOTIA SOLID WASTE REGULATIONS
Tuesday 24th March 2015

The Nova Scotia Department of Environment released a repot today called “What we heard.” It's about proposed changes to Nova Scotia's solid waste management regulations.

A release from Communications Nova Scotia says over 260 written submissions were received from members of the public who wanted to share their opinions. The department says they also held information sessions and meetings with interested groups across the province.

Among proposed changes to the regulations are expanding tire management programs to include off-road tires, and changes to the beverage container deposit-refund program.

The Department of Environment says they'll continue gathering information and opinions, and any changes approved would be phased in over the next five years.



OVER A MILLION DOLLARS AVAILABLE FOR FARMERS THROUGH INNOVATION PROGRAM
Tuesday 24th March 2015

Farmers in Nova Scotia are able to apply for innovation support through a program that's being funded by the Federal and Provincial government.

Nova Scotia Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell says farmers play a key role in helping to grow the Nova Scotia economy, and this program will help them be more competitive and innovative.

The program is worth $1,200,000.00 and 60 percent of that is paid by the federal government. The other 40 percent is paid for by the provincial government.

Those interested in applying should visit the agriculture department website, which is: http://novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/financial-funding/growing-forward2/innovation/



SCHOOL CLOSES EARLY DUE TO CONCERNS OF CEILING ISSUES
Tuesday 24th March 2015

The Redcliff Middle School in Truro has closed early today after concerns about the condition of the ceiling in the main lobby of the school.

A release from the Chignecto Central Regional School Board calls the early dismissal a precautionary measure.

The board says an engineering firm will be in the school today to assess the situation, and give their recommendations on how to proceed.

The school opened in 1998, and grades range from 5 to 7.



HOUSE ARREST FOR MAN INVOLVED IN VEHICLE THEFT
Tuesday 24th March 2015
A 26-year old New Glasgow man who pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without consent has been given house arrest and probation.
Dale Kass McInnis was one of two people accused in the theft of a truck from a local business that ended up driving into the side of a Halifax area hotel in December 2013, causing significant damage.
McInnis had previously pleaded guilty to the charge of taking the vehicle without consent, and this morning in Pictou Provincial Court was sentenced.
He was given a total of four months of house arrest followed by 12 months of probation for that, and two additional unrelated charges.
His co-accused, Brett Edward Hennessey, returns to court next week on this and other unrelated matters.


NOVA SCOTIA AND NEW BRUNSWICK JOIN TO CREATE REGULATORY AND SERVICE EFFECTIVENESS OFFICE
Tuesday 24th March 2015

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant met today to sign a memorandum of understanding that will see the provinces join together in what they're calling an effort to cut red tape.

A release from Communications Nova Scotia calls the new division a fair regulatory environment that will give “client-focused” service.

McNeil and Gallant both say the collaboration will support economic growth, and remove obstacles for businesses.



PROVINCE STUDIES REPLACING ENGLISHTOWN FERRY
Tuesday 24th March 2015
The province is considering whether to replace a busy Cape Breton ferry. The Englishtown cable ferry shepherds nearly half a million passengers per year, but long summer lines and icy conditions in the winter are affecting service, and Victoria County Council is asking the province to replace the ferry with a bridge. A feasibility report says building a new bridge across St. Ann's Bay could cost 45 million dollars. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says if the province does decide to build a bridge, it won't be anytime soon.


FIRE AT BAYVIEW HOME *UPDATED AT 4:20PM*
Tuesday 24th March 2015
Firefighters from multiple departments attended the scene of a mobile home in the Bayview area this morning. The fire is believed to have begun in the basement of the home. Crews from Caribou, Pictou, and Abercrombie responded to the blaze. Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross are now assisting a woman and her five-year-old son with temporary lodging, food, clothing purchases and other emergency needs. There were no injuries from the fire.


ATLANTIC LOTTO TO BE EXAMINED BY THE PROVINCIAL AUDITORS GENERAL
Tuesday 24th March 2015
The Atlantic Lottery Corporation is going under the microscope. CBC News reports that for the first time, the auditors general in the four Atlantic provinces will work together over the next year on a joint audit of the company. Atlantic Lotto has a regular financial audit every year, but this is expected to be more like a "value-for-money" audit seen in the yearly auditor general's reports. It will look at issues like efficiency, accountability, and compliance. The auditors general say there's no particular reason they've decided to look into the billion dollar Crown corporation. They also say they haven't determined what aspect of ALC's operation they may focus on. The results will be included in next year's auditor's reports for all four Atlantic provinces.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 24 *UPDATED 9:25 AM*
Tuesday 24th March 2015
The season has come to an end for the Weeks Jr A Crushers, after losing 6-3 to the Truro Bearcats last night at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. The Crushers twice came back to tie the game after going down 1-0 and 2-1, but could not come back after the Bearcats opened up a 3-2 lead just 22 seconds into the third period. The Bearcats extended the lead to 5-2 before the Crushers scored to close the gap to 5-3, then an empty-net goal sealed the deal for the Bearcats who now go on to face the Valley Wildcats in the Eastlink Division Final.
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For the second time in as many nights, the Glace Bay Miners scored in overtime to defeat the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians in NSJHL playoff action at Trenton Arena. This time the game went into a second overtime period before the Miners got the winner from Kyle Peck to go up 3-1 in the Best-of-7 series. Game 5 goes tonight in Glace Bay, and should the Scotians win to extend the series, Game 6 will be played at the Wellness Centre on Thursday.
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In other NSJHL action, The Valley Maple Leafs have defeated the Sackville Blazers by a score of 5 - 4. Shots on Goal were 45 - 39 in favour of the Blazers. Alex Feltmate had the winning goal in the first overtime.
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The New Glasgow Bombers Peewee B continued their banner week by adding the Northern conference championship banner to their collection. After capturing the Highland/Fundy region title the team played a strong game against the Northside Vikings to become the Northern Conference champions winning the game 6-3. The team heads to Bedford on Saturday to play the Bedford Blues Peewee B's in Hockey Nova Scotia's Day of Champions.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers have advanced to the Provincial Day of Champions this coming weekend at the BMO Center. They will be playing against the Sackville Flyers for the Provincial Championship in a one-game winner-take-all Saturday in Bedford.
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The 32nd Annual Donald Keddy Memorial Hockey Tournament, 35 and under division, is taking place this weekend. As part of the festivities, there's a dance at the White Tail on March 28st from 10 pm-2 am.
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Golf Pro Brian Affleck will be doing his golf tune-up sessions Thursdays from 1pm to 2pm at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton. A spot on the mats costs $20.

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PEI MAN DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY VEHICLE
Monday 23rd March 2015

A Charlottetown man is dead after being hit by a vehicle.

The 67 stepped out of his car this morning near North Tryon, and was being assisted by another passer-by to get an SUV out of a ditch when the accident happened.

A third vehicle passed by and hit the vehicle that was being towed from the ditch. At this point it's not clear which vehicle hit the man.

Police have not released his name.



SENTENCING PUT OVER FOR REVIEW
Monday 23rd March 2015
A man charged with impaired driving and breaching a recognizance order was due to be sentenced in Pictou Provincial Court today, but had his case put over because he may be subject to jail time. Joshua David King had been arrested in November for impaired driving, and at the time was under an order not to consume alcohol. The Crown requested an elevated fine and a driving prohibition of 15 monthsat today's sentencing, but Judge Del Atwood adjourned the sentencing so he could conduct further review. Atwood says because of the breach of conditions, a period of custody could be warranted, be it served in the community or in an institution. King is back in court April 21st.


NEW BRUNSWICK MAN FINED FOR FAILING TO STOP AT THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT
Monday 23rd March 2015

A 53 year old truck driver was in Pictou Provincial Court today to plead guilty for failing to stop at the scene of an accident that caused bodily harm.

Ernest Vienneau, who lives in New Brunswick, admitted to rear-ending a mid sized sedan with his tractor trailer in September, and continuing to drive westbound on Highway 104.

The sedan came to a stop after spinning and hitting a guardrail.

A witness called the police, provided a description of the truck's logo. Police contacted the parent company that employs Vienneau, and determined it was him who was driving.

Crown Prosecutor Jody McNeil recommended a sentence of no less than $500.00, but did not request any driving prohibition.

Judge Del Atwood sentenced Vienneau to pay just under $700.00 including victim surcharges, which he agreed to do forthwith.



ACCUSED IN BREAK-INS BACK IN COURT
Monday 23rd March 2015

A man charged in connection to break-ins at the Medicine Shop will be in custody until at least July, when his case moves forward in Pictou Provincial Court.

37 year old Trevor Edward DeWolfe faces charges of break and enter, possession of property obtained by crime, possession of methadone and possession of hydromorphone.

He was arrested on March 9th, and appears in court next July 7th.



WOMAN WHO LED ORPHANGE LAWSUIT DIES
Monday 23rd March 2015
One of the people who helped lead the fight for an apology and compensation over abuse allegations at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children has died. Deanna Smith, a representative plaintiff in two class-action lawsuits launched against the orphanage and the provincial government, died Saturday in Truro. She was 49.

In the 1970s, Smith was placed in the orphanage where she alleges she was abused. Raymond Wagner, the lead lawyer who represented the plaintiffs, says Smith's courage in coming forward can't be overstated, adding that her efforts helped shed light on a dark chapter in the province's history. Wagner says Smith took her role seriously — so much so that she put her cancer treatments on hold in her home province of Alberta against medical advice to attend court proceedings in Nova Scotia that ended in a $34-million settlement last year.

The former residents of the orphanage are now going through a court-approved distribution of those funds.


ROAD RE-OPENED AFTER ACCIDENT CLOSES 102 *UPDATED 2:40PM*
Monday 23rd March 2015
A seven vehicle pile-up shut down a section of the 102 earlier today. The collisions occurred near the exit to Stewiacke at about 11 a.m. RCMP Corporal David Simpson says six of the seven vehicles involved had to be towed away. He says three people were taken to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro with minor injuries. After the vehicles were removed, the provincial Transportation Department cleared the snow and salted the highway.

The snow is continuing to blow in the area, creating whiteout conditions on the highway between the Fort Ellis overpass and the exit to Stewiacke.


NEW HOSPITAL RULES TO GIVE MORE POWER TO NURSES
Monday 23rd March 2015
Amendments to the Hospitals Act will allow nurse practitioners to discharge patients from hospitals. Registered nurses will also be able to assess, treat and release some patients in emergency rooms and collaborative emergency centres. Right now, only physicians, midwives and dentists can do that.
Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says this change will help patients get the care they need and spend less time in hospital. The change will be phased in starting in spring.


IMMIGRATION FIGURES BEST IN YEARS: DIAB
Monday 23rd March 2015
The province is touting the latest numbers on immigrants, saying that more people chose to make Nova Scotia their home last year than at any time in the last ten years. According to the latest figures, 2,661 newcomers settled in the province in 2014. The most recent Statistics Canada figures show a retention rate of 71 per cent, the highest rate in recent history. Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab says enhanced immigration is crucial to future success and will help grow the economy.


WORST ROADS CAMPAIGN LOOKING FOR NOMINEES
Monday 23rd March 2015
For the fifth consecutive year, the CAA is looking for motorists to help them find the Worst Roads in Atlantic Canada.
The purpose of the campaign is to highlight the numerous roads that are in a dangerous condition throughout the region, with the hopes of sparking action from the various provincial governments.
Nominations are open as of today, and voting on the Worst Roads in Atlantic Canada can be done online until 17 April. The Cape John Road in River John was voted worst road in 2013.
Votes can be submitted using the CAA App, through the CAA Atlantic Facebook page, or on their website.


POSSIBLE EXPANSION OF deCOSTE CENTRE TO INCLUDE LIBRARY BRANCH
Monday 23rd March 2015
A planning and design project has been launched to examine the potential of creating a shared-use space that would see the Pictou branch of the Regional Library move into the deCoste Centre.
The project was announced yesterday by Federal Justice Minister and Central Nova MP Peter MacKay on behalf of Rob Moore, Minister of State for ACOA.
MacKay expressed excitement at the possibility of the merger of the cultural and educational elements of the performance space and the library.
The project is being funded by all three levels of government, with 55-thousand dollars coming from ACOA, 30-thousand from the province through the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage, and 75-hundred dollars each from the Town of Pictou and Municipality of the County.


MULTI-VEHICLE PILEUPS BLAMED ON WHITEOUT CONDITIONS
Monday 23rd March 2015
RCMP say whiteout conditions were responsible for a pair of multi-vehicles collisions on Highway 102 yesterday.
A 7-vehicle pileup near Exit 9 in Milford resulted in some minor injuries but extensive vehicle damage. Meanwhile, a 10-vehicle collision in Upper Onslow at Exit 15 ended with several vehicles off the road, and the southbound lanes being shut down while northbound traffic was able to continue but at a reduced pace. Corporal Andrew Joyce says the reduced visibility was a factor in both incidents.


CANADIAN RED CROSS AIDS FAMILY AFTER STELLARTON FIRE
Monday 23rd March 2015
A family of seven is being assisted by the Canadian Red Cross after their home in Stellarton was damaged by a fire yesterday afternoon.
Disaster volunteers are helping the couple and their five children, ranging in age from 18 months to 12 years, with temporary lodging, purchases of clothing, food and other emergency aid.
The family was not home when the blaze began yesterday, and as a result there are no injuries to report.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 23
Monday 23rd March 2015
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The Glace Bay Junior Miners earned an overtime victory for the second time in the Sid Rowe Division Final, defeating the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians 7-6 last night at Trenton Arena. The Scotians scored twice in the final minute of regulation to force the overtime, but Ryan Bursey scored at 2:03 of the extra frame to give the Miners the win and the 2-1 series lead in the Best-of-7. Game 4 goes tonight at Trenton Arena at 7:30pm. Note the change in the start time, as it had previously been scheduled for 7pm.
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Only one opening round series remains in the MHL playoffs after the Miramichi Timberwolves finished off the Woodstock Slammers with a 3-2 win in Woodstock last night. The Timberwolves win the series in 5 games, and advance to face the Dieppe Commandos in the Meek Division Final beginning later this week. In the Eastlink Division, the Valley Wildcats are awaiting the winner of the series between the Crushers and Truro Bearcats. The Crushers are facing elimination again tonight as they cross Mount Thom to visit the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. The game can be heard live on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Anchor Motors Peewee AA Crushers had another impressive weekend as they travelled to Windsor for the popular “Birthplace of Hockey Tournament.”  They met East Hants for their first game and successfully defeated them 4-2.  The Crushers came to win and it showed as Matthew Carson opened the scoring with an assist from Thomas Devine and Brycen MacDonald early in the first period.  MacDonald followed suit adding the second goal with an assist from Devine and Carson. Heading into the third period, it was Devine’s turn to score as the puck was passed from Carson again.  Devine, Carson and MacDonald squared up together in a game of tic tac toe as they headed for the Penguins’ net and MacDonald deeked the goalie for the fourth goal.  Matthew Carson was named Most Valuable Player of the game. Game 2, resulted in another win for the Crushers as they played the West Hants Warriors.  Brycen MacDonald scored early with Western Valley scoring shortly after, only for Skylar Earle to make a fast and skillful play that kept the Crushers ahead for the rest of the game.  Brody Bowering scored next with two more goals coming from MacDonald, giving him the hat trick.  Devine finished the game with the last goal and making the final score 6-2.  Assists in the second game were Lucas Fraser, Devine (2), Nolan MacDonald, and Jayden Hatchard.  MacDonald received Most Valuable Player. The tides turned as the Crushers had to face their biggest competitors of the whole season in game 3 against Western Valley.  Going into the third period, Crushers gained some momentum, but it wasn’t enough to defeat their opponents.  Brycen MacDonald scored on a power play with an assist from his ice mates, Carson and Devine.  Luke Young scored an unassisted power play goal.  Crushers played with determination as they took the loss 5-2.  Cody MacDougall was goalie in all three games and never ceased to amaze the crowd with his solid performance in the net.  He deservingly earned Most Valuable Player.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers have advanced to the Provincial Day of Champions this coming weekend at the BMO Center. They will be playing against the Sackville Flyers for the Provincial Championship in a one-game winner-take-all Saturday in Bedford.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.  Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 22
Sunday 22nd March 2015
The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians have tied their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series with the Glace Bay Jr. Miners. After several delays, game two of the series was played last night in Glace Bay, and the Scotians picked up a one-sided 4-1 win. The next game in that series is scheduled for tonight in Trenton at 7:00pm.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers stayed alive in their MHL Playoff series last night at the Wellness Centre, netting an 8-1 victory over the Truro Bearcats. Daniel Walsh lead the team with two goals and an assist. The series is now 3-2 Bearcats. Game 6 goes tomorrow night at 7:00pm.
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The Scotians/Miners schedule is as follows: Game 4 – Mon, Mar 23, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 5 – Tue, Mar 24, 7:30pm @ Bay Plex Recreation Centre
Game 6 – Thu, Mar 26, 7pm @ Wellness Centre
Game 7 – Sun, Mar 29, 5pm @ Bay Plex Recreation Centre
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.  Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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The sounds of bats hitting balls will be back this weekend in Stellarton. The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club will be holding spring training /tryouts for the upcoming season. All Midget aged players are encouraged to attend. As well an invitation is being extended to any bantam aged players looking to get an early start to their season.
All sessions will be under the direction of the 2014 National Midget AAA Provincial Representative MacGregor Kinsmen coaching staff as well as guest instructors.
The first session will take place today from 3-5 pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration will take place between 2-3 pm. Cost per session is $10. All players must bring indoor shoes ,workout gear and water. Players will need a parent to sign a waiver form. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
Dates and times for the sessions
Today's time - 3:00 to 5:00
March 29 time -3:00 to 5:00
April 4 time -1:00 to 3:00
April 11 time-3:00 to 5:00
April 25 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 2 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 9 time 1:00 to 3:00
May 16 time -1:00 to 3:00

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For those looking to join the national women’s softball team, National team coach Mark Smith and the Nova Scotia Canada Games women’s softball coaching staff will hold training sessions March 29, April 12 and April 26 at Sackville High School. Cost is $75 for the three sessions. Training is open to female athletes whose birth year is between 1996 and 2000. The deadline for pre-registration is today. To register or for more information, email: coaches@nscanadagamessoftball.ca.
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TOWN OF MULGRAVE UPDATING WASTEWATER SYSTEM
Sunday 22nd March 2015

The Federal government is contributing over $200,000.00 to a project in Guysborough County that will see a wastewater system upgraded.

