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Showing news for the month of January , 2015

GAS PRICE RISES IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 29th January 2015
As Nova Scotia motorists look west to see what might happen with the Utility and Review Board's decision to reset prices at the pumps tonight, there are hints that you may want to top up the tank today.
While the URB does not always follow the lead of New Brunswick, their price resets on Thursday morning are generally speaking a clue as to what will happen locally Friday morning.
Pump prices went up overnight in New Brunswick for both gasoline and diesel, with regular unleaded self serve going up 1.5 cents, and diesel seeing an increase of more than 2 cents.
Nova Scotia's new prices will take effect as of 12:01am tomorrow.


TERMS OF REFERENCE COMING TOGETHER FOR MOU PARTICIPANTS
Thursday 29th January 2015
The Memorandum of Understanding Steering Committee have approved a number of the terms of reference for the study into the operations of the municipalities of the County.
Terms of the study into communications and consultations, governance, human resources, operational profiles of departments, capital investment plan requirements, and the financial analysis have been confirmed.
The steering committee has indicated that they will not be looking into police and fire services at this time, and that a deadline of the 2016 municipal elections is in place to complete current studies.
Once the studies are completed, the results will be brought back to each of the participating municipal councils for consideration.
If the councils approve the recommendations, they still have to go through a plebiscite and a formal plan of public consultation before implementation would be possible.


FINAL GOODBYES FOR FLEUR
Thursday 29th January 2015
Hundreds of people gathered in the deCoste Centre yesterday in Pictou for a celebration of the life of Fleur Mainville.
Music, which was such a huge part of Fleur's life, was naturally a huge part of the service.
Central Nova MP Peter MacKay summed up what he thought Fleur would have felt about the gathering.
MacKay said, "Fleur would not want us to be sad. She would surely strike up her fiddle, light up this room with laughter and her glowing personality."
Fleur Mainville will be laid to rest in a private family burial service.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 29
Thursday 29th January 2015
The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians lost 4-2 last night when they hit the road to face the Valley Maple Leafs in NSJHL action. They remain 10 points back of the Glace Bay Miners, but now only hold 3 games in hand. The Scotians will be playing a home game this weekend, but not at their usual time, as they host the Cole Harbour Colts at Trenton Arena this Saturday at 5pm, in a make up from a game postponed earlier this season. The Scotians will be celebrating minor hockey by granting free admission to players wearing their jerseys who are accompanied by an adult.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers host the Yarmouth Mariners tonight at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers and Mariners are separated by just four points at the top of the Eastlink Division with just 11 games remaining for each team. It is the only game the Crushers play this week.
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This coming Saturday, the fifth annual Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge will be played. The Northend AllStars and Westside AllStars will face off at the Northend Rec Centre at 7pm. A dance will be held after the game, and all are welcome to attend.
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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue. Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play. Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. All are welcome.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop tomorrow with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities. Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.
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If you have an item for local sports, please send us an email at ckec@ckecradio.ca .


HUNDREDS ATTEND CELEBRATION OF LIFE OF FLEUR MAINVILLE
Wednesday 28th January 2015

Hundreds of family, friends, and community members packed the deCoste Center in Pictou for the Celebration of Life for musician Fleur Mainville.

Among the speakers were Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay, New Glasgow Communications Director Kim Dickson, and Mainville's best friend Lisa Bezanson.

She passed away on Wednesday at age 37.



VISITOR RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE AT ABERDEEN HOSPITAL
Wednesday 28th January 2015

Visitor restrictions have been put in place at the Aberdeen Hospital due to the spread of a gastrointestinal illness.

Visitors are not permitted on the hospital's Medicine and Surgery inpatient units on the 4th floor, nor the Alternate Level of Care inpatient unit on the 5th floor.

The Health Authority is also reminding residents to not visit the hospital if you're sick or live with others who are sick.



DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE RENEWAL TO TAKE OVER BLUENOSE II PROJECT
Wednesday 28th January 2015

After a poor review from Nova Scotia's Auditor General Michael Pickup, the Liberal government has decided to pass the completion of the Bluenose II to the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

Pickup said in a report that the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage failed to properly guide the project.

Premier Stephen McNeil accepted recommendations made by Pickup, and has asked minister Geoff MacLellan to begin working with partners and contractors to finish the job.

In his report, the Auditor General says the 14-million budget has grown to 20 million dollars, with an additional four million to five million dollars on top of that in dispute.



ARRESTS MADE FOR CONTRABAND TOBACCO
Wednesday 28th January 2015

RCMP have laid charges against 12 people after completing an investigation into contraband tobacco.

The investigation started in September and looked into illegal wholesale of the product in the Halifax region. Service Nova Scotia joined the RCMP in the investigation.

Bridgeview Grocery is alleged to have illegally sold contraband tobacco to other convenience stores in the region.

Police searched the stores they suspected were buying the tobacco, and seized 74 cartons of cigarettes.

All of the accused are to appear in court at the end of March.



NOVA SCOTIA MINIMUM WAGE INCREASING IN APRIL
Wednesday 28th January 2015

The minimum wage in the province is set to increase this spring.

The hourly rate for employees in Nova Scotia will rise to 10 dollars and 60 cents on April 1st.

The Provincial government says the increase is to keep pace with the cost of living, and the annual review of wages is based on the previous years national consumer price index.

Nova Scotia is ranked fifth in the country for rates of minimum wage.



BACK TO NORMAL AFTER SNOW DAY YESTERDAY - SOMEWHAT
Wednesday 28th January 2015
With a freezing rain warning in effect this morning, schools in the CCRSB are closed again today. As well, the campus of St. Francis Xavier University is closed until noon. For other cancellations and closures, check our website.
Schools, government offices, colleges, universities, and several businesses remained closed yesterday as high winds, heavy snowfall, and ice pellets blanketed the region.
Travel was disrupted, with several flights canceled, and roads closed, including the Pictou Causeway, and the Trans Canada Highway from Truro through to Moncton. Environment Canada says the highest wind gusts were recorded in southwestern Nova Scotia, while Moncton got the most snow.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 28
Wednesday 28th January 2015
The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians will be playing a home game this weekend, but not at their usual time.
The Scotians will take on the Cole Harbour Colts at Trenton Arena this Saturday at 5pm, in a make up from a game postponed earlier this season.
The Scotians will be celebrating minor hockey by granting free admission to players wearing their jerseys who are accompanied by an adult.
The Scotians have a road game tonight as well, when they visit the Valley Maple Leafs.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers host the Yarmouth Mariners tomorrow night at 7pm at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers and Mariners are separated by just four points at the top of the Eastlink Division with just 11 games remaining for each team.
It is the only game the Crushers play this week.
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This coming Saturday, the fifth annual Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge will be played. The Northend AllStars and Westside AllStars will face off at the Northend Rec Centre at 7pm. A dance will be held after the game, and all are welcome to attend.
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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue. Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play. Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. All are welcome.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities. Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.
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If you have an item for local sports, please send us an email at ckec@ckecradio.ca .


