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Showing news for the month of June , 2018
 
ANTIGONISH BOY SETS RECORD IN LEGAL SETTLEMENT
Monday 25th June 2018
A seven-year-old Antigonish boy has received the largest personal injury settlement in Nova Scotia legal history. Obstetrician Dr. Allison Ball and the former Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority together have agreed to pay $6 million to Cullan Chisholm because of severe brain injuries he suffered during his delivery. His 35-year-old mother Monique says "The settlement allows us to give Cullan the best quality of life possible.” Cullan was born mid-morning on July 31st, 2010. Monique Chisholm had been in labour at St. Martha's Hospital since the previous afternoon while receiving the drug oxytocin, which induces and intensifies labour contractions. According to Chisholm's statement of claim, two nurses attending the labour and the fifth-year obstetrics resident in charge, Dr. Allison Ball, missed signs on the fetal heart monitor that the baby wasn't getting enough oxygen. Medical experts called by the plaintiffs said Cullan Chisholm suffered brain damage in two stages, during the protracted labour and again during delivery. They also stated that an earlier intervention, such as a caesarean section, would likely have led to a healthy birth. Experts says since he can't speak, move or use the bathroom without adult help, Cullan will need 24 hour a day care for the rest of his life.
 
NHL TRADES, BASEBALL AND WORLD CUP
Monday 25th June 2018
The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenceman John Carlson to a 8-year, $64 million contract extension with an Average Annual Value of $8 million. The Capitals got the contract done the day before Carlson was scheduled to meet with other teams.


John Tavares (TAH-VAIR-ESS) has narrowed things down to 7–teams, including the New York Islanders, and will meet with them this week. They are the Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators and the Tampa Bay Lightning. John officially becomes a Free Agent on July 1st.
World Cup
England 6 Panama 1
Japan 2 Senegal 2 (TIE)

Colombia 3 Poland 0
American League Baseball
Toronto 7 L.A. Angels 6 (10 innings)
Boston 5 Seattle 0
Cleveland 12 Detroit 2
Tampa Bay 7 N.Y. Yankees 6 (12 innings)
 
HALIFAX AIRPORT UPGRADES SECURITY SYSTEMS WITH SHATTERPROOF GLASS, CAMERAS, ETC
Monday 25th June 2018
Construction at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport may end up causing some parking problems this summer. But the work being done is the final phase of $4 million in security enhancements to increase airport safety. Concrete bollards, which are reinforced posts anchored deep into the ground, are currently being installed at the curb in front of the main terminal. They're also being placed in front of tunnels to the airport and around the parkade to prevent vehicles striking the building. It's part of a two-year project to secure the physical infrastructure at Halifax Stanfield and includes replacing the glass in the walls to make them shatter proof and adding additional security cameras. The Airport's Theresa Rath-Spicer says construction on the bollards will continue into the fall. She's not able to say how many new cameras are being installed for fear of compromising passenger security. The money to pay for the anti-terror and extra car accident protection comes from the Airport Improvement Fee that's added to each Halifax passenger's ticket price.
 
SUMMER STREET INDUSTRIES CELEBRATES WITH FUNDRAISING SUCCESS
Monday 25th June 2018
Summer Street Industries, which is a non-profit that provides services to clients with intellectual disabilities is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. And as July approaches, they have extra reason to celebrate. That's because on Friday, at the 24th annual Summer Street Scramble organizers announced their fundraiser has surpassed the $3 million mark. This year’s golf tournament alone brought in over $250,000. The top fundraising this time was CIBC Wood Gundy, which raised close to $51,000. Close behind, was the Team known as: “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere” which raised over $50,000.
 
NDP WRAPS UP WEEKEND CONVENTION IN SYDNEY
Monday 25th June 2018
NDP MLA's and supporters took part in a weekend policy convention in Sydney with promises to work on health care, mental health services and a move to ban conversion therapy in this province. Conversion therapy has been dismissed as “junk science” in a number of medical journals as a false method of finding a so-called cure for people who identify as gay, lesbian or trans. Motions passed by the provincial delegates also include a demand for a Mental Health Action Plan and a commitment that an NDP government would direct police to end street checks based on racial profiling. More than 140 delegates took part in the three-day convention. Party leader Gary Burrill says NDP members and supporters know the health care crisis can’t be ignored. With that, Premier Stephen McNeil and Nova Scotia Health Authority president and CEO Janet Knox will make an announcement about a health-care investment in Cape Breton today. That's expected over the noon-hour in Sydney.
 
MISSING TEENAGER FROM PLYMOUTH FOUND
Monday 25th June 2018
RCMP are no longer asking for your help in finding a 17-year-old from Plymouth. Tyler Kenneth Bennett has been located in good health. RCMP want to thank people for their help in tracking him down this morning.
 
BASEBALL and WORLD CUP
Sunday 24th June 2018
American League Baseball...

Toronto 4 L.A. Angels 1
Oakland 7 Chicago White Sox 6
Texas 9 Minnesota 6
Tampa Bay 4 N.Y. Yankees 0
Seattle 7 Boston 2
Cleveland 4 Detroit 1



World Cup
Belgium 5 Tunisia 2
Mexico 2 South Korea 1
Germany 2 Sweden 1
 
PETER MACKAY AND HIS FATHER FOLLOW DIFFERENT CONTENDERS IN PROVINCIAL P-C LEADERSHIP RACE
Sunday 24th June 2018
Former Central Nova MP Peter MacKay is slated to take part in a rally for Tim Houston scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Truro. Roughly one week after his father Elmer MacKay was named the Honourary Campaign Chair of Cecil Clarke's leadership bid, his son, Peter appears to be backing Houston. Peter will be on hand for Houston's campaign rally in Truro this afternoon from 2 until 4 o'clock at the Holiday Inn. Senator Tom McInnis was also expected to make an appearance in Truro on Sunday.
 
CAR-TRAIN COLLISION IN SHUBENACADIE AREA
Sunday 24th June 2018
It was a close call in the Shubenacadie area. Emergency crews have responded to an accident involving a train and a car at a rail crossing near the Shubenacadie River. Officials say the mishap occurred at the intersection of Highway 2 and Highway 224 shortly before 11 o'clock yesterday morning. There were two people in the vehicle at the time of the accident and they were taken to hospital by ambulance, but luckily their injuries were minor. The tail end of their vehicle was severely damaged, but the train saw only a few scratches and dents.
 
WINNING TICKETS FOR TAG SOLD IN TRURO
Sunday 24th June 2018
Somebody in the Truro area appears to be $100,000 richer. The winning ticket was sold in the Hub Town for last night's TAG draw. The lottery website says the winning ticket matches all six digits. The unofficial wining number is 502957.
 
WEEKEND DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE OVER CHILD-PARENT SEPARATIONS AT US-MEXICO BORDER
Sunday 24th June 2018
Demonstrators have been leading rallies and protests to decry the separation of immigrant parents from their children by U.S. border authorities, while Democratic lawmakers say they aren’t convinced the Trump administration has any real plan to reunite them. Hundreds of people rallied near a Homestead, Florida, facility where immigrant children are being held. Demonstrators marched in San Diego carrying signs reading “Free the Kids” and “Keep Families Together”. Outside a Border Patrol processing facility in McAllen, Texas, protesters carrying American flags temporarily blocked a bus carrying immigrants and shouted “Shame! Shame!” at border agents.
 
JUBILEE ANNOUNCES THE CARLTON MUNROE SONGWRITERS CIRCLE AND OTHER EVENTS
Friday 22nd June 2018
More details are coming out about the upcoming Jubilee weekend in New Glasgow. Daytime events scheduled for Saturday, 4 August and Sunday, 5 August include the Carlton Munroe Songwriters Circle at Trinity United Church from 1-3pm on the Saturday, featuring Karol Brown, Ryan MacDonald, Carmen Townsend, and Steven Auld. Jubilee 2018 Chair Michelle MacLean says Carlton loved supporting up-and-coming artists, and loved the special music, storytelling, and memories that have come from songwriter circles over the years. She says even though Carlton’s not with us physically this year, we know that he will be there with us the whole weekend. Programming continues that day with the Blues Matinee from 3:30-5:30 at Wrangler’s Bar and Grill. On Sunday, Rainbow Express will be featured for the Children’s Jubilee at Carmichael Park from 1:00-3:00, followed by the Youth Stage featuring Karol Brown and more entertainment to come. Find out more about the 2018 Riverfront Jubilee online at jubilee.ns.ca
 
NEW RULES FOR FEDERAL PROJECTS OUT TODAY
Friday 22nd June 2018
Cities, provinces and territories building new roads, bridges, water and transit systems funded with federal dollars will have to let Indigenous Peoples, veterans and recent immigrants have a hand in those projects under new rules being unveiled today. The idea of so-called community benefits will be a mandatory requirement for many infrastructure projects the federal government will help pay for through its $33-billion spending envelope. Provinces and territories will have some leeway to decide what projects are to be subject to the rules. Those projects that are will have to explain publicly how far they have come in meeting the government’s goals. Under the new guidelines, provinces, territories and cities would have to hire apprentices, Indigenous People, recent immigrants, veterans, young people, people with disabilities and women, or procure goods and services from small- and medium-sized businesses or social enterprises.
 
MUSQUODOBOIT VALLEY ER CLOSED TODAY
Friday 22nd June 2018
Because of a lack of doctor coverage, the emergency department at Musquodoboit Valley Memorial Hospital’s CEC is closed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. The CEC’s emergency department will also be closed overnight as regularly scheduled, and will re-open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 23. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can be directed to 811, where health advice and information are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by registered nurses. The Mental Health Crisis Line can also be reached 24/7 by calling 1-888-429-8167.
 
PETER MACKAY TO ATTEND HOUSTON RALLY THIS WEEKEND
Friday 22nd June 2018
A former Central Nova MP will be at a rally for Tim Houston scheduled for this weekend in Truro. Roughly one week after former MP Elmer MacKay was named the Honourary Campaign Chair of Cecil Clarke's leadership bid, former Central Nova MP, and Elmer's son, Peter MacKay will be in attendance at the campaign rally at the Holiday Inn in Truro on Sunday from 2pm until 4pm. Houston says current Senator Tom McInnis will also be at this weekend's event.
 
GAS, DIESEL PRICES CONTINUE DOWN
Friday 22nd June 2018
Fuel prices are continuing their slow decline. Regular self-serve gas is down a penny to $1.241 per litre, with diesel down more than half a cent at $1.227 per litre.
 
CANADA TO REVAMP POLICIES AROUND DETAINING OF MIGRANTS
Friday 22nd June 2018
With much attention on the issue of detained children in the United States, Canada is taking the opportunity to look in the mirror. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the government is taking steps to further reduce the number of migrant children and families held in detention centres. Central Nova MP Sean Fraser says seeing families separated is something that needs to be addressed not only in the US, but here as well. Fraser says that families that are arrested and detained are not placed behind bars, but are held while their applications for asylum are properly processed. The Canada Border Services Agency will be announcing alternatives to detention in the coming weeks, such as community detention, which allows families to live on their own with the requirement of regularly reporting to authorities. Goodale also says there are plans to introduce legislation to ensure greater oversight of the treatment of detainees in the holding centres.
 
LA LOCHE SHOOTER APPEALING ADULT SENTENCE
Friday 22nd June 2018
The man convicted of the 2016 mass shooting in La Loche, Saskatchewan is appealing his sentence. The man, 17 at the time of the shootings, was given a life sentence with no chance for parole for 10 years last month, after a judge decided he should be sentenced as an adult. His lawyers filed an appeal on June 5, citing seven grounds and their belief that the trial judge failed to give proper consideration to the criteria set out in the Youth Criminal Justice Act in order to sentence a youth as an adult. He pleaded guilty in October 2016 in Meadow Lake provincial court to two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder. In February, Judge Janet McIvor laid out her reasoning in sentencing the youth as an adult. She said he planned his rampage to a "very sophisticated" degree, despite having a lower IQ and being on the spectrum for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. A hearing date for the appeal has not been set.
 
SPORTS JUNE 22
Friday 22nd June 2018
Abercrombie Country Club will be hosting the first annual Bauer MacIsaac memorial tournament this Saturday June 23rd at 1 o'clock. Join us for a silent auction, prizes, food, drinks and an all around great time. It's a Best Ball format and for teams of 4 or 5 players, the cost is $500. That fee includes 2 carts. All proceeds will be donated to Starting Blocks Daycare in Pictou for a new outdoor playground.
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock tour is back at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax on Saturday for the Nova Truck Centres 150. Race begins at 6.
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The Kicken Vixens roller derby team host a triple header on July 7 at Trenton Arena. They will have matches with the Tar City Rollers and the Dockyard Brawlers that afternoon. Doors open at 1:30pm with the games starting at 2pm.
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This year's Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held July 26th at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 3 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format is best ball with a Shot Gun Start at 1:00 pm. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $40). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked when you call the WING to register with an additional cost of $20 per person. The Tournament is sponsored by Archway Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer.
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Antigonish native Carroll Morgan, a three-time Canadian boxing champion who was the country's top heavyweight at the 1972 Olympics, died suddenly in his home on Wednesday night. He was 70. Morgan was a member of the 1972 Canadian Olympic team in Munich, West Germany. He ranked fourth in the world as a heavyweight and was also a member of the 1974 Commonwealth team. Throughout his 20-year career, Morgan held heavyweight titles as a seven-time provincial champion, four-time Atlantic champion, three-time Canadian champion, one-time Eastern Canadian champion and one-time North American champion. He received some of the top honours in his sport as a 1990 inductee into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame as well as the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, which enshrined him in 1994.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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World Cup
Australia captain Mile Jedinak slotted his second penalty at the World Cup to help Australia draw 1-1 with Denmark and keep their hopes of reaching the knockout rounds alive.
Kylian Mbappe became France's youngest scorer at a World Cup when he earned Les Bleus a 1-0 win against Peru in their second Group C game, sending the South Americans out of the tournament.
Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates are on the verge of World Cup elimination. Croatia is moving on. Argentina was handily beaten by Croatia 3-0, a loss that makes advancement very difficult with only one group match remaining. It was Argentina's worst loss in group play in 60 years.
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CFL
Quarterback Trevor Harris had a solid outing, throwing two touchdowns over 345 yards to lead as Ottawa Redblacks opened their regular season with a 40-17 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
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MLB
American League
Luis Valbuena hit two homers, drove in three runs and scored twice to lead the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez lasted just one inning, coming out of the game because of a contusion on the index finger of his right hand. 
N.Y. Yankees 4 Seattle 3
Boston 9 Minnesota 2
Oakland at Chicago White Sox (postponed)
National League
Colorado 6 N.Y. Mets 4
Arizona 9 Pittsburgh 3
Cincinnati 6 Chicago Cubs 2
Milwaukee 11 St. Louis 3
San Francisco 3 San Diego 0
Interleague
Washington 4 Baltimore 2
 
NSCC FACULTY TO LEAVE NOVA SCOTIA TEACHERS UNION
Thursday 21st June 2018
Faculty and professional support staff of the Nova Scotia Community College will no longer be members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. Earlier this month a vote was held that saw almost 74 percent of faculty vote to leave the NSTU, with 78 percent of professional support staff doing the same. Barb Gillis, president of the new NSCC Academic Union, says she is pleased with the outcome, as it gives them a strong mandate moving forward. The NSTU has represented NSCC faculty and support staff in bargaining since 1996. The new union, which was formed in May, will be the second-largest post-secondary union in Nova Scotia. Gillis, a full-time faculty member at the NSCC Burridge Campus in Yarmouth, N.S., says the move gives more control to the membership. She says the NSTU focus on education didn't fully capture the experiences and realities of people working at NSCC.
 
PETER MACKAY AND TOM McINNIS TO ATTEND TIM HOUSTON RALLY
Thursday 21st June 2018
A former Central Nova MP will be at a rally for Tim Houston scheduled for this weekend in Truro. Roughly one week after former MP Elmer MacKay was named the Honourary Campaign Chair of Cecil Clarke's leadership bid, former Central Nova MP, and Elmer's son, Peter MacKay will be in attendance at the campaign rally at the Holiday Inn in Truro on Sunday from 2pm until 4pm. Houston says current Senator Tom McInnis will also be at this weekend's event.
 
KOKO THE SIGN-LANGUAGE GORILLA DIES AT 46
Thursday 21st June 2018
Koko, the gorilla who mastered sign language and showed the world what great apes can do, has died. The Gorilla Foundation says she died Tuesday in her sleep at age 46. The western lowland gorilla was born at the San Francisco Zoo in 1971 and began to learn sign language early in life. She was said to have understood some 2,000 words of spoken English. Researchers moved her to Stanford in 1974 and established The Gorilla Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to preserve and protect gorillas. Koko and The Gorilla Foundation then moved to Santa Cruz Mountains. The foundation says she has taught the world a profound amount about the emotional capacity and cognitive abilities of gorillas. Koko appeared in several documentaries and twice on the cover of National Geographic. The foundation will continue its work on conservation and preservation of gorillas with continued projects, including a sign language application featuring Koko.
 
PROVINCE ANNOUNCES PLAN TO DEAL WITH PRESSURE INJURIES
Thursday 21st June 2018
The province has announced specific actions to address more serious pressure injuries, such as bedsores, in long-term care facilities. Last week, the Department of Health and Wellness required all long-term care facilities to immediately report all pressure injuries. One-hundred and fifty-two severe injuries were found province-wide. Wound care experts will be going to each of these facilities and assessing residents the first week of July. The department is also working with a national wound care expert at Dalhousie to develop a provincial wound care standard which will be shared with facilities next week. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death in January of Chrissy Dunnington at a long-term care facility in Halifax. There were severe pressure wounds on her body.
 
OTTAWA FORMS ADVISORY COUNCIL ON NATIONAL PHARMACARE
Thursday 21st June 2018
Ottawa has tapped a doctor, former provincial ministers and policy experts to make up its new advisory council on the implementation of a national pharmacare program. Amoung the members are former Nova Scotia finance minister Diana Whalen. Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says the new group will play an important role. Petitpas Taylor says prescription drugs are not covered in a consistent way across the country and too many Canadians cannot pay for medicine they need.
 
NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY CELEBRATED AT PICTOU LANDING
Thursday 21st June 2018
It's the first day of summer and that means all Canadians, including folks here in our local communities will have an opportunity to Celebrate National Aboriginal Day. It is a day for us to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Events at Pictou Landing First Nation will get underway at 11:00 am in the gymnasium. There will be family games, a bbq beginning at noon, face painting, crafts, music and more. The YMCA is also offering a free swim to the Pictou Landing First Nation community. There will be a bus at the Band Office parking lot at 2:15 pm, which will also transport everyone home when the swim is over. We've shared the event page to our facebook page if you would like to find out more about the day's festivities.
 
LOW-CARBON TASK FORCE MEETING IN PICTOU COUNTY NEXT WEEK
Thursday 21st June 2018
Next Wednesday will be a busy evening as a national task force focused on moving away from coal power generation wants to talk to people who draw their paycheques from the industry. The Task force includes representatives from labour, business and various levels of government. The federal government and the provinces need to have new rules in place for moving away from coal power consumption. It's all part of Ottawa's plan to smooth community and worker transition to a low-carbon economy. With that in mind, any member of the community is welcome to attend. That task force session takes place at the Pictou County Wellness Centre from 6:30 until 8 next Wednesday evening.
 
AS VETERANS AGE, VETERANS AFFAIRS PLANS FOR FUTURE USE OF LONG-TERM CARE BEDS
Thursday 21st June 2018
A third of the contract long-term care beds for veterans operated by the provincial health authority are either vacant or occupied by non-veterans. The numbers were presented Tuesday during a meeting of the legislature's veterans affairs committee. Of the 314 contract beds, which provide priority access to long-term care for war veterans, 106 of them were not being used by Veterans Affairs Canada as of June 6. At the Northumberland Veterans Unit in Pictou, 5 of the 20 beds are not being used by Veterans Affairs. According to an official with Veterans Affairs, the average age of veterans in long-term care is 92. Sandie Williamson, the director of health-care programs for Veterans Affairs, said it's one of the reasons the federal department is in talks with provincial officials to determine future needs and services. The province owns and operates the beds, while Veterans Affairs covers costs. As part of that agreement, the province can use vacant beds for non-veterans when circumstances demand it, such as a patient in an acute-care bed waiting for a long-term care placement or needing additional time in care before being ready to go home.
 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: POT WILL BE LEGAL OCTOBER 17
Thursday 21st June 2018
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says recreational marijuana will be legal in Canada as of Oct. 17. Trudeau made the announcement during question period in the House of Commons, which is expected to rise for the summer break. He says the government has delayed the legalization schedule in order to give the provinces and territories time to implement their regimes. On Tuesday, the Senate voted to end its opposition to certain aspects of the federal bill, most notably the plan to permit Canadians to cultivate marijuana plants at home. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould called the legislation, which still requires royal assent to become law, "transformative" and predicted it would protect young people and keep organized crime out of the pot market. But she's reminding Canadians that until it goes into effect, recreational marijuana remains illegal, as is driving while impaired.
 
DALHOUSIE AGRICULTURAL CAMPUS FIRE SERIOUS ENOUGH TO CLOSE BUILDING "FOR QUITE SOME TIME" IN BIBLE HILL
Thursday 21st June 2018
There's word from fire officials that most of the main classroom and research building at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill will be out of commission for quite some time. Bible Hill Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Galloway says it appears fire began on the roof of the Cox Institute, where workers had been laying hot tar to re-surface it. The 2 upper floors of the building and even the ground floor have suffered serious smoke and water damage. 9 different fire departments fought the blaze and close to a dozen emergency vehicle remain on the scene this morning. The lower part of Pictou Road where it meets main street has been closed off to traffic since the fire began just after sunset Wednesday night. Faculty and staff who normally work at the Cox Institute are being asked to report to the MacRae Library this morning. It's the second fire to hit Dalhousie's agricultural campus in less than three years. In August 2015, fire damaged the Ruminant Animal Centre. The roof was compromised in several places but all staff and animals were safely evacuated.
 
SPORTS JUNE 21
Thursday 21st June 2018
Abercrombie Country Club will be hosting the first annual Bauer MacIsaac memorial tournament this Saturday June 23rd at 1 o'clock. Join us for a silent auction, prizes, food, drinks and an all around great time. It's a Best Ball format and for teams of 4 or 5 players, the cost is $500. That fee includes 2 carts. All proceeds will be donated to Starting Blocks Daycare in Pictou for a new outdoorplayground.
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock tour is back at Scotia Speedworld in Halifax on Saturday for the Nova Truck Centres 150. Race begins at 6.
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The MacGregor's AAA Midget Baseball Team will be conducting their baseball camp for youngsters between the ages of 7 and 11 on June 24 – this coming Sunday from 9am to 3pm – at the Kinsmen Ball Field in New Glasgow. There is still room to sign up, for just $25 per child, or $40 as a family rate. This includes lunch provided – hotdog and drink. Email tjca@eastlink.ca to register.
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The Kicken Vixens roller derby team host a triple header on July 7 at Trenton Arena. They will have matches with the Tar City Rollers and the Dockyard Brawlers that afternoon. Doors open at 1:30pm with the games starting at 2pm.
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This year's Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held July 26th at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 3 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format is best ball with a Shot Gun Start at 1:00 pm. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $40). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked when you call the WING to register with an additional cost of $20 per person. The Tournament is sponsored by Archway Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Awards
New Jersey forward Taylor Hall has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. Hall beat out Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon in a contest between three first-time finalists for the award.

Connor McDavid won the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL's most outstanding player as voted on by his fellow players.

Gerard Gallant of the Vegas Golden Knights won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL's top coach.

Knights defenceman Deryk Engelland won the Mark Messier Leadership Award over fellow finalists Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers and Blake Wheeler of the Jets.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie for the 2017-18 season. The 35-year-old Finn took home the honour for the first time.

Victor Hedman has his first Norris Trophy. The Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman took home the honour as the NHL's top blue liner.

Mathew Barzal won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year. The speedy New York Islanders centre beat out Vancouver Canucks winger Brock Boeser and Arizona Coyotes centre Clayton Keller.

George McPhee has been named the NHL's general manager of the year.

For the second time, Vancouver's Henrik Sedin won the King Clancy Trophy. But this year, brother and teammate Daniel Sedin joined in the honours. The Sedin twins shared the honour bestowed upon a player for leadership and humanitarian contributions to hockey.

Vegas Golden Knights forward William Karlsson won the Lady Byng Trophy as the player best combining sportsmanship and ability.

Los Angeles Kings centre Anze Kopitar won his second Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward.

New Jersey's Brian Boyle won the Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey. The other finalists were Florida's Roberto Luongo and Carolina's Jordan Staal.