Representatives from The Town of Mulgrave says the move is a step to stimulate economic development.

A tenant of the town's business park recently expanded, and a release from the town says the upgrade to the Loggie Street wastewater system will be a support for the expansion, as the business park and nearby homes are the main users of the system.

Mulgrave Mayor Lorne MacDonald says the project will support the expansion of the existing commercial operation, and make the community a more attractive place to live and work.



SNOW REMOVAL CONTINUES
Saturday 21st March 2015

New Glasgow Regional Police are advising motorists that Public Works will be conducting snow removal tonight in the Downtown New Glasgow area from 10:00pm until 7:00am.

New Glasgow Regional Police are asking motorists not to park in the downtown of New Glasgow until snow removal is complete.New Glasgow Regional Police are asking motorists to not park on streets until snow clearing is completed.

Snow clearing is also continuing throughout the town of New Glasgow and the Town of Trenton. New Glasgow Regional Police remind people that vehicles interfering with snow removal or winter maintenance can be ticketed and/or towed even when the winter ban is not in effect.



WOODBINE CREST SENIORS COMPLEX SNOWED IN
Saturday 21st March 2015

Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn says there is no excuse to leave seniors trapped after residents of the Woodbine Crest Seniors Complex in New Glasgow were snowed in for over 24 hours.

Residents were trapped inside the home for almost two days as they waited for the Department of Community Services to shovel out at least one fire exit.

The Progressive Conservative Dunn says Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard owes the residents an explanation and an apology, and that seniors complexes should be a priority in case of medical emergency.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 21
Saturday 21st March 2015
The Weeks Junior A Crushers hit the ice tonight for game 4 of their MHL playoff series against the Truro Bearcats. They currently trail 3-1 in the series, and tonight's game goes at 7:00pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.
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The Valley Maple Leafs have tied their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series against the Sackville Blazers. They picked up a 4-2 win at home last night that puts that series at 2 games apiece.
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The Pictou Midget A Maripacs take on Glace Bay at 4:30 this afternoon at the Hector Arena. The winner advances to Provincials in Halifax.
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Game 2 of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series between the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians and Glace Bay Miners will finally be played tonight in Glace Bay. The rest of the series schedule now looks like this:
Game 3 – Sun, Mar 22, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 4 – Mon, Mar 23, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 5 – Tue, Mar 24, 7:30pm @ Bay Plex Recreation Centre
Game 6 – Thu, Mar 26, 7pm @ Wellness Centre
Game 7 – Sun, Mar 29, 5pm @ Bay Plex Recreation Centre
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The Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League championship game is tonight! The game between Whitey's Vikings and Nat Pro Gas hits the ice hits the ice at the Stellarton Rink beginning at 7:00pm.
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The Subway Northern Selects will try to keep their season going today as they host Game 4 of the Best-of-5 NS Female Midget Hockey League Championship Series against Metro Boston Pizza. Metro leads 2-0 after a pair of close fought wins in Bedford last weekend. Game time today at the Wellness Centre is 12:00pm. The winner of this series will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championship in Moncton next month.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers will take on the Cape Breton League Champions today at the Wellness Centre. If they win that game, they'll go on to the provincial championships on March 28 at the BMO Centre in Bedford.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers will play the Cape Breton winners this weekend for the Northern Conference title and the right to play in Provincials next weekend.
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The Pictou Maripacs Midget A team is hosting Glace Bay this afternoon at 4:30pm at the Hector Arena. The winner of the game will advance to the Provincial Championships in Bedford next weekend.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.  Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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The sounds of bats hitting balls will be back this weekend in Stellarton. The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club will be holding spring training /tryouts for the upcoming season. All Midget aged players are encouraged to attend. As well an invitation is being extended to any bantam aged players looking to get an early start to their season.
All sessions will be under the direction of the 2014 National Midget AAA Provincial Representative MacGregor Kinsmen coaching staff as well as guest instructors.
The first session will take place this Sunday from 3-5 pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration will take place between 2-3 pm. Cost per session is $10. All players must bring indoor shoes ,workout gear and water. Players will need a parent to sign a waiver form. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
Dates and times for the sessions
March 22 time - 3:00 to 5:00
March 29 time -3:00 to 5:00
April 4 time -1:00 to 3:00
April 11 time-3:00 to 5:00
April 25 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 2 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 9 time 1:00 to 3:00
May 16 time -1:00 to 3:00

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For those looking to join the national women’s softball team, National team coach Mark Smith and the Nova Scotia Canada Games women’s softball coaching staff will hold training sessions March 29, April 12 and April 26 at Sackville High School. Cost is $75 for the three sessions. Training is open to female athletes whose birth year is between 1996 and 2000. The deadline for pre-registration is tomorrow. To register or for more information, email: coaches@nscanadagamessoftball.ca.
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ALBERTA ABANDONING ITS HEALTH MERGERS: CUPE
Friday 20th March 2015
CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh wants Premier Stephen MacNeil to consider what's happening in Alberta before going ahead with merging the province's health boards. Alberta is dropping their centralized health board after seven years of problems, saying it was not responsive to the needs of patients - especially in rural Alberta.
Cavanagh says CUPE has known for years that the changes in Alberta didn't save any money. Cavanaugh is urging Premier McNeil to use the same sober second thought he used to create the Councils of Unions to reassess the restructuring plan.


DARTMOUTH GAS LEAK CAUSED BY SNOW AND ICE BUILDUP
Friday 20th March 2015
Heritage Gas says a natural gas leak in Dartmouth was caused by snow and ice buildup on a meter. Workers contained a leak on Wright Avenue this morning, and repairs are underway. Heritage Gas VP John Hawkins says the incident reinforces the importance of making sure natural gas meters are free of snow and ice buildup, and for plow operators to be aware when plowing driveways, sidewalks and parking lots. Heritage Gas will file an incident report with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.


TOWN OF PICTOU TO CHANGE MUNICIPAL ELECTION FORMAT
Friday 20th March 2015
Ballots in the next municipal election in the Town of Pictou will have a different look than in the past.
The Utility and Review Board yesterday confirmed the Town's application to move from a system where two councillors are elected from each of the two wards.
The new system will see Council maintain a Mayor and four Councillors, but now all four will be elected from an at-large pool of the entire town.
A public meeting held before the URB last week saw the Town put forward the proposal.
The changes will take effect as of the Municipal Elections scheduled for October 2016.


SPRING BUDGET TO FEATURE TOUGH DECISIONS
Friday 20th March 2015
Taxpayers in Nova Scotia can expect some difficult news when the provincial budget comes down later this spring.
That was the indication from Finance Minister Diana Whalen yesterday when she came out of the weekly meeting of cabinet.
Whalen says the budget will include significant and challenging changes as the Liberals work toward balance.
She says the eight public meetings held around the province will Nova Scotians for the process.
Nova Scotia is operating with a projected budget deficit of 220.6 million dollars for 2014-15.
Whalen says the budget is still being worked on and there's no date yet for its release.


SIGNIFICANT DROPS IN THE PRICE AT THE PUMPS
Friday 20th March 2015
Motorists will see lower prices the pumps this morning, after the Utility and Review Board dropped the price of both regular unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel overnight.
Gas is down by 3.4 cents in northeastern Nova Scotia, to a new price of one dollar, 6.3 cents ($1.06.3).
Diesel went down by more than 9 cents, to new price of one dollar, 9.5 cents ($1.09.5).
These prices will remain in effect until next Friday morning at 12:01am.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 20 ***UPDATED 12:15pm***
Friday 20th March 2015
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers have made a shocking move one day after losing game four of the Best-of-7 Eastlink Division semi-final, firing Head Coach and General Manager Jason Malone. In a release issued earlier today, Team President Wade Sullivan said it was a difficult decision to make, particularly at this stage of a playoff series, but he has confidence that Assistant Coach Chad McDavid can turn the series around, beginning with Game 5 tomorrow night at the Wellness Centre.
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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia's Rodell Wigginton and the rest of the Buffalo Bulls have a tall task ahead of them today when they face the West Virginia Mountaineers in the NCAA Tournament. Wigginton is one of over 25 Canadians on roster of teams to make the tournament, and the only one from Nova Scotia. Tip-off time for the Bulls and Mountaineers is scheduled for roughly 3:00pm AT.
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The top two seed in the Eastlink Division are both on the brink of elimination after losses on the road last night in MHL playoff action, while the winners of the Meek Division have completed a sweep of their opening round series. The Weeks Jr A Crushers gave up 3 power play goals, 2 of which came during 5-on-3s, as the Truro Bearcats won 7-0 to take a 3-1 series lead. Jacob Fancy has now not let in a goal in over 5 periods, and the Crushers have scored just 4 times since the 9-1 victory to open the series. Meanwhile, Valley pushed Yarmouth to the edge with an 8-3 win in Berwick, and Dieppe eliminated Campbellton with a 4-3 overtime victory.
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After a successful season the New Glasgow Bombers Peewee B team captured the Highland/Fundy league championship after a close game with the Westville Miners. With a 3-2 final score Braydon Killen lead the way with a hat trick. Xander Vohs was strong in nets while battling shots from the teams strongest competition all season. Coaches credit the win to the teams hard work and dedication over the past few weeks. The Bombers will play the Northside Vikings on Saturday for the Northern Region Championship title.
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While the weather has wreaked havoc with the Sid Rowe Division Final in the NSJHL, the Fred Fox Division Final continues to roll along. Game 4 between the Sackville Blazers and Valley Maple Leafs will be played tonight at the Hants County Arena. The Blazers lead that series 2-1. Meanwhile, Game 2 of the series between the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians and Glace Bay Miners will finally be played tomorrow night in Glace Bay. The rest of the series schedule now looks like this:
Game 3 – Sun, Mar 22, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 4 – Mon, Mar 23, 7pm @ Trenton Arena
Game 5 – Tue, Mar 24, 7:30pm @ Bay Plex Recreation Centre
Game 6 – Thu, Mar 26, 7pm @ Wellness Centre
Game 7 – Sun, Mar 29, 5pm @ Bay Plex Recreation Centre
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The Northern Subway Selects will try to keep their season going tonight as they host Game 3 of the Best-of-5 NSFMHL League Championship Series against Metro Boston Pizza. Metro leads 2-0 after a pair of close fought wins in Bedford last weekend. Game time tonight at the Wellness Centre is 7:30pm. If the Selects win tonight, Game 4 will also be at the Wellness Centre tomorrow at 12:00, and if the Selects can force a fifth and deciding game, it will go Sunday at 1:45pm in Bedford. The winner of this series will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championship in Moncton next month.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers will take on the Cape Breton League Champions tomorrow at the Wellness Centre. If they win that game, they'll go on to the provincial championships on March 28 at the BMO Centre in Bedford.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers will play the Cape Breton winners this weekend for the Northern Conference title and the right to play in Provincials next weekend.
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The Pictou Maripacs Midget A team is hosting Glace Bay tomorrow afternoon at 4:30pm at the Hector Arena. The winner of the game will advance to the Provincial Championships in Bedford next weekend.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.  Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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The sounds of bats hitting balls will be back this weekend in Stellarton. The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club will be holding spring training /tryouts for the upcoming season. All Midget aged players are encouraged to attend. As well an invitation is being extended to any bantam aged players looking to get an early start to their season.
All sessions will be under the direction of the 2014 National Midget AAA Provincial Representative MacGregor Kinsmen coaching staff as well as guest instructors.
The first session will take place this Sunday from 3-5 pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration will take place between 2-3 pm. Cost per session is $10. All players must bring indoor shoes ,workout gear and water. Players will need a parent to sign a waiver form. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
Dates and times for the sessions
March 22 time - 3:00 to 5:00
March 29 time -3:00 to 5:00
April 4 time -1:00 to 3:00
April 11 time-3:00 to 5:00
April 25 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 2 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 9 time 1:00 to 3:00
May 16 time -1:00 to 3:00

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For those looking to join the national women’s softball team, National team coach Mark Smith and the Nova Scotia Canada Games women’s softball coaching staff will hold training sessions March 29, April 12 and April 26 at Sackville High School. Cost is $75 for the three sessions. Training is open to female athletes whose birth year is between 1996 and 2000. The deadline for pre-registration is tomorrow. To register or for more information, email: coaches@nscanadagamessoftball.ca.
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SPRING RESTRICTIONS? NOT SO FAST...
Thursday 19th March 2015
Due to stubborn winter conditions, spring weight restrictions for commercial vehicles that began recently on posted provincial roads have been suspended until at least Monday. Restrictions remain in effect in the counties of Shelburne, Yarmouth, Digby, Queens and Annapolis.
The weight restrictions on heavy trucks are necessary during the spring thaw to help protect roads weakened by mild and wet weather. Updated information is posted on the Department of Transportation website.


PC'S CONCERNED ABOUT WAREHOUSE ROOF COLLAPSE
Thursday 19th March 2015
A PC MLA wants to know how the Liberals plan to ensure the food supply for hospital patients. The extreme amounts of snow led to a roof collapse at the Sysco Food Services warehouse in Halifax, which contains the feeding and food supplies for every hospital in Nova Scotia. Northside-Westmount MLA Eddie Orrell is calling on the Liberals to release their contingency plan for hospital food today.


TATAMAGOUCHE EMERGENCY DEPT OPEN AGAIN *UPDATED*
Thursday 19th March 2015
The Lillian Frasier Memorial Hospital in Tatmagouche has re-opened their emergency department. It was closed for a couple of hours this morning because of weather and road conditions.


NOVA SCOTIANS STILL DIGGING OUT *UPDATED 8:50AM*
Thursday 19th March 2015
Parts of Atlantic Canada are digging out after the second large storm this week. In some areas, they're dealing with more total snowfall than when White Juan hit in 2004. Military bases in Halifax have closed for the day and Canadian Forces Base Halifax is offering free parking for residents as the city has banned all street parking to help snow removal efforts.
The Pictou Causeway is closed at this hour, the Drummond Road in Westville is closed until 4pm, and the town will re-asses at that time. Highway 6 from Amherst to Port Howe is also closed. The Canso Causeway is closed to high-sided vehicles, and the Confederation Bridge is closed to all traffic. Stay tuned to East Coast FM for the latest conditions, or call 511.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - MARCH 19 *CORRECTION 11:55 AM*
Thursday 19th March 2015
The Truro Bearcats and Weeks Jr A Crushers tangle again tonight. The Bearcats hold a 2-1 series lead in the Best-of-7 heading into game 4 tonight in Truro. That game will be live on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Elsewhere in the MHL playoffs, the Valley Wildcats lead 2-1 over the Yarmouth Mariners. The series is back to Berwick tonight for game 4. The Campbellton Tigers need a win at home tonight to extend their series with Dieppe to a fifth game.
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The NSJHL playoffs continue... The Sackville Blazers lead their series 2-1 over the Valley Maple Leafs with game 4 set for Friday. The oft-delayed Sid Rowe Division Final between the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians and Glace Bay Miners has been changed again... game 2 is now going to be in Glace Bay on Saturday night, with games 3 and 4 in Trenton Sunday & Monday at 7pm. The other games are:
Tue Mar 24, 2015 @ 7:30 pm @ Bay Plex Recreation Centre
Thu Mar 26, 2015 @ 7:00 pm @ Pictou County Wellness Centre
Sun Mar 29, 2015 @ 5:00 pm @ Bay Plex Recreation Centre

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In the NSFMHL playoffs, the Subway Northern Selects trail Metro Boston Pizza 2-0 in the Best-of-5 Provincial Championship Series. Game 3 will be played Friday at the Wellness Centre, with puck drop set for 7:30pm. Game 4, if needed, will also be at the Wellness Centre Saturday at 12:00. The winner of this series will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championship in Moncton next month.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers won the Mainland League Championships this past weekend, and next they'll take on the Cape Breton League Champions on Saturday at the Wellness Centre. If they win that game, they'll go on to the provincial championships on May 28th at the BMO Centre in Bedford.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers win the Highland/Fundy playoff series in 3 straight games against the Truro Bearcats. The team will play the Cape Breton winners beginning this weekend for the Northern Conference title and the right to play in Provincials.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.  Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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The sounds of bats hitting balls will be back this weekend in Stellarton. The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club will be holding spring training /tryouts for the upcoming season. All Midget aged players are encouraged to attend. As well an invitation is being extended to any bantam aged players looking to get an early start to their season.
All sessions will be under the direction of the 2014 National Midget AAA Provincial Representative MacGregor Kinsmen coaching staff as well as guest instructors.
The first session will take place this Sunday from 3-5 pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration will take place between 2-3 pm. Cost per session is $10. All players must bring indoor shoes ,workout gear and water. Players will need a parent to sign a waiver form. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
Dates and times for the sessions
March 22 time - 3:00 to 5:00
March 29 time -3:00 to 5:00
April 4 time -1:00 to 3:00
April 11 time-3:00 to 5:00
April 25 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 2 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 9 time 1:00 to 3:00
May 16 time -1:00 to 3:00

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For those looking to join the national women’s softball team, National team coach Mark Smith and the Nova Scotia Canada Games women’s softball coaching staff will hold training sessions March 29, April 12 and April 26 at Sackville High School. Cost is $75 for the three sessions. Training is open to female athletes whose birth year is between 1996 and 2000. The deadline for pre-registration is March 21. To register or for more information, email: coaches@nscanadagamessoftball.ca.
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MULTIPLE CHARGES FOR TWO MEN FOLLOWING BREAK-INS
Wednesday 18th March 2015
Two young men are in custody following a series of break-ins at businesses and seasonal homes in Colchester & Cumberland counties in early March.
Colchester District RCMP in co-operation with the Street Crime Enforcement Unit and the General Investigation Section arrested 19-year old Jerrett Cameron Brook Pratt of East Mountain and 19-year old Nicholas Kevin Archibald of Harmony last Thursday. Police determined items taken during the break-ins included firearms, electronics, snowmobile clothing and several vehicles. Two stolen vehicles, recovered by police, were burned.
The men each face 14 charges including Break, Enter & Theft; Arson; and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Both men appeared in court on Monday and were released on conditions. They are scheduled to appear in Truro Provincial Court on April 1st to enter election and plea on their charges.