PICTOU CAUSEWAY CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER
Tuesday 27th January 2015
Pictou County RCMP say The Pictou Causeway has been closed until further notice due to the ongoing weather situation. Keep checking back for further updates on the situation.


DRIVE WITH CAUTION
Tuesday 27th January 2015
Police are advising motorists not to be on the roads unless absolutely necessary. With the expected blizzard conditions, New Glasgow Regional Police recommend motorists check road conditions before departing, and to proceed with extreme caution. Poor visibility is expected as there will be blowing snow.


STORM CAUSES MULTIPLE CANCELLATIONS
Tuesday 27th January 2015
The impending weather is causing many events scheduled for today to be canceled.
The Memorial Service for Fleur Mainville scheduled to take place at the deCoste Centre has been pushed back by a day to tomorrow.
For those unable to attend, it will be broadcast live on East Coast FM 94.1 beginning at 1pm.
Chignecto Central Regional School Board are shutting down all schools, offices, and other facilities.
Likewise, the Pictou Campus of NSCC is staying closed for the day.
St. Francis Xavier University campus is closed today.
Several businesses will remain closed, including the New Glasgow depot of Canada Post, and there will be no mail delivery today.
Pictou County Solid Waste are also postponing today's scheduled pickup, and will pick up along that route on Saturday.
Stay tuned for more cancellations as they become available by listening to East Coast FM 94.1 or Classic Rock 97.9.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 27
Tuesday 27th January 2015
There was one game last night in the NSJHL. The home-town Sackville Blazers defeated the visiting Liverpool Privateers 6-4 to extend their lead in the Fred Fox Division to 7 points. The game scheduled for tonight between East Hants and Brookfield has been moved to next Tuesday. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians play twice this week – they will visit the Valley Maple Leafs tomorrow night, then they will be at home Saturday at 5pm against Cole Harbour. The Saturday game will be Minor Hockey Night for the Scotians. Any minor hockey player in Pictou County who wears their jersey to the game will be given free admission when accompanied by an adult.
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The Pictou County Lightning MINI A Girls won their two games on the weekend. The first game was vs Amherst Select 43-22; and the second one vs Celtics (Halifax) 35-27.
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This past weekend the Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee A AA Crushers travelled to Sydney and p earned a place in the championship game of the MacDonald Gallagher Memorial Tournament hosted by the Cape Breton County Islanders.
Friday afternoon the Crushers faced off against the Antigonish Bulldogs, and won by a score of 5-4. Connor MacLeod set the tone with an early goal in the first period with Scott Long and MacLean Tobin picking up assists. Scoring next was Sam Hickey from Evan Shea and MacLeod and Ethan MacDonald unassisted giving the crew a 3-0 lead after one. The second period saw MacLeod score from Ryan Greene and Tobin and one by Colin MacGillivray. Brayden Leblanc was rock solid between the pipes. Raymond Chisholm earned player of the game honours.
The second game was against the host team. It was a high scoring affair with the Crushers defeating the Islanders 6-1. Scoring for the Crushers were MacLeod(2), Chisholm, Long, Hickey, and Tobin with Cal Maxner(2), Nole Chapman, Shea, MacLeod, R. Greene, and Long earning assists. In goal was Keegan Walker. Connor MacLeod was named player on the game.
On Saturday the boys went to work and defeated the Bedford Blues 4-0. Scoring for the Crushers were Shea(2), MacLeod, and R.Greene with helpers to Blake Kontuk, R. Greene, Hickey, Chisholm and Shea. Leblanc made key saves to earn the shutout. Evan Shea was selected player of the game.
Even with a 3-0 record, the Fuel Kids needed a tie or win to get to the crossover game on Sunday. The crew faced a tough Sydney Steelers team and dug deep to advance with a 2-1 victory. Walker had the game of his life and kept his team’s quest alive by making impressive saves. Kontuk opened the scoring with a feed from Long in the second and the Steelers came back to tie it. Kontuk scored again to regain the lead. The third period was intense with end to end play, but with strong defensive play by MacGillivray, C. Greene, Maxner, Alexander, and Tobin and with MacLeod shadowing their best player, the crew held it together for the win earning first place in their division. Player of the game went Keegan Walker.
Sunday morning the Crushers faced the Chebucto Atlantics in the crossover and would not be denied. They came out strong and never looked back earning a 4-1 victory. Scoring for the crew were MacLeod(2), Kontuk, and Long with Maxner(2), Tobin and Long picking up assists. Brayden Leblanc had a terrific game in goal. Cole Greene was named player of the game.
With only an hour break the team had to regroup and prepare to play against the Truro Bearcats in the Championship. The Crushers came out strong with Ethan MacDonald opening the scoring with Chapman and Chisholm earning assists. Truro answered back with 3 goals with MacLeod scoring on a perfect feed from R. Greene late in the second to bring them within one. The Bearcats scored early in the third period and sealed the win with an empty net goal for a 5-2 victory. Keegan Walker was solid in goal. Colin MacGillivray was chosen player of the game.
The goaltenders had a fanastic weekend allowing only 11 goals in 6 games earning a combined goals against average of 1.83. Missing due to injury was defenseman Thomas Schnare.
This weekend the Crushers will host the Yarmouth Mariners at the Wellness Centre. Saturday’s game is at 6:15 pm and Sunday’s game is at 9:15 am. Come out and support the team.
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With Tyler Watters in nets and a strong defense the Bantam A Crushers left the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles grounded with a 10-0 home game win. Noah Teed led the charge with 7 points including a hat trick and 4 assists. Carson Ripoll scored 2 and singles went to Spencer Nichol, Cairan Boone, Lauchie Malcolm, Tyler Foote, and Lucas Le blanc. Bryce Thomson helped with 3, Seth Marcipont 2, while Foote, Blake Fraser, Ben Turnbull, and Nichol all had 1 each. The Crushers are scheduled to visit Acadia this coming Sunday in Kentville.
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This coming Saturday, the fifth annual Jean MacLeod Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge will be played. The Northend AllStars and Westside AllStars will face off at the Northend Rec Centre at 7pm. A dance will be held after the game, and all are welcome to attend.
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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue. Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play. Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. All are welcome.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities. Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.
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If you have an item for local sports, please send us an email at ckec@ckecradio.ca .


FLEUR MAINVILLE FUNERAL POSTPONED
Monday 26th January 2015

RH Porter Funeral Services has contacted East Coast FM to notify listeners that the funeral and celebration of the life of Fleur Mainville has been postponed until Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 1:00pm.

The event will be taking place in the deCoste Center, Pictou and broadcast live on 94.1 East Coast FM.



ANOTHER ADJOURNMENT FOR A MAN ACCUSED OF PRODUCING MARIJUANA.
Monday 26th January 2015

A bizarre scene unfolded this afternoon in Pictou Provincial Court.