Surviving members of the Humboldt Broncos were honoured at the National Hockey League's awards night in Las Vegas, accepting the inaugural Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award on behalf of their late head coach, Darcy Haugan. Haugan was one of 16 people killed when the team's bus collided with a truck while en route to a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game on April 6. Haugan's widow, Christina, accepted the award and said her husband's legacy could not be found in the statistics, but in the many players he coached. Hockey Night in Canada's Scott Oake and Elliotte Friedman introduced each player as they came up on stage to a standing ovation. The O'Ree award, named for the NHL's first black player, is presented to an individual who, through hockey, has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society.
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World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo has made European football history by scoring in a 1-0 win for Portugal that also meant Morocco was the first team eliminated from the World Cup.
Luis Suarez scored the winning goal in his 100th international appearance for Uruguay, knocking in a corner kick from Carlos Sanchez in the 23rd minute to give the two-time champions a 1-0 victory over the Saudi Arabia.
Diego Costa's third goal in two matches at the World Cup has lifted Spain to a 1-0 win over a stubborn Iran side.
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MLB
Interleague
Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer and J.A. Happ was solid over 8 1/3 innings as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-4.
Cincinnati 5 Detroit 3
Oakland 12 San Diego 4
Baltimore 3 Washington 0
American League
Cleveland 12 Chicago White Sox 0
N.Y. Yankees 7 Seattle 5
Houston 5 Tampa Bay 1
Minnesota 4 Boston 1
Texas 3 Kansas City 2
National League
Philadelphia 4 St. Louis 3
Chicago Cubs 4 L.A. Dodgers 0
San Francisco 6 Miami 5
Colorado 10 N.Y. Mets 8
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh (postponed)
 
DESMOND TO RECEIVE HALIFAX STAR
Wednesday 20th June 2018
After decades of being overlooked, human rights trailblazer Viola Desmond is receiving yet another posthumous honour. Desmond, who was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto last year, will be honoured June 29 with a star in her hometown of Halifax. It will be unveiled at the Halifax Ferry Terminal, and later mounted aboard the harbour ferry recently named for Desmond. It is the latest in a series of recent honours that have cemented Desmond's place as a Canadian civil rights pioneer. In March, a new $10 bill featuring Desmond was unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. She is the first black person, and the first non-royal woman, on a regularly circulating Canadian bank note.
 
POLICE SAY MAN WAS IMPAIRED AT TIME OF ACCIDENT
Wednesday 20th June 2018
RCMP in Antigonish say a collision on Highway 104 was the result of an alleged case of impaired driving. Police say the driver of the car was injured yesterday morning when he struck a guardrail and caused extensive damage to his vehicle. Police say the 40-year old from Fredericton was alone in the vehicle at the time. The man, whose name has not been released by police, is facing impaired driving related offences as a result of the collision. The investigation is continuing.
 
TRURO TOPS EXPEDIA LIST OF NOVA SCOTIA'S FRIENDLIEST TOWNS
Wednesday 20th June 2018
Nova Scotia is proving that our reputation for being friendly is making it through to international travel circles.
Expedia has named its 2018 list of the top 25 Friendliest Communities in Canada, and four Nova Scotia locations made the list. Topping them off is the town of Truro – which ranks fourth out of a list of over 750 destinations. It's being lauded for its farmers’ market and downtown cultural and concert hub. Other Nova Scotia locations in the top 25 are Halifax (10th), Dartmouth (13th), and Enfield (24th).
 
PATH TO LEGAL MARIJUANA IN SIGHT
Wednesday 20th June 2018
After months of wrangling, senators have voted to pass the federal government's bill legalizing recreational marijuana by a vote of 52-29, with two abstentions, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks. Initially, Ottawa planned for the bill to be passed by both houses of Parliament in time for retail sales to begin by July 1. That timeline was pushed back after the Senate requested more time to review the bill. Now that the bill has passed, it's up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet to choose the actual date when the legalization of recreational marijuana becomes law of the land.
 
TORIES RETAIN CUMBERLAND SOUTH SEAT
Wednesday 20th June 2018
The replacement for Jamie Baillie as the MLA for Cumberland South is another Progressive Conservative. Voting in the byelection to replace the ousted Progressive Conservative leader closed at 8pm last night, and Elections Nova Scotia has counted the ballots, naming Tory Rushton the winner. Rushton had roughly double the votes of the second place Liberal, Scott Lockhart.
 
ABERDEEN HOSPITAL NURSES PART OF HALIFAX MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Wednesday 20th June 2018
Members of the Aberdeen Hospital Nursing staff are joining a special memorial service in Halifax later today. Nurses from around the province are wearing their dress uniforms at a ceremony to commemorate the sinking of the ship Llandovery Castle 100 years ago this month, where 14 nurses drowned. One of those nurses, Matron Margaret Marjory 'Pearl' Fraser, was from here in New Glasgow. She is the subject of a recently written opera centring on the tragedy. Fraser and another of the nurses, Nursing Sister Rena 'Bird' McLean from Souris, PEI are the two lead characters in the opera, which will premiere later this month in Toronto. The ceremony will take place at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 4pm.
 
CHILD REFUGEE SHOULDN'T GET CITIZENSHIP VIA "BACK DOOR", GOV'T ARGUES
Wednesday 20th June 2018
A federal lawyer says a man who was a child refugee from Somalia when he first arrived in Nova Scotia is trying to get Canadian citizenship through the back door despite a conviction for a violent crime. Melissa Grant, who represents the federal public safety minister, told a Federal Court hearing Tuesday that a decision by the Canada Border Services Agency to refer Abdoul Abdi to a deportation hearing should not be overturned by a judicial review. Abdi, who was born in Saudi Arabia in 1993, was taken into provincial care shortly after arriving in Nova Scotia. He was moved 31 times between foster homes, but he was never granted citizenship while he was growing up in the province. Abdi developed behavioural problems that advocates say were not adequately treated. The border agency detained Abdi and referred him to a deportation hearing after he served about five years in prison for multiple offences including aggravated assault. Abdi's lawyer, Benjamin Perryman, argued that the Canadian and Nova Scotia governments have failed his client, which is why Abdi should not face a deportation hearing. Justice Ann Marie McDonald has reserved her decision in the case to a later date.
 
THE AMERICANS ARE OUT OF THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Wednesday 20th June 2018
The Trump administration is leaving the UN Human Rights Council because of what U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley described as its "hypocrisy" and bias against Israel. Haley, together with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, sharply criticized the 47-member group on Tuesday, alleging it overlooks human rights abuses in countries including Cuba, Venezuela and China while repeatedly taking aim at Israel. The announcement comes just a day after the UN human rights chief denounced the Trump administration for separating migrant children from their parents. Among reforms the U.S. had pushed for was to make it easier to kick out member states with egregious rights records. The move extends a broader Trump administration pattern of stepping back from international agreements — including the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord — and forums under the president's "America First" policy.
 
SPORTS JUNE 20
Wednesday 20th June 2018
The MacGregor's AAA Midget Baseball Team will be conducting their baseball camp for youngsters between the ages of 7 and 11 on June 24 – this coming Sunday from 9am to 3pm – at the Kinsmen Ball Field in New Glasgow. There is still room to sign up, for just $25 per child, or $40 as a family rate. This includes lunch provided – hotdog and drink. Email tjca@eastlink.ca to register.
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The Kicken Vixens roller derby team host a triple header on July 7 at Trenton Arena. They will have matches with the Tar City Rollers and the Dockyard Brawlers that afternoon. Doors open at 1:30pm with the games starting at 2pm.
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This year's Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held July 26th at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 3 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format is best ball with a Shot Gun Start at 1:00 pm. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $40). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked when you call the WING to register with an additional cost of $20 per person. The Tournament is sponsored by Archway Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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World Cup
Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup's knockout stage.
Senegal took full advantage of their opponents' errors to beat Poland 2-1 in their opening Group H match, finally giving Africa something to cheer about at the World Cup as the group favourites failed to fire. Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in Group H to become the first Asian side to beat a South American one at the World Cup.
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MLB
Interleague
Johan Camargo hit his first career grand slam and drove in five runs as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 in the opener of a two-game interleague series.
Washington 9 Baltimore 7
Cincinnati 9 Detroit 5
L.A. Angels 5 Arizona 4
Oakland 4 San Diego 2 (10 innings)
American League
N.Y. Yankees 7 Seattle 2
Cleveland 6 Chicago White Sox 3
Minnesota 6 Boston 2
Tampa Bay 2 Houston 1
Texas 4 Kansas City 1
National League
Milwaukee 3 Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis 7 Philadelphia 6
L.A. Dodgers 4 Chicago Cubs 3, 1st game
Chicago Cubs 2 L.A. Dodgers 1, 2nd game (10 innings)
Colorado 10 N.Y. Mets 8
San Francisco 6 Miami 3
 
TRURO FRIENDLIEST OF NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITIES - EXPEDIA
Tuesday 19th June 2018
Manitoba may have the license plate slogan that calls it 'Friendly', but Nova Scotia is proving that the moniker applies here as well. Expedia named its 2018 list of the top 25 Friendliest Communities in Canada, and four Nova Scotia locations made the list. Topping them off is the town just on the other side of Mount Thom. Truro ranks fourth out of a list of over 750 destinations. It was lauded for the farmers’ market and downtown hub. Other Nova Scotia locations in the top 25 were Halifax (10th), Dartmouth (13th), and Enfield (24th).
 
NSLC SALES VOLUME INCREASES, NET INCOME DROPS SLIGHTLY
Tuesday 19th June 2018
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) released its year-end results today, June 19, with a net income of $238.6 million on $625.7 million in total sales. For the period of April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, net income was down $0.6 million from the previous year and the total volume of beverage alcohol sold increased 0.9 per cent. Bret Mitchell, NSLC President & CEO says a number of factors contributed to the growth, such as investment into the store network, a focus on event hosting, and the sale of locally made products. Expanding on that point, sales of Nova Scotia-produced wine, spirits, and craft beer all increased. Mitchell says the corporation also focused on employee training and development as the NSLC strives to deliver superb and responsible customer service.
 
NEW GLASGOW NURSE MEMORIALIZED IN OPERA
Tuesday 19th June 2018
Members of the Aberdeen Hospital Nursing staff are joining a special memorial service in Halifax on Wednesday. Nurses from around the province are wearing their dress uniforms at a ceremony to commemorate the sinking of the ship Llandovery Castle 100 years ago this month, where 14 nurses drowned. One of those nurses, Matron Margaret Marjory 'Pearl' Fraser, was from here in New Glasgow. She is the subject of a recently written opera centring on the tragedy. Fraser and another of the nurses, Nursing Sister Rena 'Bird' McLean from Souris, PEI are the two lead characters in the opera, which will premiere later this month in Toronto. The ceremony will take place at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic at 4pm Wednesday afternoon.
 
AGROPUR AND SCOTIAN GOLD TO RECEIVE INNOVATION REBATES
Tuesday 19th June 2018
Two business development incentives are being offered by Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) in the form of an innovation rebate, and one of them falls within the listening area. Agropur Cooperative of Truro could receive up to 1.8 million dollars for a project which would see the North American dairy leader create an innovative production line which would be unique to the national ice cream market in Canada. The project is expected to be completed in three years. The other business is Scotian Gold of King's County, which plans to expand its storages with new technology, equipment and software in order to increase fruit quality and extend the marketing season.  The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $477,333 through NSBI once the project is completed within three years. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company's total project costs must be between $2 million and $15 million. An approved rebate is 25 per cent against eligible project costs. 
 
NEW REPORT SAYS EXERCISE HELPS BOOST KIDS' BRAINS
Tuesday 19th June 2018
A new report says kids with autism, attention deficit disorder and other brain-based conditions could stand to gain the most from boosting physical activity. For the first time, ParticipAction’s annual report card on physical activity for children and youth links brain health to regular exercise. It includes a statement from a team of pediatric neuroscientists, clinicians and practitioners that regular physical activity can foster better cognition, brain function and mental health. Lead researcher Dr. Mark Tremblay says the potential is especially great for kids with brain disabilities, noting that exercise has been shown to alleviate depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. Overall, the report finds Canadian kids are still not moving enough. Kids get a score of D+ for overall physical activity, up slightly from D-minus in 2016. It says only 35 per cent of five- to 17-year-olds, and 62 per cent of three-to-four-year-olds get the exercise they need.
 
FISHERIES CLOSED IN BAY OF FUNDY FOLLOWING RIGHT WHALE SIGHTINGS
Tuesday 19th June 2018
Right whale sightings have led to the first temporary fisheries closure in the Bay of Fundy. The area, just east of Grand Manan, will be closed to fixed-gear fishing activities starting Thursday night just before midnight, according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The closure, which affects lobster, crab, groundfish, herring and mackerel licenses, will remain in place until further notice. Local fishermen believe it's the first closure of its kind ever in the bay. Frustration is mounting with hundreds of fishermen concerned for their livelihood. Since the beginning of the fishing season for lobster, snow crab and other species, Ottawa has closed six fishing areas because of the presence of whales.
 
TOWN OF PICTOU ROUNDUP
Tuesday 19th June 2018
The town of Pictou is chipping in with the other municipal units in the County to sponsor the Special Olympics Summer Games coming in July and August to Antigonish. The town is putting $750 towards the $7,000 all six units have decided to give collectively to the national event.
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Mayor Jim Ryan will be meeting face-to-face with the Superintendent of the Chignecto Central Regional Education Centre to press his case to halt proposed cuts to trade programs at McCulloch Education Centre. At last night’s meeting of council, Ryan told councillors that he will soon be meeting with Gary Adams following correspondence back and forth over the last few weeks. Ryan has also been in touch with Education Minister Zach Churchill, but has so far been unable to schedule a meeting.
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Town council briefly discussed concerns about horses, and… what they can do on the street. Councillor Nadine LeBlanc noted a complaint from a resident who has seen horse droppings along Patterson, Wellington and Prince Streets, where horses are known to walk from time to time. Horses are not covered under the ‘scoop your poop’ bylaw for dogs, but council was told that talking to the individual horse owners usually dealt with the problem. If that doesn’t remedy the issue, council may have to look into creating some sort of horse by-law in the future.
 
DESPITE LESS TAX REVENUE, PICTOU BALANCES BUDGET WITHOUT TAX INCREASES
Tuesday 19th June 2018
Most residents in Pictou will see a slight decrease in their tax bill, despite a shrinking tax base. Council passed the budget for the 2018/19 fiscal year, and while overall tax revenue is projected to be down one percent due to lower residential assessments, reduced expenses plus a more than $200,000 surplus from last year means the budget has been balanced with $5.79 million to spend. The tax rates are unchanged, and sewer operating fees are going up, while sewer capital and curbside collection fees are going down. There is a new user fee going into effect, but it is being charged to the banks: as in other municipalities, the town will charge a fee to banks who include annual tax payments in their client’s mortgages. The charge is mainly to recover costs for providing banks with the tax information. There are some new initiatives in Pictou’s budget, including an increase in funding for community groups and $20,000 for a new housing initiative. The money would be used to leverage funds from federal and provincial housing programs.
 
SALE CLOSES ON PICTOU ROUNDABOUT LOT
Tuesday 19th June 2018
The town of Pictou has closed a sale on one of the lots surrounding the new roundabout. Vernon D’Eon Fishing Supplies is purchasing Lot A, near the local Home Hardware, for $100,000 plus the return to the town of the lot on Pine Tree Road they were originally looking to build on.
 
PICTOU WANTS TO KNOW WHO WOULD TAKE OVER OLD PICTOU ACADEMY BUILDING
Tuesday 19th June 2018
The town of Pictou is officially seeking letters of interest from parties who want to use the former Pictou Academy building. Mayor Jim Ryan says while council isn’t looking for detailed business plans yet, they do want some idea of how interested groups would use the facilities and how they would sustain them, given that the town is not interested in moving any municipal services into the building nor funding upkeep on a long-term basis. Application forms will be available at the town office beginning this week. The deadline to apply is September 30, but Ryan says if they receive a viable expression of interest before that, the town reserves the right to begin more detailed discussions with interested parties right away.
 
JOHN BROTHER MACDONALD STADIUM TO BE SOLD
Tuesday 19th June 2018
New Glasgow Town Council will no longer have the former John Brother MacDonald Stadium on their books as an unused asset collecting dust. The former arena is being sold to PQ Properties, as Council approved the sale unanimously at their regular monthly meeting. Town CAO Lisa MacDonald says the sale should be finalized as soon as possible, but all that remains to be completed are some basic procedural steps. MacDonald says the plan will be to demolish the former arena, and build age friendly housing on the property.
 
PUBLIC HEARING NEXT MONTH ON CLYDE STREET CONSTRUCTION
Tuesday 19th June 2018
A public hearing will take place prior to the monthly meeting of New Glasgow Town Council in July to examine a proposed 45 unit residential building planned for construction. The lot where the building is set to go up in on Clyde Street, just off the banks of the East River. As part of the planning process, a public hearing is required to examine the application. It will take place on 16 July, prior to the regular council meeting that evening. Check the Town of New Glasgow website for details of the exact time of that hearing.
 
NEW GLASGOW DEBATES NORTHERN PULP PIPE
Tuesday 19th June 2018
The proposed changes to effluent treatment and disposal at the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point was front and centre during New Glasgow's monthly council meeting. Councilor Frank Proudfoot brought forward a motion that council write a letter to the federal Environment Department demanding a more rigorous assessment process for the proposed effluent treatment procedure to replace Boat Harbour. The motion was vigorously debated, as council questioned whether there's a difference between Class 1 and Class 2 assessments. CAO Lisa MacDonald told council that the information she was given by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment indicated that there is no significant difference between the two in relation to what tests and assessments are completed. The motion for a letter was withdrawn, however Council did pass a new motion, asking for a representative from the provincial Environment Department to come to the chambers, as soon as possible, to explain the differences between the assessments, and the role Ottawa might play in whatever process takes place.
 
BYELECTION IN CUMBERLAND SOUTH TODAY
Tuesday 19th June 2018
Voters in Cumberland South go to the polls to select a replacement for former Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie. Baillie resigned in January following an internal investigation into allegations he had acted inappropriately, though no details were ever released. He represented the district of Cumberland South for almost eight years. There are four candidates in the race: New Democrat Larry Duchesne; Liberal Scott Lockhart; Green party member Bruce McCulloch; and Progressive Conservative Tory Rushton. The polls close this evening at 8 p.m., and Elections Nova Scotia will provide live unofficial results online.
 
HEAD OF POLICE WATCHDOG WANTS MORE RESOURCES
Tuesday 19th June 2018
The head of Nova Scotia’s police watchdog said he plans to ask for a bigger budget. In a presentation to the Halifax Board of Police commissioners, Felix Cacchione, the executive director of Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT), said he needs more money and more investigators, which he’ll request in his annual report to Justice Minister Mark Furey at the end of the year. SiRT’s mandate is to determine if police officers should be criminally charged for their involvement in serious incidents, including death, serious injury, sexual assault or domestic violence. Cacchione, a former criminal lawyer and Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge who was named the head of SiRT in March, told police commissioners he has a budget of $600,000 annually, and four investigators to look into all incidents reported to him. SiRT is a Nova Scotian provincial agency, but it is the only of its kind in Atlantic Canada. Cacchione said he would prefer to see the other Atlantic Provinces establish their own units, rather than continue to borrow his investigators, but he doesn’t see that happening anytime soon.
 
SPORTS JUNE 19
Tuesday 19th June 2018
The MacGregor's AAA Midget Baseball Team will be conducting their baseball camp for youngsters between the ages of 7 and 11 on June 24 – this coming Sunday from 9am to 3pm – at the Kinsmen Ball Field in New Glasgow. There is still room to sign up, for just $25 per child, or $40 as a family rate. This includes lunch provided – hotdog and drink. Email tjca@eastlink.ca to register.
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The Kicken Vixens roller derby team host a triple header on July 7 at Trenton Arena. They will have matches with the Tar City Rollers and the Dockyard Brawlers that afternoon. Doors open at 1:30pm with the games starting at 2pm.
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This year's Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held July 26th at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 3 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format is best ball with a Shot Gun Start at 1:00 pm. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $40). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked when you call the WING to register with an additional cost of $20 per person. The Tournament is sponsored by Archway Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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World Cup
Harry Kane's stoppage-time header clinched a tense 2-1 win for England in its opening World Cup game against Tunisia.
Romelu Lukaku scored two goals in a six-minute span and Dries Mertens put in another to give Belgium a 3-0 win over Panama.
Sweden beat South Korea 1-0 at the World Cup through a penalty by captain Andreas Granqvist following a video review.
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MLB
American League
Cleveland 6 Chicago White Sox 2
Houston 5 Tampa Bay 4
Texas 6 Kansas City 3
National League
L.A. Dodgers at Chicago Cubs ppd.
Philadelphia 6 St. Louis 5 (10 innings)
Pittsburgh 1 Milwaukee 0
N.Y. Mets 12 Colorado 2
Miami 5 San Francisco 4
Interleague
Washington 5 N.Y. Yankees 3 (1st game)
N.Y. Yankees 4 Washington 2 (2nd game)
Arizona 7 L.A. Angels 4

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NHL
Barry Trotz has resigned as coach of the Washington Capitals after leading them to the Stanley Cup. The team announced the resignation Monday. The 55-year-old Trotz went into the season without any certainty about his future when ownership and general manager Brian MacLellan last summer opted not to give him a contract extension.
This year's NHL awards will recognize more than just professional hockey standouts — it will honour survivors and first responders from recent tragedies in Canada and the U.S. The award show will feature "special commemorations of three tragedies that touched the hockey world and garnered immense support from the entire NHL community," a new release from the league says. Those tragedies are the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, last year's Las Vegas concert shooting, and the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla. The commemorations will include 10 surviving members of the Broncos hockey team. The awards show will be the first time 10 of the surviving members reunite since the bus crash on April 6 that saw 16 people killed. The NHL awards are scheduled to take place Wednesday evening.
 
POLICE LAY ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES AFTER ASSAULT IN PAQ'TNKEK
Monday 18th June 2018
Antigonish RCMP have charged two men with attempted murder after an alleged assault in Paq'tnkek last week. Police say the incident in the early morning hours on Thursday resulted in a 24-year old man from Antigonish being taken to hospital, where he remained until Sunday. Thirty-six year old Michael Kane was arrested later that same day, while 27-year-old Nigel Henderson was arrested in Baddeck Friday evening. Police say both men are from Paq'tnkek and are known to the victim. In addition to attempted murder, Kane and Henderson each face a charge of aggravated assault and several breaches of court orders. Kane is also facing a charge of uttering threats. Henderson was scheduled to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court today, while Kane will appear on Wednesday. Police say the investigation is ongoing and they expect to lay additional charges. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
 
ANTIGONISH TOWN JOINS DISTRICT PLANNING COMMISSION
Monday 18th June 2018
The Eastern District Planning Commission, which currently provides planning, subdivision and building inspection services for the town of Port Hawkesbury and the counties of Inverness, Richmond, Victoria and Antigonish, will be adding another municipality to the group effective 3 July. The Commission and the Town of Antigonish are coming together after months of exploration by town officials. The town already partners with several regional organizations that relate closely with the planning commission, including the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, and Eastern Regional Solid Waste Management. Residents of the Town of Antigonish can get a better sense of the new relationship during a meet and greet with Eastern District Planning Commission staff on 3 July in the Council Chambers from 2 to 5 p.m.
 
WOMAN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER BEING HIT BY TRUCK IN PICTOU
Monday 18th June 2018
Pictou RCMP say they are investigating a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian that happened Saturday afternoon on St. Andrews Street. Police say a Chevrolet Silverado truck was backing up when it hit a 54-year old woman who was walking along the street. The woman, whose identity is not being published, was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
 
DALHOUSIE PRESIDENT LEAVING IN JANUARY
Monday 18th June 2018
Dalhousie University is on the hunt for a new president. Dal's board of governors announced this morning that Richard Florizone has tendered his resignation to leave for a job in the non-profit sector. Florizone's contract allows him to leave on six months notice, so he will remain on the job until January. Amoung the highlights listed by the university during Florizone's tenure, Dalhousie secured the largest federal research grant in Canada in 2016 for the Ocean Frontier Institute. Florizone also steered the university through controversy over misogynistic comments posted online by students in the School of Dentistry in 2014.
 
EASTERN PASSAGE DRIVE-BY KILLS ONE
Monday 18th June 2018
One man is dead following a drive-by shooting in the Halifax region. RCMP say that the 21-year-old victim was shot from a passing car while walking with a woman in the community of Eastern Passage around 12:45 this morning. The victim was rushed to hospital where he later died. The investigation is in the early stages – all police are saying is they don't believe it's a random incident.
 
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PUBLISHES NEW GUIDE TO PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 18th June 2018
Those who are unfamiliar with Pictou County have a new guide: the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce has presented the Newcomer Welcome Centre at the Library with a unique booklet describing 151 activities, facilities and events that make Pictou County a unique and wonderful place to live and work. Chamber President Blair Van Veld says the booklet will also be a resource for local businesses and organizations to help recruit and retain new employees and their families, and enhance tourism. The booklet is available online – paper copies can be obtained by calling the Chamber office.
 
RECALL OVER SALMONELLA CONCERNS
Monday 18th June 2018
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says Puresource Inc. is recalling a limited quantity of Now Real Foods brand of Zesty Sprouting Mix - Clover, Fenugreek and Radish Seeds because two lots of it might be contaminated with Salmonella. Packages bearing the product codes Lot #3031259 and Lot #3038165 should not be used and should be returned to the retailer where they were purchased. Food contaminated with Salmonella might not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems may contract serious and sometimes deadly infections. Healthy people may experience short-term symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Long-term complications can also include severe arthritis.
 