PC MLA RESPONDS TO FUTURE SHOP CLOSURE
Wednesday 18th March 2015

Progressive Conservative MLA Pat Dunn is expressing concerns about the closure of New Glasgow's Future Shop location.

In a release issued earlier today, he says it's another blow to the community, and talented people are being forced to move away.

The company says Friday will be the last day of operations.

Spokesman Elliott Chun says regular full-time and part-time employees will be paid severance in accordance with provincial legislation.

Dunn says the government has to make Nova Scotia's business climate more competitive to help rural communities survive.



VALLEY MEN FACE CHARGES IN COCAINE BUST
Wednesday 18th March 2015
Two men from the Annapolis Valley face charges following a joint investigation conducted by the Canada Border Services Agency and the Nova Scotia RCMP Serious and Organized Crime Unit.
On March 11th, Border Services intercepted a package from Colombia contained over half a kilogram of cocaine. Following an investigation, 25-year old Kyle Delbert Hill of Greenwich and 45-year old Ronald Emerson Rogers of Wolfville appeared in Kentville Provincial Court yesterday, charged with Importation of Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking. The investigation continues.


SNOWPLOW DRIVER ALLEGEDLY PULLS GUN ON HFX BUS DRIVER
Wednesday 18th March 2015
The miserable weather might be getting on people's nerves. Halifax Regional Police are searching for a snowplow driver following reports of a gunshot fired near the Armdale roundabout around midnight Wednesday.
A Halifax Transit driver reported the incident after being cut off by the plow. As the bus passed the plow a few minutes later, the driver said he got into an altercation with the driver of the plow, followed by a flash and a loud bang.
Police said they found no bullet holes in the bus, but did not say whether there were any passengers on the bus.


MOTORISTS ADVISED NOT TO PARK ON STREETS
Wednesday 18th March 2015
New Glasgow Regional Police Officers out on the road today have noted that some people are parking on streets in such a way that they may be restricting access for snow removal, which is particularly concerning for public works in order to clear roadways. New Glasgow Regional Police are asking motorists to not park on streets until snow clearing is completed. This will allow snow removal operators to clear snow safely. As per section 148(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA), citizens are reminded to ensure they are not stopping or parking in a business or residential area when less than 3 metres width of roadway remains for traffic; 3 metres or more width of roadway will allow for emergency vehicles to pass and respond to emergencies in our community. Snow clearing is also continuing. We remind people that vehicles interfering with snow removal or winter maintenance can be ticketed and/or towed as per section 139(1) of the MVA even when the winter ban is not in effect.


NEW GLASGOW POLICE SAY STAY OFF ROADS UNLESS NECESSARY
Wednesday 18th March 2015
New Glasgow Regional Police say that with the deteriorating road conditions, motorists are advised not to travel unless absolutely necessary. Motorists should closely monitor road conditions and check for cancellations before leaving their homes. As the snowfall and high winds are expected to continue throughout the day, police recommend that if travel is necessary, allow yourself extra time to get to your destination, and proceed with extreme caution.


WINTER STORM HITS REGION...AGAIN
Wednesday 18th March 2015
Even though the official arrival of spring is only two days away, winter is taking another swipe at parts of Atlantic Canada. A winter storm warning in effect for almost all of Nova Scotia and eastern P−E−I. Environment Canada predicts up to 20−centimetres of snow by tonight in eastern P−E−I as well as northern and western Nova Scotia, and up to 40−centimetres elsewhere across Nova Scotia. Forecasters also calls for winds of up 80−kilometres an hour, which will cause reduced visibility. It was only three days ago that the Maritimes were pounded by a blizzard that dumped more than 30−centimetres of snow on many places. Halifax city councillor Waye Mason says the municipality cannot keep up with the huge amount of snow. He is calling on residents of Halifax to pick up shovels and start snowblowers to clear the sidewalks near their homes.


FUTURE SHOP CLOSING DOORS
Wednesday 18th March 2015
After nearly five years in operation in New Glasgow, Future Shop has decided to close its doors.
The electronics store is shutting down as of Friday.
A spokesperson for the company says they will be offering severance packages and transition assistance to employees.


PICTOU COUNTY MAYORS AND WARDEN TO MEET WITH TOURISM REPRESENTATIVES
Wednesday 18th March 2015

The Mayors and Warden from Pictou County have a meeting scheduled for next week with representatives from Nova Scotia Tourism.

It's regarding the sudden closures of the Pictou County and Digby visitor information centres.

Pictou Town Councilor Cam Beaton says this is a bad year to pull the plug on the Pictou County V.I.C.

He says based on the value of the Canadian dollar, 2015 should see a high number of American tourists come to Nova Scotia.

The mayors are also seeking a meeting with Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 18
Wednesday 18th March 2015
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The Truro Bearcats got three unanswered third period goals to break a 2-2 tie and earn a win in game 3 of the Eastlink Division Semi-Finals last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre against the Weeks Jr A Crushers. The Bearcats now hold a 2-1 series lead in the Best-of-7 heading into game 4 tomorrow night in Truro. Tomorrow's game will be live on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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Elsewhere last night in the MHL playoffs, the Valley Wildcats take a 2-1 series lead with a 1-0 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners in the Fishtank. Blade Mann-Dixon stopped 39 shots for the shutout. The series shifts back to Berwick for game 4 on Thursday. Dieppe have pushed the Campbellton Tigers to the brink of elimination with a 2-0 win at home, taking a 3-0 series lead. Marc Theriault earned the shutout in that game with 27 saves. The Tigers will need a win at home on Thursday to extend the series to a fifth game.
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One game tonight in the MHL playoffs, as the Woodstock Slammers host the Miramichi Timberwolves in game 3 of their Meek Division Semi-final. That series is tied at 1-1.
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The NSJHL playoffs continue... The Sackville Blazers lead their series 2-1 over the Valley Maple Leafs with game 4 set for Friday. The oft-delayed Game 2 of the Sid Rowe Division Final between the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians and Glace Bay Miners is Thursday night at Trenton Arena, with puck drop set for 7pm.
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In the NSFMHL playoffs, the Subway Northern Selects trail Metro Boston Pizza 2-0 in the Best-of-5 Provincial Championship Series. Game 3 will be played Friday at the Wellness Centre, with puck drop set for 7:30pm. Game 4, if needed, will also be at the Wellness Centre Saturday at 12:00. The winner of this series will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championship in Moncton next month.
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The Pictou Maripacs Midget B team played in the Barry Lush Memorial Tournament in Sydney this past weekend, posting a record of two wins and a tie. The Maripacs won 1-0 against the Cape Breton Senators and tied 1-1 against the Cape Breton Islanders before a come-from-behind 6-5 victory against the Northside Vikings. The tournament was called early due to Sunday's storm, but the Maripacs were ahead in points.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers won the Mainland League Championships this past weekend, and next they'll take on the Cape Breton League Champions on Saturday at the Wellness Centre. If they win that game, they'll go on to the provincial championships on May 28th at the BMO Centre in Bedford.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers win the Highland/Fundy playoff series in 3 straight games against the Truro Bearcats. The team will play the Cape Breton winners beginning this weekend for the Northern Conference title and the right to play in Provincials.
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Westville Recreation is holding Daily Free Skates every day through until Friday during March Break from 2:30 to 3:30 at the Westville Miner's Sports Centre.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.  Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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The sounds of balls hitting balls will be back this weekend in Stellarton. The MacGregor Kinsmen Midget AAA Baseball club will be holding spring training /tryouts for the upcoming season. All Midget aged players are encouraged to attend. As well an invitation is being extended to any bantam aged players looking to get an early start to their season.
All sessions will be under the direction of the 2014 National Midget AAA Provincial Representative MacGregor Kinsmen coaching staff as well as guest instructors.
The first session will take place this Sunday from 3-5 pm at the Sobeys indoor soccer complex in Stellarton. Registration will take place between 2-3 pm. Cost per session is $10. All players must bring indoor shoes ,workout gear and water. Players will need a parent to sign a waiver form. For more info please email  macgregormidgets@gmail.com or call Scott Fisher at 902 396 6028.
Dates and times for the sessions
March 22 time - 3:00 to 5:00
March 29 time -3:00 to 5:00
April 4 time -1:00 to 3:00
April 11 time-3:00 to 5:00
April 25 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 2 time -3:00 to 5:00
May 9 time 1:00 to 3:00
May 16 time -1:00 to 3:00

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For those looking to join the national women’s softball team, National team coach Mark Smith and the Nova Scotia Canada Games women’s softball coaching staff will hold training sessions March 29, April 12 and April 26 at Sackville High School. Cost is $75 for the three sessions. Training is open to female athletes whose birth year is between 1996 and 2000. The deadline for pre-registration is March 21. To register or for more information, email: coaches@nscanadagamessoftball.ca.
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NEW GLASGOW LAWYER TO BECOME PROVINCIAL COURT JUDGE
Tuesday 17th March 2015
A New Glasgow lawyer is the province's newest provincial and family court judge. Tim Daley was appointed to the bar in 1992 and to Queen's Counsel in 2011. He has been the sole practitioner with Goodman MacDonald, a part of the Patterson Law family. He is a past president of the Nova Scotia Barrister's Society.
Judges are appointed to both the provincial and family courts to allow flexibility in dealing with court workloads. Daley will sit in Pictou. For more information, visit www.courts.ns.ca.


POWER RESTORED TO OVER TWO THOUSAND *UPDATED 1:00PM*
Tuesday 17th March 2015
Power has been restored for over 2,300 customers in the Parkdale, Vale & Merigomish Roads in New Glasgow, Plymouth and Thorburn to Blue Mountain, as well as parts of Churchville, Meadow Springs and McLellans Mountain. The power had been out since about 11:20 this morning.


MORNING NFLD FERRIES CANCELLED: ONE STUCK IN ICE *UPDATED 10:55 AM*
Tuesday 17th March 2015
Heavy ice in the Cabot Strait has led to more cancelled ferry crossings. About 190 Passengers aboard the MV Highlanders have been stuck in ice on the crossing to Newfoundland since last night. A Coast Guard icebreaker is working to free the ship.
Marine Atlantic has cancelled the 11:45 a-m ferry departures from North Sydney and Port aux Basques. Passengers with reservations will now travel during sailings scheduled for 11:45 tonight. The company says the ice could extend crossing times during the voyage, creating further delays to its schedule.
The ferry service has experienced several delays this winter because of high winds and sea ice.


MEETING PLANNED TO PROTEST BILL C-51
Tuesday 17th March 2015
A meeting scheduled for this Sunday in Westville is being organized to protest the government's proposed Bill C-51, formally titled the Anti-Terrorism Act.
Opponents of the Bill are calling it the most serious attack on civil liberties and democracy since the War Measures Act.
The meeting, scheduled for 3pm at the Westville Recreation Centre, is being organized by Mark Hamilton.
Hamilton says the goal is to find a way to stop the legislation from being enacted into law.
Drew Garvie, a former candidate for the Communist Party of Canada and long-time activist, will be speaking at the meeting.
Garvie says one of the concerns in the Bill is the overly broad definition of terrorism, which could be interpreted to include strikes.


WINTER STORM WARNING AS SYSTEM PREPARES TO MOVE IN TOMORROW
Tuesday 17th March 2015
Keep your shovels handy. Another round of snowfall is expected in the Maritimes, with some areas of Nova Scotia expecting anywhere from 15 to 25 centimetres of snow by Wednesday.
Forecasters say the amounts and severity of the storm could vary depending on the track of a low pressure zone.
With the incoming system, Environment Canada has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Pictou, Antigonish, and Colchester Counties, and a Snowfall Warning is in place for eastern Prince Edward Island.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 17
Tuesday 17th March 2015
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It's game night in the MHL playoffs, as the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers are getting set to host the Truro Bearcats in Game 3 of the Best-of-7 Eastlink Division semi-finals. The series is tied at 1-1 after both teams have won convincingly on home ice. Game time tonight at the Wellness Centre is 7pm. Also tonight, Game 3 of the other Eastlink Division semi-final will be played in Yarmouth, as the Mariners and Valley Wildcats are tied 1-1, and Dieppe looks to take a 3-0 series lead at home in the Meek Division semi-final against the Campbellton Tigers.
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While the game between the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians and Glace Bay Miners was postponed for the second consecutive time last night, one playoff game in the NSJHL did go ahead as scheduled. The Valley Maple Leafs traveled to Sackville and beat the Blazers 6-3 to close the gap in their Fred Fox Division Final. The Blazers still lead the series 2-1, with game 4 set for Friday. Game 2 of the Sid Rowe Division Final will now be played Thursday night at Trenton Arena, with puck drop set for 7pm.
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In the NSFMHL playoffs last night, the Subway Northern Selects fell to Metro Boston Pizza by a score of 3-0, to go down 2-0 in the Best-of-5 Provincial Championship Series. Game 3 will be played Friday at the Wellness Centre, with puck drop set for 7:30pm. Game 4, if needed, will also be at the Wellness Centre Saturday at 12:00. The winner of this series will represent Nova Scotia at the Atlantic Championship in Moncton next month.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.  Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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Westville Recreation is holding Daily Free Skates every day through until Friday during March Break from 2:30 to 3:30 at the Westville Miner's Sports Centre.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing special golf tune up for junior golfers at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton for March Break. Sessions are planned for today and tomorrow from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To book a mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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DARTMOUTH SOUTH MLA ALLAN ROWE DIES
Monday 16th March 2015

Dartmouth South MLA Allan Rowe has died at the age of 58.

The former Global news anchor, producer and news director was admitted to hospital last month after suffering an aneurysm, but did not recover.

Rowe was elected in the 2013 election, beating out PC candidate Gord Gamble, and the NDP's Mary Vingoe.



SYDNEY HAS THE MOST SNOW IN ATLANTIC CANADA
Monday 16th March 2015

A distinction that no one longs for - the town with the most snow accumulation in the region - is Sydney, NS. The area got almost 60 centimetres of snow yesterday, compared with other areas ranging from 20-50cm.

Parts of PEI have between 40 and 50cm, and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is expected to match that as the storm moves northeast today.



14 VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN CAPE BRETON
Monday 16th March 2015

A section of the Union Highway was shut down for an extended period after a 14 vehicle pile-up yesterday.

The accident happened on a bridge on the highway. Police say six people were treated for minor injuries following yesterday's accident, which they say was likely caused by winter storm conditions.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 16 *UPDATED 12:25 PM*
Monday 16th March 2015

The Weeks Junior A Crushers are now tied at one game apiece with the Truro Bearcats in their Maritime Hockey League playoff series.

The Weeks went to Truro up 1-0 after a dominating 9-1 victory Thursday night, but couldn't find their stride as the Bearcats picked up a big 7-2 win to even it up.

Game two goes tomorrow night at the Wellness Centre starting at 7:00pm.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers defeated the Truro Bearcats in the final game of the three game series to determine the winner of the Highland/Fundy Zone.

The Crushers will now face the winner in Cape Breton for the Northern Conference title and the right to compete in the Day of Champions.
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The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers have won the Mainland League Championships. They downed the Truro Bearcats on Saturday iwth a score of 5-3. They'll play the Cape Breton League Champions on March 21st at the Wellness Centre.

If they win that game, they'll go on to the provincial championships on May 28th at the BMO Centre in Bedford.
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The Glace Bay Miners have a 1-0 series lead over the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

Game two was originally set to be played yesterday in Trenton, but due to weather has been postponed again. The new date will be announced soon!
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The Knighthawks U-14 girls volleyball team won the Antigonish U15 and U16 tournament over the weekend.

They went 10-0 in round robin games, and beat the Sackville Sonics U-16 team 25-10, and 25-7 in the final.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 to 6.

It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30.

Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School.

Pre-registration is available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.

Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.

Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing special golf tune up for junior golfers at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton for March Break.

Sessions are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To book a mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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CONFEDERATION BRIDGE CLOSED
Monday 16th March 2015

For safety reasons, the Confederation Bridge has been closed to all vehicles. The closure was put into place last night around 5:00pm.

Be sure to keep checking this website for more information as it becomes available.



NEW GLASGOW REGIONAL POLICE ISSUE DRIVING ADVISORY
Sunday 15th March 2015

The New Glasgow Regional Police have released an advisory reminding motorists to drive carefully if you have to leave home today.

The department is also recommending to the public to check cancellations and road conditions before driving.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 15
Sunday 15th March 2015

The Truro Bearcats bounced back in a big way to even up their opening round Best-of-7 playoff series against the Weeks Jr A Crushers in MHL action last night. The Bearcats won 7-2 to tie the series at 1-1.

Game three goes Tuesday night at the Wellness Centre. Two other games last night saw Miramichi even up their series with Woodstock at 1-1 with a 4-1 win on home ice, and Dieppe took a 2-0 series lead with a 1-0 win in Campbellton.
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Ryan Bursey scored 14:52 into overtime for the Glace Bay Miners to give them a 1-0 series lead in the Sid Rowe Division Final over the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians last night in Glace Bay.