A Stellarton man had his case adjourned for over the dozenth time, and released the second lawyer that was set to represent him.

After releasing lawyer Ian “Sandy” McKay, 26 year old Travis Lee Darnell Patterson brought a friend to court, who he called “an unpaid legal adviser.”

The man dictated a series of instructions to the defendant, who reiterated them to Judge Del Atwood in a bid to have his case put over.

Patterson is charged with possessing unstamped tobacco, as well as possessing and producing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Judge Atwood expressed his displeasure with the proceedings, but granted an adjournment so the man could retain counsel.

Atwood explained that he had no obligation to do so based on what the defendant was requesting, but was only doing so to allow him to get a lawyer.

Patterson will be back in court on February 2nd to set a new trial date, which Atwood says he considers to be “set in stone.”



MAN DUE BACK IN COURT FOR WEAPONS AND ASSAULT CHARGES
Monday 26th January 2015

A man facing charges of assault causing bodily harm has had his case adjourned until mid-February.

Nicholas James Worthen is also charged with unauthorized possession of a weapon, and property damage of less than $5,000.00.

The assault charge comes from an incident that was alleged to have happened this past November in Blue Mountain.

He's back in court February 17th.



STABBING SUSPECT APPEARS IN COURT
Monday 26th January 2015

19 year old Alexander Logan MacLeod made an appearance in Pictou Provincial Court this morning.

He's facing several charges including aggravated assault for an alleged stabbing that took place Friday night in Stellarton.

Defence attorney Doug Lloy was granted an adjournment until February 2nd for a show cause hearing.

The victim was originally taken to the Aberdeen Hospital before being airlifted to a Halifax hospital for treatment.



COLCHESTER COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO DISARM A POLICE OFFICER
Monday 26th January 2015
A Truro man is facing a number of charges after an incident Friday. Police say they responded to a disturbance call Friday afternoon, officers allegedly found an intoxicated man who was on a court order not to consume alcohol. Police say when officers went to arrest the man, he resisted and allegedly tried to grab one of the officers guns. Nathan Donovan. 24 has been charged with attempting to disarm a police officer, uttering threats, resisting arrest and other chargers. Donovan was taken into custody and is scheduled to appear in Truro Court Monday for a show cause hearing


STABBING VICTIM RECOVERING WHILE ACCUSED SET TO APPEAR IN COURT
Monday 26th January 2015
A stabbing incident in Stellarton Friday evening has resulted in charges against a 19 year old Westville man. The accused will be arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon when he appears in Pictou Provincial Court today. The incident took place on Foord Street in Stellarton, and resulted in the 16 year old victim being airlifted to hospital in Halifax. Police say the young man is recovering.


BRIDGE RESTRICTIONS NO LONGER IN PLACE
Monday 26th January 2015
The Confederation Bridge connecting Prince Edward Island to the mainland is once again running smooth after being closed to high sided vehicles, cars pulling RVs, buses, and motorcycles due to high winds. The restrictions came into effect as of 2:30am today due to high winds on the Northumberland Strait. The bridge was reopened to all traffic a little over 4 hours later.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 26
Monday 26th January 2015
Another win for the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians last night at Trenton Arena. Matt Oldfield had a four point night, with two goals and two assists, to lead the Scotians to a 7-4 win over the Valley Maple Leafs. The Scotians will be back on the ice against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, in a game that was postponed from December, before hosting Cole Harbour on Saturday night – note the date change – at Trenton Arena. One other game last night had Antigonish defeat Brookfield 6-1.
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Three games yesterday in the Maritime Hockey League, including the Yarmouth Mariners pulling to within four points of the Weeks Jr A Crushers in the battle for first in the Eastlink Division with an 8-5 win in Summerside. The Mariners and Crushers will face off against each other on Thursday at the Wellness Centre. Other games yesterday saw Truro get past Amherst 7-1, and Campbellton upset Miramichi 5-2.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers welcomed the West Hants Warriors on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The Crushers capitlized on many of their scoring opportunites, defeating the Warriors 7-1. Sam McDow lead the way for the Crushers in scoring with 5 points, potting 2 goals and picking up 3 helpers. Also scoring for the Crushers were Matt Martin with a pair, singles to Braydon MacDonald, Zach Houston, and Matt Munroe. Assists going to Nick Dykstra and Michael MacGillivray with 2 each, Parker Hickey and Martin. Nick Laffin made many key saves to pick up the win. The Crushers play a pair of home and home games this weekend vs the Cape Breton West Screaming Eagles. Game 1 goes at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Saturday, January 31st at 2:30pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects suffered their first loss since November 23rd at the hands of the Glace Bay Miners this past weekend. The Selects travelled to Glace Bay on Saturday and dropped a 1-0 decision to the Miners who are tops in the Provincial Bantam AA league. The Selects came out flat and were unable to sustain any pressure in the Glace Bay end. The Miners scored ten minutes into the first period and held that lead through three periods. The Selects had the edge in play through most of the second and third periods but were unable to solve the Glace Bay net minder. Victoria Dunn suffered the loss in the Pictou net. The Selects had a much better effort in the Sunday morning match at the Bayplex. Despite spotting a 2-0 lead early, the Subways battled back and scored two of their own to even things up after two periods. Taylor MacKenzie got the Selects on the board after jamming a loose puck home. Mariah Linehan had an assist on the goal. Linehan evened the score on a nice individual rush, beating two defenders and roofing one to the blocker side. Linehan then put the Selects ahead for the first time with eight minutes remaining in the third when, again, she rushed the puck up ice and slipped one over the pads of the Glace Bay goalie. The Selects looked good to earn the win but with just over four minutes to play, gave up a power play goal to the Miners. The Subways pushed hard in the final four minutes to get the extra point but settled for a 3-3 tie. Jenna Landry was in goal for Pictou who were short three players due to the injury bug. The Selects are back in action next weekend when they take on the Bedford Blues at the West Colchester arena in Debert on Saturday. Game time is at 3pm.
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Finland defeated Russia 5-3 in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey action last night at the Westville Miners Sports. Julie Anderson’s hat trick and Jayne Murphy’s two goals led the way for Finland. Gina Markie and Stacey Ferguson and Leanne MacDonald replied for Russia.
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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue. Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play. Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. All are welcome.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities. Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.
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If you have an item for local sports, please send us an email at ckec@ckecradio.ca .


RESTRICTIONS FOR CONFEDERATION BRIDGE *UPDATED 9:30AM*
Sunday 25th January 2015

The Confederation Bridge has lifted restrictions of certain vehicle types. All traffic is now free to cross.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 25
Sunday 25th January 2015

There were three games in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League last night. Brookfield Picked up a 5-2 win at home against Cole Harbour. The Strait Pirates hit the road, but were beaten 5-1 by the Jr. Miners at the BayPlex. Finally, the Liverpool Privateers hosted the Cumberland County Blues and blanked them 11-0 in a one-sided affair.