ST. FX NAMES NEW CHANCELLOR
Monday 18th June 2018
St. FX have named the tenth chancellor in the history of the institution which opened in 1853. John Peacock, an alumnus of the school, and a Canadian corporate and philanthropic leader, will take over from Susan Crocker. Peacock is the retired executive vice president of Fednav Limited and serves on several boards, including Fednav, Teekay Offshore Partners, and the Peacock Family Foundation. He also previously served on the Coady International Institute Advisory Board at the university. Peacock and his wife, Adrienne, established the Dr. John T. Sears Chair in Corporate Responsibility at St. FX in recognition Peacock’s former professor. The appointment to the role of chancellor takes effect 1 September, 2018.
 
MARCH IN CAPE BRETON AS INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO TEEN STRUCK BY CAR
Monday 18th June 2018
Friends and family of a Cape Breton teenager struck and killed by a vehicle took to the streets of Sydney Mines on Sunday, to voice their concerns with how the investigation is being handled. 17-year-old Joneil Hanna was killed June 10 after leaving a nearby graduation party near Leitches Creek. So far, noone has been charged in connection with the collision. Cape Breton Regional Police confirm the driver of the vehicle attended the graduation party. Police did not request a breathalyzer test, saying there was no evidence to indicate the driver of the vehicle was impaired. That decision has sparked an outcry online, and led to Sunday's protest of about 100 people. Joneil’s mother wonders why police didn’t give the driver a breathalyzer test after the collision. But Halifax legal expert Wayne Mackay of Dalhousie University says police require evidence before the test is requested. Police say their investigation continues and that charges have not been ruled out.
 
ANTI-POVERTY GROUP RELEASES RIDING BY RIDING ACCOUNT OF KIDS IN POVERTY
Monday 18th June 2018
Four in every 10 children residing in Finance Minister Bill Morneau's downtown Toronto riding live in poverty, one of the highest rates identified in a new report tracking child poverty rates across all 338 federal ridings. Campaign 2000, the anti-poverty advocacy group behind the report, hopes the data will prod government to approve a soon-to-be-finalized poverty-reduction strategy before next year's federal election, and enshrine commitments in legislation so it cannot be undone by a future government. The report, released today, says ridings with high child poverty rates like Toronto Centre also had higher proportions of lone parent families and Indigenous people. The northern Manitoba riding of Churchill-Keewatinook Aski, a predominantly rural riding home to multiple First Nations, had a child poverty rate of 64.2 per cent, the highest in the country and more than three-and-a-half times the national average recorded in the most recent census. The riding of Sydney—Victoria in Cape Breton was the only one from Atlantic Canada to make the top ten. Campaign 2000 is calling on the Liberals to set a target of cutting child poverty in half over the next five years, and boost the base amount of the Canada Child Benefit, the means-tested payments Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos will tout in a press conference on Monday. The group is also calling for the creation of a federal "dignity dividend" of $1,800 per adult and child who live below the poverty line, which would be like a top-up to the GST credit and could help lift hundreds of thousands out of poverty.
 
SPORTS JUNE 18 *UPDATED 7:45 AM*
Monday 18th June 2018
Once again, Pictou County runners did well at the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend. Scotsburn's Dave MacLennan won his twelfth Johnny Miles marathon with a time of 2:47:36, several minutes ahead of the hotly contested second and third place runners: Matthew White of Dartmouth (02:58:11), and Ian Blokland of Camrose, Alta (02:58:09). Raymond Simpson won his fourth Johnny Miles 5K, with a personal best time of 16:40. The winner of the half marathon event was Corey Deveaux of Sydney River with a finishing time of 01:17:10. The winner of the 10KM race was Kyle Smith of Halifax with a finishing time of 34:33. On the women's side, Amelia Fraser of Whitehorse - originally from Pictou - won the marathon with a time of 3:22:07, Heather O'Donnell of Meadowvale was tops in the half marathon at 1:24:19, and Laureen Lowther of Antigonish won the 5K in a time of 20:14. Full results for the weekend are here.
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The Kicken Vixens are recovering from their first time ever playing two full games back to back in Fredericton. The first game against the Twisted Sisters was hard fought, with the Vixens squeaking by 170-166. MVP jammer was Domino Karvee and MVP blocker was Patina LaRoche. Game two started with some injuries which led to almost the entire team testing their skills by jamming. With a final score of 255-166 for the host Spitfires, the Vixens held their own against this very experienced team. MVP jammer was DC Comicazi and MVP blocker was Eye Sock Ya.
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It was a tough day for the MacGregor Midgets at the Albion Field in Stellarton on Saturday, as they dropped a pair to the Kentville Wildcats in Bluenose League U18 AAA baseball action. The Wildcats scored 5 in the top of the first inning in the opening game, and carried that to an 8-1 victory, and brought the momentum through to the nightcap, winning 9-5. Next weekend the Macs are on the road for a pair with the Tri-County Rangers. Their next home games will be June 30 against the Hammonds Plains A's. That will be a double header at 4pm and 6:30pm, again at Albion Field.
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Shawn Turple won the checkered flag at Riverside International Speedway Saturday in the Ron MacGillivray 150, but the margin of victory could not have been any closer. Turple beat out Cole Butcher by 0.002 seconds to get the win. Craig Slaunwhite came in third while John Flemming and Dylan Gosbee rounded out the top five. George Koszkulics was involved in a major 17 vehicle wreck on the opening lap and was unable to continue.
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The Kicken Vixens roller derby team host a triple header on July 7 at Trenton Arena. They will have matches with the Tar City Rollers and the Dockyard Brawlers that afternoon. Doors open at 1:30pm with the games starting at 2pm.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association, Home of the Subway Stingers, will be holding tryouts for their U-12 Subway Stingers Rep Team Monday & Tuesday night at 6:30 on Field-1 at the Dorrington Female Softball Complex in Stellarton. To be eligible to tryout, players have to be born in 2006 or 2007 and be registered with the Stinger organization. The date for a third tryout session will be determined soon. Players have to attend at least two sessions to be considered for the team. For further information please contact head coach Graham Hayden: grahamsglass@outlook.com
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This year's Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held July 26th at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 3 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format is best ball with a Shot Gun Start at 1:00 pm. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $40). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked when you call the WING to register with an additional cost of $20 per person. The Tournament is sponsored by Archway Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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World Cup
Germany became the third defending champion in the last 16 years to lose its opening match at the World Cup, falling to Mexico 1-0 in Moscow.
Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches as the five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland.
Aleksandar Kolarov's curling free kick in the 56th minute helped Serbia to a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in its World Cup opener.
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MLB
Interleague
Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte broke a tie with back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning, Randal Grichuk added a pair of solo homers and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Washington Nationals 8-6 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Texas 13 Colorado 12
Baltimore 10 Miami 4
American League
Cleveland 4 Minnesota 1
Tampa Bay 3 N.Y. Yankees 1
Detroit 3 Chicago White Sox 1
Houston 7 Kansas City 4
Oakland 6 L.A. Angels 5 (11 innings)
Boston 9 Seattle 3
National League
Atlanta 4 San Diego 1
Cincinnati 8 Pittsburgh 6
Philadelphia 10 Milwaukee 9
N.Y. Mets 5 Arizona 3
San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 1
St. Louis 5 Chicago Cubs 0
 
AIRPORT EVACUATED IN WINNIPEG OVER "POSSIBLE SECURITY INCIDENT"
Sunday 17th June 2018
Winnipeg's international airport was evacuated for about 45 minutes on Sunday due to a “possible security incident”, although authorities are saying very little about what actually happened. The airport was cleared of travellers and staff at about 7:30a.m. Central Time Sunday morning, while police vehicles and armoured cars could be seen nearby. Roughly 45 minutes later, about 8:15a.m., the evacuation was lifted. Tyler MacAfee, spokesperson for the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport , says a "possible security incident" occurred and RCMP officers already stationed at the airport are investigating.
 
HALIFAX POLICE INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY
Sunday 17th June 2018
An early morning robbery in Bedford this morning has police searching for three suspects. Halifax Police say the incident occurred just after 12:00a.m. today when three men approached a vehicle with three other men inside, and demanded their cell phones and cash. Police say one of the men was carrying a knife, another a baseball bat. The three suspects fled the scene in another vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash and personal items. Police say the man carrying the knife was white and had a tattoo on his face. A second man, also white, is described as wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans. The third suspect, the one alleged to have had the bat, is also a white man and was wearing a camo hoodie. Anyone with information is asked to contact police or crime stoppers.
 
SIX DISPLACED IN APARTMENT FIRE
Sunday 17th June 2018
A fire at a Charlottetown apartment building has displaced six people, including an 18-month old baby. Canadian Red Cross say the fire occurred late Friday evening, damaging two of the six units in the building. There are no injuries being reported as a result of the blaze. Red Cross disaster volunteers have assisted the five women and the toddler with emergency lodging, food, clothing and other necessities. Three of the women shared the apartment where the fire began. The Red Cross say repairs in that unit are expected to take several weeks. The adjacent unit — housing the two other women and the toddler — had what is being described as significant smoke damage.
 
MAN DIES IN LAWNMOWER ACCIDENT IN BEDFORD
Sunday 17th June 2018
An accident involving a ride-on lawnmower has resulted in the death of a 61-year old man in Bedford. Police say the incident occurred shortly after 10a.m. Saturday, when the mower apparently rolled over on a steep hill as the man was mowing a lawn on church grounds. The man was declared deceased at the scene. Citing privacy, his name has not been released. Police say the Department of Labour has been notified.
 
RECORD SETTING WALK RAISES 79-THOUSAND DOLLARS
Sunday 17th June 2018
The numbers are in for Saturday's Walk the Walk for Autism, and it was another resounding success. A record number of walkers participated in the seventh annual event at GR Saunders School in Stellarton, which is the main fundraiser for the group. Nearly 650 people ended up raising 79-thousand dollars for programming for people on the Autism Spectrum here in Pictou County. Walk Coordinator Colin Wood calls it a tremendous success. Wood says the people of Pictou County are incredible with their generosity.
 
SPORTS ROUNDUP - 17 JUNE
Sunday 17th June 2018
Pictou Soccer Club will run today at regular game times. 
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It was a tough day for the MacGregor Midgets at the Albion Field in Stellarton on Saturday, as they dropped a pair to the Kentville Wildcats in Bluenose League U18 AAA baseball action. The Wildcats scored 5 in the top of the first inning in the opening game, and carried that to an 8-1 victory, and brought the momentum through to the nightcap,winning 9-5. Next weekend the Macs are on the road for a pair with the Tri-County Rangers. Their next home games will be June 30 against the Hammonds Plains A's. That will be a double header at 4pm and 6:30pm, again at Albion Field.
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Shawn Turple won the checkered flag at Riverside International Speedway last night in the Ron MacGIllivray 150, but the margin of victory could not have been any closer. Turple beat out Cole Butcher by 0.002 seconds to get the win. Craig Slaunwhite came in third while John Flemming and Dylan Gosbee rounded out the top five. George Koszkulics was involved in a major 17 vehicle wreck on the opening lap and was unable to continue.
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The Kicken Vixens roller derby team host a triple header on July 7 at Trenton Arena. They will have matches with the Tar City Rollers and the Dockyard Brawlers that afternoon. Doors open at 1:30pm with the games starting at 2pm.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association, Home of the Subway Stingers, will be holding tryouts for their U-12 Subway Stingers Rep Team Monday & Tuesday night at 6:30 on Field-1 at the Dorrington Female Softball Complex in Stellarton. To be eligible to tryout, players have to be born in 2006 or 2007 and be registered with the Stinger organization. The date for a third tryout session will be determined soon. Players have to attend at least two sessions to be considered for the team. For further information please contact head coach Graham Hayden: grahamsglass@outlook.com
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This year's Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held July 26th at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 3 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format is best ball with a Shot Gun Start at 1:00 pm. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $40). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked when you call the WING to register with an additional cost of $20 per person. The Tournament is sponsored by Archway Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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WORLD CUP
France 2 Australia 1
Argentina 1 Iceland 1
Denmark 1 Peru 0
Croatia 2 Nigeria 0

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CFL
Calgary 28 Hamilton 14
British Columbia 22 Montreal 10

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MLB
American League
New York Yankees 4 Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 7 Chicago White Sox 5
Houston 10 Kansas City 2
Oakland 6 Los Angeles Angels 4
Minnesota 9 Cleveland 3
Seattle 1 Boston 0
National League
Pittsburgh 6 Cincinnati 2
Philadelphia 4 Milwaukee 1
Atlanta 1 San Diego 0
Chicago Cubs 6 St. Louis 3
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 San Francisco 1
New York Mets 5 Arizona 1
Interleague
Texas 5 Colorado 2
Miami 5 Baltimore 4
Toronto 2 Washington 0
 
LOBSTER FISHERMEN IN NB AND QUEBEC GETTING SECOND CHANCE DUE TO WHALE CLOSURES
Saturday 16th June 2018
The federal fisheries minister is offering lobster fishermen from New Brunswick and Quebec another time of year to fish, due to the closure of a vast area where endangered right whales have been spotted. Dominic LeBlanc told the Maritime Fishermen's Union on Friday that he plans to open a harvesting zone in the last half of September to make up for the 15-day closure of a 1,400-square-kilometre portion of ocean. LeBlanc said the offer of a fall season will go to about 62 fishing vessels in New Brunswick and 60 from the Gaspe Peninsula whose lobster harvest will be largely shut down as the whales pass through. Fishermen have been expressing concerns to LeBlanc about lost opportunities to catch lobster. LeBlanc said he didn't offer compensation or alternative seasons to other New Brunswick fishermen in recent weeks because the closures hadn't been as extensive as the latest closures. He says the latest requirement to remove lobster gear coming this Sunday leaves only "a sliver" of the regular fishing areas open for fishermen in northern New Brunswick and Quebec.
 
LIST OF ROAD CLOSURES FOR JOHNNY MILES MARATHON
Saturday 16th June 2018
It's the Johnny Miles Weekend, and to accomodate the runners, there will be road and lane closures. Provost Street from George Street to MacLean Street will be closed to traffic as of 6pm tonight until Sunday night at 6:00pm.
On Sunday:
The George Street Bridge will be closed from 6:30am until 1:00pm.
The Northbound lane from Canary Drive New Glasgow to Bridge Avenue Stellarton, including Abercrombie Road, Stellarton Road, and Foord Street, will also be closed from 6:30am to 1pm.
Bridge Avenue in Stellarton will be closed with only southbound traffic allowed from 6:30am until 11:00am.
Cameron Avenue, Terrace Heights Drive and Terrace Street will be closed from 6:30am until 1:00pm.
The Trans-Canada Highway Exit 24 Eastbound ramp will be closed from 8:30am until 1:00pm.
There will be no vehicle access to the New Glasgow Marina on Sunday between 6:30am-1:00pm and Glasgow Square Theatre Parking Lot is closed until 6pm.
 
HALIFAX SHIPYARD WORKERS DECIDE TO HOLD OFF STRIKE, RESUME NEGOTIATIONS
Saturday 16th June 2018
Members of Unifor MWF 1 have agreed to postpone job action and return to the bargaining table with Irving Shipbuilding on Monday. A tentative agreement was rejected by 75 per cent of members on Wednesday, sending a strong message to the employer that workers want more respect in the work place and an agreement that is fair and includes mechanisms to quickly resolve workplace disputes. The union is in a legal strike position but believes it's in in the best interest of members, the company and the country to avoid a work stoppage. Out of respect for the collective bargaining process, the union will have no further comment until bargaining is concluded. Unifor Local MWF 1 represents more than 800 members who build vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy.
 
THREE HALIFAX SCHOOLS PLACED IN LOCKDOWN AS POTENTIAL SHOOTER TURNS OUT TO BE A PHOTO SHOOT MODEL
Saturday 16th June 2018
A mystery woman posing with a rifle for a photo shoot led to the brief lockdown of three schools in the Halifax area on Friday. Halifax Regional Police responded to a report at 11:55 a.m. that someone had spotted a woman with what was believed to be a firearm in the area of St. Margarets Bay Road, near Lakelands Boulevard. Ridgecliff Middle School, Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea Junior Elementary and Beechville-Lakeside-Timberlea Senior Elementary went into lockdown while police flooded the area. A canine team was used in the search for the gun-slinging model, but she was not located. Witnesses provided information that has since led police to believe the woman was taking part in a photo shoot with the rifle as an accessory. Police believe there was no risk to public safety, but are asking the woman, or anyone who can identify her, to come forward.
 
HRM STAFF ESTIMATE NEARLY $1 MILLION ANNUALLY TO ENFORCE CANNABIS BYLAWS
Saturday 16th June 2018
A new report says the Halifax Regional Municipality will have to hire eight additional bylaw officers to enforce new municipal cannabis rules. If council decides to follow all of the staff recommendations, it would cost $970,000 a year. Once finalized, federal laws will let people grow four plants on their own residential property. The HRM report cites concerns about the associated smell. They recommend only allowing plants to be grown inside the home. They also recommend banning smoking cannabis on all municipal property and prohibiting private retail sales and cannabis-consumption venues. The province plans to allow cannabis to be sold at some Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation stores. HRM planners are still working on amendments to regulate the locations of any facilities for producing cannabis. Proposed fines will offset some of the costs. HRM staff recommend fines ranging from $25 to $2,000 for breaking the smoking rules and from $1,000 to $10,000 for growing cannabis outdoors. Councillors will debate the report Tuesday.
 
ECOLOGICAL LAND GUIDE FOR NS NOW AVAILABLE
Saturday 16th June 2018
The newly updated Ecological Land Classification guide offers information about Nova Scotia's biodiversity and its natural features. The guide organizes the province's geography into zones and regions with detailed descriptions of climate, elevation, geology, topography, soil, vegetation and other markers. Ecological Land Classification is a common method used to describe and map ecosystems allowing us to study and understand the relationship between wildlife and the physical environment. The guide and related data is available online. Printed copies can be ordered from the Department of Natural Resources.
 
BLUENOSER COLIN DEACON APPOINTED TO SENATE
Saturday 16th June 2018
Entrepreneur, community volunteer and long-time political donor Colin Deacon has been appointed as the newest senator for Nova Scotia. Deacon is perhaps best known as the founder of technology firm BlueLight Analytics, which does work in the dentistry field, and as the former CEO of SpellRead, a company focused on improved reading skills among kids. He is also currently the vice-chair of the Kids Brain Health Network, which supports research into cerebral palsy, autism and other neurological disorders affecting children, and serves on the board of the Halifax Assistance Fund. Deacon is the 37th senator appointed to the red chamber by Trudeau, and will sit as an independent. With his appointment, the 105-seat Senate is left with nine vacancies.
 
SPORTS JUNE 16
Saturday 16th June 2018
Pictou Soccer Club will run this Saturday and Sunday at regular game times. 
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The MacGregor Midget AAA Baseball team will be hosting a double header at Albion Field in Stellarton against the Kentville Wildcats on Saturday. First pitch for game 1 is slated to go at 4pm, with the second game expected to start at 6:30pm. The MacGregors were slated to host Truro earlier this week, but that game was postponed due to rain. A make up date has yet to be announced.
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The Kicken Vixens roller derby team is on the road in Fredericton today as part of a triple header at the Grant Harvey Centre. They will play the Twisted Sisters at 2pm, then face the Spitfires at 4:30. Their big home contest in Trenton is coming July 7th, another triple header which will also feature the Tar City Rollers and the Dockyard Brawlers.
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Riverside International Speedway in James River will host its first race of the season today with the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150. The race is round three of 12 for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. Heading into the weekend, the series championship point standings see Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro) leading Cole Butcher (Porters Lake) by one point. Local racers Cory Hall (driving for King Racing) and George Koszkulics (Little Harbour) will also be part of the action. Besides the pro stocks, fans will see season-opening action for the NAPA Sportsman Series (NSS) in the Henry's AUTOPRO 75, the first of four NSS races at Riverside this year and round one of five for the series championship chase.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association, Home of the Subway Stingers, will be holding tryouts for their U-12 Subway Stingers Rep Team Monday & Tuesday night at 6:30 on Field-1 at the Dorrington Female Softball Complex in Stellarton. To be eligible to tryout, players have to be born in 2006 or 2007 and be registered with the Stinger organization. The date for a third tryout session will be determined soon. Players have to attend at least two sessions to be considered for the team. For further information please contact head coach Graham Hayden: grahamsglass@outlook.com
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This year's Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament will be held July 26th at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 3 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format is best ball with a Shot Gun Start at 1:00 pm. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $40). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked when you call the WING to register with an additional cost of $20 per person. The Tournament is sponsored by Archway Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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World Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo completed a hat trick with a perfectly taken free kick in the 88th minute to give Portugal a 3-3 draw against Spain.
Uruguay 1 Egypt 0
Iran 1 Morocco 0
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CFL
Charleston Hughes had three sacks and the Saskatchewan Roughriders won their first regular-season opener since 2014 by defeating the defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts 27-19.
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MLB
Interleague
Toronto 6 Washington 5
Colorado 9 Texas 5
Miami 2 Baltimore 0
American League
N.Y. Yankees 5 Tampa Bay 0
Minnesota 6 Cleveland 3
Detroit 4 Chicago White Sox 3
Houston 7 Kansas City 3
L.A. Angels 8 Oakland 4
Seattle 7 Boston 6
National League
Pittsburgh 3 Cincinnati 2
San Diego 9 Atlanta 3
Milwaukee 13 Philadelphia 2
Chicago Cubs 13 St. Louis 5
Arizona 7 N.Y. Mets 3
L.A. Dodgers 3 San Francisco 2
 
ELMER MACKAY JOINING CECIL'S CLARKE CAMPAIGN TO LEAD NS TORIES
Friday 15th June 2018
There's a wrinkle in the fabric of Pictou County Tories today, as former Cabinet Minister and long-time MP Elmer MacKay is putting his support behind CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke as provincial PC leader. A press release from Clarke’s camp says that MacKay is taking on the role of Honourary Campaign Chair. Pictou East MLA and fellow candidate Tim Houston says he respects MacKay's decision, knowing that that he and Clarke have a longstanding relationship going back years. He says he's proud of his team, including Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster who announced his support of Houston's campaign last week. Houston says he's looking forward to an event in Truro next Sunday the 24th where more individuals will be coming on board.
 
SUPREME COURT RULES LAW SCHOOL CAN BE REFUSED ACCREDITATION OVER ANTI-GAY COVENANT
Friday 15th June 2018
Trinity Western University has lost its legal battle for a new evangelical Christian law school, with a Supreme Court of Canada ruling today that calls it "proportionate and reasonable" to limit religious rights in order to ensure open access for LGBT students. In a pair of 7-2 rulings, the majority of justices found the law societies of British Columbia and Ontario have the power to refuse accreditation based on TWU's so-called "community covenant." The mandatory agreement binds students to a strict code of conduct, including abstaining from sex outside of heterosexual marriage.
 
MAKE NURSING HOME INSPECTIONS PUBLIC: NDP
Friday 15th June 2018
The provincial NDP is calling on government to make the results of routine nursing home inspections public. Nursing homes are checked at least twice a year by a provincial inspector, but Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are the only two provinces that do not make the results public. NDP Leader Gary Burrill says having public access to inspections would add another layer of accountability for those in charge of providing care and assure the public that the Liberal cuts to nursing homes aren't affecting care.
 
JOHNNY MILES AWARDS PRESENTED TO FULL HOUSE THURSDAY NIGHT
Friday 15th June 2018
Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend Race Director Terry Curley announced the 2018 Johnny Miles Special Awards before a full house at Glasgow Square Theatre Thursday night.
Awards were presented in recognition of outstanding community leadership, inspiration, character and some inductions into the Glen Chennel Runners Hall of Fame.

The Verna VamBommell Community Award was presented to Dr. Brad MacDougal / Westville Medical Clinic and Medical Professionals of Pictou County.



The Johnny Miles Williston Character Award goes to Liz Chenell this year.

The five inductees into the Glenn Chenell Runners Hall of Fame are -


Brenda Hetherington-Henshaw
Lloyd Northern
Joe Pound
Peter Kittlson
and Fred MacDonald

Curley says the recipients are all inspiring and make a significant impact on the Running community of Pictou County as they represent the values of the  Johnny Miles Running Event to foster healthy lifestyle choices through dedication and determination.
 
SMALL CHANGE IN FUEL PRICES
Friday 15th June 2018
Fuel prices went in opposite directions overnight. Regular unleaded gasoline dipped to $1.25 per litre, while diesel rose to $1.234 per litre.
 
PROVINCE EYEING SUBSIDIZED CARE FOR 4 YEAR OLDS BEFORE AND AFTER PRE-PRIMARY CLASSES
Friday 15th June 2018
The province has started work on creating wraparound care for kids enrolled in the pre-primary program. Pre-primary is available in select pockets now, and will be universally available across the province within the next two years.
But it only operates during school hours, which means in most cases parents are left to find childcare for before or after the school day, if necessary.
Denise Stone, the department's director of early years integration and community development, says they're in the process of determining what operators would need to make the extra care hours work out.
By that, she means changes that would make it easier for regulated daycares to provide care outside the hours of the pre-primary program.
Stone says the cost of wraparound care would be covered by parents, with the ability to apply for a government subsidy to help out with the cost.
 