The final score in the game was 2-1 for the Miners, with Brandon Verge getting his 9th goal and 14th point of the playoffs marking the lone tally for the Scotians.

Game two of that series goes tonight in Trenton. Game time is 7pm.
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Playoffs start Tuesday night in the Chediac Nova Furniture Hockey League when Nat Pro Gas takes on Maltese Sports.

Later that night, Dewtie's Excavating takes on Elk's Club.
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Blayre Turnbull of Stellarton had two assists as the Wisconsin Badgers advanced to the Frozen Four in NCAA Women's Hockey tournament action yesterday with a 5-1 win over the Boston University Terriers.

Turnbull, who wears the C for the Badgers, assisted on what was the eventual game winner at 15:54 of the opening period, which at the time gave the Badgers a 2-0 lead. Turnbull's other assist came on the Badgers fifth goal.

They will face the number one ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers next Friday.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6.

It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School.

A registration table will be set up today at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.

Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.

Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing special golf tune up for junior golfers at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton for March Break.

Sessions are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To book a mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 14
Saturday 14th March 2015

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers had a great start to the MHL Playoffs, taking down the Truro Bearcats 9-1. The first game of the series went Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, and goalie Joel Horodziejczyk stopped 31 of 32 shots he faced.

Game two of the series goes tonight at the Rath Eastlink Centre in Truro, and it can be heard live on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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In the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoffs, the Sackville Blazers nedded a 7-4 win over the Valley Maple Leafs last night at the Hants Exhibition Arena. That series is now 2-0 Blazers.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30.

Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day.

Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.

Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.

Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing special golf tune up for junior golfers at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton for March Break.

Sessions are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To book a mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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STELLARTON POLICE WARN OF PHONE SCAM
Friday 13th March 2015
Stellarton Police are warning of phone scammers from Quebec calling people in the area. A complaint was filed earlier this week from a victim who was told their son was injured in a car accident and was being held for impaired driving. A second caller identified themselves as a lawyer and requested money for the son's bail. Multiple calls for money were made following the first payment.
Police remind the public to be cautious when sharing personal information over the internet and on social media, as the scammers in this case had access to quite a bit of personal information in order to attempt the fraud. Quebec police have an arrest in connection to the case.


HEALTH CARE UNION DEAL REACHED *UPDATED 3:10PM*
Friday 13th March 2015
The province has reached a deal with public-sector unions on the representation of health workers in collective bargaining with the province, ending a months-long impasse. The four unions affected say they will continue to represent their current members, but will bargain collective agreements jointly as four Councils of Unions. Premier Stephen McNeil announced 10 days ago that the province would try to get a deal with the unions after the government dismissed an arbitrator who was hired to settle union membership. Health workers protested against a bill last fall that amalgamates health boards and aimed to shrink the number of bargaining units from 53 to four by April 1. Labour leaders argued the bill was undemocratic and unconstitutional because it stated no union could represent more than one of the bargaining units for nurses, health-care workers, clerical workers and support staff. The four unions involved are Nova Scotia Nurses' Union, the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, Unifor and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.


PHARMACY B&E SUSPECT TO REMAIN IN CUSTODY
Friday 13th March 2015
A Pictou County man will remain in custody until his next appearance in court, in connection with a pair of break-ins at the Medicine Shop in New Glasgow. 37-year old Trevor Edward Dewolfe is charged with two counts of break and enter, possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance. Dewolfe was arrested following an investigation into a break-in at the Shop early Monday morning, and was also charged for a separate break-in on 25 February. His next court appearance is 23 March.


TEEN GROUP ORGANIZES FUNDRAISER FOR SKATE PARK IN WESTVILLE
Friday 13th March 2015
A group of teens from in and around Westville have taken it upon themselves to do their part to make positive changes in their community.
The group is organizing a dance for their peers that will be held tonight at the Westville Town Gym, with the proceeds going toward a skate park in the town.
This is the first event for the skate park committee, who made a presentation to Westville Council and had the proposal approved earlier this year.
The dance, from 7 to 10 pm tonight, is for youth aged 12 to 16, with a five dollar admission charge and a cash canteen operating.
Door prizes and a dance-off competition will add to a fun night in support of a great cause.


MENTAL HEALTH GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE AFTER FASHION FUNDRAISER SUCCESS
Friday 13th March 2015
An event held back in the fall in Pictou County will reap dividends this spring for one or more groups working to improve mental health in the community.
The Models for Mental Health event, organized by Lily DeYoung and Shawna Coleman, raised seven thousand dollars for the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.
This money will be used within the county through the Pictou County Community Grant program operated by the Foundation.
Applications will begin being accepted next month, and will support individuals, agencies or organizations with mental health mandates, or who work directly with mental health consumers in Pictou County.
The grant will follow the same application process and general criteria as Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia Community Grants.
For more information and to join the grants contact list, visit mentalhealthns.ca/grants


LOCAL LEADER NAMED TO NATIONAL INSTITUTE
Friday 13th March 2015
The Executive Director of the Pictou County Women's Resource and Sexual Assault Centre is one of just 25 women from across the country named to the Canadian Women's Foundation Leadership Institute.
Arlene MacDonald will be part of a pilot project that comes out of a partnership between the Canadian Women's Foundation and the Coady International Institute.
The goal of the program is to enhance the leadership capacity of women leaders.
MacDonald says she is very excited to be offered a seat in the program, and will be bringing the skills she learns with her back to the Centre.


ROAD CLOSURE SHORTER THAN EXPECTED IN DOWNTOWN NEW GLASGOW ***UPDATED***
Friday 13th March 2015
A small section of Provost Street was closed to traffic this morning while work crews repaired a manhole.
Town of New Glasgow crews were expected to be on site, and detours in place, for about four hours.
However, the work took just slightly over two hours to complete, and traffic is once again running smoothly through the downtown core.


GAS DOWN, DIESEL STEADY AS URB SETS NEW PRICES
Friday 13th March 2015
After the mid-week use of the interrupter clause resulted in a drop in the price of diesel by more than six cents, the Utility and Review Board left that price unchanged in their regular update overnight.
Diesel remains one dollar, 18.7 cents ($1.18.7) per litre.
Regular unleaded self serve gasoline did drop, however, by three cents per litre.
The new minimum price is one dollar, 9.7 cents ($1.09.7) per litre.
These prices are set to remain in effect until next Friday morning at 12:01am.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 13
Friday 13th March 2015
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It was about as good of a start to the playoffs as the Weeks Jr A Crushers could hope for. The Crushers dominated on the scoreboard, despite not dominating on the shot clock, as they beat the Truro Bearcats 9-1 to open their Eastlink Division Semi-final last night at the Wellness Centre. Willie MacDonald had four assists, Daniel Walsh had two goals and two assists, and Joel Horodziejczyk stopped 31 of 32 shots in the win. Game two of the series goes tomorrow night at the RECC Centre, and it can be heard live on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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One other series got underway in the MHL playoffs last night, and the home team was victorious there as well. The league regular season champions, Dieppe Commandos earned a 2-1 win to open their Meek Division semi-final. The other two opening round series start tonight with the Valley Wildcats heading to Yarmouth to face the Mariners and the Miramichi Timberwolves visiting the Woodstock Slammers.
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The roster for Team Canada for the 2015 World Women's Hockey Championship was released yesterday, and Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull was not on the list. Turnbull and Jillian Saulnier were the first Nova Scotians ever to play for the senior women's team last fall when they were on the roster for the Four Nations Cup. Saulnier will be in the line-up again for this tournament.
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Staying with Turnbull, the Wisconsin Badgers will be starting the NCAA Women's Hockey Championship Tournament tomorrow afternoon at home against the Boston University Terriers. Turnbull is captain of the Badgers, who come into the tournament as the #4 seed. A win at home tomorrow sends the Badgers to the Frozen Four in Minneapolis next weekend.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.  Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing special golf tune up for junior golfers at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton for March Break. Sessions are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To book a mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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LIBERAL GOV'T THINKING ABOUT PRIVATIZING SOME PROVINCIAL SERVICES
Thursday 12th March 2015
The government is discussing privatizing some of the work done by Service Nova Scotia. The minister responsible for the service centres, Mark Furey, says the province has met with officials from other provinces that have taken the step. Furey says he has also met with a number of private-sector companies interested in taking on the work.
Service Nova Scotia has offices across the province that offer everything from driver's licence renewals to debt counselling, but Furey only mentioned the land, motor vehicle and joint stock registries as possible areas for privatization outside cabinet today. Furey says privatization could save money and allow the government to focus on core departments, such as health care and education. He says no decisions have been made and nothing will happen this year.
Furey says the rights and benefits of public employees would not be compromised, adding that some other provinces were able to retain all employees after privatizing services.


NO NEED FOR REVIEW OF DARTMOUTH JAIL: JUSTICE MINISTER
Thursday 12th March 2015
The province's justice minister is rejecting Opposition calls for an independent review of the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility. Halifax police say a 19-year old man from Lower Sackville, who was allegedly assaulted late Tuesday night, remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab says she received a letter from the Progressive Conservatives calling for an independent review, but she feels the government's current plans to improve the situation at the jail is sufficient. Diab says she's confident that measures are in place that will address the issues at the overcrowded jail in Dartmouth, which houses roughly 250 inmates.
She says some prisoners are being moved from the jail in stages to the new facility in Priestville, and $6.2 million was recently announced for renovations, including a redesign that will allow for round the clock supervision. Diab says a new superintendent has been also been hired, new hiring practices have been instituted and internal and criminal investigations are underway into the alleged assault.


WAITING FOR HOME CARE TOUGHER UNDER LIBERALS: NDP
Thursday 12th March 2015
NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson says the Liberal government has allowed home care wait lists to get longer and longer. Earlier this week the NDP obtained a document through Freedom of Information that shows the waitlist for home care in the Capital District tripled to more than 250 people since October 2014. The data shows waitlists in Pictou County, the Annapolis Valley, and Antigonish have also increased. Wilson says the Liberals have to stop picking fights with health care workers and make health care a priority.


WARDEN & MAYORS TO MEET WITH TOURISM DEPT OVER PICTOU VIC
Thursday 12th March 2015
The six municipal leaders are meeting next week with staff from the Department of Tourism to discuss the closing of the Pictou Visitor Information Centre. Pictou Mayor Joe Hawes expects Tourism staff will explain their reasoning behind closing the centre, but doesn't expect that the province will have any suggestions on how to keep the centre open some other way. Hawes says the town of Pictou isn't interested in taking over the facility, but he's not giving up hope. He doesn't rule out the possibility of another group getting involved.


GROUPE SAVOIE RUNNING OUT OF LUMBER
Thursday 12th March 2015
The Groupe Savoie sawmill in Westville is running out of supplies, and some temporary layoffs may be happening as a result.
Mill manager Andrew Watters says there is a lack of raw material available for the mill to maintain its current production pace.
Watters says there are negotiations in the works to get access to more wood, but they need some help from the province and their private sector suppliers.
Watters indicates that when some roads open up in the spring, then supply will be replenished, but in the meantime, some employees may be temporarily out of work.


PROBATION SENTENCE FOLLOWS NASTY BREAK-UP
Thursday 12th March 2015
A brick thrown through an ex-boyfriend's window has resulted in probation for a Pictou County woman. Jenna Nichole James pleaded guilty to charges of assault and damage to property, stemming from an incident October 4th, 2014. Judge Del Atwood followed a joint recommendation of Crown and Defence, sentencing James to twelve months probation and payment of a $250 victim surcharge on each of the two counts, to be paid within 12 months.


DIVERSITY VIDEO CREATED BY SCHOOL BOARD
Thursday 12th March 2015
A new video created by the Chignecto Central Regional School Board to talk about diversity and social justice can be found on the web. Entitled “Backpacks”, the three and a half-minute video shows how students must deal with issues of class, race, ability and more. The video was produced and directed by the board’s Social Justice team, and was filmed using students and staff at Truro Junior High.  Here is the link to the video https://youtu.be/qN6r1vxLRpQ or by visiting youtube.com/ChignectoCRSB.


FINAL HUB SCHOOL MODEL PRESENTATIONS TO BOARD SET FOR 15 APRIL
Thursday 12th March 2015
The Chignecto Central Regional School Board has set a date for final presentations on Hub schools. The community groups from River John and Maitland will be presenting updates on their business cases to a special public meeting of the board 15 April. There is a possibility that the Wentworth School Sustainability Association may not be making a presentation, as the board is discussing in an in-camera session whether to accept the Association’s  request to reconsider closure. The Board is also writing to the Department of Education for a deferral of implementing their revised School Review policy until April 2016, beginning with a Long Range Outlook of student populations over the next ten years.


PUMP PRICES FALL IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 12th March 2015
If the price change in New Brunswick is any indication of what the Utility and Review Board plans to do tonight, motorists may want to hold off until tomorrow to fill up.
The price of gasoline dropped 2.2 cents for our western neighbors overnight last night, and while the URB does not always follow their lead, it is usually a strong indicator of what might happen.
Diesel dropped more than a nickel last night in New Brunswick, however it fell more than 6 cents earlier this week locally when the URB invoked the interrupter clause.
The newly announced prices at the pumps in Nova Scotia will take effect at 12:01am tomorrow morning.


CCRSB SENDS RESOLUTIONS TO NOVA SCOTIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION FOR CONSIDERATION
Thursday 12th March 2015
The Chignecto Central Regional  School Board has sent two requests to the Nova Scotia School Board Association.
At last night’s monthly meeting, the board passed resolutions calling on the NSSBA to advocate for a collaboration with the Department of Education to help recruit more African Nova Scotian and Mi’kmaq teachers, and to ask for more dedicated funding to address deferred maintenance.
Each of the province’s boards were asked by the NSSBA to submit two resolutions for their upcoming Annual General Meeting.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 12
Thursday 12th March 2015
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It's playoff time in the Maritime Hockey League. Puck drops on the opening round of the playoffs tonight on two fronts. In Dieppe, the Meek Division semi-final between the Campbellton Tigers and Dieppe Commandos kicks off. Meanwhile, at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the Crushers and the Truro Bearcats will start their Best-of-7 Eastlink Division semi-final. The Crushers limp into the playoffs having won just twice in their last nine games, but all of the stats get reset to zero with the start of the series. All of the games from Truro will be on Classic Rock 97.9, starting with game 2 on Saturday. Tonight's game at the Wellness Centre starts at 7:00pm.
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The second round of the NSJHL playoffs started last night with game 1 of the Fred Fox Division Final. The Sackville Blazers are on the quest for a third consecutive Division and League Championship, and opened their best-of-7 series with the Valley Maple Leafs by earning a 2-1 win at home. Game 2 of the series will be played at the Hants County Arena on Friday. Game 1 of the Sid Rowe Division Final between Glace Bay and the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will be played Saturday night in Glace Bay, with Game 2 at Trenton Arena on Sunday night at 7pm.
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All three teams competing from North Nova Education Centre won bronze medals at yesterday's NSSAF Ski Provincials. Over 130 skiers participated in the provincial competition held at Ski Wentworth. The Intermediate girls won the Regional Banner last week and capped off their season with the bronze at provincials. Team members are Kendyl MacDonald, Sarah MacNeil, Kayla Attenborough, Danielle MacEachern, and Victoria Robertson. The senior girls finished second at Regionals and placed third at provincials. The senior girls team members are Maria MacIvor, Nicole Corkum, Breanna McGee, Brittany Lodge, and Sarah Livingston. The Senior Boys also earned a Regional banner last week and followed up with a strong third place finish at provincials. The senior boys team members are Gerry Holle, Kaine Burgess, Connor MacDougall, Brett Quinn and Andrew Straub. Coaches for the NNEC Ski Team are Ed Stewart and Andrew Parsons. 
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The PeeWee AA Pictou County Subway Selects beat TASA 2-0 at the Hector Arena to win the league championship last night.
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It was an incredible season for the Anchor Motors PEEWEE AA Crushers Hockey team.  They prepared themselves well as they travelled to Berwick for the PeeWee AA Mainland HockeyLeague tournament last weekend, March 6-8th.The first team they played was against West Hants  They started the tournament off to a great start as they defeated their opponents 6-3.  Scoring were Brycen MacDonald (2), Luke Young, Kyle Reim, Thomas Devine, and Brody Bowering.  Assists came from Devine, Reim, Nolan MacDonald, Jayden Hatchard (2).  Vaughn MacEachern played the nets.  Brycen MacDonald was named Player of the game.  Second game, the Crushers faced the first place team in the league standings, Western Valley.  They fought hard to keep the valley team close.  Final score was a loss of 1-0.  Cody MacDougall was in nets and earned player of the game for his spectacular performance.  With a good night’s rest, the Crushers met the Amherst Ramblers with a 6-0 shut out by Vaughn MacEachern.  Scoring for the Crushers were Reim, Carson (2), Nolan MacDonald, Hatchard, and Lucas Fraser.  Great team effort was displayed as assists came from Fraser (3), Jansen Langille, Devine, Reim and B. MacDonald. Lucas Fraser was awarded player of the game.Crushers advanced to the playoffs as they played their fourth game against Truro Bearcats.  Crushers had a great match against the Bearcats as the game ended in a 4-4 tie.  Crushers would advance and put Truro out of the tournament.  Scoring were Luke Young (2), Carson, and Devine.  Their assists came from Brycen MacDonald (2), Evan Reynolds, and Devine.  Thomas Devine received player of the game.  The Crushers competed with the Antigonish Bulldogs in the semifinals.  The Bulldogs went 4-0 the whole tournament.  It was a nail biter game as the score remained tied in each period.  Nolan MacDonald scored first with an unassisted goal.  Bulldogs trailed behind closely as they were in the lead after the first period.  Reim and Hatchard were precise with the puck and tied the game going into the third period.  The assists were passed from Young, Reynolds, Nolan MacDonald, and Langille.  As the crowd sat on the edge of their seat with less than five minutes left of the game, Reim and Reynolds teamed up to make the pass for Young to make the wrap around goal into the net.  Final score was a 4-3 win.  MacEachern exceeded his duties in nets, as Young earned player of the game.  The Crushers played their sixth game for the Championship.  Hatchard was on a roll as he opened the scoring and received the assists from Reim and Young.  Brycen MacDonald diligently scored the second goal as he met the puck pass from Devine.  Hatchard had great determination at the puck and carried it after a pass from Reim and Young again, and made a slap shot to the back of the net to put the Crushers ahead 3-1 after the second period.  Western Valley did not give up and were just as determined for the comeback and defeated the Crushers, 5-3, in the Championship game.  MacDougall played in nets and made impressive acrobatic saves as many shots came at him from the opponents.  Hatchard received player of the championship game.Although the regular season hockey games are over for the Peewee AA Crushers, they will be playing in the Home of Hockey Tournament in Windsor next weekend as well as the SEDMHA tournament April 3-5th.
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The Newbridge Academy Gladiators have taken a 3-0 stranglehold on their Best-of-7 NSMMHL semi-final series against the Cole Harbour Wolf Pack with an 8-2 win last night in Cole Harbour. The Gladiators can book their spot in the League Championship Finals with a win at home tomorrow night in Dartmouth. In the other semi-final series, South Shore and Halifax are tied at 1-1. Game three is tomorrow in Bridgewater.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.  Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing special golf tune up for junior golfers at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton for March Break. Sessions are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30pm. To book a mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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NEW GLASGOW POLICE INVESTIGATING VEHICLE THEFT
Wednesday 11th March 2015

The New Glasgow Regional Police are asking for the public's help locating a truck that was stolen early yesterday evening.