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Three games go tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League at the Stellarton Rink. 5:00pm has Dewtie's Excavating taking on Thistle Bar. At 6:20 Whitey's Vikings play Maltese Sports, and at 7:50 Nat Pro Gas takes on the Pictou Landing Falcons.


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In Maritime Hockey League action, the Dieppe Commandos beat the St. Stephen County Aces 5-2, the Mariners doubled up the Ramblers 8-4, and Miramichi edged Truro 3-2.

The Crushers are off until Thursday when they'll host Yarmouth.


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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue.

Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play.

Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital.

All are welcome.


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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning today.

The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.


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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm.

Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.


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Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.

Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.


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If you have an item for local sports, please send us an email at ckec@ckecradio.ca.



POLICE INVESTIGATING STABBING IN STELLARTON *UPDATED AT 2:15*
Saturday 24th January 2015

Stellarton Police have made an arrest in last nights stabbing. They've taken a 19 year old Westville man into custody, and he'll appear Monday morning in Pictou Provincial Court.

He's facing charges of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon.

Stellarton Police say the victim is a 16 year old Pictou County resident.

The victim was originally brought to the Aberdeen Hospital, but was airlifted to Halifax shortly after.



VISITING RESTRICTED AT VALLEY VIEW VILLA
Saturday 24th January 2015

Visitation has been restricted at the Valley View Villa care center in Riverton due to an outbreak of respiratory illness.

The restrictions were announced yesterday and will continue until further notice.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 24
Saturday 24th January 2015

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers dropped a 5-4 overtime decision at the Wellness Center on Thursday night to the Valley Jr. A Wildcats, but managed to bounce back last night and pick up a 4-3 road win against the Mariners in Yarmouth.

Chase Gaudet and Crushers netminder Joel Horodziejczyk both had busy nights, facing 41 and 31 shots respectively.

Ross Martin picked up two for the Mariners, and Billy Hartley netted a powerplay goal, but it wasn't enough to take down the Crushers.

Daniel Walsh, Luc Poirier, Justin McDonald, and Lucas Zwaagstra picked up the goals for the Weeks victory.


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Four games went last night in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians came out with a 9-3 victory over the Strait Pirates in Port Hawkesbury.

The East Hants Penguins doubled up the Cole Harbour Colts 12-6.

The Sackville Blazers went to Windsor and left victorious with a final of 5-2 over the Maple Leafs.

And finally, the Antigonish Bulldogs hit the road to Springhill and beat the Cumberland Blues 4-3.


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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue.

Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play.

Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital.

All are welcome.


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Three games go tomorrow in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League at the Stellarton Rink. 5:00pm has Dewtie's Excavating taking on Thistle Bar. At 6:20 Whitey's Vikings play Maltese Sports, and at 7:50 Nat Pro Gas takes on the Pictou Landing Falcons.

Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th.

The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.


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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm.

Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize.

See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.


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Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Trainer Adam Berry.

The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.

Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills.

Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own.

Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.


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PUBLIC TAX CONSULTATIONS BEING HELD ACROSS NOVA SCOTIA
Friday 23rd January 2015
A series of public consultation meetings are taking place across the province to allow the Liberal government to hear from tax payers about how their money is spent. Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen was in Stellarton last night talking to the public about the recent tax and regulatory review and the upcoming budget. Whalen says 2015 is the year Nova Scotia has to take control of it's deficit (Clip) Whalen says the government is eager to hear what Nova Scotians think of the recommendations to reform taxes and also how to achieve a balanced budget. If you wish to submit a comment or question you can by e-mailing taxreview@novascotia.ca or tweet using the hashtag #NSBUDGET before the end of February.


GAS PRICES RISE FOR FIRST TIME IN SEVERAL WEEKS
Friday 23rd January 2015
The price of gasoline is up this morning across the province, with northeastern Nova Scotia seeing a 2.8 cent bump in a litre of regular unleaded self serve.
The increase is the first since November, but is still well below the point where the declines began.
A litre of gas will cost 92.5 cents this morning.
Deisel, meanwhile, remained unchanged this week at one dollar, 3.7 cents per litre.
These prices will remain in effect until 12:01 next Friday morning.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 22
Friday 23rd January 2015
The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost in overtime for the second consecutive time, but picked up a point in the standings for the seventh consecutive game. Last night at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the Crushers brought a 4-1 lead into the third period, but a fierce comeback from the Valley Wildcats sent the game to overtime. The Crushers had a power play in the extra frame but could not take advantage thanks to some solid goaltending from Blade Mann-Dixon. Then Brady Atwater scored for the Wildcats to give them the 5-4 win. The Crushers won't have time to dwell on the loss, as they are back in action tonight in Yarmouth. We will have that game from the Fishtank tonight, starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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One other MHL game last night had the Dieppe Commandos dominate the Summerside Western Capitals, 7-2. Seven different Commandos had multi-point games, led by Ryan Groom with four assists.
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Last evening at the Westville Miners Sports Center, the Westville Pee Wee B Miners defeated the Truro Pee Wee A Bearcats 5-2 behind solid goaltending from Jared Snell and Jacob Fraser. Parker Swain led the Miners with two goals. Chris Avery, Gavin Bourque and Kolbe Sarty each had a goal.
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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue. Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play. Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. All are welcome.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th. The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit. Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry.
The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities. Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.
For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca
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TRACKING DEVICES FOR FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH PATIENTS NOT IN PLANS
Thursday 22nd January 2015
The Nova Scotia government says it will not use tracking devices for forensic mental health patients after reports raised concerns about it.
The government says it began gathering information about the technology after a patient at a local forensic hospital was alleged to have committed a homicide in April 2012 while absent without leave.
Andre Noel Denny was charged with second−degree murder in the death of Raymond Taavel and his trial is scheduled to begin in October.
Denny was on a one−hour unescorted leave from the East Coast Forensic Hospital the night Taavel died.
The government says the reports looked at the effectiveness of GPS monitoring for mental health patients and analyzed potential legal issues.
Constance MacIntosh of the Dalhousie Health Law Institute says electronic monitoring would not likely withstand a legal challenge.
Health Minister Leo Glavine says there is also the risk of increasing stigma for mental health patients and rising costs.
The findings suggest there is little evidence the technology decreases violations of leaves and violence.


POLICE INVESTIGATE BODY FOUND ON HIGHWAY IN CAPE BRETON
Thursday 22nd January 2015
Police say a man's body was discovered early this morning on a highway in Cape Breton. They say they received a report of an injured person on Highway 105 in Wagmatcook at about one o'clock. But when they arrived, they found a dead man on the road. R-C-M-P say Highway 105 is closed to both east- and west-bound traffic while they investigate. They're asking anyone with information to contact them.