NO RIGHT WHALE DEATHS REPORTED THIS YEAR
Friday 15th June 2018
Federal officials say there have been no reported deaths of endangered North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters this year, amid strict fishing and vessel speed restrictions. There were 12 whale deaths last year in Canadian waters, half of those in June. To date this year, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says aerial surveillance has detected at least 75 whales in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. Jean Landry, DFO's director of marine mammal science, says that figure likely underestimates the total number in the area and other Canadian waters. DFO has temporarily closed 4,600 square kilometres of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and another 780 square kilometres in the Roseway Basin off Nova Scotia's southern coast to non-tended fixed gear fisheries such as snow crab and lobster.
 
DRIVER CHARGED FOR STUNTING IN LUNENBURG COUNTY
Friday 15th June 2018
People still aren't getting the message that speeding is dangerous. The Lunenburg District RCMP stopped a vehicle Wednesday morning for driving 176 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone. Prior to the traffic stop, RCMP in Tantallon had received a complaint this same vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Highway 103. The 24-year-old woman from Lunenburg County was charged for Stunting, fined $2422.50, and had her driver's licence suspended and vehicle seized.
 
PUBLIC TO TRACK WILDLIFE VIA APP AT NB-NS CORRIDOR
Friday 15th June 2018
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is drafting the public into a project that aims to protect wildlife along the New Brunswick - Nova Scotia border. The organization is encouraging people to use an app called iNaturalist, which allows people to track wildlife sightings near the border. Anyone who spots a wild animal - living or dead - is encouraged to snap a photo and enter information about the animal and its location into the app. One of the goals of the WildPaths Maritimes project is to identify sections of roads and highways between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick that present the greatest risks to wildlife. The information will help them determine where solutions, such as wildlife tunnels, may be useful for conservation efforts.
 
SUPREME COURT TO RULE IF CHRISTIAN LAW SCHOOL CAN BE DENIED ACCREDITATION
Friday 15th June 2018
The Supreme Court of Canada is set to release its decision Friday on whether law societies have the right to deny accreditation to a proposed law school at a Christian university in British Columbia. The Law Society of Upper Canada, which regulates the legal profession in Ontario, and the Law Society of B.C. have said they would not license graduates from Trinity Western University because it requires all registering students to agree to a so-called community covenant that prohibits sex outside heterosexual marriage. The Court of Appeal for Ontario upheld the rejection, while B.C.’s top court sided with the university, saying the regulator acted unreasonably by infringing on the school’s right to freedom of religion. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled in 2001 that the B.C. College of Teachers could not deny accreditation to graduates with Trinity’s teaching degree because of its community covenant. However, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, which is among 26 interveners in the current case, has said the covenant offends modern concepts of equality and privacy.
 
SENATORS TO UNDERGO ANTI-HARRASSMENT TRAINING
Friday 15th June 2018
As part of an effort to move beyond recent scandals — and to stave off future ones — the Senate is recommending that all senators and staff participate in mandatory workplace harassment training. The recommendation comes after the Senate subcommittee on human resources conducted two months of hearings with expert witnesses and Senate staff, many of whom urged the upper house to take a "proactive approach" to ensure a harassment-free working environment. There have been multiple allegations of harassment, bullying and inappropriate behaviour in the Senate in recent years. One former member, Ontario senator Don Meredith, resigned from the chamber after the Senate ethics committee recommended his expulsion for having a sexual relationship with a teenager. Others have faced external investigations over complaints about questionable conduct. The Senate-based training is in addition to Bill C-65, a proposed piece of legislation that would extend protections for workers in Crown corporations and agencies and in industries such as banking, broadcasting and aviation, along with Parliament Hill staff — including House of Commons and Senate employees — and political staffers in the offices of individual parliamentarians. Currently, Hill staff are barred from making complaints under the Canada Labour Code.
 
SPORTS JUNE 15
Friday 15th June 2018
Pictou Soccer Club will run this Saturday and Sunday at regular game times. 
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Trinity United Church is taking the unusual step of cancelling morning services on Sunday, so that the congregation can fully get into the spirit of Johnny Miles Running Event by encouraging in person those taking part. The morning of the race, members of the congregation and their minister will serve lemonade and cookies from Downtown. Trinity United will join with St George’s Anglican Church for a 4:00pm church service on Sunday.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks is holding their Women on Wheels biking program every Friday at 10am at the Pictou Public Library. For more information stop by the Town of Pictou office or call 902-485-4372.
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Riverside International Speedway in James River will host its first race of the season tomorrow with the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150. The race is round three of 12 for the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour. Heading into the weekend, the series championship point standings see Dylan Blenkhorn (Truro) leading Cole Butcher (Porters Lake) by one point. Local racers Cory Hall (driving for King Racing) and George Koszkulics (Little Harbour) will also be part of the action. Besides the pro stocks, fans will see season-opening action for the NAPA Sportsman Series (NSS) in the Henry's AUTOPRO 75, the first of four NSS races at Riverside this year and round one of five for the series championship chase.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association, Home of the Subway Stingers, will be holding tryouts for their U-12 Subway Stingers Rep Team Monday & Tuesday night at 6:30 on Field-1 at the Dorrington Female Softball Complex in Stellarton. To be eligible to tryout, players have to be born in 2006 or 2007 and be registered with the Stinger organization. The date for a third tryout session will be determined soon. Players have to attend at least two sessions to be considered for the team. For further information please contact head coach Graham Hayden: grahamsglass@outlook.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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CFL
The Edmonton Eskimos downed the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 33-30 in the second-longest game in CFL history. When the final gun sounded at 1:17 a.m., Edmonton kicker Sean Whyte had given his team a three-point victory after lightning forced two weather delays in the action at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. Kickoff was at 7:35 p.m. and the total of the two delays was two hours and 55 minutes. The total time of the game was five hours and 42 minutes.
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MLB
American League
Detroit 3 Minnesota 1
Cleveland 5 Chicago White Sox 2
Houston 7 Oakland 3
N.Y. Yankees 4 Tampa Bay 3
Boston 2 Seattle 1
National League
San Francisco 6 Miami 3 (16 innings)
Philadelphia 9 Colorado 3
Atlanta 4 San Diego 2
Arizona 6 N.Y. Mets 3

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World Cup - Group Phase
Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0
 
CAR FIRE TEMPORARY CLOSES HIGHWAY
Thursday 14th June 2018
A car fire in Little Bras D'Or had Highway 105 closed in both directions this morning. RCMP say there ws no detour available when the car fire occurred, but they were able to get a single lane opened a short time later. A tweet by the RCMP at roughly 1:45p.m. indicates that traffic is once again flowing normally. There is no word as to whether there were any injuries as a result of this incident.
 
SHIPYARD WORKERS VOTE DOWN TENTATIVE DEAL - COMPANY RESPONDS
Thursday 14th June 2018
Irving Shipbuilding has responded to the news that shipyard workers have rejected a tentative agreement and issued a 48-hour strike notice. Kevin McCoy, President of Irving Shipbuilding , says he believes the tentative agreement that was reached with Unifor Local 1 is fair for everyone involved, and is disappointed that the deal was not ratified. He says the organization plans to keep the lines of communication open with the Union, and hopes the membership will reconsider their position. The 800 workers are currently building Arctic and offshore patrol vessels. Their last contract expired on Dec 31st. The deal they voted down yesterday includes a four-year agreement with pay increases of 1.5 percent per year for the next four years, but does not include any sick days for workers. Picket lines could go up outside of the shipyard as early as Saturday morning, if the two sides can't reach an agreement.
 
SECOND MISSING TEEN FOUND IN AS MANY DAYS
Thursday 14th June 2018
For the second time in as many days, a teen who had been missing for an extended period of time from Kings County has been found. Yesterday we reported that 16 year old Brooke Oickle had been found safe and secure after not having been seen since late December. Today, RCMP are reporting that 14-year old Rylee Robinson has also been found. Robinson was reported missing on 1 May. RCMP Spokesperson, Constable Dal Hutchinson, says that even though both girls were from the same general area, and both girls were found within such a short time of each other, the cases are “not related in any way”. Citing concerns under the Privacy Act, Hutchinson could not give any indication as to where either of the girls had been while they were missing.
 
PRE-PRIMARY REGISTRATION ON FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
Thursday 14th June 2018
Pre-primary registration is open for the fall. Parents can register their child by contacting their local Regional Centre for Education. Pre-primary is open to all children who are four-years old by December 31st. < a href="http://novascotia.ca/preprimary">Click here to see if a Pre-primary Program is available in your school community and for full program details.
 
PROVINCE STILL SEEKS OFFER FOR DSME TRENTON *UPDATED 10:50 AM*
Thursday 14th June 2018
Business Minister Geoff MacLellan says the fact that there's some interest in the DSME plant in Trenton has him hopeful. He says there's about $300,000 left in the province's fund that's been set aside to keep the sprawling industrial site in shape - until a buyer steps forward. With a couple of companies kicking the tires over the past couple of weeks, MacLellan says he's willing to wait until somebody puts down a deposit. That's why the province wants to extend the deadline to make official bids on the Trenton property. Without those purchase deposits, MacLellan is not willing to say where the interest is coming from. The previous NDP government took a 49-per-cent equity stake in the plant in 2010.
 
BLUEBERRY GROWERS ASK FOR FINANCIAL HELP, SAY 1/2 CROP LOST TO FROST
Thursday 14th June 2018
The frosts of earlier this month have hit the provincial blueberry crop hard. It's estimated that more than half of the crop has been lost and blueberry growers will be meeting with the province next week hoping for help. The losses follow two very difficult market years for the industry. Peter Rideout, executive director of the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia, says growers will be asking the Agriculture Minister to apply for the Agri Recovery Program. It's a federal program available for disastrous situations outside the realm of normal crop insurance, and has been used here before, when a virus infected strawberry fields in 2013, and in 2016, two years after a blight ripped through apple orchards. Rideout believes the damage blueberry and grape growers are dealing with are on those levels.
 
CAPE BRETON WILDFIRE UNDER CONTROL
Thursday 14th June 2018
A four hectare wildfire in Cape Breton is now under control. Bruce Nunn with the Department of Natural Resources says that nine staff members from DNR, including a helicopter, as well as Parks Canada staff and volunteer fire departments responded to the fire near Neils Harbour. Nunn said there are no structures at risk and the helicopter has been released from the scene. He said this was one of five wildfires underway in the province as of Wednesday evening.
 
PROVINCE OPENING PURSE FOR YARMOUTH-MAINE FERRY
Thursday 14th June 2018
The province is boosting this year's subsidy for the privately run ferry linking Yarmouth and Portland, Maine. Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines says Bay Ferries Limited will get another $1.5 million, for a total of $10.9 million. He blames projected fuel-cost hikes for the CAT high speed ferry, which consumes high volumes of fuel. Another $4.3 million was spent prior to the current season for an engine overhaul, but that was covered under the warranty. Engine troubles hampered Bay Ferries' operations last year, allowing only 84 of 112 scheduled round trips, but it still managed a sizeable jump in the number of passengers carried, compared to the year before. The ferry service resumed last week and is scheduled to run until October 8th.
 
SPORTS JUNE 14
Thursday 14th June 2018
Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for summer programs every night this week. The gymnastics club will be offering Summer Day Camp programs, for 5 weeks, beginning July 2. Each week will have a different theme and will be filled with fun activities, including gymnastics, game, crafts and outings. A full day program, 8:30 - 4:00, will run for school age children, Mondays - Fridays ($160/week). Preschool camps, for ages 3-5, will take place Tuesdays-Thursdays, from 9:00-12:00 ($60/week). Daily rates are also available. Families can choose weeks according to preferred times and themes. Also, Rec classes for all ages and skill levels will take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings all summer. ($13/hour) More information can be found at pictoucountygymnasticsclub.com under the "Camps".
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Trinity United Church is taking the unusual step of cancelling morning services on Sunday, so that the congregation can fully get into the spirit of Johnny Miles Running Event by encouraging in person those taking part. The morning of the race, members of the congregation and their minister will serve lemonade and cookies from Downtown. Trinity United will join with St George’s Anglican Church for a 4:00pm church service on Sunday.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks is holding their Women on Wheels biking program every Friday at 10am at the Pictou Public Library. For more information stop by the Town of Pictou office or call 902-485-4372.
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first stop of the season at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday for the Ron MacGillivray Chev, Buick, GMC 150.
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association, Home of the Subway Stingers, will be holding tryouts for their U-12 Subway Stingers Rep Team Monday & Tuesday night at 6:30 on Field-1 at the Dorrington Female Softball Complex in Stellarton. To be eligible to tryout, players have to be born in 2006 or 2007 and be registered with the Stinger organization. The date for a third tryout session will be determined soon. Players have to attend at least two sessions to be considered for the team. For further information please contact head coach Graham Hayden: grahamsglass@outlook.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
Tampa Bay 1 Toronto 0
Boston 5 Baltimore 1
Seattle 8 L.A. Angels 6
Detroit 5 Minnesota 2
Chicago White Sox 3 Cleveland 2
Houston 13 Oakland 5
National League
Atlanta 2 N.Y. Mets 0
Milwaukee 1 Chicago Cubs 0
Pittsburgh 5 Arizona 4
Colorado 7 Philadelphia 2
Miami 5 San Francisco 4
San Diego 4 St. Louis 2
Interleague
Washington 5 N.Y. Yankees 4
Cincinnati 7 Kansas City 0
L.A. Dodgers 3 Texas 2 (11 innings)
 
TEEN MISSING FOR SIX MONTHS FOUND SAFE
Wednesday 13th June 2018
RCMP say a 16-year old girl reported missing in early January from Kings County has been located. RCMP Corporal Dal Hutchinson says due to concerns related to the Privacy Act, he cannot divulge any information as to where Brooke Oickle has been since she was last seen in late December, but did confirm that she is safe and secure.
 
DRIVER WHO STRUCK AND KILLED PEDESTRIAN NOT UNDER INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL SAY POLICE
Wednesday 13th June 2018
Police in Cape Breton are confirming that the driver who struck and killed a 17-year old pedestrian in the early morning hours on Sunday was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. Joneil Hanna of North Sydney was walking home from a large outdoor graduation party when he was hit by a car on Highway 224 in Leitches Creek. Cape Breton Police confirm that based on observations at the scene, and the subsequent investigation, there is no evidence the driver of the vehicle that killed Hanna was impaired. Police are still investigating Hanna's death.
 
NORTH NOVA STUDENT WINS PROVINCIAL MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP
Wednesday 13th June 2018
A student from North Nova Education Centre was one of just four Grade 12 students across the province to receive the first ever Minister's Award for Creative Excellence in the Arts. The four winners are planning to pursue post-secondary studies in one of four areas – visual arts, performing arts, digital multimedia, and music. The winner in the music category is Hayley MacGregor of North Nova, who earned a $500 scholarship and a chance to work under a mentorship from recording artist Charlie A'Court. The other recipients of this year's scholarships are, Elise Pecotic, Citadel High School in Halifax for visual arts, Breton Hickey, Glace Bay High School for performing arts, and Seanna Bailey, Hants East Rural High School in Milford Station, Hants County for digital multimedia.
 
DEADLY WEEK ON NOVA SCOTIA HIGHWAYS
Wednesday 13th June 2018
The death of a 76-year old man following a crash near Sydney brings the total of fatalities on Nova Scotia roads in the last week to six. The man, whose name is not being published, died early yesterday morning after he was driving during a two-vehicle crash Monday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. A 67-year-old passenger in the same vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the second vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado, was not hurt. Another man also died yesterday in a crash in East Hants. One week ago a woman died in a crash near North Sydney, a 17-year old pedestrian was killed when he was hit Sunday morning, also in Cape Breton. And two people were killed in a crash in Wellington on Sunday evening.
 
HALIFAX RCMP SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN ***UPDATE - WOMAN HAS BEEN FOUND***
Wednesday 13th June 2018
Halifax RCMP say a missing 49-year-old has been found. She was reported missing earlier today after her family had not spoken with her since yesterday afternoon. Citing the Privacy Act, the woman's name is no longer being published.
 
PROVINCE TO PASS SERVICE DOG ACT ON 27TH
Wednesday 13th June 2018
Nova Scotians who use service dogs will be better protected from discrimination by the Service Dog Act which will come into effect two weeks from today. The Service Dog Act will uphold the rights and responsibilities of service dog users and help prevent people being denied access to public places and refused tenancy rights. The act establishes a registrar to oversee standards to help people and businesses determine which service dog users qualify for rights protection. The act also outlines penalties for denying rights, and for falsely representing a service dog team.
 
SENATE AND PARLIAMENT NOT SEEING EYE TO EYE OVER LEGAL WEED BILL
Wednesday 13th June 2018
There's friction between the two houses of Parliament this morning, as the federal government is rejecting several of the 46 amendments made by the Senate to C-45, its cannabis legalization bill. Among the amendments being challenged are an affirmation of the provinces' right to ban home cultivation of marijuana, and a ban on branded promotional items such as T-shirts and hats that display logos of marijuana producers. The House still has to debate and vote on the plan in the coming days. Then C-45 returns to the Senate, where senators will have to decide whether to give up their fight to make these changes. While precedent has the Senate going along with what the elected House of Commons decides, some senators have suggested they might not be prepared to back down this time, which could further delay the Liberal government's plans for legalization.
 
UNITED WAY HOLDING ANOTHER "VITAL SIGNS" DISCUSSION
Wednesday 13th June 2018
The Pictou County United Way and its partners are upping their game for a Community Sounding Board. Executive Director Jessica Smith says it's part of the Vital Signs project that began with a community conversation last month, which brought together nearly 100 people. Next week's “Sounding Board” takes place at the Stellarton Campus of the Community College, on Tuesday June 19th at 6 o'clock. For more, check out Vital Signs Pictou County on Facebook or call 902-755-1754.
 
NG POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN HOTEL ROBBERY
Wednesday 13th June 2018
New Glasgow Regional Police are asking for the public's help in locating a robbery suspect. Police were called to the Comfort Inn on Westville Road early this morning, where staff reported that a man entered the hotel lobby through the front door, approached the front desk, produced a knife and demanded cash. The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed sum of money. The suspect is described as a white male, between 5’5” and 5’9” tall with a small build. He was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and dark sunglasses. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-1941. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not tapped or traced. The public is asked to not approach this individual as police describe him as dangerous.
 
DARTMOUTH WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER ATTEMPTED ROBBERY
Wednesday 13th June 2018
A woman was taken to hospital after being attacked during an attempted robbery in Dartmouth early this morning. Police were called to a business on Windmill Road near Tufts Cove just before 1 a.m. Police say a woman was locking up for the night when she was approached by two men, one of whom had a gun. The suspects assaulted the woman and then ran away when she cried out for help. She was taken to the QEII Health Sciences Centre for treatment and is expected to be OK. Police are looking for two white men, each about six feet tall. One was wearing a plastic mask, the other a black hoodie. Anyone with information about the attack is asked to contact Halifax Police at 902-490-5020, or Crime Stoppers.
 
CANADA WILL CO-HOST 2026 WORLD CUP
Wednesday 13th June 2018
Canada has won the right to co-host the 2026 World Cup. In a vote Wednesday at the FIFA Congress in Moscow, member associations have voted in favour of the North American bid by Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, over that of Morocco. The current plan is for Canada and Mexico to stage 10 games each, with the U.S. to host 60, but the details are still be worked out. Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal would serve as Canadian host cities for the men's soccer showcase, expanded to 48 teams for the 2026 tournament.
 
TRENTON APPROVES POLICY CHANGE FOR GRANT PROCEDURES
Wednesday 13th June 2018
A new community grants approval policy for the Town of Trenton will be coming into effect starting in 2019. Town Council is adopting the policy with the goal of organizing a more responsive and responsible treatment of community groups looking for funding from the municipal government. The new policy states that groups looking for funding will need to have their application completed prior to February 28 of the given year. This would allow all applications to be considered by Council as they examine their budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The policy was formally adopted at the monthly meeting of Council Tuesday evening.
 
FIXED ROUTE TRANSIT STUDY FOR LOCAL TOWNS IN THE WORKS
Wednesday 13th June 2018
A proposed study into fixed route transit for the four upper towns could be taking place, as two of the four municipal units have announced they will supply their share of the funding. The momentum for the project has built from announced federal funding for municipally operated public transit projects in recent months. At a recent meeting of the Mayors and Warden Committee, the Mayors of Trenton, New Glasgow, Stellarton, and Westville discussed taking advantage of this funding if they could get a fixed route transit service off the ground. The first step for that, however, is to determine if such a service is even feasible. On Monday, Stellarton approved providing its share of the funding for the study, followed by Trenton Town Council on Tuesday evening. It is anticipated that New Glasgow and Westville will see this item on the agenda of an upcoming meeting. The study would cost five thousand dollars, plus HST, to complete, leaving each unit responsible for $1250 plus HST.
 
NEW GLASGOW'S CANADIAN TIRE LOOKING TO LEAD JUMPSTART PROGRAM
Wednesday 13th June 2018
Getting more local kids involved in sports and recreation is a goal that New Glasgow Canadian Tire operator Chris Kondracki wants to take on in a big way. So he's challenging Pictou County business owners to a $500 donation that'll end in an entertaining game-show-style cash grab inside a money machine. That'll happen once the Jumpstart campaign wraps up and the machine is in place for early July. Kondracki says when you help money-challenged families get their children into fitness, the children end up with more successful lives in general. The incentive to finish as the top store in Canada is a $20,000 from Canadian Tire's head office, which combined with money raised locally, will be spent only on local families as they introduce their children to fitness activities.
 
TRENTON FLIGHT REPORTS LASER INTERFERENCE
Wednesday 13th June 2018
A plane on route from Trenton to Moncton last week reported laser interference to Transport Canada. The federal governing body confirms the alleged incident took place on June 7. The laser interference was reported near Amherst. Transport Canada says the information they have is preliminary, and they are continuing to investigate. It is illegal to point a laser into an aircraft cockpit, as it can distract the pilot, create glare that affects the pilot’s vision, and cause temporary blindness. An offender could face up to $100,000 in fines, five years in prison, or both.
 
INVERNESS CONDO PLAN GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT BY COURTS
Wednesday 13th June 2018
A legal challenge against Cape Breton's Cabot Links golf resort aimed at blocking the construction of luxury beach front condos has failed. Local activist and filmmaker Neal Livingston sought to have a nearly 3-hectare Inverness property declared as dedicated for public use due to its historical use by the community. Lawyers for the golf resort -- which has received almost $17 million in government loans -- opposed the application, saying it purchased the land in good faith from a private landowner. A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge agreed with the company, saying there is no evidence of an intent to dedicate the property to public use. In a decision released Tuesday, Justice Patrick Murray says the recreational use of the beach does not support the conclusion that it was dedicated to the public. Instead, he says there was a "tolerance extended" by previous landowners towards visitors of the beach.
 
FED GOV'T SAYS COMPENSATION FOR FISHERMEN NOT ON THE TABLE (YET)
Wednesday 13th June 2018
Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says Ottawa is looking to ease economic hardships caused by measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. However, LeBlanc says there are no current plans to compensate fishermen after the recent closures of several regional fisheries. The minister says right whales are a new fact of life in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and permanent measures will be needed to avoid another year of 25-per-cent reductions in landings for some lobster and other fisheries. New Brunswick Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet called Monday for measures to address lost revenue, and LeBlanc says that is "entirely consistent" with his department's approach. He says that includes looking at ways to help processing plant workers whose hours may be affected to qualify for Employment Insurance, and a possible fall opening of the lobster fishery to help fishermen make up days lost to closures. LeBlanc says developing new and safer fishing gear will also be key in protecting the whales, while alleviating future financial losses to the industry.
 
MINISTER FREELAND IN WASHINGTON
Wednesday 13th June 2018
Today marks the first visit by a high-profile minister to the United States since President Donald Trump launched his attacks against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canadians at large. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has a series of meetings with U.S. lawmakers, but she's hoping to make waves with a speech at an awards gala tonight. Freeland has been named Diplomat of the Year by Foreign Policy magazine, and she will give an acceptance speech in front of ambassadors, journalists and likely some lawmakers. Sources are billing the event as a followup to the speech she delivered in the House of Commons last year, where she declared Canada would step up on the international stage, as the U.S. abandons its traditional position and turns inward. While she is not expected to lash out at the Trump administration on American soil, she will be promoting Canada's support for multilateralism, and its opposition to the tariffs recently imposed by the U.S.
 