The red older model Ford F-150 was taken from the Wonder Auto and Trim on Westville Road in New Glasgow around 5:00pm by a pair described as a white male in his mid to late twenties, and a white female about 5',6” in height with long brunette hair.

Police say anyone with information should call them at (902) 752-1941 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS.



ROAD CREWS WILL SOON BE ON POTHOLE PATROL
Wednesday 11th March 2015
With warmer weather slowly becoming a fact of life, provincial road crews are turning their attention to the bane of the spring driver: potholes. Crews are now performing temporary cold mix repairs until longer-lasting hot-mix asphalt becomes available in May. Drivers are advised to slow down in rough areas and avoid swerving out of their lane to avoid potholes. If you encounter a nasty pothole, you're asked to call the province's toll-free number, 1-888-432-3233 or by tweeting @NS_TIR on Twitter, after you've pulled over to side of the road, of course.


DIESEL PRICE DROPS
Wednesday 11th March 2015
Two weeks ago, the price of diesel made a mid-week jump as the Utility and Review Board invoked the interrupter clause to bring the price in line with market value.
Overnight last night, the URB invoked the interrupter clause again, this time to bring the price of diesel down.
The price at the pump fell 6.4 cents to a new total of one dollar, 18.7 cents ($1.18.7) per litre.
Regular unleaded self serve gasoline was not affected.
The regular weekly adjustment of prices will still take place Friday morning at 12:01am.


MAN INJURED IN SUNRISE TRAIL ACCIDENT UPGRADED TO CRITICAL
Wednesday 11th March 2015
A 42-year old man injured in a two-vehicle collision on the Sunrise Trail late yesterday morning was flown to Halifax by LifeFlight with life-threatening injuries.
Since arriving in Halifax, the man's condition has been upgraded to critical.
The man, whose name has not been released by RCMP, was the driver and lone occupant of his truck when a ladder from a service vehicle smashed into his windshield. RCMP and EHS responded to the scene, and the highway was reduced to one lane for several hours while police investigated.
Sergeant Kevin Dunlevy says no decision has been made as to whether any charges will be laid in the incident.


NEW GLASGOW COUNCIL SEEKING REDUCED HOURS FOR ROSELAND CABARET
Wednesday 11th March 2015

A municipal government is seeking a reduction in the late night hours of a seasonal nightclub.

At last night's committee meeting, the New Glasgow town council unanimously agreed to send a letter addressing their concerns about the Roseland Cabaret to the liquor licensing board, and other appropriate authorities.

Councillor Jack Lewis started the discussion, saying the cabaret should close at the same time as other similar establishments in the area, so police resources wouldn't be tied up downtown at that time.

Councillor Clyde Fraser added that business owners and victims of violence should be heard, and legal counsel should be consulted if that might help the effort.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 11
Wednesday 11th March 2015
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For the third straight year, the North Nova Gryphons have claimed the Division 1 Regional Banner in Boys high school hockey. The Gryphons faced the CEC Cougars Tuesday night before a large crowd at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in the third game of the best two of three match. The teams traded powerplay goals in the first period and the game remained tied through to the third frame. Colin Holmes opened the scoring midway through the first assisted by Kirklin Murray. Truro got on the board with only 23 seconds remaining in the first. There was no scoring in the second period. In the third period, Colin Holmes scored his second goal of the night in what proved to be the winning goal 4 minutes into the third. Tyler Baird assisted on the play. Net minder Matt Murray played an outstanding game in the net while the Gryphons played a strong defensive game even when the Cougars pulled their goalie with 50 seconds remaining in the game. The Gryphons will host the Division 1 Championships at the Wellness Centre from March 27-29 with 8 of the top high school teams from around the province competing.
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The Subway Midget A Selects claimed the North Conference championship this past weekend in Springhill. The first game was played at the Wellness Center on Saturday March 7 and was the deciding factor for home ice advantage on Sunday. The Selects hosted a strong Nova Ice squad narrowly missing the win with a final score of 4-3. Down 2-0 in the second period, Rachel Brown got the Selects on board with a pass from Lindsay Cheek. Nova Ice scored early in the third to take a 3-1 lead. A minute later, Lindsay Feit scored to narrow the gap to 3-2 with Brittany Chisholm and MacKenzie Bell assisting on the goal. Two minutes later, the visiting squad scored to take a 2 goal lead. Paige MacDonald scored midway through the third period to lessen the space to 4-3, adding assists were Brae Henderson and Lindsay Feit. The Selects could not find the net and took the loss. Brittany Duff played a strong game in nets. The Select then travelled to Springhill on Sunday March 8. Both teams were intent on the win for the North Conference title. Down 1-0 in the second, the Selects took advantage of a power play to tie things up. Lindsay Cheek secured a goal with a pass from behind the net from Lindsay Feit, assisted by Kourtney Barker. Strong defence from both sides kept the game at a tie until the 3 minute mark of the third when Brae Henderson netted the game winning goal, assisted by Rachel Brown and Selena Denny. The Selects were challenged by their rival; a strong Nova Ice team but were able to secure the victory with the final score being 2-1 and the winner of the North Conference title. Kara Mason took the win in nets and player of the game was Lindsay Feit. The Selects will travel to Bedford on March 29 for provincial day of champions and will play the winner of the South Conference.
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Trenton resident Taylor Perry was honored at the meeting of Trenton Town Council last night for her involvement in the Canada Winter Games last month in Prince George, BC. Perry was a defenseman for the Nova Scotia Girls' Hockey Team. The team finished with 2 wins and 4 losses for a 7th place result.
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The Peewee AA Subway Selects are playing their league championship game tonight in Pictou at the Hector Arena. Game time tonight is 6:30pm, and the girls hope to have a large crowd out to show their support.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre invites you to cruise with us! The annual ice show is tonight at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Come enjoy the cruise ship theme with on-board entertainment featuring the Mariposa CANSKATERS and provincial and national competitive figure skaters. The local Nova Scotia Canada Games representatives will also be skating in the show.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children
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Trenton Parks & Recreation will be holding open registration for the Steve Nash Youth Basketball Program at the Trenton Park Office from 4:00pm - 8:00 today. For more information visit www.trenton.ca or go to the Trenton Parks & Recreation Facebook page.
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The Annual Meeting of  Pictou County Athletics will take place at New Glasgow Academy on March 24th, 2015 at 6:00pm.  Anyone interested in the operations of Pictou County Athletics and Pictou County Athletics & Recreation Society are encouraged to attend.  Financial statements and committee reports will be presented.
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MAN CHANGES PLEA IN BATH SALT CASE
Tuesday 10th March 2015

A man who was scheduled to be sentenced today for the possession of bath salts – also known as MDPV – changed his plea to not guilty.

36 year old Justin Cory Muir had previously pleaded guilty to having 22 grams of the drug, which were found by police last April. This wasn't his first charge related to that specific drug, as he's been convicted for possessing bath salts in the past.

The Federal and Provincial crown attorneys objected to the change of plea, and the case comes back to court on June 3rd.

Also put over to a late date was an assault charge for which he was set to face trial from an incident that happened in July.



SHOW CAUSE HEARING SET FOR MAN CONNECTED WITH FIRING SHOTS
Tuesday 10th March 2015

A man connected with an incident of shots being fired in New Glasgow made a brief court appearance today to set a date for his show cause hearing.

Brandon Wyatt Sutherland is facing charges discharging a firearm, possession of a loaded, unregistered firearm, and damage to property.

The incident happened this past February, and both of the accused are still in custody.

Sutherland is back in court on Monday, March 16th.



CONDITIONAL SENTENCE FOR MULTIPLE THEFTS
Tuesday 10th March 2015

A man who pleaded guilty to a number of shoplifting and theft incidents was sentenced today in Pictou Provincial Court.

32 year old John Mark Fulton committed a series of thefts from stores, and one from a vehicle between July and December of 2014.

In some of the cases, he was accompanied by a female companion who was due to be sentenced today, but her case was put over.

On July 6th and 8th, Fulton and his partner committed two acts of shoplifting, taking a total of almost $1,500.00 from the Atlantic Superstore on Westville Road.

In September, he missed a court date, and a few weeks later stole a satellite radio from a car parked in Stellarton.

After more thefts from Wal Mart, Canadian Tire, and Mark's Work Warehouse in October and December respectively, he was remanded into police custody.

He was sentenced to a 12 month conditional jail term, to be served in the community, and for the first 6 months, he is under house arrest.

Judge Del Atwood explained that although these are his first criminal offenses, if he breaches any of his conditions, it's very likely he will be expected to serve the remainder of his sentence in jail.

In addition, he's also been fined $300.00 in victim surcharges.



FINES FOR MAN WHO VIOLATED UNDERTAKING
Tuesday 10th March 2015

A man who is facing a joint-recommended sentence in Supreme Court was fined today for breaching an undetaking.

In September, 24 year old Bradley Jonathan Turnbull of Stellarton was spotted by police officers in a seemingly intoxicated state.

Knowing he was bound to an undertaking, he was arrested and placed into holding cells until he became sober.

It was noted that he had several prior convictions, but today's sentence was relatively light due to the fact Turnbull could be facing a period of incarceration.

He was sentenced to a $50.00 fine, with a $15.00 victim surcharge, and given 24 months to pay.



ONE DAY SENTENCE FOR PROBATION BREACH
Tuesday 10th March 2015

A Stellarton man appeared in court today to face charges of breach of probation. 20 year old Mitchell Scott Walsh was under an order that forced him to abstain from alcohol, but in December he was seen drinking at a party by a police officer after a noise complaint was made. He was later arrested after leaving that party.

When he was brought to the Stellarton Police detachment, it was noted that his knuckles were swollen, and there was blue ink on his hand. Walsh admitted it was a bar stamp, and he was drunk.

At today's sentencing hearing, Walsh said he takes full responsibility for his actions, and asked to be placed in the Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility if he was sentenced to be incarcerated.

Judge Del Atwood explained he believes Walsh is taking the appropriate steps to curb addictions, and sentenced him to one day in jail, served by his appearance in court and a $100.00 victim surcharge.



TRAFFIC DOWN TO ONE LANE AFTER ACCIDENT ON SUNRISE TRAIL
Tuesday 10th March 2015
One man is in hospital after a two-car accident this morning on the Sunrise Trail. RCMP and EHS responded to the incident around 11:10 am near Three Brooks. A service vehicle heading west met an oncoming pick-up truck, when a ladder came off the service vehicle and hit the truck. The lone occupant of the pick-up truck, a 42-year-old Pictou County man, was transported to the Aberdeen hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the service vehicle was not hurt. The highway is reduced to one lane in the area and RCMP remain on scene.


DIESEL EXPECTED TO DROP TONIGHT: INTERRUPTER CLAUSE TO BE USED
Tuesday 10th March 2015
The cost of diesel is changing at midnight tonight, as the Utility & Review board announced it will invoke the interrupter clause. The clause is used by the Board when market prices fluctuate six cents per litre or more versus the weekly price set by the board. It's expected that the price for diesel will go down. The board says that unleaded gasoline will not be affected by the adjustment.


PROVINCE FUNDING SENIORS PROGRAMS
Tuesday 10th March 2015
Seniors across Nova Scotia will benefit from programs and services that will make it easier for them to stay independent and be active. Forty-four non-profit groups promoting seniors' health, well-being and community participation will receive funding totalling about $319,000 through the Positive Aging Fund Grant. None of the grants are going to groups based in Pictou County. A full list of grant recipients can be found at http://novascotia.ca/seniors.


MISCHIEF SENTENCE FOR STELLARTON MAN
Tuesday 10th March 2015

A 28 year old man was fined and given probation for a series of incidents that saw him try to evade police, breach his conditions, and cause disturbances to his neighbours.

An officer responded to a noise complaint at the home of Steven Alden Mackay this past July, and could hear music coming from his house from a distance. The officer turned off a stereo on Mackay's back deck, and entered the back door - which was open.

He noticed another man drinking, who was under a court order to abstain from alcohol.

After speaking with both men, the officer attempted to arrest the man who was violating his court order, but the two men inside closed the door on his foot, managing to latch it despite the officers foot being caught inside.

Later that night, they arrested Mackay outside his home, and during his arrest, he repeatedly called the officer a racial slur. While in a holding cell, Mackay complained of stomach pains and was taken to hospital.

At one point he tried to escape police, but was again detained and taken back to the cells. About a week later he was seen on his back deck drinking beer, and was arrested as that was a violation of an undertaking.

Judge Del Atwood sentenced him today to 6 months probation with several no-contact orders, and fined him over $500.00 plus victim surcharges.



FINE FOR DRUNK DRIVER
Tuesday 10th March 2015

A 72 year old man pleaded guilty today in Pictou Provincial Court to a charge of impaired driving. In December, Albert Thomas Hanway was spotted driving erratically by a trucker, who radioed a police officer to notify him of the swerving vehicle.

The officer was traveling in the opposite direction on Highway 104, but turned around and spotted the vehicle matching the description.

Upon observing the vehicle for some time, he decided to pull the car over.

He spoke with Hanway, who smelled strongly of alcohol, and eventually placed him under arrest. His blood alcohol level at the time of reading was 160mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Defence lawyer Joel Pink said his client served in the Canadian Forces, and was not likely to be a habitual offender. Judge Del Atwood agreed, and sentenced Hanway to a fine of $1,500.00 plus a $450.00 victim surcharge, and a one year prohibition from driving.



VALLEY REGIONAL HOSPITAL STAFF TOLD NOT TO ADMIT PATIENTS
Tuesday 10th March 2015
The former Minister of Health in the NDP government has some harsh words for the Liberal government after an internal memo at the Valley Regional Hospital came to light this week.
Dave Wilson says that staff at the VRH were asked to avoid admitting patients for overnight observation due to overcapacity.
The memo also advises that out of district referrals should not be admitted unless the situation is an absolute emergency.
The facility in Kentville was listed as overcapacity in one department while at full capacity in another on the afternoon of 5 March.
Wilson says Emergency Rooms should not have to deal with such turmoil, and blames the Liberal government for losing focus on patient care while fighting with heath care workers.


NS 55+ GAMES ISSUED GRANT BY TOWN OF PICTOU
Tuesday 10th March 2015

The Town of Pictou Committee of the whole has unanimously voted to issue a grant to the Nova Scotia 55+ games.

The committee chose an option that has them giving $500.00 to the games, which last year had over 500 participants.

The funds will be pre-approved for the 2015-2016 fiscal year.

The games take place this September.



TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR FIXED IN INDUSTRIAL APPROVAL
Tuesday 10th March 2015
An amended industrial approval has been issued for the Northern Pulp mill in Abercrombie Point.
The move by the Environment Department corrects a typographical error discovered last month.
A letter 'A' was replaced with a letter 'C'.
Northern Pulp has said it plans to challenge the permit and has until April 9th to file an appeal.
The challenge is based on the conditions of the original permit, not the amendment of a single letter.


POLICE AND VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORTS FOR PICTOU TOWN
Tuesday 10th March 2015

There was an overview of an RCMP departmental report at last night's Pictou Town Committee of the Whole meeting.

RCMP Corporal Glen Murphy explained that police checkpoints have been increased from 3 to 17 over the last year.

He says it's part of an effort to catch drug-impaired drivers, motorists with expired stickers, and drivers using cell phones, among others.

One RCMP officer issued 22 tickets in the last year for cell phone use while driving.

In addition to the RCMP report, the Pictou Volunteer Fire Department report was also discussed, and the number of certified volunteer firefighters in the town is set to increase in 2015.



TOWN OF PICTOU UNDER BUDGET
Tuesday 10th March 2015

The town of Pictou is approximately $125,000.00 ahead of their budget.

The information was shared as part of an overview of the latest town variance report.

The projected surplus has been attributed to the lack of snow removal expenses incurred in the early part of the winter season, and lower than expected costs for the wastewater treatment plant.