GAS GOES UP IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 22nd January 2015
For the first time in 10 weeks the price of gas has gone up in New Brunswick.
The increase is 1.6 cents, bringing the maximum price for regular self-serve to an even 93 cents a litre.
Diesel and furnace oil are both down nine-tenths of a cent this week.
While the Nova Scotia URB does not always follow the lead of New Brunswick, prices locally will be reset effective midnight tonight.


FLEUR MAINVILLE SUCCUMBS TO CANCER
Thursday 22nd January 2015
An icon in the Pictou County music scene has passed away.
Fleur Mainville, host of ECFM's East Coast Road Trip, fiddler, manager of the New Glasgow Farmer's Market, music teacher, and loving wife and mother, succumbed to cancer yesterday.
Mainville's contagious enthusiasm for life and love of music could not be dampened, even as she battled carcinoid cancer, with which she was first diagnosed in 2008.
Mainville is survived by her husband Andrew, her two adopted children, as well as a large extended family and friends.
She was 37.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 22
Thursday 22nd January 2015
The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians earned their third consecutive victory over the Cumberland County Blues, although this time they needed overtime to do it. Matt Oldfield scored in the extra frame to give the Scotians a sweep of the rare home-and-home-and-home series.
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Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan European Team Handball League. In the first game, Mexico got past Italy by a score of 2-1.
Mexico: Fox Irving 1, Ronnie Hendsbee 1
Italy : Harley Davidson 1
The second game also ended 2-1, this time with Ireland defeating Portugal.
Ireland: Brendan Avery 2
Portugal: Daniel Seymour 1
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers earned another silver medal in the 2015 Antigonish Automobile Association ‘A’ tournament. The Crushers led their division with 2 wins and a tie to take on the Antigonish Bulldogs in the crossover game on Sunday Morning.
Game 1 against Cape Breton West resulted in a 5-0 win with Tyler Foote netting 2, Noah Teed and Spencer Nichol each scored 1 and an assist, Bryce Thomsen scored the 5th goal while Ben MacDonald assisted 2, Broden Decoff, Carson Ripoll, Ben Turnbull, and Lauchie Malcolm all helped.
Saturday morning saw the Crushers lead the TASA ducks as Foote netted the first 2,assisted by Nichol and Malcolm. Cairan Boone scored goal 3 assisted by MacDonald then switched as Macdonald scored assisted by Boone. TASA scored their 4th goal late in the third to tie the second game.
Game 3 saw the Crushers take the Cape Breton County Islanders 2-0 with MacDonald scoring first assisted by Foote then Foote assisted by Macdonald.
The crossover game leading to the championship saw the Crushers face their rival Bulldogs.  The Dogs came out with 2 quick goals on Tyler Watters who then shut them down. Malcolm led the Crushers assisted by Seth Marcipont in the first and Boone tied it up with 1.4 seconds left with help from Malcolm and Foote. The Crushers again came out strong scoring another 3 in the second. Nichol scored the winning goal assisted by LeBlanc, then Blake Fraser secured the win with Boone and Monroe Mackay helping. Ripoll put in the 5th helped by Thomsen and Teed. Third period saw Nichol getting his 5th point of the tournament, Foote his 8th and DeCoff his 2nd.
The Crushers battled the TASA ducks for gold Sunday afternoon but with the officiating against them didn’t have a chance as the Ducks scored 5 powerplay goals taking the banner with a 5-0 win.
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Peewee AA Crushers travelled to Windsor and Kentville last weekend coming home with 2 wins, 2 losses. Crushers played a pair of hard fought games as they defeated West Hants twice, winning 5-4 and 4-2.
Scoring were Brycen MacDonald, Jansen Langille, Lucas Fraser, Brody Bowering (2), and Kyle Reim (2), Luke Young, and Jayden Hatchard. Assists came from Matthew Carson, MacDonald, Ben MacGillivary, Hatchard, Nolan MacDonald and Young.
Sunday’s games had a different outcome as they played the Acadia Bearcats and fell to two losses. Scoring in these games were Skylar Earle, Hatchard, N. MacDonald, and Young.  Assists were Hatchard, Thomas Devine, and Earle.  Final scores were 3-2 and 5-2.
Cody MacDougall and Vaughn MacEachern shared the goaltending duties for all games.
The Anchor Motors Peewee AA team will travel to Moncton this upcoming weekend.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers will be back in action tonight when they host the Valley Wildcats in MHL action. The Crushers will be looking to get back into the win column after losing for the first time in 2015 last week in overtime against the South Shore Lumberjacks. It is the first of back to back games for the Crushers, as they will hit the road Friday to face the Yarmouth Mariners. The game from the Fishtank will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Northern N.S. Regional Satellite, Cue Sports Nova Scotia, 9-ball ranking tour on Jan. 17th at Century Club in New Glasgow was won by Nick Kaiser of Westville over Neil van Rossum of Antigonish. Kelly MacIntyre of Antigonish came in third and Archie Best of Stellarton was fourth.
The fifth and last satellite tour is still scheduled for Feb 7th 2015 but the Regional Playoff date has been changed from March 28th to March 7th. The AAA Provincial Snooker Championship will now be on March 28th.
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On January 17th, 12 athletes from Pictou County Athletics competed in the Jump Start athletics Moncton Open held at the University of Moncton. All PCA athletes had medal placings and represented the club very well. Participants and placings are as follows:
Kelsey Hann- 12-13 yr old category- 2nd in 60m, 2nd in long jump.
Lauren Quann- 16-17 yr old- 1st in high jump, 1st in 200m, 2nd in 60m Hurdles, 3rd in shot put.
Maria Garcia-Mina- 16-17- 3rd in 60m Hurdles, 7th in 200m
Tatum McLean-16-17- 1st in shot put, 1st in weight throw
Alyssa MacNeil- 18-19- 2nd in 60m
Hailey Fahey- 14-15- 3rd- 300m, 3rd- 800m
Genevieve Lemieux-16-17- 2nd- 800m, 3rd- 1500m
Sarah Munroe- 18-19- 3rd-shot put, 3rd- weight throw
Peter Corbin- 16-17- 1st- 3000m, 3rd- 60 m
Brady Walsh- 18-19- 1st-300m, 2nd 200m, 5th- 60m
Scott Langille-18-19- 1st- 3000m, 2nd-1500m
Tony Corbin- 35+- 2nd- 69m
Pictou County Athletics practices three times per week through the winter and these practices are a great way to stay in shape for any and all spring sports. If you are interested in joining the club, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out the Pictou County Athletics website or Facebook page.
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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue. Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play. Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. All are welcome.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th. The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO INDECENT ACT ON BOARD AN AIR CANADA FLIGHT
Wednesday 21st January 2015
One of two people charged with committing indecent acts on board an Air Canada flight last year has changed his plea to guilty. Jason George Chase had pleaded not guilty to the charge in Dartmouth provincial court but changed his plea to guilty and waived his right to a trial. Chase's lawyer says he will seek a conditional discharge and his case has been adjourned until March 27.