SPORTS JUNE 13
Wednesday 13th June 2018
Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for summer programs every night this week.  The gymnastics club will be offering Summer Day Camp programs, for 5 weeks, beginning July 2. Each week will have a different theme and will be filled with fun activities, including gymnastics, game, crafts and outings. A full day program, 8:30 - 4:00, will run for school age children, Mondays - Fridays ($160/week). Preschool camps, for ages 3-5, will take place Tuesdays-Thursdays, from 9:00-12:00 ($60/week). Daily rates are also available.  Families can choose weeks according to preferred times and themes. Also, Rec classes for all ages and skill levels will take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings all summer. ($13/hour) More information can be found at pictoucountygymnasticsclub.com under the "Camps".
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Trinity United Church is taking the unusual step of cancelling morning services on Sunday, so that the congregation can fully get into the spirit of Johnny Miles Running Event by encouraging in person those taking part. The morning of the race, members of the congregation and their minister will serve lemonade and cookies from Downtown. Trinity United will join with St George’s Anglican Church for a 4:00pm church service on Sunday.
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first stop of the season at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday for the Ron MacGillivray Chev, Buick, GMC 150.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
Wilson Ramos homered, six Tampa Bay relievers combined for a five-hitter and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1.
Boston 6 Baltimore 4
Minnesota 6 Detroit 4
Chicago White Sox 5 Cleveland 1
Houston 6 Oakland 3
Seattle 6 L.A. Angels 3
National League
Philadelphia 5 Colorado 4
Miami 3 San Francisco 1
Atlanta 8 N.Y. Mets 2
Milwaukee 4 Chicago Cubs 0
San Diego 4 St. Louis 2
Arizona 13 Pittsburgh 8
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 3 Washington 0
Cincinnati 5 Kansas City 1 (10 innings)
L.A. Dodgers 12 Texas 5
 
JOHN MELLENCAMP ADDS SECOND HALIFAX SHOW
Tuesday 12th June 2018
Anyone who did not get John Mellencamp tickets for his show in Halifax this fall need not worry – a second show is being added. The concert promoters, evenko, say Mellencamp will now play shows in Halifax on both the originally scheduled 29 September, and a second show on 30 September. The shows are scheduled to take place at the Forum, because the Scotiabank Centre will be undergoing renovations at that time. Tickets for the second show will go on sale Friday morning at 10 a.m.
 
ANTIGONISH COMPANY NAMED EXPORTER OF THE YEAR
Tuesday 12th June 2018
Tony's Meats, of Antigonish, and Spring Loaded Technology, of Dartmouth, were named the province's 2018 Exporters of the Year at the 34th annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards today. This year's awards operated under a revised format, with two exporters of the year and five new award categories to honor a wide array of exports. Tony's Meats was also a category winner, being named Canadian Market Champion of the Year. Eleven Nova Scotia businesses were nominated today for their accomplishments in exporting.
 
CANNABIS CONGRESS DISCUSSES ON THE JOB POT
Tuesday 12th June 2018
The World Cannabis Congress is wrapping up today, and one of the issues on the agenda is pot in the workplace. Jason Fleming, VP of Human Resources at MedReleaf, says there is a lack of clear testing, and many employers have not brought staff up to speed on policy changes that will be required. Fleming says employers themselves need to have a clear understanding about various marijuana products in order to bring meaningful policies into place. Fleming also says companies that have alcohol at workplace social functions will now have to account for legalized recreational cannabis as well. He says creating a policy that is logical is the first step, the next will be logical implementation.
 
POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING MAN
Tuesday 12th June 2018
Halifax Police are looking for help from the public in finding a missing 33-year old man who has not been seen in over a month. Police say Bradley Joseph Barnes was last seen on 28 April on Barrington Street. He was reported missing by family members late last week. Barnes is described as Caucasian, 5'11”, roughly 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen in late April he was sporting a beard. Police say there is no evidence or information to suggest he has met with foul play, however his family is concerned for his well being. Police say anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Bradley Joseph Barnes should contact them at 902-490-5016.
 
TEEN DIES AFTER BEING HIT WHILE TYING SHOE
Tuesday 12th June 2018
Additional details are being released regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of a teenage pedestrian on a Cape Breton highway this past weekend. Jenn Hanna, in speaking to CTV Atlantic, say her 17-year old son Joneil was at a graduation party at a home in Leitches Creek when he started walking home along Highway 223 in the early morning hours on Sunday. Hanna says her son was hit by a car when he stopped to tie his shoe, and was launched into the ditch. His friends pulled him out of the ditch to do CPR, but he died a short time later in hospital. Police say a vehicle was seized at the scene, but are not indicating whether any charges will be laid. Joneil was a Grade 11 student at Memorial High School in Sydney Mines where grief counsellors were on hand Monday for staff and students. Cape Breton Regional Police say they received multiple calls about the party and say hundreds of teens were present, but decided not to break it up.
 
NS POWER TO BEGIN INSTALLING SMART METERS IN 2019
Tuesday 12th June 2018
Nova Scotia Power has been given the go-ahead by the Utility and Review Board to install smart meters in homes and businesses. The meters will allow the company to automatically measure how much electricity people consume. The company will also instantly know if a customer loses power, which it says will result in more efficient power restoration. On Tuesday, the board released its decision, which included a provision that customers would be allowed to continue to use the device they have, something the company had already planned to allow. By the end of August, Nova Scotia Power must inform the board of the cost to consumers of opting out of the smart-meter program. The board also wants to know the plan for informing customers of this option. Nova Scotia Power anticipates the all-in cost will be $269 per smart meter, which they will cover. The company expects to save $38 million over the next 20 years using smart meters, mainly from reduced labour costs from fewer meter readers. Installations of the new meters should begin late next year.
 
NO TAX RATE INCREASE IN STELLARTON BUDGET
Tuesday 12th June 2018
The Town of Stellarton is working with a 7.75 million dollar operating budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, with no change to the tax rates. Residential property owners will be paying $1.82 per $100 of assessment, while commercial property owners will continue to pay $4.15 per $100 of assessment. Mayor Danny MacGillivray says those rates will result in slightly less tax revenue than last year on the commercial side, but he expects that those numbers will turn around as occupancy in the Albion Business Park continues to grow, and Zenabis begins operations. The budget also covers an anticipated 350-thousand dollars of operational costs at the Stellarton rink and 1.4 million dollars of operations for the water utility. The Town also plans to complete 1.2 million dollars worth of combined capital work for the town, the arena, and the water utility. The budget was formally adopted at the monthly meeting of council Monday evening.
 
TOWN OF STELLARTON ROUNDUP
Tuesday 12th June 2018
STREET PAVING PLAN FOR STELLARTON ABLE TO MEET ALL KEY NEEDS

The Town of Stellarton is planning to complete 345-thousand dollars worth of paving during the 2018-19 fiscal year. The plan includes a number of projects, all of which Mayor Danny MacGillivray says are the most needed. At the monthly meeting of council on Monday, council formally passed its budget, including the yearly capital plan. MacGillivray says the roads selected for repaving are all of the roads that were deemed most critically in need of work to be done. He says there are other roads that may be in a similar state of disrepair, but those roads will not be done at this time because of questions about the water and sewer infrastructure below those surfaces. He says there is no point to repave those roads, just to tear up that paving in a few years to complete the water and sewer work that will be needed.
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STELLARTON ACCEPTS TWO CITIZEN APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEES

Stellarton Town Council has accepted the application of Doug Davidson to return to the Rink Commission. Davidson has been part of the Rink Commission, and applied to extend his term, which was approved unanimously by Council. Council also accepted the application of Don Taylor to join the PAC Committee. Both appointments were approved during the monthly meeting of Council on Monday evening.
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POLICY BOOK FOR STELLARTON BEING RE-WRITTEN

While each policy may not, in and of itself, create much of a stir, there are some wholesale changes being made to the procedures of the Town of Stellarton. Thirty-two policies are being added to the policy manual for the town. The wording of the policies was closely debated at a previous meeting of the Committee of the Whole, before being formally adopted at the monthly meeting of Council Monday evening. Thirty of the policies cover aspects of Human Resources, while the other two cover water fee collection and the town audit committee.
 
COLE HARBOUR BRUSH FIRE CONTAINED
Tuesday 12th June 2018
The Department of Natural Resources says the wildfire burning in Cole Harbour is under control. It was considered between 90 to 100 percent contained on Monday afternoon. Crews were called to the Bissett Lake Road area around 3 p.m. Sunday and set up a command post to fight the blaze. There is no word yet on what sparked the blaze, but Halifax Regional Fire deputy chief Roy Hollett is confident it wasn't weather-related. DNR will likely remain on the scene for most of today, so their equipment, including helicopters will still be in the area.
 
APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR VIBRANT COMMUNITIES GRANT
Tuesday 12th June 2018
Community groups working to reduce poverty and help people find jobs can now apply for a Building Vibrant Communities grant. The program is accepting applications until midnight July 12th. This is the second year for the program, which is part of government's four-year poverty reduction commitment. The province is providing grants for projects that meet one of four poverty reduction themes. They are economic inclusion, housing, children and mental health and addictions. Eligible applicants include community organizations, First Nations communities, registered charities, municipalities, social enterprises and private-sector businesses if they partner with non-profit organizations. One-million dollars is available this year. Click the link for more information.
 
FISHERMEN WORRIED CLOSURES DUE TO RIGHT WHALES WILL BE TOO COSTLY
Tuesday 12th June 2018
A group representing Gulf of St. Lawrence lobster fishermen says they are getting frustrated after Ottawa rejected their proposal for a shallow-water exemption to fishery closures aimed at protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans says it considered the proposal by the Maritime Fishermen's Union and the Pecheurs professionnels du Sud de la Gaspesie, but will not exempt waters of up to 18 metres in depth. Last week, DFO issued temporary closures to six more grid areas due to the presence of right whales. The move came after six areas were closed to several fisheries as of May 22. A static closure zone is in place along New Brunswick's northern coast until June 30, while DFO has been enforcing what are called dynamic management closures that shut down fishing activities for 15 days once a right whale sighting is confirmed. Lobster fishermen are worried the closures could cost them as much as a quarter of this year's income.
 
OTTAWA EASING RULES FOR HOMELESSNESS PROGRAM FOR CITIES
Tuesday 12th June 2018
Cities working to get homeless Canadians off the streets and into homes will be given more money and fewer spending restrictions under a revamp of Ottawa's centrepiece homelessness program. The federal Liberals took a long look at the program after hearing complaints from cities about cumbersome reporting requirements, inadequate funding and unrealistic expectations about how quickly the money should be spent. Under new rules being unveiled today, cities will be given leeway to spend money on local initiatives and experiments - so long as they can meet Ottawa's goal of cutting in half the number of chronic homeless people in their midst. New cities will become eligible for funding, expanding the spending that has already targeted 61 cities and towns across the country. The 2017 federal budget doubled the amount of money the government plans to spend on the program, bringing total spending to $2.1 billion over the next decade. The government says some of the new spending will target Indigenous Peoples - a group over-represented in shelters compared to their percentage of the general population - and communities in the territories.
 
SPORTS JUNE 12
Tuesday 12th June 2018
The Johnny Miles Marathon Kids' Races will take place for the first time at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. It's a premiere facility and Race Director Terry Curley says it's a good fit. Curley says the move will also free up downtown New Glasgow streets so that businesses can operate with their normal traffic flow. Registration for the kids races begins at Pioneer Field this Friday evening from 5 until 7 o'clock and Saturday from 8:00-9:30 am with races starting at 10:00 am sharp. For more information visit www.johnnymiles.ca
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Members of the National Football League's New England Patriots will be in Halifax this coming weekend to help promote physical activity among young people. The visit is part of the 'NFL Play 60' campaign that encourages youth to be active for 60 minutes per day, but the event also has a workout aspect for aspiring football players. NFL Canada is organizing the event, which will see players from the Patriots roster provide young people with the fundamentals of the development of their football skills at a grassroots level. David Thomson is managing director of NFL Canada. He says the aim is quite simple: Get active and have fun "through the fun of football."
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for summer programs every night this week.  The gymnastics club will be offering Summer Day Camp programs, for 5 weeks, beginning July 2. Each week will have a different theme and will be filled with fun activities, including gymnastics, game, crafts and outings. A full day program, 8:30 - 4:00, will run for school age children, Mondays - Fridays ($160/week). Preschool camps, for ages 3-5, will take place Tuesdays-Thursdays, from 9:00-12:00 ($60/week). Daily rates are also available.  Families can choose weeks according to preferred times and themes. Also, Rec classes for all ages and skill levels will take place Tuesday and Thursday evenings all summer. ($13/hour) More information can be found at pictoucountygymnasticsclub.com under "Camps".
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Today is the last day to register for Pictou County Ultimate's Summer League. To register in person stop by Parkdale Fields tonight at 6:30PM or complete the online form - search Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook for the link. PCU's Summer League is a co-ed league for those 15+ and is open to all skill levels. Any questions please contact PCU via Facebook or ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first stop of the season at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday for the Ron MacGillivray Chev, Buick, GMC 150.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
Jake Bauers hit his first career home run to put Tampa Bay ahead in the fourth inning and the Rays went on to an 8-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Boston 2 Baltimore 0 (12 innings)
Cleveland 4 Chicago White Sox 0
Seattle 5 L.A. Angels 3
National League
Miami 7 San Francisco 5
Chicago Cubs 7 Milwaukee 2 (11 innings)
St. Louis 5 San Diego 2
Arizona 9 Pittsburgh 5
 
CANNABIS INDUSTRY TOLD TO TOE THE LINE WHEN IT COMES TO RULES
Monday 11th June 2018
The former chair of the federal cannabis taskforce is warning the industry to play by the rules when recreational marijuana is legalized. Anne McLellan says too often government has seen big tobacco and big pharma push up against the rules and test them in court. The former federal justice minister says the cannabis industry has the opportunity to play within the rules, and perhaps get some concessions in the future. But McLellan told the World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, N.B., that firms could face pushback from government and communities if they don't. The Senate has approved the Trudeau government's recreational cannabis bill -- but with nearly four dozen amendments that the government may not entirely accept. Bill C-45 passed in the upper house last week by a vote of 56-to-30 with one abstention, over the objections of Conservative senators. The bill must now go back to the House of Commons, where the government will decide whether to approve, reject or modify the changes before returning it to the Senate for another vote.
 
MAN CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH
Monday 11th June 2018
Police say an impaired driver is allegedly responsible for initiating the multi-vehicle crash on Highway 102 near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Sunday afternoon. A 60-year old man from Bedford is charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle after a car travelling in the southbound lane crossed the median and entered the northbound lane before rolling several times. It struck four vehicles before landing on its side. The highway was closed for nearly three hours during the early afternoon on Sunday. Police say there were no serious injuries, although the man is also facing a charge of impaired driving causing bodily harm. He is scheduled to make a first appearance in court on the two charges in late July. Police say the investigation is ongoing.
 
MINERS & PUBLIC MARK DAVIS DAY
Monday 11th June 2018
Ninety-three years ago today, striking coal miners in Cape Breton marched to the Waterford Lake power plant, as they battled against harsh treatment by their employer. After reaching their destination, company police began firing at the unarmed miners, killing William Davis and wounding others. Today is the day where tribute is paid to Davis and to all miners who have lost their lives on the job and what their sacrifices have meant for workers' rights and workplace safety.  Minister of Business Geoff MacLellan is marking Davis Day by laying a wreath at a ceremony in New Waterford this morning. Premier Stephen McNeil will lay a wreath at the Davis Day ceremony in Springill this afternoon at 1.
 
SENIOR CLIMATE LEADER SAYS NOVA SCOTIA IS STILL IN FOR A NICE SUMMER, WITH WARMER NIGHTS STARTING LATER THIS WEEK
Monday 11th June 2018
The country's best-known climate expert wants to re-state his position that summer in the Maritimes is going to be warmer than normal, and with just enough rain to keep the gardens in good shape.
David Phillips is the Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada.
Phillips says last week's 3 day cold snap might not have been pleasant. But he says there are still signs the "Bermuda High" that brings clear skies and sultry nights to the Maritimes during most summers will be back with us between late-June and mid-August.
 
FOREST FIRE IN COLE HARBOUR NOW UNDER CONTROL *UPDATE 1:50 PM*
Monday 11th June 2018
Residents in Cole Harbour near Bissett Lake are allowed to go home, after the mandatory evacuation order was lifted earlier this hour. The Department of Natural Resources says the fire, which has burned roughly 11 hectares (27 acres), is now under control, and 90 to 100 percent contained. The fire is thought to have started last evening near the Salt Marsh Trail in Cole Harbour. Halifax Fire says curious on-lookers are encouraged to stay away from the Astral Drive & Bissett Road areas, as personnel & equipment are still in use on the site.
 
PICTOU DEPT BATTLES TREE FIRE
Monday 11th June 2018
RCMP and Pictou Fire responded to a report of a single tree on fire on Sunday afternoon behind a home on Veterans Drive. Local resident Johnathan Hendsby says the flames were about 6 - 6 1/2feet up the trunk of the tree as he started trying to knock the blazedown before fire crews arrived. They managed to extinguish the fire within about 20 minutes. RCMP Constable Deron Peach says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
 
BODY FOUND ON CB HIGHWAY
Monday 11th June 2018
Cape Breton Regional Police are investigating a suspicious death after a man's body was discovered on the Leitches Creek highway early Sunday morning. EHS transported the man to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was scheduled for late Sunday. Members from the Traffic Safety Unit, Major Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Section continue to investigate. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Cape Breton Police or Crime Stoppers.
 
PRESIDENT OF DOCTORS NS SAYS DOCTOR SHORTAGE IS HIS TOP PRIORITY
Monday 11th June 2018
The new president of Doctors Nova Scotia says his top priority is tackling the doctor shortage. Dr. Tim Holland takes the helm of the physicians group as Nova Scotia deals with a number of health-care issues, from a doctor shortage to low morale among doctors. He said adding seats for medical residents and increasing the number of collaborative care centres will help make the province more attractive for doctors. Physician burnout is also on Holland's to-do list for his term as president. He said he knows he can't fix those issues in a year,but said Doctors Nova Scotia is now working with the Health Department, the Health Authority and others in the health-care system to focus on the goal of improving things for patients and for doctors.
 
SPORTS JUNE 11
Monday 11th June 2018
The Maritime Hockey League (MHL) Entry Draft ran Saturday afternoon at the Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick. The Pictou County Weeks Jr. A Crushers announced the newest members of the Crushers family on Facebook, welcoming on defence -
Sean Stewart, Cape Breton West Islanders
Paul Norman, St.John's Maple Leafs
Logan Carruthers, Halifax Macs
Malcolm Genge, Western Kings, NL
Forwards: Chase Ellis, Cape Breton West Islanders
Goaltender - Jeremy Robar, South Shore Mustangs
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The Weeks Major Midgets named 16 year-old Ben Fraser as their captain. Fraser, a second-year forward from Colchester County, was named captain following spring camp last month. Fraser led the Truro Bearcats major bantam team in scoring two years ago with 24 goals and eight assists in 33 games. Last season, as a rookie in Pictou County, he had one goal and 11 assists in 36 games. Last week, the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Junior Hockey League added Fraser to their list of protected players by making him a territorial selection in advance of Saturday’s draft in Berwick.
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The West Side Community Center hosted its 2nd annual Power Play Ball hockey tournament this weekend. Funds raised will go towards playground upgrades. Nicole Walsh, Vice President of the West side Community Center says some new upgrades should be arriving soon... Nicole tells us the tournament champions were:
IP division - Street Heat
Novice division- Storms a brewin'
Atom division- Road Ragers
Peewee/Bantam division-The Kittens
There were 21 teams - 190 players and upwards of 500 people at the centre over the course of the weekend.
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Tuesday is the last day to register for Pictou County Ultimate's Summer League. To register in person stop by Parkdale Fields on Tuesday at 6:30PM or complete the online form - search Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook for the link. PCU's Summer League is a co-ed league for those 15+ and is open to all skill levels. Any questions please contact PCU via Facebook or ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com
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The free annual Johnny Walk will be taking place the weekend of the Johnny Miles running event, and all are invited to participate. The event will be kicked off by Honorary Walk starter Lawson Breen. The walk takes place Saturday at 8:30a.m., with the registration at 8:00a.m. at Glasgow Square. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with some great giveaways at various milestones. As with each year, there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk, including a bicycle from Pictou County Cycle and a pair of sun glasses donated by Dr. Ken Hammel. Chose the distance that suits your current ability, and build on it for next year!
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This year, the Johnny Miles Marathon Kids' Races will take place for the first time at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Everyone is always welcome to practice or use the track as it is open every day from 8:00 am to dusk. Registration will be at the Pioneer Field on Friday from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00-9:30 am with races starting at 10:00 am sharp. The first 500 participants registered will receive a medal, T shirt and Subway sub. Registration is free, but donations are always appreciated. For more information visit www.johnnymiles.ca
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first stop of the season at Riverside International Speedway on Saturday for the Ron MacGillivray Chev, Buick, GMC 150.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
Curtis Granderson had a single, two doubles and a three-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Baltimore Orioles 13-3.
Chicago White Sox 5 Boston 2
Cleveland 9 Detroit 2
Seattle 5 Tampa Bay 4
Minnesota 7 L.A. Angels 5
Houston 8 Texas 7
Oakland 3 Kansas City 2
National League
Cincinnati 6 St. Louis 3
San Diego 3 Miami 1
Philadelphia 4 Milwaukee 3
Pittsburgh 7 Chicago Cubs 1
Arizona 8 Colorado 3
San Francisco 2 Washington 0
L.A. Dodgers 7 Atlanta 2
Interleague
N.Y. Mets 2 N.Y. Yankees 0
 
NEW GLASGOW MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT MONDAY FOR FLEEING AN ACCIDENT SCENE, AMONG OTHER INFRACTIONS
Saturday 9th June 2018
A New Glasgow man will be in court Monday to face charges related to a collision that happened early Thursday morning in New Glasgow. New Glasgow Regional Police arrested a 40 year old adult male at a Forbes Street New Glasgow residence Friday night as a result of an investigation of a two motor vehicle collision that took place Thursday morning at approximately 7:30 am. The collision involved a grey Mercedes SUV and a blue Jeep at the intersection of Almont Avenue and Bernard Street. The driver of the Mercedes fled the scene and the lone female driver was treated by EHS paramedics at the scene for non life threatening injuries. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage and Almont Avenue was closed to traffic in both directions for approximately two hours. The 40 year old driver of the Mercedes was remanded into custody and charged with: 1. Operation of a motor vehicle while being pursued by police. 2. Failure to stop or remain. 3. Driving while disqualified/prohibited. He will be appearing in Provincial Court in Pictou on Monday June 11, 2018. New Glasgow Regional Police continue to investigate.
 
MVA ON THREE BROOKS ROAD NEAR PICTOU CAUSING TRAFFIC DELAYS - ONE ACCIDENT VICTIM EXTRICATED
Saturday 9th June 2018
If you're heading to the ferry terminal out in Caribou this morning, you should avoid the Three Brooks Road where a motor vehicle accident occurred just before 11 o'clock this morning. East Coast FM news was at the scene where traffic is being blocked off and first responders have confirmed that one person had to be extricated from a vehicle. RCMP and Caribou Fire were on scene at noon dealing with the aftermath of that motor vehicle collision.
 
PCU HOSTS ART HAWKINS' GREAT CANADIAN ULTIMATE GAME TODAY IN New GLASGOW
Saturday 9th June 2018
Pictou County Ultimate is one of the host clubs for the Art Hawkins Great Canadian Ultimate Game. This is a daylong ultimate event that takes place across Canada. The Pictou County game will be played today (Saturday, June 9th) at 2:30 pm at the Ward One Recreation Centre field in New Glasgow. This event is free and open to new players of all ages and skill levels. It's also a chance to register in person for PCU's summer league.
 
PALLIATIVE CARE BEDS OPENED IN ANTIGONISH
Friday 8th June 2018
A six-bed palliative care unit was officially opened at St. Martha's Regional Hospital in Antigonish today. Renovations began in January, 2018, through contributions of 600-thousand dollars from St Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation and an additional 150-thousand from the St Martha’s Regional Hospital Auxiliary for furnishings and equipment. In addition to medical equipment and necessary staff space requirements, the new unit includes areas for families and volunteers. Amenities such as shower and laundry facilities allow families and friends to remain on the unit, close to their loved ones in care. The patient rooms are equipped with new televisions, family space and pull-out couches for overnight stays. The new unit also has a full kitchen, computer room and quiet spaces throughout and reflects a person-centred, serene and homelike environment.
 
FEDS SLOWLY HACKING AWAY AT PILE OF PHOENIX PAPERWORK
Friday 8th June 2018
Ottawa says the recent hiring of new staff at its pay centre in Miramichi, N.B., has helped cut the backlog of problem files created by the troubled Phoenix pay system. Public Services and Procurement Canada says the backlog of transactions involving overpayments or underpayments of civil servants was cut by 25,000 in May, compared to April. The number of problem pay files has gone down every month since the backlog peaked in January. Public Services Minister Carla Qualtrough had announced a series of pilot projects in recent months aimed at speeding up pay transactions. It's not clear whether those projects, including the use of so-called pay pods, contributed to the improving backlog.
 
SEAN FRASER ALSO CALLS U.S. TARIFFS "INSULTING"
Friday 8th June 2018
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser is slamming President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs as “insulting.” In taking that stance, he's backing up comments made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last week. The White House recently imposed a 25 per cent tariff on Canadian steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, saying that Canada was a national security threat to the United States. Trump’s comments have been met with fury by Canadians and widespread condemnation from federal politicians. Ottawa has responded by rolling out its own trade tariffs worth $16 billion against U.S. exports from agricultural products to everyday consumer goods. The EU has also announced its own measures, and The whole thing is likely to make for a tense G-7 summit, which gets underway this morning in Charlevoix, Quebec.
 