STELLARTON RECONFIRMS RINK COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Tuesday 10th March 2015
The main topic of debate at last night's meeting of Stellarton Town Council was citizen positions on town committees. Currently, the town can appoint citizens who wish to serve on committees for a 3 year term, which can be renewed should the citizen wish to serve again and council votes to do so. The terms of two members of the Rink Committee, Doug Davidson and Bill Ford, have expired, with several terms on this and other committees expiring in the next few months.
Councillors Judith MacLellan and Denise Taylor wanted to see the positions advertised, to send the message to Stellarton that they want citizens to be more involved, and to make the process more transparent. Mayor Joe Gennoe, on the other hand, noted that it's a good idea to keep experienced committee members on board, particularly given the uncertainty over how committees will be organized under the proposed regional government which could take effect in two years.
In the end, council approved two motions: one to give another term to both Davidson and Ford, and the other to allow council to extend the term only once for a committee member who wants to continue, without having to re-apply as part of advertising for the open position. Both motions passed 3-2.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 10
Tuesday 10th March 2015
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The Pictou County Atom A Subway Selects won the North Conference Female Hockey Federation Championship on Sunday at the Hector Arena with a 4-1 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs. The Selects were in tough against the Bulldogs with goals in the first period from Abigail MacKenzie for the Selects and Madison Beson for the Bulldogs the game was ties going into the third. The selects came out strong in the third to get the go ahead goal from Jaylen Langille at the beginning of the period. Kenzie Greencorn added the insurance marker with less than two minutes to go. Olivia Fitt also added an empty net goal for the Selects. Goaltender Caitlin Cleary was strong in net for the selects. The Girls now travel to Bedford March 28 to play the winner of the South Conference for the Provincial Championship.
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After a one-week delay the Pictou County Bantam A Crushers were finally able to play their second round playoffs this past weekend against the Truro Bearcats.  Game 1 at the PC Wellness Centre saw Tyler Watters strong in nets as the Crushers and Bearcats scoreless first period. A power play for Truro early in the second period gave the Bearcats the initial lead which did not last long as Munroe MacKay scored for the Crushers with an assist from Carson Ripoll.  Both teams held fast until 4:17 left in the third when Truro scored.  The Crushers then let loose in the final 2 minutes as Noah Teed began with an unassisted goal followed by Ben MacDonald scoring assisted by Spencer Nichol and Nichol secured the win with a pass from Lucas LeBlanc to score the fourth empty net goal, making the final score 4-2 in favor of the Crushers. Game 2 took place Sunday morning at the Truro RECC. The Crushers led this nail bitter of a game as Carson Ripoll scored in the first assisted by Seth Marcipont.  With less than 2 minutes left in the second Truro got past Crusher goalie Wesley Kelly but a long rush by Seth Marcipont and popped in by Nichol had the Crushers ahead 2-1 going into the third period. A hard unassisted shot from point by Cairan Boone gave the Crushers goal 3 but Truro answered shortly after to bring the score up 3-2. With only 3.3 seconds to go and a 2 man advantage the Bearcats evened the score to take the game into OT.  With tensions high Noah Teed was exceptional, and also 'crushed' by his teammates, as he scored the winning sudden death goal 5 minutes into OT. The Crushers ended the weekend as they hosted an exhibition game with the South Shore sharks. With the tension gone from the previous 2 games the Crushers led the Sharks to a 7 - 3 win. The Crushers will next play the winner of the Cape Breton Conference for the right to move on to the Provincial final.
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The Northern N.S. Regional 9-Ball Playoff on March 7th at Century Club was won by an undefeated Billy Martin over Nick Kaiser. Peter Borden was third and Nick Turner was fourth. 5th and 6th were Chris Kemp and John Rushton. 7th and 8th were Lorne Medley and Neil van Rossum.  9th 10th and 11th were Kris Dunbar, Archie Best and Kelly MacIntyre. Based on the results for the entire season, Martin, Kemp, Borden, and Kaiser have advanced to Nationals in Saint John, NB., with Jeff Gillin , Herb Watters, Archie Best, and William Holmes on stand-by if more spots become available.
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The snooker rankings for the Northern Mainland N.S. Region are finished. Century Club will pay the entry and hotel cost for the top eight qualified players to play at SHOTz on March 28th.
The top eight finishers are as follows:
1st    Billy Martin                 102
2nd    Peter Borden               66
3rd     Jeff Gillin                     37
4th    Nick Kaiser                  37
5th    Archie Best                  36
6th    Chris Simmons            24
7th    John Rushton              20
8th    Kris  Dunbar                14
The other ranked players also qualify to play if they wish to: 9th    Don Latter
10th   Jack MacKinnon
11th   Bill Matheson
12th   Shawn Fequet
13th   Chris Kemp
14th    Kyle Henderson
15th    Herb Watters
16th    Jody Turner
17th    Jason Billington
18th    Larry Watkinson
Snooker rankings will resume again in September. Good Luck to you all.
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It's one game, winner take all for the Division One High School Boys Hockey Regional Championship. After North Nova and CEC split the first two games of the best-of-3 series over the weekend, the deciding game goes tonight at 8pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Admission is $2.00 for students and seniors and $4.00 for adults.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre invites you to cruise with us! The annual ice show is tomorrow night at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Come enjoy the cruise ship theme with on-board entertainment featuring the Mariposa CANSKATERS and provincial and national competitive figure skaters. The local Nova Scotia Canada Games representatives will also be skating in the show.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children
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MAN ARRESTED IN MEDICINE SHOP BREAK INS.
Monday 9th March 2015

The New Glasgow Regional Police have arrested a 37 year old Pictou County man in connection with a break and enter at the Medicine Shop in New Glasgow.

The theft happened early this morning around 2:20am.

Upon investigating, the police also charged the man with a separate break in to the business that took place on February 25th.

He's facing two counts of break and entering, possession of stolen property, and possession of a controlled substance.

He's been remanded into custody, and will appear in Pictou Provincial Court this Thursday.



TWO MEN FINED UNDER FISHERIES ACT
Monday 9th March 2015

Two men pleaded guilty today in Pictou Provincial Court to charges under the fisheries act.

56 year old Barry Alan Sutherland and 57 year old Harry Richard Jollymore were observed not weighing all of their catch by fishery officers in September 2014.

Each man weighed an undisclosed amount, and estimated the rest, which is a violation of the conditions of their licenses.

Each man received a $700.00 fine, with 30 days and 1 year to pay it respectively.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 9
Monday 9th March 2015
All four series in the opening round of the NSJHL have now wrapped up, and the Division Finals are set to go. The Sid Rowe Division Final between the Glace Bay Miners and the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians begins this coming Saturday in Glace Bay, with game 2 on Sunday at 7pm in Trenton Arena. Meanwhile, the Sackville Blazers finished off the Liverpool Privateers in 6 games, wrapping up the series on Saturday night, and they now advance to face the Valley Maple Leafs, who needed game 7 last Friday to get past East Hants. Game 1 of the Fred Fox Division Final will go Wednesday when the Maple Leafs visit the Blazers.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers are off the ice until this Thursday night when they host the Truro Bearcats in game one of their Maritime Hockey League playoff series. That game starts at 7:00pm Thursday evening at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Here's the Bearcats/Crushers schedule:
Game 1 – Thur, 12 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 2 – Sat, 14 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
Game 3 – Tue, 17 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 4 – Thur, 19 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
If necessary
Game 5 – Sat, 21 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 6 – Mon, 23 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
Game 7 – Wed, 25 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
The other opening round series in the Eastlink Division will have Yarmouth facing Valley. In the Meek, the top seeded Dieppe Commandos will take on the Campbellton Tigers and Woodstock faces Miramichi.
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The Northern Subway Selects have advanced to the Provincial Finals in the NSFMHL after winning game 5 over the East Hants Penguins 5-3 yesterday afternoon at the Wellness Centre. Game MVP Patti- Ann Tracy led the Selects attack with 2 goals and an assist. Megan Stewart chipped in with a goal and 2 assists while Julia Scammell and Katie Pentz had single goals. Hilary Taylor and Madelyn Bourque also added assists. Adi Small picked up the win in goal for the Selects. Sundays game was the third in 3 days for the teams. The ProCresting Penguins forced game 5 with a 6-2 win over the Selects on Saturday evening at the East Hants SportsPlex Julia Scammell led the Selects with a goal and an assist. Madelyn Bourque also scored for the Selects with assists to Patti-Ann Tracy and Amanda Dunning. Saturdays game featured late game heroics from the Subway crew with two late goals to take a 2-1 series lead The first one by forward Hilary Taylor to tie the score and an unassisted effort from linemate Katie Pentz to seal the victory in game three of the Best of 5 Series. Adi Small picked up the win in goal for the Selects. The Selects will now face Metro Boston Pizza in a Best-of-5 series for the right to advance to the Atlantic Championships in Moncton. Games 1 and 2 will be played in Bedford this weekend, with games 3 and 4 at the Wellness Centre on March 20 and 21. Game 5, if necessary, will be in Bedford on March 22.
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In a hotly contested weekend of exciting female Bantam AA Hockey in Glace Bay, The Pictou County Subway Selects came away with a record of one win, one loss and two ties. Their effort was good enough for a third place finish and a Bronze medal for the second straight year. A couple of Selects were recognized for their stellar play in the tourney. Lindsey Smith was named the top defenseman for the tourney and was also named to the all star team. Defenseman Sophia Wornell was named to the all star team as was Selects goalie Jenna Landry. The Selects continue with the league playoffs this weekend when they host Halifax on Saturday in Pictou.
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The North Nova Gryphons and CEC Cougars are tied at one game each in the best two of three Division One High School Regional Banner Play Offs. On Friday night, the Gryphons earned a 2-1 double overtime victory. On Saturday evening, the Gryphons travelled to Truro for game 2, but lost 4-2. The third and deciding game for the Regional Banner will take place Tuesday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 8:00pm. Admission is $2.00 for students and seniors and $4.00 for adults.
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The Jr high boy\'s basketball team at New Glasgow Academy won bronze at Regionals hosted at their school this past weekend.
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The Pictou County Raptors Mini Boys Basketball Team took home Gold on Sunday March 7th attending The Bedford Classic, known as the largest basketball tournament held in Atlantic Canada, hosting 126 teams and over 1200 players.
In the Raptors opening game Friday night they faced the Jr. X-Men from Antigonish in an intense, fast paced game but out powered the X-Men to take the win 39-34.
On Saturday morning they played the Bedford Eagles. The host team got into foul trouble which had the Raptors scoring a high percentage of points from the foul line. Final score for the Raptors 38-21.
In their third game on Saturday evening the Raptors went head to head with the South Shore Surfers. Both teams matched up equally as the score went back and forth. Raptors pulled away in the final quarter and took the win 48-38.
These wins put the Raptors in the Championship final where they would face the Jr. X-Men again. As in the first game the boys played very intense and the pace picked up as each new quarter started. Both teams battled it out as they knew it could be anybody's game. At the start of the last quarter the Raptors went from a 12 point lead to a 2 point lead when the Jr. X-men had a good run for the basket. The Raptors came out strong in the last four minute shift and pulled ahead. They finished the game 40-32 to take the win.
Game "Hustle" Awards went to Jordan Cameron, Xander Rorison, Keigan Falcitelli and Cal Maxner. Tournament MVP was Cohen Ross.

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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre invites you to cruise with us! The annual ice show is Wed, March 11 at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Come enjoy the cruise ship theme with on-board entertainment featuring the Mariposa CANSKATERS and provincial and national competitive figure skaters. The local Nova Scotia Canada Games representatives will also be skating in the show.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children
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MARINE ATLANTIC DELAYS WORST IN YEARS
Monday 9th March 2015
Delays in the Marine Atlantic schedule ferry service between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are the worst they have been in years.
Spokesperson Darrell Mercer says the ice in the Cabot Strait is making each crossing take between two and three extra hours to complete, which is seriously disrupting their schedule.
Mercer says yesterday's daytime crossing was cancelled in an effort to get the schedule back on track.
He says the ice arrived earlier than usual this winter and appears to be staying longer. 


COLLISION INVOLVING PEDESTRIAN SHUTS DOWN TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY NEAR BADDECK
Monday 9th March 2015
A 75-year old woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries, including skull fractures, after she was struck while walking along Highway 105 around noon on Sunday.
RCMP say she was hit near South Haven by an east-bound vehicle being driven by a 55-year old Glace Bay woman.
Police had the highway shut down for several hours as they conducted their investigation.
The driver has been charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
She is expected to answer to the charges in Baddeck provincial court in May.
The victim is reported to be in serious but stable condition in Cape Breton Regional Hospital, while the driver was not injured in the incident.


SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 8th
Sunday 8th March 2015

The Sackville Blazers edged the Liverpool Privateers 3-2 last night in their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series.

The next game in that series goes tonight.
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The Weeks Jr. A Crushers are off the ice until this Thursday night when they host the Truro Bearcats in game one of their Maritime Hockey League playoff series.

That game starts at 7:00pm Thursday evening at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Here's the Bearcats/Crushers schedule:

Game 1 – Thur, 12 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 2 – Sat, 14 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
Game 3 – Tue, 17 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 4 – Thur, 19 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)

If necessary


Game 5 – Sat, 21 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 6 – Mon, 23 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
Game 7 – Wed, 25 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
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The North Nova Gryphons and CEC Cougars are tied at one game each in the best two of three Division One High School Regional Banner Play Offs. On Friday night, the Gryphons earned a 2-1 double overtime victory.

On Saturday evening, the Gryphons travelled to Truro for game 2, but lost 4-2.

The third and deciding game for the Regional Banner will take place Tuesday night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 8:00pm.

Admission is $2.00 for students and seniors and $4.00 for adults.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6.

It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School.

A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email.

Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre invites you to cruise with us!

The annual ice show is Wed, March 11 at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Come enjoy the cruise ship theme with on-board entertainment featuring the Mariposa CANSKATERS and provincial and national competitive figure skaters.

The local Nova Scotia Canada Games representatives will also be skating in the show.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children.
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SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR MARCH 7
Saturday 7th March 2015

The Valley Maple Leafs staved off elimination in a big game 6 in East Hants earlier this week, and came back in game 7 to take their Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series against the East Hants Penguins.

The home team Maple Leafs picked up a 5-2 win last night to move on to the next round of the playoffs.
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers swept the Antigonish Bulldogs in their playoff series. The first game ended 10-2, and the 8-3 in favor of Pictou County. This eliminated the need for a game 3.

The Crushers will meet the Truro Bearcats this week-end in their second play-off series to determine the Northern Conference Champion.
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The Pictou County Lightning Mini A girls are hosting an 8 team tournament at NNEC, and teams from across the province are in the county.

Their next games are today at 9 AM, and tonight at 7:30 PM.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6.

It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School.

A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email.

Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre invites you to cruise with us! The annual ice show is Wed, March 11 at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Come enjoy the cruise ship theme with on-board entertainment featuring the Mariposa CANSKATERS and provincial and national competitive figure skaters.

The local Nova Scotia Canada Games representatives will also be skating in the show.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children
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The Scotsburn Bantam AAA are having an identification camp for the Major Bantam Crushers. It's taking place May 6, 7, and 8th from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. The 4 and ½ hours will consist of high tempo practices and inner squad games, as we look for candidates for next year’s Team.

The cost of the camp is $50.00. Please also understand that Hockey NS and the NSMBHL dictate that in order to play in the League with any team you must attend a Spring Camp in your home jurisdiction.

The cost of playing in this Program is $1900 which provides you two (1.5 hrs.) practices each week and most often two games per weekend. There is an opportunity to retrieve $400 by obtaining 2-$200 sweater sponsors. Your family will be responsible for all travel costs.

You can pre-register by providing your name, date of birth, team for 2014-15 and preferred position to greenjeffr@gmail.com.

Registration will take place at 3:45 on May 6, 2015 at which time the fee is required. A brief parent meeting (Q&A session) is scheduled on the first night May 6th right after the on ice session at 6:10 at the Wellness Center.
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INQUIRY INTO ABUSE AT HOME FOR COLORED CHILDREN ONE STEP CLOSER
Friday 6th March 2015
The province says the terms of reference for a public inquiry into alleged abuse at the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children should be finished this month. People who used to live in the Halifax orphanage allege that they were subjected to physical, psychological and sexual abuse over several decades. Chad Lucas, a spokesman for the province, says a group tasked with designing the terms of reference have been meeting with interested parties and the terms should be finalized in a few weeks. Lucas wouldn't reveal any details about the terms of reference and he couldn't say when the inquiry process would begin. Tony Smith, a former resident of the home who is part of the group designing the terms of reference, says the inquiry will give former residents the chance to tell their stories. Premier Stephen McNeil apologized in October for the abuse, acknowledging that the pleas of former residents for help went unanswered in what he described as a chapter in the province's history of systemic racism.


MACFARLANE STILL TRYING TO MEET GOV'T OVER V.I.C. CLOSURES
Friday 6th March 2015
The Pictou West MLA is pleased that Tourism Minister Michel Samson has scrapped plans to use $290,000 of his department's money to hire summer students for the 51 members of the house. Karla MacFarlane tells our newsroom this morning that there didn't seem to be a lot of thought or research behind the plan.
MacFarlane is trying to set up a meeting between Samson and local officials, to try and come up with a plan to hire some of the staff cut by the closure of Visitor Information Centres in Pictou and Digby.


TWO SIGNS OF SPRING AHEAD: CLOCK CHANGES AND ROAD RESTRICTIONS
Friday 6th March 2015
For many of us the winter can't end soon enough, so it's good to know that this is the weekend the clocks "spring forward." As of 2 AM Sunday morning, the clocks go into Daylight Saving time mode. The upside -- brighter evenings. The downside is one hour less sleep -- unless you go to bed earlier or sleep in, of course.
Another sure sign of spring – weight restrictions on provincial roads are coming into effect. Restrictions for commercial vehicles start Monday on posted provincial roads in Shelburne, Yarmouth and Digby counties, while the rest of the province kicks in the following Monday, March 16th. The weight restrictions on large and heavy trucks are needed during the spring thaw to help protect road beds affected by mild and wet weather.