BANK OF CANADA CUTS INTEREST RATES AMID SLUMPING CRUDE PRICES
Wednesday 21st January 2015
The looming economic threat of sliding oil prices forced the Bank of Canada to unexpectedly cut its rate to three quarters of a percentage point from one per cent. The central bank's announcement follows the nose dive in crude prices since July. The bank says the price collapse poses "considerable uncertainty for economic growth in the oil-producing nation." It is the first time the bank has moved its overnight rate in over 4 years Most economists had been predicting the bank to stand pat on the interest rate today and hike it late this year or early next. Last week, the federal government took the rare step of delaying the budget until at least April, so it could assess the effect of tumbling crude.


RCMP OFFICER SHOT IN ALBERTA DIES
Wednesday 21st January 2015

An RCMP officer who was shot Saturday morning has died of his injuries.

42 year old Constable David Wynn and his partner Auxiliary Constable Derek Bond responded to reports of a stolen vehicle at a casino in St. Albert, Alberta.

The suspect shot both officers, hitting Bond in the arm, and Wynn in the head.

Bond was released from hospital the day after the shooting, but Wynn never regained consciousness.

The suspect -who had a lengthy criminal record- was found dead in a home a short time after the incident.



DALHOUSIE HAS IN-CAMERA DISCIPLINARY HEARING FOR DENTISTRY STUDENT
Wednesday 21st January 2015

Lawyers for Dalhousie University Dentistry student Ryan Millet say he was unfairly suspended.

His lawyer Sarah MacIntosh says his suspension was based on six posts, two of which he did not see.

Dalhousie University responded by saying they will individually evaluate each member of a Facebook group that posted misogynistic comments about their female classmates.

MacIntosh says Millet has no association with the misogynistic posts about female classmates, and in fact helped to expose them.

An in-camera disciplinary hearing for Millet was adjourned Tuesday night. Dalhousie says they're simply following protocol.



POLICE NAME SUSPECT ARRESTED IN OTTAWA. (UPDATED AT 12:50PM)
Wednesday 21st January 2015

A 41-year-old American man living in Halifax is being named as the suspect in a series of incidents that ranged from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia to Ottawa, Ontario.

Chris Phillips is in police custody after being arrested at an Ottawa hotel following it's evacuation.

He's also suspected in two incidents in Cole Harbour and Grand Desert, Nova Scotia. Those incidents saw the evacuations of dozens of homes after a box containing hazardous chemicals was found in a garage.

We will have more details as they become available.



MACKAY SAYS JUSTICE SYSTEM REVIEW NOT NEEDED
Wednesday 21st January 2015
Central Nova MP and Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay says an in-depth examination of police and justice system protocols is not necessary at this time. RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson called for the review in the wake of the weekend on-duty shootings of two Mounties in Alberta. Paulson said that a review may be in order because the suspected shooter who was later found dead was a free man despite a violent criminal history. However, MacKay says a royal commission is not the way to find the answers. Constable David Wynn has been unconscious since he was shot in the head Saturday and is not expected to survive.


PUGWASH CEC TO CLOSE DURING DAYTIME HOURS TODAY
Wednesday 21st January 2015
A lack of an available physician has led to another scheduled closure of the emergency department at the Collaborative Emergency Centre in Pugwash today. The ER portion of the centre will be closed until 8pm today, although the primary health care clinic will remain open to see patients with previously booked appointments. Overnight coverage will remain available as usual after 8pm tonight.


WELLNESS CENTRE STILL RUNNING IN RED
Wednesday 21st January 2015
The Pictou County Wellness Centre is continuing to operate at a deficit in its third season. The deficit for this year is projected to reach roughly 740-thousand dollars, and County Councilor David Parker says there does not seem to be a plan in place to fix the problem. Warden Ron Baillie, who is a member of the Pictou County Wellness Centre Authority, says the deficit is a topic every time the group meets, and events such as the upcoming Lorrie Morgan concert should help. Baillie reiterated the concern that ice usage is still too far below capacity because of the glut of operating ice surfaces within the county. Revenue from deed transfer taxes should cover roughly one-third of the deficit figure this year, leaving five of the county's six municipalities on the hook for the rest of the shortfall. Westville is the lone exception, as they did not sign on to help fund operating costs for the facility.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 21
Wednesday 21st January 2015
There was one game last night in the NSJHL, as the Brookfield Elks got past the Antigonish Bulldogs by a score of 4-3. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians will hit the ice tonight when they visit the Cumberland County Blues in Springhill. It is the third meeting between these teams in less than a week, with the Scotians winning both previous matchups by a combined scored of 16-7.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers earned another silver medal in the 2015 Antigonish Automobile Association ‘A’ tournament. The Crushers led their division with 2 wins and a tie to take on the Antigonish Bulldogs in the crossover game on Sunday Morning, before moving to the championship game on Sunday where they lost 5-0 to the TASA Ducks.
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Russia and Sweden played to a 5-5 tie In Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League at the Westville Miners Sports Center on Sunday evening.
Russia: Debbie MacLean 3, Amy Cameron 2
Sweden: Dawn MacKay 1,  Kayla Robichaud 1, Jayne Murphy 1, Caitlyn MacIsaac 1, Daniel Morin 1
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The girl's NRHS basketball team fell to Hants Easts last night 67-54. Courtney Cruikshank had 14 points and Emilee Feltmate had 10 and Hanna MacDonald added 9. Feltmate also added 13 rebounds and Hannah Mertin dished out 7 assists
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The St. FX men's hockey team are scheduled to play one home game, and hit the road for two away games. They'll host the Dalhousie Tigers tonight at 7:00pm at the Keating Millennium Center, before hitting the road Friday to take on the UPEI team in Charlottetown. They'll wrap up their weekend with a stop in Fredericton to play St. Thomas. The women's team have two games in New Brunswick this weekend. Playing St. Thomas in Fredericton Saturday afternoon, and wrapping up their road trip with a game against Mt. Allison Sunday afternoon in Sackville. Both the womens and mens basketball teams are in Wolfville Friday night to take on the Acadia teams at 6:00pm and 8:00pm respectively. The St. FX Track and Field team will participate in the McGill Challenge meet this weekend in Montreal.
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers will be back in action tomorrow when they host the Valley Wildcats in MHL action. The Crushers will be looking to get back into the win column after losing for the first time in 2015 last week in overtime against the South Shore Lumberjacks. It is the first of back to back games for the Crushers, as they will hit the road Friday to face the Yarmouth Mariners. The game from the Fishtank will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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On January 31st, the George McKeigan Annual Memorial 8-Ball Tournament will take place at the Rack & Cue. Registration will take place that morning between 10am and noon, followed immediately by the start of play. Cost of entry is 10 dollars, with prizes for the top three finishers. A 50/50 draw will also be held. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Palliative Care Unit of the Aberdeen Hospital. All are welcome.
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Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th. The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit.
Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry.
The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.
Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills.
Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own.
Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.
For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca
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WESTVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATING HIT AND RUN
Tuesday 20th January 2015

Westville Police are seeking the public's assistance in their investigation of a hit and run accident that happened Januay 17th.