FILL 'ER UP! GAS PRICE PLUNGES, DIESEL DROPS
Friday 8th June 2018
For the second week in a row, there's good news on gas prices. They dropped by 6-point-2 cents per litre overnight. Regular self-serve is down to $1.25-point-7 in the local pricing zone. Diesel dropped 3 cents, and now sells for $1.22-point-7.
 
MACKENZIE MURDER TRIAL TO BEGIN IN JANUARY
Friday 8th June 2018
38 year-old Robert Jason MacKenzie's second-degree murder trial will begin next year. Mackenzie is charged in the death of Nicole Campbell on Dec. 30, 2015. His trial will last four weeks in Pictou court, beginning on 7 January with jury selection. MacKenzie’s trial was to start in late May, but was adjourned when his previous lawyer removed herself from the case because she could not secure a defence witness. The parties return to Pictou court on July 19 for a status update on preparations for the trial as well as setting trial dates for alleged offences involving robbery and weapons.
 
NEW GLASGOW FARMER'S MARKET TO TURN SECOND BUILDING INTO PERMANENT STRUCTURE
Friday 8th June 2018
If you visit the New Glasgow Farmers' Market this fall, you're apt to see new propane heaters to keep the place warm. Market Manager Kristi Russell says it's step one in the plan to replace the market's temporary dome with a pole barn. The current dome will be recycled for use elsewhere, and fundraising is now underway for the new permanent structure. Russell tells us that because it's a pole barn that'll cover the same floor plan as the dome, costs can be kept down. Re-using the existing electrical and plumbing will be a major part of those savings, and they're hoping to have the new facility operating by next year.
 
SUMMER PROGRAMS UNDERWAY AT PROVINCIAL MUSEUMS
Friday 8th June 2018
Nova Scotia's museums, heritage sites and public libraries have planned a series of programs and activities that will keep Nova Scotians and visitors entertained all summer long. This is the 150th anniversary of the Nova Scotia Museum. 150 days of celebrations, events and exhibitions are planned at its twenty-eight sites across the province. This includes a variety of reading programs for children at public libraries across the province. The Bluenose II also starts its summer season with cruises in Lunenburg and stops scheduled in fourteen communities throughout the province. Tickets for the Bluenose II 2018 season are now on sale. For more information about museum celebrations visit museum.novascotia.ca.
 
DOUG FORD LEADS ONTARIO PC'S TO MAJORITY
Friday 8th June 2018
For a few short weeks, Andrea Horwath appeared tantalizingly close to the Ontario premier’s office — a prize that proved elusive once again last night for the veteran politician who has led the provincial New Democrats for almost a decade. Despite failing to win government, pundits say Horwath’s position is likely safe. The Tories took the Ontario election last night, making Doug Ford the new premier with a solid majority. The Liberals, under Kathleen Wynn have been given the boot after 15 years in office. The P-C's picked up 76 seats, the NDP got 40, with 7 seats going to the Liberals, forcing them to lose their official party status in Ontario. In addition, there's good news for the Green Party, as Mike Schreiner made history by winning that party’s first-ever seat in the riding of Guelph. The American-born politician handily won the riding with 45 per cent of the vote, ushering in what he hopes is a new era for Ontario's Green party.
 
LEGAL MARIJUANA ONE STEP CLOSER AS BILL PASSES SENATE
Friday 8th June 2018
The Senate has approved the Trudeau government's recreational cannabis bill -- but with nearly four dozen amendments that the government may not entirely accept. Bill C-45 passed in the upper house Thursday night by a vote of 56-to-30 with one abstention, over the objections of Conservative senators. The bill now needs to go back to the House of Commons, where the government will decide whether to approve, reject or modify the changes before returning it to the Senate for another vote. Once passed, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has said that provinces and territories will need two to three months to prepare before retail sales of legal cannabis are actually available. Most of the Senate's amendments are minor, but about a dozen are significant, including one to allow provinces to prohibit home cultivation of cannabis if they choose, rather than accept the four plants per dwelling allowed under the bill. Quebec and Manitoba have already decided that home-grown weed will be illegal.
 
SPORTS JUNE 9
Friday 8th June 2018
The West Side Community Center is hosting the 2nd annual WSCC Power Play Ball hockey tournament this weekend. All funds raised will go towards playground upgrades. Teams are guaranteed 3 games on Saturday to be seeded for playoffs. All teams will compete in playoffs on Sunday. The canteen will be open, BBQ and more fun throughout the day.
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The free annual Johnny Walk will be taking place the weekend of the Johnny Miles running event, and all are invited to participate. The event will be kicked off by Honorary Walk starter Lawson Breen. The walk takes place Saturday, 16 June, at 8:30a.m., with the registration at 8:00a.m. at Glasgow Square. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with some great giveaways at various milestones. As with each year, there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk, including a bicycle from Pictou County Cycle and a pair of sun glasses donated by Dr. Ken Hammel. Chose the distance that suits your current ability, and build on it for next year!
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This year, the Johnny Miles Marathon Kids' Races will take place for the first time at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Everyone is always welcome to practice or use the track as it is open every day from 8:00 am to dusk. Registration will be at the Pioneer Field on Friday, June 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, June 16 from 8:00-9:30 am with races starting at 10:00 am sharp. The first 500 participants registered will receive a medal, T shirt and Subway sub. Registration is free, but donations are always appreciated. For more information visit www.johnnymiles.ca
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first stop of the season at Riverside International Speedway on June 16 for the Ron MacGillivray Chev, Buick, GMC 150.
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The Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy takes place June 18th . Golfers are invited to enjoy a fabulous day of golf, fun, friendship and food at Fox Harbour Resort near Wallace. Money raised at the NSPGI this year will be used by Literacy Nova Scotia to support adult learners. Register today at https://www.nspgi.ca/
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Mixed martial arts giant UFC will make its New Brunswick debut this fall when it presents a Fight Night card at the new Moncton Events Centre. Moncton will become the 11th Canadian city to host a UFC card when the event gets underway Oct. 27. The scheduled card will be UFC's second foray into Canada this year, following a return to Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome on July 28. Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg also have hosted UFC events. The $110-million Moncton Events Centre is set to open this year.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
The Washington Capitals can finally call themselves Stanley Cup champions after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5. Alex Ovechkin capped his playoff MVP campaign with an early power-play goal. Ovechkin and his teammates are Washington's first championship hockey team — and their city's first champion in a major pro sport since winning the Super Bowl in 1992.
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MLB
American League
Aledmys Diaz drove in Teoscar Hernandez with the winning run in the 10th inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a 5-4 comeback win over the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre.
Minnesota 7 Chicago White Sox 2
Detroit 7 Boston 2
Seattle 5 Tampa Bay 4
Houston 5 Texas 2
Oakland 4 Kansas City 1
National League
Cincinnati 7 Colorado 5 (13 innings)
L.A. Dodgers 8 Pittsburgh 7
St. Louis 4 Miami 1
Chicago Cubs 4 Philadelphia 3
 
MUSEUM TO STAY CLOSED OVER CHANGES TO FUNDING APPLICATION FORMS
Thursday 7th June 2018
A museum in Digby County says it will not open its doors this summer because it cannot condone a change to the Canada Summer Jobs program. The Bangor Sawmill Museum in Meteghan River has been hiring high school students to act as tour guides through the summer with funding from that program for the last decade. However, former Conservative MP and retired senator Gerald Comeau, who is on the board for the museum, says the form this year includes an affirmation that groups support individual rights — including the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of sex, religion or race as laid out in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The language also includes a reference to reproductive rights, or what is known as the abortion clause. Comeau says it is inappropriate that the museum be forced to take a position on abortion in order to receive the government funding. Comeau says the museum will remain closed for the season, because as an organization, they do not have a position on abortion.
 
CCRCE ANNOUNCES SPECIALIST HIRINGS
Thursday 7th June 2018
Students with special needs are expected to have access to more help this fall throughout the Chignecto-Central Region thanks to additional student supports announced for the coming year. Executive Director of the CCRCE Gary Adams says a wide range of specialist positions are being created, with some, such as a Student Health Partnerships Nurse and an additional school psychologist, not coming out of their budget. As well, two Parent Navigators, six Child and Youth Practitioners, four more Behaviour Support Teachers and two more Autism Teacher Specialists are being added. Among teaching staff, four additional positions are in the works, including two additional Program Planning Specialists, 1.5 more Learning Centre teachers, and 0.5 additional support for students with identified learning disabilities. This hiring comes out of the announcement last month by the provincve that an additional 190 new staff would be brought in province-wide to address student and complex classroom needs as a result of recommendations in March from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions.
 
POLICE SEARCH FOR DRIVER FLEEING SCENE OF TWO VEHICLE COLLISION
Thursday 7th June 2018
New Glasgow police are looking for the driver of a Mercedes SUV involved in a crash this morning at the corner of Almont and Bernard Streets. Constable Ken MacDonald says the two vehicle collision this morning between a Jeep and Mercedes SUV resulted in the driver of the Jeep being treated at the scene for injuries described as non-life-threatening. MacDonald says the New Glasgow K-9 unit is continuing to search for the second driver. Anyone with information is asked to contact New Glasgow Regional Police at 902-752-1941 or Crime Stoppers.
 
INVERARY RESORT IN CB DAMAGED BY MAJOR FIRE
Thursday 7th June 2018
An early morning fire has destroyed the main building of the Inverary Resort in Baddeck, which contained a dining room, kitchen, reception area and some rooms.  The cabins at the resort and other guest accommodations appear to have suffered minimal damage. Darren Macauly, fire chief with the Baddeck Volunteer Fire Department, says the fire started around 2 am. Four other departments were called in to help. There were no injuries. Macauly said it is too early to tell the exact cause of the fire but it appears to have started in the kitchen area.      
 
PROVINCE PUTS WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORP. IN CHARGE OF RURAL HIGH-SPEED INTERNET
Thursday 7th June 2018
Some opposition MLA's are shaking their heads at the news that the job of connecting rural areas to high-speed internet is going to a crown corporation whose mandate is to develop the Halifax Waterfront. The latest estimate shows 72,000 homes in Nova Scotia can't access high-speed internet, and the province has set aside $120 million in a trust to fix the problem. Halifax's Waterfront Development Corporation will be responsible for finding a home for that money, in partnership with private partners. Pictou East MLA and leadership candidate Tim Houston doubts the government will be able to deliver on its promise to connect almost everyone to high-speed internet. He says Waterfront Development just doesn't have the expertise to use the money wisely. N-D-P MLA Lisa Roberts is concerned other public players might be left out of the chance to build their networks. She says Annapolis County is already a couple of years ahead of the province in terms of figuring out the rural high-speed process. The province has been mum about the topic, but on Wednesday Deputy Business Minister Bernie Miller revealed to the Public Accounts Committee that Waterfront Development has been given the task.
 
POLICE STAGING MOCK CAR COLLISION TO SHOW DANGERS OF IMPAIRED DRIVING
Thursday 7th June 2018
Grade 12 students will see firsthand the realities associated with impaired driving and the realities emergency responders face each time they respond to a crash involving teens. New Glasgow Regional Police, New Glasgow Fire Department, Trenton Fire Department Madd Pictou County are staging a mock collision at North Nova in New Glasgow this morning at 11. Alcohol and driver distraction are two of the leading factors in fatal and serious injury collisions in Nova Scotia. Constable Ken Macdonald of New Glasgow Regional Police says he hopes that seeing today's mock collision will show students the consequences of impaired driving, and show why it's important to be responsible at graduation.
 
TRENTON ARSONIST GIVEN ONE YEAR JAIL SENTENCE, AND PROBATION
Thursday 7th June 2018
A 26 year-old Trenton woman will spend a year in prison followed by two years’ probation after pleading guilty to arson. Lacie Jillian Frazee previously underwent a mental health assessment at East Coast Forensic Hospital, after being charged with three counts of arson in January. She was convicted of setting fires that damaged a home and a travel trailer on Phillip Street in Trenton. Frazee will serve concurrent year-long sentences for the three counts.
 
MINOR INJURIES AFTER COLLISION WEDNESDAY ON TRANS-CANADA
Thursday 7th June 2018
There’s been another accident on the Trans Canada Highway between New Glasgow and Antigonish. Ron Bryce of the RCMP tells our newsroom that a tractor trailer struck the back of a minivan in French River mid-afternoon on Wednesday, sending at least one person to hospital with what are believed to be non-critical injuries. The collision happened in a construction zone.
 
NSCC GRADUATION TODAY
Thursday 7th June 2018
Preparations are being finalized for this year's convocation ceremonies for graduates of the NSCC Pictou campus. Principal Dave Freckleton tells us that just like last year, the ceremonies will be livestreamed over the internet, in order to have as many people as possible enjoy them. The convocation begins at 10am at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The link to the livestream can be found here.
 
EVEN WITH NEW INCENTIVE PROGRAMS, WAITLIST FOR DOCTORS TOPS 50,000
Thursday 7th June 2018
The provincial Health Authority's latest numbers show that over 50,000 are on the waitlist for a family doctor. This increase comes despite a June 1 announcement from the province that nearly 2,900 new patients were taken on through the Patient Attachment Incentive Trust, which gives doctors a one-time payment of $150 for every new patient they take on. The stats show an increase of 4.9 per cent in the number of people waiting for a family practice province-wide— in the Central Zone, which includes Pictou, Colchester and Cumberland Counties, there was a 5.6 percent increase. The eastern zone, including Cape Breton, Antigonish and Guysborough, is the only area showing a slight decrease.
 
NOVA SCOTIA ON SHORT LIST FOR WORLD'S FIRST WHALE SANCTUARY
Thursday 7th June 2018
An undisclosed location somewhere off Nova Scotia has been shortlisted as a potential site for the world's first seaside sanctuary for whales and dolphins born in captivity. The pioneering effort started two years ago when the U.S.-based Whale Sanctuary Project announced it was looking at 100 possible sites across North America. Lori Marino, president of the non-profit group, confirmed this week that the list has been narrowed to two locations: Nova Scotia and Washington state, with a couple sites in British Columbia as backup choices. She says public attitudes have changed toward whales and dolphins being forced to perform at marine parks and aquariums. Renowned marine biologist Hal Whitehead, a professor at Dalhousie University in Halifax who specializes in the study of whales, says he supports the project. Marino says her group plans to make a decision before the end of the year, and the goal is to have the large sanctuary operating by 2020.
 
DAL CELEBRATES 200TH BIRTHDAY WITH TREE PLANTING
Thursday 7th June 2018
Two hundred trees will be planted this weekend to celebrate Dalhousie University's 200th anniversary. The Halifax school says the trees will be planted across the Studley and Sexton campuses. It says students have carefully selected a number of long-lived and native tree species for the project. The event is taking place on Saturday morning rain or shine.
 
CAPE BRETONER CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING AFTER CRASHING INTO RESERVE MINES DUPLEX
Thursday 7th June 2018
Police have charged a 19-year-old woman from North Sydney with impaired driving after a car crashed into a duplex in Reserve Mines. According to witnesses, the man who lives in the home had been sitting in his living room just before the crash happened and got up to use the washroom. They say had he still been on his couch at the time, things could have been much different. Police say the woman charged with impaired driving has been released on a promise to appear in court next month. As for the man who lives there, neighbours say he had already been planning to fly out west today to visit family. Since it will take some time to repair his home - if it's salvageable – the timing of his vacation couldn’t be better.
 
COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACULTY VOTING WHETHER TO LEAVE NSTU
Thursday 7th June 2018
The president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union is urging Community College faculty and professional support members to vote "no" in an upcoming decertification vote. Liette Doucet says she fully supports the right of educators to exercise their right to freedom of association. But she says what's best for education across Nova Scotia is for the NSTU to remain as one, with community college members part of the organization. The vote begins Friday and wraps up on Tuesday.
 
SPORTS JUNE 7
Thursday 7th June 2018
The local community will have a chance to cheer on Special Olympics athletes today. The Torch Run will reach Michelin's Pictou County gatehouse, with the event set to start at 10am this morning. Michelin employees, retirees, relatives, friends, teachers, and students will be on hand to help celebrate our Nova Scotian Special Olympians. This year’s provincial Special Olympics will run June 8-10 in Halifax, with roughly 800 athletes competing at Saint Mary’s University. Nova Scotia will also host this year’s national games, July 31 to August 4 in Antigonish.
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The newest member of the Maritime Hockey League is the Grand Falls Rapids. The name and logo were unveiled at a press conference Wednesday morning. Rapids was submitted by a number of people and ultimately chosen because the team felt it represents the region. The relocated Woodstock Slammers have been working to get their executive in place and other details. The franchise had requested a one-year leave of absence in March to allow for either the sale of the franchise or to have another individual or group to assume control of team operations. The official move to Grand Falls was announced last month.​
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The West Side Community Center is hosting the 2nd annual WSCC Power Play Ball hockey tournament this weekend. Organizers are looking for players ages 4-15 (IP to Bantam) male and female, to compete in the two day hockey tournament. All funds raised will go towards playground upgrades. Teams are guaranteed 3 games on Saturday to be seeded for playoffs. All teams will compete in playoffs on Sunday. The canteen will be open, BBQ and more fun throughout the day. Registration can be done by email: thepaintbox@live.ca
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The free annual Johnny Walk will be taking place the weekend of the Johnny Miles running event, and all are invited to participate. The event will be kicked off by Honorary Walk starter Lawson Breen. The walk takes place Saturday, 16 June, at 8:30a.m., with the registration at 8:00a.m. at Glasgow Square. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with some great giveaways at various milestones. As with each year, there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk, including a bicycle from Pictou County Cycle and a pair of sun glasses donated by Dr. Ken Hammel. Chose the distance that suits your current ability, and build on it for next year!
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This year, the Johnny Miles Marathon Kids' Races will take place for the first time at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Everyone is always welcome to practice or use the track as it is open every day from 8:00 am to dusk. Registration will be at the Pioneer Field on Friday, June 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, June 16 from 8:00-9:30 am with races starting at 10:00 am sharp. The first 500 participants registered will receive a medal, T shirt and Subway sub. Registration is free, but donations are always appreciated. For more information visit www.johnnymiles.ca
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first stop of the season at Riverside International Speedway on June 16 for the Ron MacGillivray Chev, Buick, GMC 150.
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The Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy takes place June 18th . Golfers are invited to enjoy a fabulous day of golf, fun, friendship and food at Fox Harbour Resort near Wallace. Money raised at the NSPGI this year will be used by Literacy Nova Scotia to support adult learners. Register today at https://www.nspgi.ca/
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA Finals
Kevin Durant scored a playoff career-high 43 points, including a long clinching 3-pointer, Stephen Curry ended a nightmarish night with five straight to give Golden State the lead for good, and the Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals with a 110-102 victory over Cleveland.
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MLB
American League
Aaron Judge hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning after a masterful outing from Sonny Gray and the Yankees bullpen, and New York beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 to sweep the two-game series against division rivals.
Boston 7 Detroit 1
Texas 8 Oakland 2
Chicago White Sox 5 Minnesota 2
Houston 7 Seattle 5
L.A. Angels 4 Kansas City 3
National League
San Diego 3 Atlanta 1
San Francisco 5 Arizona 4 (10 innings)
Pittsburgh 11 L.A. Dodgers 9
Colorado 6 Cincinnati 3
Chicago Cubs 7 Philadelphia 5
Miami 11 St. Louis 3
Interleague
Washington 11 Tampa Bay 2
Baltimore 1 N.Y. Mets 0
Cleveland 3 Milwaukee 1
 
BLUEBERRY GROWERS SOUND THE ALARM OVER LATEST FROST
Thursday 7th June 2018
Last night's widespread frost is only going to add to farmers' worries.
That, as reports of frost damage continue to roll in from different industries across the province. The latest group to sound the alarm is the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia.
Executive Director Peter Rideout says heavy frost Sunday night and early Monday caused major damage to this year's crop; just as fields in northern Nova Scotia were approaching the critical full bloom stage.
Nearly two-thirds of the province's wild blueberry land is located in Cumberland, Colchester and Pictou counties.
Rideout says an immediate concern is the potential for a serious blight on the frost-damaged plant tissues, which could wipe out any viable blossoms that might remain.
Making matter worse, he says this damage comes as the industry was seeing reasons for optimism in the market outlook this year following two years of low prices and financial hardship for producers.
 
GREEN THUMB ALERT! NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN BEING CREATED IN DOWNTOWN NEW GLASGOW
Wednesday 6th June 2018
The Town of New Glasgow is helping to get another community garden up and running, this time right in the downtown core. The project is spearheaded by Carey Allen, owner of Perfect Diversity, to use the space formerly occupied by the Maritime Building near the corner of MacLean and Provost Streets. The proposal was formally adopted by a motion of the Committee of the Whole of New Glasgow Town Council on Tuesday evening. New Glasgow CAO Lisa MacDonald says the town will be contributing some financial assistance to the project by sponsoring the construction of the first four raised planter boxes. The boxes will be roughly 1.5 metres wide by 9 metres long (5 feet by 30 feet).
 
NO VOTE ON PIPELINE LETTER DOESN'T MEAN TOPIC IS CLOSED: MAYOR DICKS
Wednesday 6th June 2018
New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks says people shouldn't misunderstand her council's decision not to move ahead with the latest request from Friends of the Northumberland Strait. The group wants council to send a letter to the Federal Environment Minister asking for extra scrutiny of Northern Pulp's proposed pipeline. Mayor Dicks says council is not completely ruling that out, but it wants to understand the difference between the provincial and federal environmental rules before formally considering that request. Mayor Dicks expects the request for that letter to come back before New Glasgow Council within the next 30 days.
 
PEACE BOND APPLIED FOR FOLLOWING TENSIONS BETWEEN CAMPBELL AND GARNIER FAMILIES
Wednesday 6th June 2018
The father of convicted murderer Christopher Garnier has applied for a peace bond against a member of Catherine Campbell's family. Vince Garnier filed the application against Campbell's brother-in-law Calvin Garneau on Friday. Garnier's wife, ex-wife, son, and his son's common-law partner are also named in the complaint. In the application for the peace bond, Vince Garnier swears that Garneau swerved his vehicle "within mere feet" of the group in the parking garage at the Halifax Law Courts during the murder trial last fall.
 
NEW RIVERVIEW HOME CEO ON THE JOB NEXT WEEK *TIME CORRECTION*
Wednesday 6th June 2018
The transition for the new CEO of Riverview Home Corporation will be complete after a ceremony this coming Monday. Patricia Bland is stepping down, and new CEO Guy Pellerine will be taking over the post. Councillor Frank Proudfoot told New Glasgow's Committee of the Whole last night over 30 applications were submitted, and several interviews were conducted prior to Pellerine's selection. He comes to the job after spending the last three plus years as a Program Manager with the Department of Community Services. The goodbye and welcoming ceremony will be Monday afternoon at 2pm at the Riverview Home.
 
NEW GLASGOW WADES INTO PIPE DEBATE
Wednesday 6th June 2018
New Glasgow Councillors have been asked to weigh in on the issue of piping effluent into the Northumberland Strait. The Friends of the Northumberland Strait want New Glasgow Town Council to take the issue to Ottawa. The group is pushing its concerns over the lack of in-depth analysis that a Class 1 assessment of the planned effluent treatment system would include. The volunteer-driven group consists of concerned citizens looking out for the economic and environmental sustainability of the waters in the Strait. Last night, they presented Council with a resolution that would see New Glasgow Town Council write a letter to the federal Environment Minister to Review Northern Pulp's plans under Section 14 of the Federal Assessment Act. Despite that, New Glasgow Councillors did not end up putting a formal motion on the floor.
 
FIRE CHIEF SAYS LATEST ACCIDENT PROVES HIGHWAY MUST BE TWINNED *UPDATED 9:10 AM*
Wednesday 6th June 2018
Some new details about yesterday afternoon's accident near French River. Ron Bryce with the RCMP tells our newsroom it appears a Honda Civic lost control due to hydroplaning, and the tractor trailer in the opposite lane was fortunately able to avoid a head-on collision, and so the Civic's driver was transported to hospital with only minor injuries. Barneys River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald says the collision is further proof that Highway 104 must be twinned all the way from New Glasgow to Antigonish.
 
PICTOU COUNTY TAX RATES UNCHANGED
Wednesday 6th June 2018
Pictou County council once again held fast on tax rates. Council agreed Monday to keep the residential rate at 81 cents per $100 assessment and the commercial rate at $1.82 per $100 assessment. Council also approved the operating budget for the fiscal year, which is just above $17.4 million dollars. The county also adopted a $5.4 million capital budget over five years which includes ongoing water and sewer work as well as the installation of sidewalks all within the first year of the five-year plan. It is currently in the process of finishing up water and sewer projects in Alma, Springfield Estates, Abercrombie and McLellans Brook which will be coming out of its reserve funds.
 
MISSING FREDERICTON GIRL FOUND *UPDATED 10:45 AM*
Wednesday 6th June 2018
Fredericton Police say a missing 14-year old girl who was believed to be in the Halifax area has been located safe and sound. Amira Arsenault had not been since last Wednesday.
 