COLLISION BETWEEN VEHICLE AND PEDESTRIAN LEADS TO CHARGES
Friday 6th March 2015
A collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian in downtown New Glasgow yesterday afternoon resulted in the 74-year old female driver being charged with failing to yield.
A 62-year old woman was crossing Dalhousie Street in a marked crosswalk when a vehicle turning off of Archimedes Street onto Dalhousie struck her.
The woman was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital with injuries that New Glasgow Regional Police describe as non-life threatening.
The driver has been given a ticket which carries a fine of nearly 7-hundred dollars.
New Glasgow Regional Police remind motorists that there is a crosswalk at every intersection, whether it is marked or not, and drivers must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.


GAS UP, DIESEL DOWN AS URB SETS NEW PRICE
Friday 6th March 2015
The price of a litre of self-serve unleaded gasoline shot up by nearly 4 cents per litre as the Utility and Review Board reset the prices at the pumps overnight.
In northeastern Nova Scotia a litre of gas now costs one dollar, 12.7 cents ($1.12.7).
Motorists with diesel vehicles received much better news, as the price dropped by nearly two cents, to a new total of one dollar 25.1 cents ($1.25.1).
These prices will remain in effect until next Friday at 12:01am.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 6
Friday 6th March 2015
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There were two games in the MHL last night – one was a playoff preview, the other had huge playoff implications. The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers closed out the regular season with a match-up against the team they will face in the opening round of the playoffs. The Crushers scored the first three golas against the Truro Bearcats, but gave up the next five as the 'Cats earned a 5-4 win at the Wellness Centre. These teams will meet in the Eastlink Division semi-finals starting next Thrusday. Our first playoff broadcast on Classic Rock 97.9 will be Game #2, when the Crushers visit Truro on Saturday, 14 March. The other game last night saw Dieppe keep their slim hopes for first place in the Meek Division alive with a 5-3 win over the Woodstock Slammers.
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The full schedule for the series between the Crushers and Bearcats is as follows:
Game 1 – Thur, 12 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 2 – Sat, 14 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
Game 3 – Tue, 17 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 4 – Thur, 19 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
If necessary
Game 5 – Sat, 21 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
Game 6 – Mon, 23 March – 7pm – Crushers at Truro – Live on Classic Rock 97.9 (pregame show 6:45pm)
Game 7 – Wed, 25 March – 7pm – Truro at Crushers
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The schedule for the Sid Rowe Division Final of the NSJHL between the Glace Bay Miners and Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians has been set:
Game 1 – Sat, 14 March – Aecon Atlantic Scotians at Glace Bay
Game 2 – Sun, 15 March – Glace Bay at Scotians – 7pm at TRENTON ARENA
Game 3 – Sat, 21 March – Scotians at Glace Bay
Game 4 – Sun, 22 March – Glace Bay at Scotians – 7:30pm at TRENTON ARENA
If necessary
Game 5 – Tue, 24 March – Scotians at Glace Bay
Game 6 – Thu, 26 March – Glace Bay at Scotians – 7pm at WELLNESS CENTRE
Game 7 – Sun, 29 March – Scotians at Glace Bay
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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers swept their first playoff series against Antigonish in the first two games. The Crushers met the Bulldogs in Antigonish for the first game. The Crushers dominated the second and third periods to win the game 10-2. Scoring for the Crushers was Nikos Bonvie (5), Lane Lochead (2), Cameron MacKinnon, Dylan Kontuk, and Seth Gallant. Assist went to Lochead, Kontuk, Tanner Murphy, Ian Reynolds, Gallant and Adam Farrell. Later that day the Crushers met the Bulldogs on the ice at home for the second game of the three game series. The Crushers came out on top again with a score of 8-3, eliminating the need for the third playoff game. Scoring for the Crushers was MacKinnon with a hat trick, Reese Smith, Bonvie, Farrell, Gallant and Lochead. Assists went to Smith (3), Murphy, Kontuk (2), Farrell, Conrad Robertson, Brennan Dalton (2), and Bonvie. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Crushers will meet the Truro Bearcats this week-end in their second play-off series to determine the Northern Conference Champion.
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Good luck to the Pictou County Lightning Mini A girls on their home tournament this weekend! They are hosting an 8 team tournament at NNEC, and they will welcome teams from across the province. Their games will be Friday at 6 PM, Saturday at 9 AM, and 7:30 PM. A big thanks to the coaches Brian Macleod and Mark Arbuckle, all the parents an volunteers that help to organize this tournament.
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Good luck to the Panthers Volleyball Club's U-16 team travelling to Cape Breton this weekend to participate in Volleyball Nova Scotia's "Superseries". They will be taking on 6 teams from Cape Breton, Antigonish, West Hants and Truro areas.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers will travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs today at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes tomorrow at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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The Division 1 NSSAF Regional Boys Hockey Championship finals will take place this coming weekend in New Glasgow and Truro. The North Nova Education Centre Boys Hockey Gryphons will host the CEC Cougars tonight at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 7:30 pm. The Gryphons had a bye to the championship round due to their first place finish in regular league play. CEC defeated Dr. JH Gillis in their best two of three to advance to the Championship round.   Game two will take place at the Colchester Legion Stadium on Saturday March 7th at 7:30. If a third game is needed, it will take place on Tuesday, March10th at the Wellness Centre at 8:00pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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East Pictou Silver Blades will be hosting their annual ice show tonight with a circus theme. Lots of solos, group numbers, & canskate groups. Show starts at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:30. Price $5 adults, $3 student/senior, children 5 and under are free.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Will be having open registration for term 3 this evening from 6-8 pm at their building.Cash or cheque only. Spots for ages 18 months and up
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The Mariposa East Skating Centre invites you to cruise with us! The annual ice show is Wed, March 11 at 7pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Come enjoy the cruise ship theme with on-board entertainment featuring the Mariposa CANSKATERS and provincial and national competitive figure skaters. The local Nova Scotia Canada Games representatives will also be skating in the show.  Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children
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CONVERGYS NEW GLASGOW TO CLOSE IN AUGUST
Thursday 5th March 2015
A New Glasgow call centre will be closing sooner than expected. Brooke Beiting of Convergys confirms that the company, which employs 194 full time staff, will close permanently by August 28. The centre was originally slated to close last September, but a contract with the company was extended with work expected to last until the end of this year. Beiting said 75 employees will be laid off in May and the rest will be finished in August. Beiting says employees in good standing are encouraged to apply at Convergys' other centres and employment placement counselling will be available.


JUSTICE MINISTER TO REMOVE TIME LIMITS ON SEXUAL ASSAULT SUITS
Thursday 5th March 2015
The provincial minister of justice says she will change legislation so that victims of sexual assault can launch civil lawsuits regardless of when the assault took place. Lena Metlege Diab says she will bring in an amendment to the Limitation of Actions Act during the spring session of the legislature. Diab says the amendment would only affect civil litigation involving victims of sexual assault. Diab says the decision comes after reviewing the laws of other jurisdictions across the country. The Progressive Conservatives pushed for the change to allow historical victims of sexual assault the right to start lawsuits when the legislation was introduced last year.


PICTOU COMPANY RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY
Thursday 5th March 2015
Grohmann Knives of Pictou has been named as the manufacturer of the 2015 Knife of the Year by the Canadian Wild Turkey Federation.
The group selected the Grohmann's Xtra Resinwood Guthook Knife as the knife of the year.
Mike Holland, a member of the CWTF Board of Directors, says the selection of Grohmann as the manufacturor was a perfect fit for their knife of the year.
Holland says the high quality of the product, plus being a Canadian company, were part of the criteria they looked at in selecting Grohmann.
Holland says the knife will be featured in several events planned for the CWTF throughout the year, and he hopes the relationship with Grohmann will be mutually beneficial.


GAS PRICES RISE AGAIN IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 5th March 2015
With the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board preparing to reset prices at the pumps effective midnight tonight, motorists looking west for clues as to what might happen will want to fill up today.
Nova Scotia does not always follow the their lead, but New Brunswick prices went up overnight last night.
Gasoline jumped by nearly 5 cents per litre, while diesel went up by just over 2 cents.


PLANS TO MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME DISCUSSED BY SCHOOL BOARD
Thursday 5th March 2015
Among the many topics discussed at last night’s Chignecto Central Regional School Board’s Committee of the Whole meeting was the topic of storm days.
Recently, Education Minister Karen Casey floated the idea that schools could make up excess storm days by holding classes on Saturday.
Board Vice-Chair Keith MacKenzie said such an idea would not be workable, but wondered if increasing class time by 15 minutes per day after the March break could make up for lost time if needed.
While discussing the topic, it was brought up that there have been less than eight days of class lost to storms so far this season, and that in past years when there were more than ten storm days, professional development days and extra-curricular activities were dropped to recover class time.
It was also noted that such a scenario has happened only three times in the past decade.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP: MARCH 5
Thursday 5th March 2015
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The East Hants Penguins could not finish off the Valley Maple Leafs last night in NSJHL playoff action, as game 6 of the Best-of-7 series went to the visiting Leafs by a score of 3-0. The series is now tied at 3-3 in a series where the home team has lost all six times. That may be good news for the Penguins, as game 7 will go in the Valley on Friday. The schedule for the Sid Rowe Division finals between the Glace Bay Miners and Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians is still yet to be announced.
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What was nearly unthinkable at the Christmas break has happened. The Campbellton Tigers have clinched a playoff spot in the Maritime Hockey League. The Tigers beat the Truro Bearcats 2-0 last night to clinch a playoff spot in the Meek Division. The Tigers could still catch Miramichi for third in the Meek Division if they win both of their final games and the Timberwolves lose both of theirs. The loss by the Bearcats also locks them into fourth place, meaning the game tonight between the Crushers and Bearcats will be a preview of the Eastlink Division semi-final series. Also last night, Miramichi beat Summerside 5-1.
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Congratulation to the A.G. Baillie Memorial School Girls Basketball team for finishing 1st in their league. The team, coached by Sol MacKay and Nichole Bailey, went undefeated throughout their entire season.
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The third and final snooker ranking tour for the Northern N.S. Region of Cue Sports Nova Scotia ended at the end of February. The results were:
1st   Bill Martin              25
2nd   Peter Borden         21
3rd    Archie Best           18
4th    Nick Kaiser            10
5th    Chris Simmons      10
6th    John Rushton         9
7th     Kris   Dunbar         7
8th     Kyle Henderson     4
9th     Herb Watters        4
10th   Jody Turner           0
11t     Jeff   Gillin            0
The top EIGHT ranked players overall will be playing at the AAA provincial chanpionship at SHOTz on March 28th and Century Club will pay their entry fee and their hotel cost for Saturday night.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers will travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes Saturday at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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The Division 1 NSSAF Regional Boys Hockey Championship finals will take place this coming weekend in New Glasgow and Truro. The North Nova Education Centre Boys Hockey Gryphons will host the CEC Cougars tomorrow at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 7:30 pm. The Gryphons had a bye to the championship round due to their first place finish in regular league play. CEC defeated Dr. JH Gillis in their best two of three to advance to the Championship round.   Game two will take place at the Colchester Legion Stadium on Saturday March 7th at 7:30. If a third game is needed, it will take place on Tuesday, March 10th at the Wellness Centre at 8:00pm. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students and seniors.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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East Pictou Silver Blades will be hosting their annual ice show this Friday with a circus theme. Lots of solos, group numbers, & canskate groups. Show starts at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:30. Price $5 adults, $3 student/senior, children 5 and under are free.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Will be having open registration for term 3 on March 6th from 6-8 pm at their building.Cash or cheque only. Spots for ages 18 months and up
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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PROVINCIAL POLITICIANS FACE MUCH LOOSER EXPENSE RULES
Wednesday 4th March 2015
The purse strings for MLA's have loosened. CBC News reports that the House of Assembly management commission have changed spending rules, meaning that money originally reserved to cover costs for postage and constituency travel can now be used with very few restrictions. That means MLAs now have unfettered access to between roughly $14,000 and $18,500 per year.
The change was proposed because some MLAs were facing cash problems due to the need to make constituency offices barrier-free, as well as larger constituencies needing more than one office.
While PC House leader Chris d'Entremont is worried the new rules may lead to "hog wild" spending, government House leader Michel Samson says all MLA expenses are posted online as a safeguard against abuse.


NSCC & CBU SIGN NEW AGREEMENT TO GIVE COLLEGE GRADS UNIVERSITY CREDIT
Wednesday 4th March 2015
The Nova Scotia Community College and Cape Breton University have signed an articulation agreement to give more graduates with diplomas an opportunity to enter university with credit for their prior learning.
The agreement lets NSCC graduates from ten eligible College diploma programs to enter the second-year of CBU’s Bachelor of Engineering Technology program. Last fall, an agreement was signed to give NSCC graduates of the Business Administration and Tourism Management diplomas the option to transfer their credits to CBU for up to 50 per cent of the credits needed to complete a Bachelor of Administration or Bachelor of Hospitality Management.
The ten new diploma programs under the agreement are:
Civil Engineering Technology
Electrical Engineering Technology
Electronic Engineering Technology
Industrial Engineering Technology
Industrial Instrumentation
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Natural Resources Environmental Technology
Electro Mechanical Engineering Technician
Electronic engineering Technician


THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MALL THREAT RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGE
Wednesday 4th March 2015
Three people were arrested and subsequently released without charges being laid in connection with a potential threat that closed the Micmac mall yesterday. Halifax Regional Police said they spoke with mall management, who chose to close the shopping centre for the day. Shortly after the mall closed, police blocked part of Everette Street in another part of Dartmouth. Officers surrounded and entered a home on the street, but police said it was empty and nothing of interest was found. Police also visited a residence on Willett Street, where they arrested three people in connection with the alleged incident before 4 p.m. Investigators now say they believe those three people were not involved in the threat, and police indicate that they believe the threat is no longer an issue.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 4
Wednesday 4th March 2015
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After no games were played last night in the NSJHL playoffs, a big game 6 goes tonight in East Hants. The Penguins have the chance to finish off the Valley Maple Leafs, as they come into game 6 at home with a 3-2 series lead. However, the home team has yet to win in the first five games of the series.
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No games last night in the MHL. Tonight, two games that could decide some playoff positioning will be played. The Miramichi Timberwolves visit the Summerside Western Capitals and the Truro Bearcats head to Campbellton to face the Tigers. A win by the Tigers will clinch a playoff spot for them, while at the same time locking Truro into the fourth seed in the Eastlink Division. A Miramichi win will also clinch the playoff spot for Campbellton.
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Two games were played yesterday in The Walter Duggan European Team Handball League. In the opening game, Denmark defeated Russia 6-4.
Denmark: Raine DeCoste 3, Lucas Cameron 2, Keegan Murray 1
Russia: ChrisAvery 1, Brandon Cameron 1, Lauren Conrad 1, Victoria Robertson 1
In the second game, Britain got past Sweden by a score of 8-6.
Britain: Celine Tran 2, Ethan MacKenzie 2, Gavin Bourque 1, Ethan Mathias 1, Emma Webb 1, Ray Chisholm 1
Sweden: Lucas Cameron 2, Luke Penny 1, Laurel MacIntosh 1, Emma Nuaffts 1, Carris Austin 1
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Congratulations going out to the West Pictou Girls Elementary Basketball Team for placing 1st in their league. The team went undefeated through the entire season under the tutelage of coach Mrs. MacEachern.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers will travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes Saturday at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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East Pictou Silver Blades will be hosting their annual ice show this Friday with a circus theme. Lots of solos, group numbers, & canskate groups. Show starts at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:30. Price $5 adults, $3 student/senior, children 5 and under are free.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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THREE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MALL THREAT
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Three people are in custody in connection with a potential threat that closed the Micmac mall today. Halifax Regional Police said they spoke with mall management, who chose to close the shopping centre for the day. Shortly after the mall closed, police blocked part of Everette Street in another part of Dartmouth. Officers surrounded and entered a home on the street, but police said it was empty and nothing of interest was found. Police also visited a residence on Willett Street, where they arrested three people in connection with the alleged incident before 4 p.m. Police said they will be executing a search warrant at the apartment as part of the investigation. No word yet if any charges will be laid.


THE M.O.U. GOES DIGITAL
Tuesday 3rd March 2015

The M.O.U. Steering Committee has officially launched the website that will provide information, an overview, and the happenings of all things related to the formation of a regional government.

www.onepictoucounty.ca launched today, and is part of an online blitz by the steering committee that has them expanding across all major digital platforms.

In addition to the page, you can also get updates on Facebook by visiting facebook.com/1pictoucounty.

For those who use Twitter, you can get updates of 140 characters or less by following @OnePictouCounty

And finally, for people who want to see them paint a literal picture of what's happening in the county, check out 'One Pictou County' on image sharing network Instagram.

If you don't use the internet, there's also information packages available at the four participating Municipal offices.



EDUCATION MINISTER SAYS TEACHING STANDARDS NEED IMPROVEMENT
Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Education minister Karen Casey says new teaching standards are needed in Nova Scotia.

Casey says while the work is underway, there will be no approval from the Department of Education for new education programs put forward by universities.

The department says they will no longer grant an increase in teacher certification to teachers who take video correspondence courses from Drake University, including teachers pre-approved to take the course.

A 2014 review showed video correspondence courses from Drake University are inadaquate, and not eligible for transfer credits by faculties of education at any university in Nova Scotia.

Letters are being sent to the teachers who were pre-approved for the program to inform them of the change.

The teaching standards updates are expected to be finished in 2015-2016.



AMERICAN COMPANY PULLS OUT OF CONTRACT WITH NORTHERN PULP
Tuesday 3rd March 2015

The American Company in charge of manufacturing and installing the new recovery boiler and precipitator has ended one of the two contracts they entered with Northern Pulp

The Clyde Bergemann Power Group sent a letter to Northern Pulp last week explaining they would still provide the material equipment for the products, but would not install them.

"We were surprised at receiving the letter, and disappointed," said Northern Pulp's General Manager, Bruce Chapman. Chapman said the company has met with a subcontractor, and the project will move forward without any construction delays.