A Ford Escape was parked in front of the Acropole restaurant on Main St., and was hit by a white Dodge truck with a long box and a yellow V shape plow on the front. The driver of the truck continued on without stopping.

If you have any information on this incident, please contact Westville Police or Crime Stoppers.



LOBSTER INDUSTRY TO DISCUSS NEW FEE FOR PROMOTION AND MARKETING
Tuesday 20th January 2015

Several meetings are being set up across the province to discuss a possible fee for lobster fishers that would be used to promote and market the industry.

Lobster industry members will be able to share their views on what the two-cent per pound fee could best be used for.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell says this is an industry-led initiative, and now is the time for the world to know about the quality of the product available from Nova Scotians.

There are 16 meetings scheduled, and more information can be found at novascotia.ca/fish


HIGHER PENALTIES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING
Tuesday 20th January 2015

Higher fines and more demerit points are being given to distracted drivers in Nova Scotia.

The fine for a first time offense will be just over $230.00, and it will be almost $600.00 if you're caught three times.

On top of that, four demerit points will be added to the license of a driver who is caught driving while distracted.

The new penalties take effect February 1st.



PROVINCE PROMISES IMPROVEMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
Tuesday 20th January 2015

In a release sent out today, The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development Karen Casey says there are four areas that need improvements to provide better services to children and their families.

Among them are improvements to early intervention for families, and the development of the early intervention workforce.

The release also says that once the new structure is in place, the department will provide funding to help address low wages for early interventionists, which is currently around $32,000.00 per year.

According to the release, there are over three-hundred children who are waiting for services.



OPPOSING PARTIES CRITICAL OF BARGAINING UNIT CUTS
Tuesday 20th January 2015

Official Opposition Health Critic Chris d'Entremont and NDP Health Critic Dave Wilson both criticized the government's handling of bargaining units for health care workers.

D'Entremont says the legislation was rushed through the house of assembly without understanding its implications.

Health Minister Leo Glavine praised the move, saying it will be effective when it comes to streamlining the labour negotiating process.

Wilson responded to the decision by saying Glavine has to stop picking fights with healthcare workers and start focusing his attention on front-line care.

Hearings will resume February 2nd on the issue of union representation.



RCMP INVESTIGATING SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE IN COLE HARBOUR. *UPDATED AT 3:50pm
Tuesday 20th January 2015

The RCMP says there are no explosives in a package found in a home in Cole Harbour today, but that it does contain hazardous chemicals.

The RCMP are advising people living within 100 metres of a house in Cole Harbour that they're unsure of how long they'll take to remove the package.

Officers went door-to-door earlier to advise people of an evacuation order, which they say was done as a precautionary measure.



NOVA SCOTIA AMONG THE WORST IN THE COUNTRY FOR RED TAPE.
Tuesday 20th January 2015

Nova Scotia is among the worst provinces in the country for red tape accountability.

An annual report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business ranks British Columbia and Quebec as the best provinces in the country for being accountable for their bureaucracy.

CFIB Atlantic VP Jordi Morgan says there needs to be improvement in regulatory accountability in this province.

Nova Scotia was only better than the Northwest Territories, who came out of the report at the bottom with a grade of “F.”



RCMP OFFICER'S WIFE SAYS GOODBYE
Tuesday 20th January 2015
The wife of the RCMP officer shot in the head in a casino just north of Edmonton has said her goodbyes, as he is not expected to survive. Constable David Wynn has not regained consciousness since the shooting early Saturday morning. Shelley MacInnis-Wynn spoke publicly yesterday, and thanked the RCMP, the city of St. Albert, and the people of Nova Scotia, where Wynn had previously worked as a paramedic, for all of their support. Wynn was investigating a stolen vehicle when he and another officer, Auxiliary Constable Derek Bond, were both shot. Bond's injuries were non-life-threatening, although reports suggest he has a long recovery ahead of him. The 34-year-old man who shot them, Shawn Rehn, was found dead after the shooting in a home not far from the scene. Court documents show he had a long history of assaults, weapons convictions, break-ins and drug use that stretched back to his teenage years in the mid 1990's. R-C-M-P Commissioner Bob Paulson says Rehn's criminal history may provoke an examination of the police and justice system that allowed Rehn to be free.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 20
Tuesday 20th January 2015

One game last night in the NSJHL saw the host Sackville Blazers dominate the Cole Harbour Colts 11-2. With the win, the Blazers open up a five point lead at the top of the Fred Fox Division ahead of Valley, East Hants, and Liverpool who are in a three-way tie for second place. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are back in action tomorrow night when they visit Cumberland County for the third consecutive game. The Scotians won the previous two.

The first two games of the Walter Duggan World Handball League were played yesterday at the Maverick gymnasium. In Game one, Russia defeated Britain 4-2.
Russia: Brandon Cameron 1, Cole Greene 1, Victoria Robertson 1, Keara MacKenzie 1
Britain: Shaylee Fraser 1, Matthew Carson 1
Game two saw Denmark get past Sweden 7-5.
Denmark: Raine DeCoste 2, Keegan Murray 2, Noah Spaulding 1, Shawna Cunningham 1, Jessie MacKay 1
Sweden: Nolan MacDonald 1, Lucas Cameron 1, Eric Wilcox 1, Laurel MacIntosh 1, Emma Webb 1

The home overtime loss by the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers last Thursday has moved them out of the top 20 on the national rankings, although the Crushers do remain on the list as an honorable mention. The Woodstock Slammers dropped one spot from 7th to 8th after splitting a pair of games last weekend. The Crushers play twice this week, with the Valley Wildcats coming to the Wellness Centre on Thursday night, before the Crushers hit the road to visit the Mariners in the Fishtank on Friday. The game in Yarmouth will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 Friday night starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Northern Subway Selects of the Nova Scotia Female Midget Hockey League split a pair of games against the East Hants Penguins this past weekend, with both teams winning at home. On Saturday, the Selects skated to a 1-0 win at the Wellness Centre, before the Penguins earned a 2-1 win on their home ice on Sunday. With two games left in the regular season, the Selects and Metro Boston Pizza are tied for first place. The Selects finish the season with a pair of games against Cape Breton on 31 January and 1 February, while Metro ends with a home-and-home set against East Hants that same weekend.