PROVINCE SEEKS MORE FOSTER PARENTS
Wednesday 6th June 2018
Officials say the province needs more foster parents, with a particular emphasis on African Nova Scotians, even after the recruitment of 80 new foster parents in the last year. There are currently 684 children in foster care, with 663 total homes. Leonard Doiron, the province's executive director of Child, Youth and Family Supports, says the figures include about two-thirds of children under the province's care, because foster care isn't appropriate for all children. Doiron says needs remain for foster parents who can provide more specialized levels of care and for homes better suited to a child's cultural background. Nancy MacLellan, associate deputy minister with the Department of Community Services, says work is being done to reduce approval-process red tape, and on recruitment efforts in African Nova Scotian communities as part of boosting the numbers of available foster parents.
 
MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS STUCK ON YEARS-LONG WAITING LISTS, INQUIRY TOLD
Wednesday 6th June 2018
A human rights inquiry has been told that some patients who had been conditionally released from a Halifax forensic hospital weren't allowed to leave because they were stuck on waiting lists for up to six years for a supported community home. The East Coast Forensic Hospital primarily houses adults who have committed crimes, but have been found not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder, or NCR. Statistician Patryk Simon testified at a human rights hearing on housing for people with disabilities, giving a statistical snapshot of some of those patients. It showed that on April 24 about one third of those surveyed, or 19 people out of about 57, had been waiting for an average of over two years for a community placement. Among the 19, there were two people who'd been waiting four to five years, and one for over six years. The rights hearing is considering whether the Department of Community Services violated the Human Rights Act by housing patients with disabilities in an institutional setting at the Emerald Hall psychiatric ward in Halifax for over a decade. A lawyer for the Disability Rights Coalition, Claire McNeil, had requested the NCR patient data, and said they are another symptom of the shortage of small homes with support staff to help people with mental illnesses and intellectual disability live in the community.
 
THREE CANADIANS CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY CROSSING INTO U.S.
Wednesday 6th June 2018
U.S. border patrol officers have charged three Canadians with unlawful entry after they were seen walking in northern Maine, including one man facing child exploitation charges in Nova Scotia. According to court documents filed earlier this month with the U.S. District Court in Bangor, Maine, the three were apprehended May 31 near Houlton, Maine, not far from the border crossing at Woodstock. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency alleges that Jesse Christopher Leblanc, Chelsey Ann Fitch of Fredericton and Aaron Byron Cumberland of Nova Scotia crossed the border at a spot not designated as a port of entry. Border patrol agent Matthew McLellan says the three were seen carrying backpacks on the Canadian side of the border on a road parallel to the international boundary before they were spotted on a road in Maine that leads away from the border. The agent said a fingerprint check later determined Cumberland is facing charges in Nova Scotia, including luring a child and invitation to sexual touching, though he had been released on conditions. McLellan's affidavit says those conditions include an order that he remain in Nova Scotia and refrain from possessing any electronic device that can access the internet. The affidavit says Cumberland had a cellphone and a laptop with him when he was arrested.
 
FLOOD VICTIMS COULD SEE SOME RELIEF ON NS STUDENT LOANS
Wednesday 6th June 2018
There is a small amount of relief for flood victims both in New Brunswick and British Columbia who are in the midst of paying off student loans. Residents of those two provinces with Nova Scotia Student Loans will see a suspension of payments for six months, without penalty. Suspension of payments is automatic for borrowers who already have a New Brunswick or British Columbia address in the affected areas on file. Borrowers who are affected but unsure whether they are eligible should contact Nova Scotia Student Assistance at 1-800-565-8420.
 
SPORTS JUNE 6
Wednesday 6th June 2018
The Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers opted not to use their territorial picks for the upcoming MHL draft this weekend in Berwick. Each team has the option to select up to two players from their region ahead of the draft in lieu of using picks after the second and third rounds of the draft. This is the first time since 2006 that the Crushers did not use either of their territorial selections. In the past, the Crushers have used this option to take such players as Garrett Holmes, Jaden and Kevin Mason, Jake Martin, and Mason Hawley.
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The Westville Boxing Club will soon have a new home. Club president and head coach Aaron Kinch tells NG News the nearly year-old club has been donated space by a Westville resident whose grandson is part of the club. The club will be working out a of a large garage at the residence until a permanent home can be found. Kinch, a former amateur and professional boxer, does not charge for his services and the club could no longer afford the rental costs at the Westville Community Centre. The club has already begun to enter fighters in amateur boxing cards; club member Evan Montgomery will have his second fight on June 22 in Dartmouth and Kinch has tentatively set up a fight for Kaleb Gordon in Membertou on June 16.
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The West Side Community Center is hosting the 2nd annual WSCC Power Play Ball hockey tournament this weekend. Organizers are looking for players ages 4-15 (IP to Bantam) male and female, to compete in the two day hockey tournament. All funds raised will go towards playground upgrades. Teams are guaranteed 3 games on Saturday to be seeded for playoffs. All teams will compete in playoffs on Sunday. The canteen will be open, BBQ and more fun throughout the day. Registration can be done by email: thepaintbox@live.ca
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Pictou County Ultimate's Summer League starts June 19th and runs for 10 weeks. This league is co-ed and anyone 15+ can play. Online registration is now open. Search for Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook for more details. And back by popular demand, Pictou County Ultimate is hosting its second women's development session tonight at Parkdale Fields from 6-7:30PM. This event is aimed at developing throwing and game skills for women 14+. It's a free event and participants are encouraged to wear cleats if they have them.
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The free annual Johnny Walk will be taking place the weekend of the Johnny Miles running event, and all are invited to participate. The event will be kicked off by Honorary Walk starter Lawson Breen. The walk takes place Saturday, 16 June, at 8:30a.m., with the registration at 8:00a.m. at Glasgow Square. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with some great giveaways at various milestones. As with each year, there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk, including a bicycle from Pictou County Cycle and a pair of sun glasses donated by Dr. Ken Hammel. Chose the distance that suits your current ability, and build on it for next year!
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This year, the Johnny Miles Marathon Kids' Races will take place for the first time at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Everyone is always welcome to practice or use the track as it is open every day from 8:00 am to dusk. Registration will be at the Pioneer Field on Friday, June 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, June 16 from 8:00-9:30 am with races starting at 10:00 am sharp. The first 500 participants registered will receive a medal, T shirt and Subway sub. Registration is free, but donations are always appreciated. For more information visit www.johnnymiles.ca
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first stop of the season at Riverside International Speedway on June 16 for the Ron MacGillivray Chev, Buick, GMC 150.
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The Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy takes place June 18th . Golfers are invited to enjoy a fabulous day of golf, fun, friendship and food at Fox Harbour Resort near Wallace. Money raised at the NSPGI this year will be used by Literacy Nova Scotia to support adult learners. Register today at https://www.nspgi.ca/
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League
Miguel Andujar hit his first career grand slam in the seventh inning to lift the New York Yankees over the struggling Toronto Blue Jays 7-2.
Minnesota 4 Chicago White Sox 2 (1st game)
Chicago White Sox 6 Minnesota 3 (2nd game)
Boston 6 Detroit 0
Texas 7 Oakland 4
Seattle 7 Houston 1
L.A. Angels 1 Kansas City 0
National League
L.A. Dodgers 5 Pittsburgh 0
Colorado 9 Cincinnati 6
Philadelphia 6 Chicago Cubs 1
Miami 7 St. Louis 4
Atlanta 14 San Diego 1
Arizona 3 San Francisco 2
Interleague
Washington ace Max Scherzer struck out 3 Tampa Bay players on 9 pitches in the 6th inning, and is the first to reach 10 wins this season as the Nationals beat Tampa Bay 4-2.
Baltimore 2 N.Y. Mets 1
Cleveland 3 Milwaukee 2
 
FLOOD VICTIMS TO RECEIVE STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT RELIEF
Tuesday 5th June 2018
There is a small amount of relief for those flood victims who are in the midst of paying off student loans. Residents of New Brunswick or British Columbia with Nova Scotia Student Loans will see a suspension of payments for six months, without penalty. Suspension of payments is automatic for borrowers who already have a New Brunswick or British Columbia address in the affected areas on file. Borrowers who are affected but unsure whether they are eligible should contact Nova Scotia Student Assistance at 1-800-565-8420. 
 
MISSING FREDERICTON TEEN MAY BE IN HALIFAX
Tuesday 5th June 2018
Fredericton Police are asking the public for help in finding a missing 14-year old girl who they now believe is in the Halifax area. Amira Arsenault has been missing for nearly a week, as Fredericton Police say she was last seen last Wednesday. Arsenault is described as caucasian, 5’2” tall, 100 lbs, blue Eyes, blonde hair, and was last known to have been wearing a red t-shirt, black leggings and Air Jordan sneakers. Fredericton Police are asking people to please be on the lookout, and contact them, or your local police agency with information.
 
DEATH OF NEW BRUNSWICK MAN DEEMED SUSPICIOUS
Tuesday 5th June 2018
Police in New Brunswick say the death of a 52-year old man found dead in an apartment is suspicious. RCMP say an autopsy is being scheduled to assist in determining a cause of death. The man's body was reported to police Monday afternoon from an apartment near Tracadie. Police have not released any other details, except to say that the investigation is ongoing.
 
MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN INQUIRY GETS SIX-MONTH EXTENSION
Tuesday 5th June 2018
Ottawa has extended the national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, but not the length of time it asked for. The inquiry has until the end of next April to submit its final report and until June 30 of next year to wind down operations. The inquiry had asked for a two-year extension to its mandate and for about $50 million in new funding. The government initially budgeted $53.8 million for the inquiry, and officials said more discussions were needed to determine additional funds to cover the extension. Ottawa also announced its response to recommendations issued in the inquiry's interim report last November. Ottawa will provide an extra $21.3 million to Indigenous organizations to provide health support services for the families of the missing and murdered, as well as survivors of violence. Health support services will also be extended 12 months beyond the end of the inquiry's mandate, to June 20, 2020.  In addition, Ottawa is providing an additional $5.42 million this fiscal year for Justice Canada's family liaison units and community-based organizations to support families after the inquiry ends. The RCMP's National Investigative Standards and Practices Unit, which partly focuses on cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, will receive an additional $9.6 million over five years. The inquiry said it needed more time to complete the full scope of its work, and hear from all the family members and survivors who had signed up to share their stories. It faced internal turbulence caused by high staff turnover including the departures of senior staff, commissioner Marilyn Poitras and executive director Debbie Reid.
 
THREE CARS TOWED IN PICTOU COUNTY OVER IMPAIRED DRIVING OFFENCES
Tuesday 5th June 2018
Pictou County RCMP were hard at work over the weekend, as three drivers had their vehicles towed due to impaired driving. Early Saturday afternoon, Mounties stopped a vehicle in Moose River because of faulty equipment. The 28 year-old driver, from Stellarton, showed signs of alcohol impairment and blew a "warn" reading during a roadside test. His vehicle was towed and a seven-day suspension was issued. He's also charged with impaired driving. Also on Saturday, RCMP officers were conducting a checkpoint on Sherbrooke Road in Blue Mountain and identified two more drivers who were committing alcohol related offences. A 36-year-old man from Barney's River has his licence was suspended 24 hours and his vehicle towed. A 48-year-old man from Pictou who came through the checkpoint had a suspended licence due to previous alcohol-related drivng offences. He was arrested for Driving While Disqualified, and his vehicle was also towed.
 
FIRE AT FORMER HOME HARDWARE IN STELLARTON
Tuesday 5th June 2018
South Foord Street was closed to traffic from Claremont Avenue to Weir Avenue for several hours Monday night as firefighters battled a blaze at the former Home Hardware building in Stellarton. The fire was centred in the main building once used as Home Hardware's lumber location.
 
THREE INJURED AFTER BUS GOES OFF ROAD
Tuesday 5th June 2018
Three students were taken to hospital as a precaution after the back of a bus went off the road near West Pictou Consolidated School Monday afternoon. The bus left the corner of Stewart Road near the West Pictou school. The cause of the accident was not immediately known. Three students bumped their heads and were taken to hospital to be checked out further.
 
PICTOU MAYOR UPSET OVER LOSS OF PROGRAMS AT MCCULLOCH
Tuesday 5th June 2018
Pictou’s mayor is not happy with the Chignecto Central Regional Centre for Education (formerly Chignecto Central Regional School Board). At last night’s committee of council meeting, Jim Ryan told council he has written a strongly worded letter to Director Gary Adams over the decision not to offer Woodworking, Textile Arts or Food and Nutrition to Grades 7 & 8 at McCulloch Education Centre in the new school year. Ryan also wrote to Adams with concerns about the lack of space at McCulloch, which means there will be no space available for the pre-primary program. Ryan wants McCulloch students to continue to be transported to Pictou Academy for the “elective” programs as was done this past year, and strongly recommends the Department of Education add space to Pictou Academy so that Grade 7 and 8 students can move there, thus solving the space issues for both schools.
 
PICTOU TO SEEK INTERESTED GROUPS FOR OLD PICTOU ACADEMY BUILDING
Tuesday 5th June 2018
The town of Pictou will soon be asking for expressions of interest in the former Pictou Academy building from community groups and private businesses. The deadline to apply has not yet been finalized, but Mayor Jim Ryan did say he wants to be able to discuss any viable plans that come council’s way as soon as possible so that the former Academy building doesn’t sit idle through the winter. Mayor Ryan and council agreed to have conditions for those who may want to express an interest drawn up and approved at the next meeting of council in two weeks.
 
TOWN OF PICTOU ROUNDUP
Tuesday 5th June 2018
Pictou County’s Regional Enterprise Network is very close to reality. At last night’s Committee of Council meeting, Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan told council that there is just one municipality left to sign the agreement to form the REN, and then the agreement goes to the Department of Municipal Affairs for approval. Ryan says these steps should take just a couple of weeks to complete. Westville Councillor Len White will be the first chair of the oversight committee for the new REN.
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Local crown prosecutors are moving to Pictou. Chris Hansen, communications director with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service, confirmed Monday that a new office building is being built at the Pictou roundabout, which will include office space for the area’s three Crown attorneys and staff. Currently, the crown office is in New Glasgow, and Hansen says the lease is coming up soon. She says it makes sense to have the new building closer to the Justice Centre in Pictou to save on travel time. Victim Services, which is operated by the Department of Justice, will share the building with public prosecutions. The new building is expected to be ready by October.
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The town of Pictou is tweaking its policy over the destruction of documents they no longer need. Currently, documents deemed no longer needed under the Municipal Government Act have to be approved for destruction by council. Under the proposed new system, the CAO could be able to order the destruction after filing a form listing the reasons for doing so to the province, without having to go through council.
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The town of Pictou is adding its contribution to the county-wide sponsorship of Special Olympics, whose summer games will take place in Antigonish this year. A motion was passed to contribute $750 dollars to the sponsorship. The full amount from all six municipalities will be announced soon.
 
HFX TRANSIT WORKER SEEKING SIX FIGURES IN DAMAGES FOR DISCRIMINATION
Tuesday 5th June 2018
The lawyer for a Halifax transit worker who complained about racial discrimination in his workplace says his client is seeking over $1.4 million in total damages. Bruce Evans told a Nova Scotia Human Rights hearing Monday that his client is looking for the maximum amount awarded under Canadian law for general damages, $367,000, and more than a million dollars in lost earnings and pension. Last week, a Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission board of inquiry found racist bullying in Halifax's transit service. Evans says medical evidence shows his client, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, has suffered psychological injuries that are "severe and devastating" and he should be awarded the maximum under current law. In a decision released last week, inquiry board chairwoman Lynn Connors said the complainant was frightened and terrorized by the actions of a former bus mechanic who no longer works for the transit service. Connors said that the city of Halifax was "vicariously liable" for the actions of its workers and didn't do enough to curb inappropriate behaviour. Commission lawyer Jason Cooke says the previous maximum award of $35,000 would be "grossly inadequate" in this case. However, the lawyer for HRM says awarding the maximum would be inappropriate because the usual range for human rights awards is between $30,000 and $40,000.
 
SOLAR PROGRAM TAKING APPLICATIONS
Tuesday 5th June 2018
The Solar Electricity for Community Buildings Program is accepting applications from community organizations that want to reduce emissions by generating electricity from solar panels. Now in its second year, the program is open to Mi'kmaw bands in Nova Scotia, registered non-profit or charitable organizations, municipalities or organizations owned by municipalities and universities or community colleges. Applications will be accepted until June 29th. For more information, visit the Nova Scotia solar website.
 
FLOODED HOMES IN NB MAY FACE RESTRICTIONS BEFORE REBUILDING
Tuesday 5th June 2018
New Brunswick flood victims may not be able to rebuild their homes, or only be allowed to rebuild after raising them or taking other significant mitigation efforts. Ryan Donaghy of the Department of Environment and Local Government says homeowners will have to detail mitigation efforts before being issued a permit to proceed near a river or other watercourse. The province says about 12,000 properties were affected by flooding between late April and mid-May. Lisa Munn, recovery services manager with New Brunswick Emergency Measures, says 50 to 60 homes are beyond repair. The Red Cross says at least 71 people remain in temporary housing, while others are staying with friends and family.
 
FORD FAMILY EMBROILED IN LAWSUIT, LESS THAN A WEEK BEFORE ONTARIO VOTES
Tuesday 5th June 2018
A bombshell has been dropped just a few days before Ontarians go to the polls. Rob Ford's widow has launched a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against brothers-in-law Doug and Randy Ford and their family businesses, claiming she and her children were bilked out of millions of dollars. In the suit filed Friday in Ontario Superior Court, Renata Ford says Doug and his brother Randy, who run the Ford family businesses, "conspired together" to deprive her and her children of shares in the family company Deco Toronto and the proceeds of a life insurance policy. The brothers are trustees for their late brother's estate. The allegations come as Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives are in a neck-and-neck race against the Ontario New Democrats. In a statement Monday, Doug Ford characterized the claims made in the lawsuit as "completely false," saying he has stood by his brother and family "through so many of their challenging times." The suit alleges that in the early part of 2017, Deco Companies was reorganized and that led to a loss of some $6 million. After the death of Doug Ford Sr. in 2006, the suit claims, Doug and Randy Ford arranged for "extravagant" salaries for themselves, which included bonuses, travel and allowances for vehicles, "regardless of the financial performance" of the businesses. It also claims that Doug took funds from his brother's estate to help prop up his businesses in Toronto and Chicago.
 
SPORTS JUNE 5
Tuesday 5th June 2018
The West Side Community Center is hosting the 2nd annual WSCC Power Play Ball hockey tournament this weekend. Organizers are looking for players ages 4-15 (IP to Bantam) male and female, to compete in the two day hockey tournament. All funds raised will go towards playground upgrades. Teams are guaranteed 3 games on Saturday to be seeded for playoffs. All teams will compete in playoffs on Sunday. The canteen will be open, BBQ and more fun throughout the day. Registration can be done by email: thepaintbox@live.ca
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Pictou County Ultimate's Summer League starts June 19th and runs for 10 weeks. This league is co-ed and anyone 15+ can play. Online registration is now open. Search for Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook for more details. PCU will also be holding a summer kick off BBQ and AGM tonight at 6:30 at 411 Mountain Road. This will be an in-person opportunity to sign up for summer league and a chance to become more involved in the organization.
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Back by popular demand, Pictou County Ultimate is hosting its second women's development session on Wednesday at Parkdale Fields from 6-7:30PM. This event is aimed at developing throwing and game skills for women 14+. This is an event for beginners, experienced players and those in between! It's a free event and participants are encouraged to wear cleats if they have them.
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Because of the inclement weather on Sunday, the new date for the Macgregor Midgets baseball camp is Sunday, June 24 from 9-3 at the Kinsmen ball field. 
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The free annual Johnny Walk will be taking place on the weekend of the Johnny Miles running event, and all are invited to participate. The event will be kicked off by Honorary Walk starter Lawson Breen. The walk takes place Saturday, 16 June, at 8:30a.m., with the registration at 8:00a.m. at Glasgow Square. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with some great giveaways at various milestones. As with each year, there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk, including a bicycle from Pictou County Cycle and a pair of sun glasses donated by Dr. Ken Hammel. Chose the distance that suits your current ability, and build on it for next year!
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The year, the Johnny Miles Marathon Kids' Races will take place for the first time at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Everyone is always welcome to practice or use the track as it is open every day from 8:00 am to dusk. Registration will be at the Pioneer Field on Friday, June 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, June 16 from 8:00-9:30 am with races starting at 10:00 am sharp. The first 500 participants registered will receive a medal, T shirt and Subway sub. Registration is free, but donations are always appreciated. For more information visit www.johnnymiles.ca
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first stop of the season at Riverside International Speedway on June 16 for the Ron MacGillivray Chev, Buick, GMC 150.
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The Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy takes place June 18th . Golfers are invited to enjoy a fabulous day of golf, fun, friendship and food at Fox Harbour Resort near Wallace. Money raised at the NSPGI this year will be used by Literacy Nova Scotia to support adult learners. Register today at https://www.nspgi.ca/
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
T.J. Oshie, Tom Wilson and Devante Smith-Pelly all scored in the first period and the Capitals cruised from there in routing the Vegas Golden Knights 6-2 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
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MLB
American League
N.Y. Yankees 7 Detroit 4 (1st game)
Detroit 4 N.Y. Yankees 2 (2nd game)
L.A. Angels 9 Kansas City 6
National League
San Francisco 10 Arizona 3
San Diego 11 Atlanta 4
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Digging deeper into a culture war that he's repeatedly stoked, President Donald Trump called off a visit by the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House at the last minute, citing the dispute over whether NFL players must stand during the playing of the national anthem. Trump said in a statement that some members of the Super Bowl championship team "disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country." None of the Eagles took a knee during the anthem in 2017. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney replied with his own statement, saying that he is "equally proud of the Eagles' activism off the field" and that "Disinviting them from the White House only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend".
 
MEDICAL GROUP SUGGESTS BABY BOOMERS GET TESTED FOR HEPATITIS C
Monday 4th June 2018
A new set of guidlines recommends that Canadians born between 1945 and 1975 be tested for the hepatitis C virus. More than 250,000 Canadians are believed to be infected with the hepatitis C, but 40 to 70 per cent don't know they have the blood-borne virus because it can take decades before symptoms become evident. Chronic infection can lead to cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer. The Canadian Association for the Study of the Liver, a national group of health-care providers and researchers, published its guidelines on testing and treating hepatitis C in Monday's edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. A key recommendation is that people be tested based on their age, as between two thirds and three-quarters of current hep-C cases were born between 1945 and 1975. Hepatitis treatment has improved dramatically in the last couple of decades, with cure rates above 95 per cent.
 
PROVINCE OFFERS TO TEACH BASICS OF CAMPING
Monday 4th June 2018
Have you ever wanted to spend a night in the woods, but don't know a tent peg from a waterproof match? The province is hosting the Learn 2 Camp program July 21st and 22nd at Dollar Lake Provincial Park. The program teaches camping essentials like how to build a fire, cook a meal, set up a tent, and choose and use equipment. The program includes a night of camping. Applications are being accepted until July 13th. Registration information can be found by clicking this link.
 
NEW PILOT PROGRAM SEEKS TO TAKE STIGMA OUT OF OPIOID ADDICTION
Monday 4th June 2018
The provincial health department is going to use social media to help reduce the stigma around opioid use. The department is working with Health Canada and British Columbia on a pilot project coming out this summer. The campaign is aimed at changing public attitudes and encouraging people with drug use problems to get help. Christine Porter, executive director of the Ally Centre of Cape Breton, says withdrawal from opioids is so severe, it can lead users to illegal behaviour. At the same time, research shows opioid use disorder can be treated medically, which is why reducing the criminal stigma around opioid use is so important, according to Porter. Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer, says to reduce the number of overdoses caused by opioids, people with a use disorder need to be treated in a health-care setting. The campaign will be monitored and, depending on results, may go national.
 
NS MAN HEADED TO OTTAWA TO RECEIVE BRAVERY MEDAL
Monday 4th June 2018
A Nova Scotia man who will receive an award from the Governor General says he's overwhelmed by the attention he's received since he saved his neighbour's life over a year ago. 26 year-old Travis Wolfe of the small village of Port Joli will receive a Medal of Bravery from Julie Payette for rescuing his elderly neighbour from her burning home in February 2017. Wolfe says he was clearing snow from his grandfather's driveway when an overheated generator exploded at his neighbour's home over the hill, igniting a blaze that quickly engulfed part of the house. He ran through waist-deep snow to the home, where he kicked open the front door, found an elderly woman, and carried her to safety. A second victim did not survive. Wolfe, who has already received a medal of bravery in Nova Scotia and has been hailed as a hero by his community, says he doesn't feel like a hero, adding that he would hope someone would do the same for him if he was in a similar situation. Wolfe will pick up his medal at a ceremony Tuesday morning at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
 
JOSEPH LANDRY CHARGED WITH MURDER
Monday 4th June 2018
The brother of former Attorney General and Justice Minister Ross Landry has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Darren Clyde Reid at an apartment in Dartmouth earlier this year. Sixty-eight year old Joseph Noel Landry made an appearance in Dartmouth Provincial Court on Friday on the charge. After the appearance, Crown prosecutor Eric Taylor was asked whether there would be any conflict issues as a result of the relationship between the accused and the former Attorney General. Taylor says that because the former Pictou Centre MLA is no longer involved in politics, and he did not have any personal dealings with anyone currently employed by the Dartmouth prosecutors office, there should not be any issues. Taylor said the only conflict he can foresee is for any judges who were appointed by Ross Landry, such as Gregory Lenehan, a provincial court judge in Halifax, and Tim Gabriel, who was named to the provincial court but now sits on the Nova Scotia Supreme Court. Judge David Ryan scheduled the case to return to court July 4.
 