"We're working with a schedule to complete the precipitator project in May 2015 as planned," added Chapman.

Officials from the Department of Environment say the May 30th deadline will not be changed.

We reached out to Clyde Bergemann, but they're not commenting on the issue.



THREAT CLOSES MICMAC MALL **UPDATED AT 3:30PM**
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Halifax Regional Police say the Micmac Mall chose to close today as a precaution after a potential threat was made against it. Police say its officers still investigating, and provided no information on the nature of the threat.
Police say they received word about the potential threat at 9 this morning. Shortly after the mall closed, police blocked a section of Everette Street in another part of Dartmouth. Const. Pierre Bourdages says officers investigated a home on the street, but it was empty and nothing of interest was found.
Halifax Regional School Board also placed two of its schools on "hold and secure" because of police operations nearby, but those restrictions were lifted by mid-afternoon and students were dismissed at their regular times.


MUNICIPAL LEADERS PROVIDE UPDATE ON MOU
Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Several updates on the progress of a regional Pictou County government were given at Stellarton's Council meeting.

Pictou County CAO Brian Cullen explained that all existing debts would continue to be paid by residents from the region in which they exist.

The only exception would be the Albion Business Park.

Steering Committee project manager Scott Conrod laid out the steps needed to form the government, including a public plebiscite and an application to the province for a regional government.

Conrod unveiled the M.O.U. and regional government website, which is expected to launch this week.

The website is located at www.onepictoucounty.ca

He also explained that a third party consultant will file a report on a recommended size of, and remuneration for the regional government.

That report is expected by June.

Pictou County warden Ronald Baillie says taxation is expected to be run on a user-pay system.

Baillie says the goal is for a May, 2016 election that would take place after a public plebiscite.

The expected swearing-in date for the regional government would be in April, 2017.



VIC CLOSURE AT CENTRE OF COUNTY COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
The closure of the Pictou Visitor Information Centre was a main topic of discussion at last night's meeting of Pictou County Council.
Councillor Robert Parker invoked a rarely used procedure of calling for an emergency resolution to discuss what action council would take.
Warden Ron Baillie informed council that the leaders of the six municipal units met Monday afternoon, and a letter has already been sent to Tourism Minister Michel Samson asking for a meeting, as well an explanation as to why Pictou's VIC was one of the two shuttered.


POWER OUTAGE ***UPDATED AT 8:30AM***
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Roughly 1000 customers are without power in Pictou County this morning, with another 500 in the dark in the Bridgewater area.
NS Power indicates that crews are still investigating the cause of the outage, and now intend to have power restored shortly before 10:00am.
The affected areas in Pictou County include Trenton, Little Harbour, Ardness, Big Island, and Bailey Brook.


GEORGE STREET BRIDGE CLOSING TONIGHT
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
The Town of New Glasgow will be closing the George Street Bridge tonight starting at 8pm, and keeping it closed until 6am tomorrow morning.
The closure is to allow for repair of the bridge joints.
This work has been arranged by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, and will be carried out by their contractor.
Since the bridge will be closed during this work, detours will be in place.
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes into and out of the downtown core area.


TWO YOUTHS ARRESTED FOR THEFTS FROM VEHICLES
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
New Glasgow Regional Police have arrested two male youth from Pictou County accused of thefts from 18 vehicles in the north end of the Town of Trenton.
The arrests were made in the early morning hours Sunday after Police received reports of suspicious activity late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.
Each of the youths has been charged with multiple offenses through the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Constable Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police says most of the incidents involed vehicles that were left unlocked.
A substantial amount of money, banking cards, electronics and jewelry was seized during the investigation.
Anyone missing items from their vehicles should contact New Glasgow Police at 902 752-1941 for more information.
New Glasgow Regional Police continue to investigate.


CONFEDERATION BRIDGE RESTRICTIONS REINSTATED ***UPDATE 9:40 AM***
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
The high winds along the Northumberland Strait are preventing traffic from crossing the Confederation Bridge.
The bridge was closed to high sided vehicles, cars pulling trailers, RVs, tractor trailers, buses and motorcycles for roughly 7 hours this morning, but the restrictions were put back in place only an hour after they were lifted at 8:30 am.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 3
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
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There was one game last night in the NSJHL playoffs, as the Sackville Blazers won at home against the Liverpool Privateers, 3-2. The win gives the Blazers a 3-2 series lead in the Fred Fox Division semi-final. Game 6 will go on Saturday. Meanwhile, Game 6 of the series between East Hants and Valley will be played in East Hants tomorrow night.
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The Valley Wildcats moved closer to clinching third place in the Eastlink Division with another convincing win in Amherst last night. In a game that was rescheduled four times due to weather before it finally got played last night, the Wildcats beat the Ramblers 8-2, giving them a 7 point lead on Truro, with the Bearcats having four games remaining. One more win for Valley, or one Truro loss, will ensure the Weeks Jr A Crushers and Bearcats meet in the first round, while Valley will face Yarmouth. The win was also the tenth in a row for the Wildcats.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers will travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes Saturday at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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A local athlete was honored last night by Pictou County Council for her outstanding achievements in women's rugby. Emma Taylor spent four years as part of St. FX's women's team, which won four straight AUS titles and 3 CIS Titles. Taylor won several tournament MVP and all-star awards at both the regional and national levels in that time. She is currently playing with the X-Women's basketball team as she finishes her degree in Business Administration.
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The NNEC JV Girls basketball team won the bronze medals this past weekend at the NSSAF JV girls provincial championships. They went into the tournament ranked #5 in the province and came out as #3.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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East Pictou Silver Blades will be hosting their annual ice show this Friday with a circus theme. Lots of solos, group numbers, & canskate groups. Show starts at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:30. Price $5 adults, $3 student/senior, children 5 and under are free.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club is hosting open registration for the public on Friday March 6th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for their spring term. Recreational classes are $120.00 for the 12 week term, as well as an additional insurance fee of $30.00 for new members, cash and cheque. Contact (902) 695-3699, or Facebook Pictou County Gymnastics Club.
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MORE WINTER WEATHER IN STORE FOR PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 2nd March 2015
A sunny weekend has been brought to an end by a heavier than expected snowfall that's lasted most of the day.
Environment Canada initially called for flurries today, but the forecasts changed early yesterday morning with an estimated 10 centimeters set to accumulate in Pictou County.
The snow did not however prompt the closures of any schools under the Chignecto Central Regional School Board.
The weather isn't expected to improve until the weekend, with more snow expected Wednesday, and a chance of flurries or rain for Thursday.


BAILLIE: LIBERAL HEALTH REFORMS COULD COST MILLIONS IN COURT
Monday 2nd March 2015
PC leader Jamie Baillie is calling on Premier Stephen McNeil to ensure his healthcare reforms won't put taxpayers on the hook if challenged in court.
Baillie notes that the B.C. government had to pay $85 million in settlement to unions and former employees after it lost a court battle in 2007. That’s more than the district health authorities spent on addiction services, public health and primary health care this year.
Baillie also criticized the fact that the arbitrator working to merge the health authorities, James Dorsey, was fired for a fourth time in a week. He says the "Liberal sideshow" is a distraction from the need for real reform.


LIBERALS FACE CRITICISM OVER INFORMATION CENTRES CLOSING
Monday 2nd March 2015
The Liberal government is facing more criticism about the closure of two visitor information centres in the province.
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane expressed her disappointment in the closures, saying that choice is the opposite of what is outlined in the Ivany Report
Her criticism comes on the heels of NDP MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse condemning the move, and questioning why the decision was made so swiftly.
MacFarlane also says the move will be a blow to the communities and small businesses, but the tourism department says it will save more than one million dollars a year by 2016.
The closed centres are in Pictou County and Digby.


REPORTS OF CAPE BRETON BUSINESSMAN JAILED IN NEPAL FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT
Monday 2nd March 2015
A Cape Breton man has reportedly been sentenced to seven years in jail in Nepal for molesting a child.
The Hindustan Times reports 71-year-old Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh was found guilty of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy.
The paper says a court near Kathmandu also fined MacIntosh the equivalent of about 12-thousand Canadian dollars.
Foreign Affairs in Ottawa says only that a Canadian detained in Nepal is receiving consular services.
In 2013, Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh had 17 child sex offence convictions in Nova Scotia rejected after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled his case took too long to go to trial.
MacIntosh was living in India in 1995 when allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused boys in Cape Breton in the 1970s.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 2
Monday 2nd March 2015
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Five points from Brandon Verge and four points for Brendon Duff led the Scotians to an 8-3 win last night over the Strait Pirates, and a 4-1 series victory. The Scotians will now face the Glace Bay Miners in the Sid Rowe Division final, after the Miners also ended their first round series last night with a 5-3 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs to complete the sweep. Dates and times for the series between the Scotians and Miners will be announced in the coming days.
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Meanwhile, in the Fred Fox Division, the Liverpool Privateers won 4-2 last night at home against Sackville to even that series up at 2-2. Game 5 goes tonight in Sackvillle. And the series between the East Hants Penguins and Valley Maple Leafs has still yet to see a team win at home. East Hants won in the Valley 3-2 last night to take a 3-2 series lead. If they can break the trend on Wednesday and win at home, they can end the series.
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Three games in three nights for the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers this past weekend saw them end with three losses, falling at home 5-2 to Woodstock on Thursday, before losing to the Wildcats in Berwick on Friday by the same score line, and then dropping a shootout in Truro on Saturday, 5-4. The Crushers have just one regular season game remaining, as they will face Truro again at home on Thursday. Game time at the Wellness Centre will be 7pm.
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The Northern Subway Selects backed by outstanding goaltending from Adi Small salvaged a split in the first two games of the opening best of 5 playoff series with the ProCresting Penguins. Small answered the bell in the first two games stopping all the Penguins shots in regulation and the 5 minute overtime on Saturday. Despite her heroics the Penguins won the first contest on Saturday 1-0 with veteran Penguin forward Taylor Keeping the only player to score during the shootout. The teams returned to action on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and the game quickly took on the same look as Saturday with both teams sticking to a tight defensive game backed by solid goaltending. The Selects opened the scoring early in the second on an outstanding second effort play by Kaila Reid with assist from Taylor Perry. Reid and Perry contributed assists on the second goal by Madelyn Bourque late in the second frame to make the final score 2-0. The series resumes at the East Hants Sportsplex on Friday March 6th at 8pm and Saturday March 7th at 5pm. Game 5 if necessary will be played at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Sunday March 8th game time TBA
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers opened their best-of-3 playoff series against the Bay Gulls on Saturday at the Wellness Centre, falling by a score of 6-2. The Crushers will head to St. Margaret's Bay arena this coming Saturday and Sunday, needing to win both games to advance to the provincial championship tournament.
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A number of Pictou County judoka competed at the Canada Games in Prince George, BC. The team had a 5th place finish in the team male and female competitions. Individually, there were 5th place finishes for Maddy Fitt in the female 78 kg division and Cody Angevine of Merigomish in the male 90kg Judo division. Marshall Fitt, in the male 73kg, Kyle Sutherland in the male 81kg, and Megan Constable in the female 57kg category all had 7th place finishes.
Also at the Canada Games, Brandon Bent of New Glasgow finished 8th in the Novice Singles Figure Skating.
Overall, Team Nova Scotia came home with four medals, two silver and two bronze.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes Saturday at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects had a win and a loss in Nova Scotia Provincial Bantam AA League playoffs this weekend. The Selects lost to TASA by a score of 3-2 on Friday and beat Cole Harbour 2-1 on Saturday.
On Friday the Subways travelled to Bedford where they took on the Ducks. Sophia Wornell got the selects out to a 1-0 lead in the first period only to have the Ducks score twice to take a 2-1 lead into the third. Hanna Porter tied it up early in the third period and gave the Selects some life. The girls got into penalty trouble late in the third, however and gave up a power play goal with just over a minute to go in a 3-2 loss. Jenna Landry took the loos in goal.
On Saturday The Subways hosted the Cole Harbour Wings at the Hector Arena, a game which saw the return of Camryn Halliday, who has been out the past eight weeks with a severe lower body injury. The Selects spotted a one goal lead in the first before responding themselves a few minutes later. Eva Wornell tied it after tipping a Heath Miller point shot to even it at one. The Selects got the winner late in the third period. Halliday won the faceoff deep in the Wings zone and got the puck to Sarah Macneil who fed Sophia Wornell at the point. Wornell fired a hard pass across to Miller who ripped a slapper through a screen that found the back of the net for the 2-1 win. Victoria Dunn got the win in goal.
The Selects are in late stage preparations for their trip to the Provincial Championships in Glace Bay this weekend. They head to the Cape on Friday where they will take on the Host Glace Bay Miners in Game 1 and then face a strong squad from the Valley in game 2 Friday evening. The winner of the Championships will head to St. John's NL Easter Weekend for the Atlantic Championships.
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Congratulations to the North Nova Varsity Girls' Basketball Team. The girls played in the Provincial Qualifier Tournament on the weekend and have advanced to Division 1 Provincials to be held at Horton High School March 5-7. The girls defeated Dartmouth High School (who were seeded 5th in the Metro High School League) on Friday Night by a score of 77-57. On Saturday morning, the Gryphons went on to defeat the CP Allen Cheetahs (who held the 4th seed in the Metro High School League) by a score of 94-69. Good Luck representing the Northumberland Region at Provincials Girls!
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The “small but mighty” West Pictou Wolverines came out victorious as they captured the 2015 Pictou County Elementary Boys League Championships in a tournament held at New Glasgow Academy this past weekend. It was not an easy task for these boys as with each game played the intensity and pace of the game increased the challenge. The West Pictou team are a very young team consisting of seven grade 4’s one grade 3, one grade 2 and three grade 6’s. In their opening game Friday night the Wolverines faced host team New Glasgow Academy. They took this win with a 49-32 win. The Hustle Defence Award for this game went to Xander Rorison and the Hustle Offence Award went to Cal Maxner. This game crossed them over to play the winners of the other game in their pool which put them up against the AG Baillie Bears The season record with this team was 1-1 (The only game they lost all season, just one week ago) West Pictou came out on top again with a 39-37 finish. The Hustle Offence Award went to Henry Parks and the Defence Hustle Award went to Caden Ross. Results of these two game put the Wolverines in the Championship game where they would face the Walter Duggan Mavericks. The game went back and forth as each team had the lead at various points in the game. The Wolverines came out with a well deserved win with the final score of 47-45. The Offence Hustle Award went to Aidan Tingley and the Defence Hustle Awrd went to Jordan Cameron. Tournament |“All Stars” went to Cohen Ross and Cal Maxner.
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Congratulations to the Peewee A Crushers for wrapping up first place in their league on Friday night. They now head into the playoffs, with dates and times to be announced.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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THORBURN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL RECEIVE TECHNOLOGY GRANT
Monday 2nd March 2015
Roughly 280 schools across Canada applied for a grant from Future Shop for upgrades to the technology available in their facilities, and a school in Pictou County was one of just 13 selected.
Thorburn Consolidated School received a check from Matt Walsh, the General Manager of the New Glasgow Future Shop location, for more than 15-thousand dollars during a ceremony on Friday.
The grant will be used to purchase tablets and other devices to give students access to up-to-date technology.


POLICE WARN OF INCREASED INCIDENTS OF FRAUD
Monday 2nd March 2015
New Glasgow Regional Police are warning residents that they have seen an increase in the number of incidents of bank and credit card fraud in recent weeks.
Police say the scams occur when people have money fraudulently withdrawn from their accounts after giving out personal information by phone or email.
Police say the perpetrators often use the names of financial institutions to gain the victim's trust.
In many cases, the money cannot be retrieved.
Police once again remind residents to be diligent in not giving out personal information over the telephone, or through email.


HYUNDAI ISSUES RECALL NOTICE
Sunday 1st March 2015
Hyundai has issued a recall notice for almost 60-thousand cars in Canada and more than 200-thousand in the United States.

The company says a sensor problem could cause the power steering to fail, but they have not reported any accidents or injuries caused by the problem.

The recall covers Elantra compacts from the 2008-to-2010 model years, and Elantra Touring models from the 2009 and 2010 model years.



P-E-I PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES CHOOSE NEW LEADER
Sunday 1st March 2015

The P-E-I Progressive Conservative party has chosen Rob Lantz as the new leader of the official opposition.

Lantz is a former city councillor, having been elected in 2006 and 2010. He beat out James Aylward and Darlene Compton for the role.

He was voted in at a leadership convention yesterday in Charlottetown.

The party had to choose a new leader after Olive Crane announced she was stepping down this past December.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 1
Sunday 1st March 2015

A third consecutive loss for the Weeks Jr A Crushers wrapped up a tough weekend for the team, although this time they did earn a point in the standings as they lost to the Truro Bearcats 5-4 in a shootout.

A wild second period saw 7 goals, including 5 which came in a span of just over 6 minutes. The Crushers and Bearcats will meet again on Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, and with the Valley Wildcats winning 9-1 last night in Amherst, the Crushers and Bearcats will also most likely meet again in the opening round of the playoffs.
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Other scores from the MHL last night have Yarmouth locking up second place in the Eastlink Division with an 8-5 win at home against South Shore, and the Campbellton Tigers move closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 1-0 win against Miramichi.
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Game 3 of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series between the Antigonish Bulldogs and the Glace Bay Junior Miners went last night. The home team Miners picked up an 8-3 win. The Miners now lead that series 3-0.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville today at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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BILL CASEY NOMINATED FOR LIBERAL MP
Sunday 1st March 2015

Bill Casey has been nominated to represent the Liberal Party of Canada in Cumberland-Colchester in the upcoming federal election.

The former MP for Cumberland, Colchester and Musquodoboit Valley was nominated yesterday at a ceremony in Debert.

Casey was a former Progressive Conservative, but joined the Liberals because he says they represent his values and priorities.