MORE FISHING ZONES TO CLOSE
Monday 4th June 2018
Five more fishing zones in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are being closed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. DFO says they have received reports of North Atlantic right whales in the area, prompting the closure. However, Sunday's blustery conditions in the area mean that the fishermen are being given a little extra time to remove gear. The deadline to get gear out of regions GW 35, GW 36, GX 35, GX 36, and GX 37 will be 5pm on Wednesday. The previously closed zones in the region remain closed. Officials say they cannot be certain how long the closures will remain in effect. The closures affect the snow crab, toad crab, rock crab, lobster and whelk fisheries. Closures will also be in effect for winter flounder (fixed gear), Atlantic halibut (fixed gear) and Greenland halibut (fixed gear) when gear is left unattended.
 
OVER $61K RAISED AT RELAY FOR LIFE
Monday 4th June 2018
Pictou County once again showed their generosity at the Relay for Life. Organizers say over $61,500 was raised, but are expecting that number to grow. That total reflects nearly $10,000 raised at the Radio for Relay, which continued to collect donations after the event wrapped up at 5pm on Saturday. Relay for Life Co-Chairs Janine Linthorne and Vicki Moore say the harsh weather did not dampen spirits, nor the strong commitment of the teams and participants at the event. Jeana's Girls were presented the newly named Marilyn DeCoste Award as the top fund raising team, having gathered $17,785 in donations for the Canadian Cancer Society. Special recognitions for both teams and individuals will also be presented publicly in the near future. A reminder that pledges can be honoured this week here at Hector Broadcasting on Provost Street, between the office hours of 8:30am-4:30pm. Those who drop in by Friday, will be entered to win Early Bird Prizes, with winners announced on East Coast FM one week from today.
 
WITH LEGAL WEED ON THE WAY, FEDS LOOKING AT WHERE MANDATORY DRUG TESTING MAY BE NEEDED
Monday 4th June 2018
The Trudeau government has been looking into making drug testing mandatory in selected workplaces in connection with its cannabis legislation. MP Bill Blair is the government's point person on the file. He says people in safety-sensitive jobs could soon be subjected to mandatory testing. Blair says when it's a bona fide safety requirement, testing is definitely on the list. Since introducing the new law to legalize recreational cannabis, government officials have been at odds with labour groups - and employers have also been divided on whether to implement mandatory testing. There are currently no federal labour rules on drug and alcohol testing outside of the military. Successive governments since the late 1980s have stayed away from the issue.
 
GO WEST, DONAIR, GO WEST
Monday 4th June 2018
They're spicy, they're sweet, and now, they're moving West. Traditionally, the donair wrap — a beloved delicacy consisting of a warm pita piled high with spiced meat, donair sauce and other toppings — has been almost entirely exclusive to Atlantic Canada. But Nicholas Nahas, owner of King of Donair, says the franchise has already opened a restaurant in Edmonton, with more to follow elsewhere in Alberta, as well as in B.C. and the other Prairie provinces. He says Nova Scotians who've moved West for work are among his first customers, but the idea is also catching on with people born and raised in the western provinces.
 
SPORTS JUNE 4
Monday 4th June 2018
The Northumberland Nighthawks boys rugby team are the NSSAF Division 1 Champions after a 27-12 victory in the Gold Medal Game in Cole Harbour Saturday afternoon. The Nighthawks finished the season undefeated, with only a single tie marring a perfect season. The North Nova Gryphons girls team were competing for the Division 1 crown as well this weekend, results for their games are currently not available.
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Pictou County Ultimate's Summer League starts June 19th and runs for 10 weeks. This league is co-ed and anyone 15+ can play. Online registration is now open. Search for Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook for more details. PCU will also be holding a summer kick off BBQ and AGM on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 at 411 Mountain Road. This will be an in-person opportunity to sign up for summer league and a chance to become more involved in the organization.
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Back by popular demand, Pictou County Ultimate is hosting its second women's development session on Wednesday at Parkdale Fields from 6-7:30PM. This event is aimed at developing throwing and game skills for women 14+. This is an event for beginners, experienced players and those in between! It's a free event and participants are encouraged to wear cleats if they have them.
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Because of the inclement weather on Sunday, the new date for the Macgregor Midgets baseball camp is Sunday, June 24 from 9-3 at the Kinsmen ball field. 
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The free annual Johnny Walk will be taking place on the weekend of the Johnny Miles running event, and all are invited to participate. The event will be kicked off by Honorary Walk starter Lawson Breen. The walk takes place Saturday, 16 June, at 8:30a.m., with the registration at 8:00a.m. at Glasgow Square. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with some great giveaways at various milestones. As with each year, there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk, including a bicycle from Pictou County Cycle and a pair of sun glasses donated by Dr. Ken Hammel. Chose the distance that suits your current ability, and build on it for next year!
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The year, the Johnny Miles Marathon Kids' Races will take place for the first time at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Everyone is always welcome to practice or use the track as it is open every day from 8:00 am to dusk. Registration will be at the Pioneer Field on Friday, June 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, June 16 from 8:00-9:30 am with races starting at 10:00 am sharp. The first 500 participants registered will receive a medal, T shirt and Subway sub. Registration is free, but donations are always appreciated. For more information visit www.johnnymiles.ca
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first stop of the season at Riverside International Speedway on June 16 for the Ron MacGillivray Chev, Buick, GMC 150.
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The Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy takes place June 18th . Golfers are invited to enjoy a fabulous day of golf, fun, friendship and food at Fox Harbour Resort near Wallace. Money raised at the NSPGI this year will be used by Literacy Nova Scotia to support adult learners. Register today at https://www.nspgi.ca/
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA Finals
Stephen Curry set a new NBA Finals record with nine 3-pointers as the Golden State Warriors rode a dominant fourth quarter to a 122-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 on Sunday.
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MLB
American League
Justin Smoak's sixth-inning homer broke a scoreless tie and the Toronto Blue Jays ended their five-game losing streak with an 8-4 victory at Detroit. Randal Grichuk also homered, a two-run blast off Tigers reliever Zac Reininger.
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, ppd.
Minnesota 7 Cleveland 5
Oakland 5 Kansas City 1
L.A. Angels 3 Texas 1
Seattle 2 Tampa Bay 1
Boston 9 Houston 3
National League
Chicago Cubs 2 N.Y. Mets 0
Atlanta 4 Washington 2
Chicago White Sox 6 Milwaukee 1
St. Louis 5 Pittsburgh 0
L.A. Dodgers 10 Colorado 7
San Francisco 6 Philadelphia 1
Arizona 6 Miami 1
San Diego 6 Cincinnati 3
Interleague
Chicago White Sox 6 Milwaukee 1
 
FEDERATION OF CANADIAN MUNICIPALITIES CALLS FOR WIDER HIGH-SPEED INTERNET ACCESS
Sunday 3rd June 2018
The largest conference of municipal leaders in the country is in Halifax, as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual meeting continues. On Saturday, one of the main topics of conversation was the lack of access to high speed internet in some of the more rural municipalities. Dr. Guillaume Charbonneau, who heads the College of Family Physicians Canada, says high-speed internet is vital for many reasons, not the least of which is to allow access to telemedicine, which uses telecommunications to provide health care from a distance. Charbonneau said that leaves more isolated communities at an additional disadvantage when it comes to medical care.
 
WYNNE ADMITS DEFEAT, CALLS ON SUPPORTERS TO PREVENT MAJORITY
Sunday 3rd June 2018
In a rare move, with still five days to go before the vote, Premier Kathleen Wynne has conceded defeat in the Ontario provincial election. Wynne gave a speech to supporters on Saturday, encouraging voters to elect Liberal candidates to prevent either the New Democrats or Progressive Conservatives from gaining a majority government. Wynne says she is concerned about how the province will be led going forward, and wants to make sure the new government will be on a short leash. She says the only way that can happen is if enough Liberals are elected to hold a balance of power in a minority house.
 
LOTTO TICKET WORTH 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS SITS UNCLAIMED
Sunday 3rd June 2018
A person who purchased a lottery ticket in Bedford a year ago is sitting on 100-thousand dollars, and may not even realize it. Atlantic Lotteries says the ticket for the 7 June, 2017 draw won a major prize, but still sits unclaimed. The deadline to redeem the ticket is approaching, as it will expire this Thursday. The ticket in question had the winning number for the TAG draw, which was 191953. Prizes on draw games must be claimed within 12 months of the draw date. To check winning numbers, visit any retail location where lottery products are sold or go to alc.ca.
 
LOBLAW ISSUES CHICKEN BURGER RECALL
Sunday 3rd June 2018
Citing “an abundance of caution” Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling some of its No Name chicken burgers. The company is recalling the packages with a best before date of 6 February, 2019, as there may be a risk of salmonella if they are not properly prepared. The products were sold across the country at locations under the Loblaws, Maxi, Extra Foods and Independent brands, among others. Loblaw says all affected products have been removed from store shelves, and customers can return them for a full refund. 
 
SPORTS ROUNDUP - 3 JUNE
Sunday 3rd June 2018
The Northumberland Nighthawks boys rugby team are the NSSAF Division 1 Champions after a 27-12 victory in the Gold Medal Game in Cole Harbour yesterday afternoon. The Nighthawks finished the season undefeated, with only a single tie marring a perfect season. The North Nova Gryphons girls team were competing for the Division 1 crown as well this weekend, results for their games are currently not available.
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Pictou County Ultimate's Summer League starts June 19th and runs for 10 weeks. This league is co-ed and anyone 15+ can play. Online registration is now open. Search for Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook for more details. PCU will also be holding a summer kick off BBQ and AGM on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 at 411 Mountain Road. This will be an in-person opportunity to sign up for summer league and a chance to become more involved in the organization.
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The free annual Johnny Walk will be taking place on the weekend of the Johnny Miles running event, and all are invited to participate. The event will be kicked off by Honorary Walk starter Lawson Breen. The walk takes place Saturday, 16 June, at 8:30a.m., with the registration at 8:00a.m. at Glasgow Square. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with some great giveaways at various milestones. As with each year, there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk, including a bicycle from Pictou County Cycle and a pair of sun glasses donated by Dr. Ken Hammel. Chose the distance that suits your current ability, and build on it for next year!
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The year, the Johnny Miles Marathon Kids' Races will take place for the first time at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Everyone is always welcome to practice or use the track as it is open every day from 8:00 am to dusk. Registration will be at the Pioneer Field on Friday, June 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, June 16 from 8:00-9:30 am with races starting at 10:00 am sharp. The first 500 participants registered will receive a medal, T shirt and Subway sub. Registration is free, but donations are always appreciated. For more information visit www.johnnymiles.ca
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first stop of the season at Riverside International Speedway on June 16 for the Ron MacGillivray Chev, Buick, GMC 150.
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The Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy takes place June 18th . Golfers are invited to enjoy a fabulous day of golf, fun, friendship and food at Fox Harbour Resort near Wallace. Money raised at the NSPGI this year will be used by Literacy Nova Scotia to support adult learners. Register today at https://www.nspgi.ca/
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
The Washington Capitals won a home game in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time, defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 at Capital One Arena on Saturday to move two wins from their first NHL championship. Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Devante Smith-Pelly scored, and Braden Holtby made 21 saves for the Capitals, who lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Kuznetsov, who was injured in Game 2, had an assist, and Jay Beagle had two assists. Game 4 in the series goes Monday night, also in Washington.
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MLB
AMERICAN LEAGUE
New York Yankees 8 Baltimore 5
Detroit 7 Toronto 4
Kansas City 5 Oakland 4
Boston 5 Houston 4
Minnesota 7 Cleveland 1
Seattle 3 Tampa Bay 1
Texas 3 Los Angeles Angels 2 (10 innings)
NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 3 Pittsburgh 2
Chicago Cubs 7 New York Mets 1
Washington 5 Atlanta 3 (14 innings)
Los Angeles Dodgers 12 Colorado 4
San Diego 8 Cincinnati 2
San Francisco 2 Philadelphia 0
Arizona 6 Miami 2
INTERLEAGUE
Milwaukee 5 Chicago White Sox 0
 
MACGREGOR MIDGETS BASEBALL CAMP IS SUNDAY
Saturday 2nd June 2018
The MacGregor Midgets AAA baseball team is hosting a Baseball Camp Sunday June 3rd from 9AM to 3 PM at the Kinsmen Ball field.
It's for players ages 7-11. The cost is : $25.00 per player or $40.00 for the family rate.
Lunch of a hot dog and drink are provided. Pre-register by emailing tjca@eastlink.ca
 
SOCCER CANCELLED BY SATURDAY THUNDERSTORMS AND RAIN
Saturday 2nd June 2018
Pictou Soccer Club

Today 7:30 am- 5 pm

Soccer session is cancelled Saturday, June 2nd. The first make up will be next Sunday, June 10th, with the same game times.
Pictousoccer@hotmail.com
 
MAJOR LEAGUE AND LOCAL SPORTS
Saturday 2nd June 2018
CFL Pre-Season

Toronto 36 Hamilton 18
Winnipeg 33 Edmonton 13
B.C. 36 Calgary 23


MLB

American League
N.Y. Yankees 4 Baltimore 1
Detroit 5 Toronto 2
Houston 7 Boston 3
Minnesota 7 Cleveland 4
Oakland 16 Kansas City 0
L.A. Angels 6 Texas 0
Seattle 4 Tampa Bay 3 (13 innings)


The MacGregor Midgets AAA baseball team is hosting a Baseball Camp TOMORROW (Sunday June 3) from 9-3 at the Kinsmen Ball field. Players ages 7-11. Cost : $25.00 per player or $40.00 for family rate. Lunch of hot dog and drink provided. Pre-register by emailing tjca@eastlink.ca


The Subway Stingers are hosting their final registration for the season from 9 am - 12 pm TODAY. That's upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Complex Clubhouse in Stellarton at 175B North Foord Street. For further information email stellartonstingers@hotmail.com



 
ABERDEEN HEALTH FOUNDATION SCORES MAJOR DONATION FROM ROAD BUILDERS ASSOCIATION
Saturday 2nd June 2018
The Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Sandbar Mental Health Endowment has received a major boost from the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association.
$80,000 was raised at the group’s annual fundraising auction in January, and represents only the second time in the organization’s history that they have reached such a figure.
Stephen Weeks of the Road Builders Association says he's humbled and awed by the support of the 165 member association, which he describes as made up of largely small, local, Nova Scotia owned businesses whose members support the event, both by donating items and then attending and bidding them up.
As this year's President of the Association, Weeks was able to name the charity of his choosing. He began by speaking with a few friends and reaching out to the Aberdeen Health Foundation where his family has a long time connection. Speaking on behalf of the Aberdeen Health Foundation, Chairperson Jim Shaw expressed his gratitude to the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, saying the donation is a major boost to provide even more support for mental health programs in Pictou County and the innovative education and community-based support available here.
 
WE'RE LIVE WITH "RADIO FOR RELAY" FROM GLASGOW SQUARE ALL DAY SATURDAY UNTIL 5PM
Saturday 2nd June 2018
As preparations get underway for Saturday evening's Pictou County Relay for Life, East Coast FM will be broadcasting live from the Glasgow Square Theatre on Saturday until 5pm.
You are welcome you to drop by to be part of the fun and the fundraising with live performances by local musicians and we'll also have special guests dropping by and treats from Tim Hortons, T-R-A, and Adopt-A-Library!
If you can't make it over to the Square, you can phone in your pledge to support of this year's Relay! All funds raised will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. To find our more, search out Radio for Relay 2018 on Facebook.
 
MAN ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT IN HALIFAX
Saturday 2nd June 2018
Halifax Police have arrested a 47-year-old man in relation to a sexual assault reported just before noon Friday.
They say a man went into a home on Cunard Street between Robie and Windsor and sexually assaulted a woman.
Police are in the early stages of their investigation, but say it appears the man and the alleged victim had never met before.
 
HALIFAX POLICE SEARCH FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT SUSPECT
Friday 1st June 2018
Halifax Regional Police say they're looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman in a home on Cunard Street late this morning. Police said the woman called police just before noon. When officers arrived, the woman told them she had been sexually assaulted by a man who broke in, and fled after the attack.  Constable Carol McIsaac says it's still early in the investigation, but there's nothing to indicate the woman knew the attacker.  Police say they're looking for a tall older man with a slim build, short grey hair and brown skin, wearing a black baseball cap and white Nike running shoes.
 
SITE CHOSEN FOR NS TORY LEADERSHIP CONVENTION
Friday 1st June 2018
The Nova Scotia Progressive Conservatives will gather in HRM in October to choose their next leader. Chris D’Entremont, MLA for Argyle Barrington and Co-Chair of the Leadership Selection Committee, says the Halifax Exhibition Centre will host the Tories' Leadership Convention on October 26 and 27. More details surrounding the Convention will be announced in the months ahead.
 
HEALTH FOUNDATION GETS $80K FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Friday 1st June 2018
The Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Sandbar Mental Health Endowment has received a major boost from the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association. $80,000 was raised at the group’s annual fundraising auction in January, and represents only the second time in the organization’s history that they have reached such a figure. Stephen Weeks of the Road Builders Association says he's humbled and awed by the support of the 165 member association, which he describes as made up of largely small, local, Nova Scotia owned businesses whose members support the event, both by donating items and then attending and bidding them up. As this year's President of the Association, Weeks was able to name the charity of his choosing. He began by speaking with a few friends and reaching out to the Aberdeen Health Foundation where his family has a long time connection. Speaking on behalf of the Aberdeen Health Foundation, Chairperson Jim Shaw expressed his gratitude to the Nova Scotia Road Builders Association, saying the donation is a major boost to provide even more support for mental health programs in Pictou County and the innovative education and community-based support available here.
 
PROVINCE SAYS NEARLY 2,900 NEW PATIENTS HAVE A FAMILY DOCTOR
Friday 1st June 2018
Nearly 2,900 more Nova Scotians now have a family doctor as a result of uptake in the Patient Attachment Incentive Trust. In the first two months, three-hundred and nineteen doctors have taken on 2,893 patients. Most new patients are in the Central Zone, which includes Pictou County, where 171 family doctors have taken on 1,431 patients. The incentive was announced in March as part of a nearly forty million dollar investment to improve access to primary care. Those still in need of a primary care provider should register with the Health Authority's provincial list if they have not already done so, by visiting needafamilypractice.nshealth.ca or by calling 8-1-1, weekdays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
 
SMART CITIES FINALISTS NAMED
Friday 1st June 2018
The finalists for the Smart Cities Challenge have been released by Federal Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi. New Glasgow, which had been competing for the 5-million dollar prize for communities with populations under 30,000 people, did not make the final five. Three of the five communities that did advance in this group are first nations, Biigtigong Nishnaabeg First Nation, Ontario, Cree Nation of Eastmain, Quebec, and Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Quebec. The other two finalists are Bridgewater, NS, and Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Two prizes of 10-million dollars are available for communities of up to 500-thousand people, and a 20-million dollar prize for cities over 500-thousand people. The winning communities are expected to be announced next spring.
 
LOCAL DISTILLER EXPANDS PRODUCT LINE-UP
Friday 1st June 2018
The Nova Scotia Spirit Company is looking to bring some new flavours to its various offerings, with what it describes as “pure refreshment in a can.” The award-winning company based in Trenton has just released its: Vodka Soda Lemon Lime . The company says it's a drink that combines its award-winning Blue Lobster Vodka with all-natural citrus flavours. It's slated to be available in cans at NSLC locations across Pictou County this weekend. The company's Alex Rice says the idea to create a mixed vodka soda drink came from “the growing demand in other markets across Canada for low-sugar, low-carb beverage options,” and seeing that demand, he decided to provide for it locally. The Trenton Company has set its sights on growth. They're now getting ready to open their new brewery called Painted Boat Brewery. It'll soon be opening its doors on Foord Street in Stellarton.
 
WOZNEY ELECTED NEW NSTU PRESIDENT
Friday 1st June 2018
The new president-elect of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union says one of his first priorities has to be bringing some credibility back to the union as an advocate for education. Paul Wozney won the job, which will start on 1 August, with a convincing 58 percent of the vote in Thursday's run-off against Grant Frost. Wozney will take over the leadership of a union that threatened to go on an illegal strike earlier this year over major educational reforms being brought in by the province. That threat was rescinded after some compromises were reached on several of the contentious issues. Wozney says he is looking to change the relationship between the teachers and province, and between the membership and its leadership. He says he hopes to create meaningful dialogue and collaboration for the good of the entire education system.
 
EMERGENCY CLOSURES IN TATAMAGOUCHE
Friday 1st June 2018
People in the Tatamagouche area in need of emergency medical services over the next few days will not be able to access those services at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Collaborative Emergency Centre. The Nova Scotia Health Authority says that there is no physician available to cover the CEC on Saturday, Sunday, or Tuesday. Therefore, the CEC will be closed from 8:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. each of those three days. The overnight coverage between 8:00p.m. and 8:00a.m. the following morning will be available as usual. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167. Anyone who is unclear about the availability of services may also contact the hospital at 902-657-2382.
 
SPORTS ROUNDUP - 1 JUNE
Friday 1st June 2018
The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association, home of the Subway Stingers, will be having their final registration for the season on Saturday from 9 am - 12 pm upstairs at the Dorrington Softball Complex Clubhouse in Stellarton at 175B North Foord Street. For further information email stellartonstingers@hotmail.com
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The North Nova Gryphons girls rugby team are in the NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Championships in Cole Harbour today and tomorrow. The Gryphons first game is at noon against Horton High. They will then be back on the pitch at 4:00p.m. against Lockview. The Northumberland Nighthawks boys also made the provinicial championships. They have both of their pool games this morning. At 9:00a.m. They will take on Citadel High, followed at 11:00a.m. by a matchup with Sir John A MacDonald. Teams finishing in the top two in each pool advance to tomorrow's semi-finals.
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The MacGregor Midgets AAA baseball team is hosting a Baseball Camp Sunday June 3 from 9-3 at the Kinsmen Ball field. Players ages 7-11. Cost : $25.00 per player or $40.00 for family rate. Lunch of hot dog and drink provided. Pre-register by emailing tjca@eastlink.ca
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Pictou County Ultimate's Summer League starts June 19th and runs for 10 weeks. This league is co-ed and anyone 15+ can play. Online registration is now open. Search for Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook for more details. PCU will also be holding a summer kick off BBQ and AGM on Tuesday, June 5 at 6:30 at 411 Mountain Road. This will be an in-person opportunity to sign up for summer league and a chance to become more involved in the organization.
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The free annual Johnny Walk will be taking place on the weekend of the Johnny Miles running event, and all are invited to participate. The event will be kicked off by Honorary Walk starter Lawson Breen. The walk takes place Saturday, 16 June, at 8:30a.m., with the registration at 8:00a.m. at Glasgow Square. The planning team has lots of surprises for walkers along the route, with some great giveaways at various milestones. As with each year, there will be draw prizes at the end of the walk, including a bicycle from Pictou County Cycle and a pair of sun glasses donated by Dr. Ken Hammel. Chose the distance that suits your current ability, and build on it for next year!
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The year, the Johnny Miles Marathon Kids' Races will take place for the first time at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field in Stellarton. Everyone is always welcome to practice or use the track as it is open every day from 8:00 am to dusk. Registration will be at the Pioneer Field on Friday, June 15 from 5:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, June 16 from 8:00-9:30 am with races starting at 10:00 am sharp. The first 500 participants registered will receive a medal, T shirt and Subway sub. Registration is free, but donations are always appreciated. For more information visit www.johnnymiles.ca
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The Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour will make its first stop of the season at Riverside International Speedway on June 16 for the Ron MacGillivray Chev, Buick, GMC 150.
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The Peter Gzowski Invitational Golf Tournament for Literacy takes place June 18th . Golfers are invited to enjoy a fabulous day of golf, fun, friendship and food at Fox Harbour Resort near Wallace. Money raised at the NSPGI this year will be used by Literacy Nova Scotia to support adult learners. Register today at https://www.nspgi.ca/
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Golden State Warriors capitalized on a Cavaliers blunder that sent the game into overtime, withstanding a brilliant 51-point performance by LeBron James to beat Cleveland 124-114 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night.
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CFL
Quarterback Trevor Harris was injured early in the first quarter but the Ottawa Redblacks went on to defeat the Montreal Alouettes 27-7 in pre-season CFL action. Harris left the field after being hit by Montreal linebacker Chris Ackie with what appeared to be a lower left leg injury. Harris did not return to the game, but was seen on the sidelines during the second half without any crutches or any other aid.
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MLB
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 6 Los Angeles Angels 2
Oakland 7 Tampa Bay 3
Houston 4 Boston 2
Cleveland 9 Minnesota 8
Seattle 6 Texas 1
New York Yankees @ Baltimore (postponed)
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chicago Cubs 5 New York Mets 1
St. Louis 10 Pittsburgh 8
Atlanta 4 Washington 2
Philadelphia 2 Los Angeles Dodgers 1
San Diego 8 Miami 3
INTERLEAGUE
No Games