The Pictou County Bantam Boys Lightning took home silver in the Fall River Rebel Run Tournament over the weekend. The Lightning went undefeated in the round robin portion of the tournament. Their first game was the most exciting with the Lightning defeating the host Fall River Rebels 69-68.  Jaren Johnson sank 2 of his "51" points with 5 seconds remaining to clinch the victory. It was the Lightning's first lead of the game. Glen Cox added 8 while Jeremy Voutour fired 7. Andrew Little helped out with 3.  In the second game the Lightning tied Bedford 51-51.  Once again Johnson led the scoring with 33 while Cox scored 11. Voutour added 3 with Jonah MacEachern and Nick MacInnis notching 2 each.  After two close games the Lightning soared past St. Margarets Bay 51-31 with Cox pouring in 27 and Johnson firing 21. MacEachern had 2 with Voutour scoring 1.  In the finals the Lightning fell 67-53 to Fall River with Team MVP Johnson leading the way with 30 points while game star Cox adding 19. Voutour finished with 4 points.

Pictou County Female Subway Selects Midget had good results after narrowly missing a gold medal in the 2015 Subway Cup held at the Wellness Center. The Selects lost in a game that went to overtime then a shootout to decide the winner. The final score was 3-2 with Caitlyn Taylor and Lindsay Feit scoring. Kara Mason made several key saves to keep the game close to the final minute. In regular league play the Selects rebounded and faced the Port Hawkesbury Pirates and came away with a 3-2 victory. Brittany Duff took the win in nets, while also getting an assist. Goals went to Brittany Chisholm, Keeley MacCuish and Lindsay Cheek. Assists went to Rachel Brown, Brittany Duff, Lindsay Feit and Tracey Denny. The Selects then took on the Antigonish Bulldogs and came out with a deciding 6-0 win. Rachel Brown netted a hat trick and had an assist to lead the way. Other goals were scored by Lauren Quann, Paige MacDonald and Lindsay Feit. Assists went to Lindsay Cheek, Breanna Sandluck, Caitlyn Taylor, Quann , MacDonald and Feit. Kara Mason took the win in nets. In a home and home series with Nova Ice, the Selects visited the Lions Arena in Parrsboro. Lindsay Feit scored at the 4 minute mark of the 1st, assisted by Keeley MacCuish and Tracey Denny. The Cumberland squad tied the game at the midway mark of the 2nd period. The Selects regained the lead in the 3rd with another goal scored by Feit assisted by MacKenzie Bell. Nova Ice gained momentum with the Selects shorthanded and benefited from  of a 5-3 player advantage to tie the game with 48 seconds remaining ; resulting in a 2-2 tie. Brittany Duff played a solid game in the net. Nova Ice visited the Selects at the Trenton Arena and the Selects came out on top with a score of 2-0. Tracey Denny scored an unassisted goal in the 2nd, MacKenzie Bell scored in the 3rd assisted by Rachel Brown and Brittany Chisholm. Kara Mason earned the shut out in nets. Next up for the Selects in regular league play is a meeting in Antigonish against the Bulldogs on Saturday. The Selects will participate in the 2015 Sweetheart Tournament in PEI held in February.

Pictou County Athletics will be holding a registration night this Wednesday, January 21st from 6pm to 6:30pm, for a Run Jump Throw program. For more information, go to the Pictou County Athletics Facebook page.

Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th. The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.

Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit. Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities. Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided. For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

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COUNCILLOR HENDERSON PARIS HONORS REVEREND DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
Monday 19th January 2015

New Glasgow Town Councillor Henderson Paris added a committee report presentation on Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at tonight's council and committee of the whole meeting.

Paris explained how King influenced his life and career, and praised the town of New Glasgow for developing a committee against discrimination and racism.

Committee member and town Councillor Clyde Forbes added that New Glasgow is the 36th municipality in Canada to implement such a committee.



NS TO REDUCE BARGAINING UNITS FOR HEALTH CARE WORKERS
Monday 19th January 2015

Nova Scotia has been granted the ability to reduce the number of health care bargaining units from fifty to four.

Arbitrator James Dorsey made the ruling, but postponed a decision on union representation.

Dorsey has previously rejected arguments that the proposed structure denies freedom of association provisions under the charter.

Hearings will resume February 2nd on the issue of union representation.



MAN FINED FOR REFUSING BREATHALYZER
Monday 19th January 2015

A man has pleaded guilty to a count of refusing a breathalyzer test, stemming from an incident that happened in September.

62 year old Michael Robert Taylor had one count of impaired driving withdrawn as a result of his plea.

An officer says he received word of a single vehicle accident, and noticed the accused leaning on the back of his vehicle as he arrived.

Taylor reportedly refused several requests to submit to the breathalyzer.

He was sentenced to pay a $1,000.00 fine, a $300.00 victim surcharge, and was prohibited from driving for one year.



FACEBOOK GROUP MEMBER SPEAKS OUT AGAINST MISOGYNISTIC POSTS
Monday 19th January 2015
The lawyer for one of the 13 male fourth-year dentistry students in the Facebook group that allegedly posted hateful comments about female classmates says his client has been treated unfairly. Bruce MacIntosh, representing Ryan Millet, says his client was a member of the now defunct Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen on Facebook, but that Millet took a stand against the posts he deemed offensive. MacIntosh says Millet encouraged other group members to remove the posts, and has apologized to his female classmates who were targeted. Millet is scheduled to go before a disciplinary hearing tomorrow to argue that a suspension of his dentistry clinic privileges should be lifted and that he has the support of one of the women featured in the posts.


ATLANTIC PREMIERS MEETING IN ST. JOHN'S
Monday 19th January 2015
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis is hosting his three Atlantic colleagues in meetings today that have a full slate on the agenda. Expected topics of conversation include the economy, oil prices, the impact of changes to the federal Employment Insurance program, and a promise for a federal fishery fund that Davis says is not being kept. The province says the fund was to include research, marketing and help for displaced workers in the struggling sector. Ottawa says the fund was never meant as a blank cheque that would give the province an edge over other Atlantic regions.


FATAL FIRE OUTSIDE SYDNEY
Monday 19th January 2015
A house fire in the early morning hours today has taken the life of one person in Cape Breton. Fire officials say the fire at the one-story house broke out about 3:30 this morning. Most of the house was destroyed. Police are not commenting on the fire at this time. Members of the South Bar Volunteer Fire Department responded. The house was fully engulfed by the time fire crews arrived. Details about the age, gender, and name of the deceased have not been released.


HMCS TORONTO ARRIVES IN HALIFAX
Sunday 18th January 2015

H-M-C-S Toronto is back in Halifax this morning after being on a mission in the Mediterranean Sea for about six months.

The mission, titled “Operation Reassurance” supported NATO measures in the wake of Russia's aggression in eastern Ukraine. Justice Minister Peter MacKay was on hand when the ship arrived.

In a statement, he says the men and women played a major role in demonstrating Canada's steadfast commitment to international peace and security.

Defense Minister Rob Nicholson echoed the sentiment, saying Canada will work alongside partners to apply pressure to Russian President Vladmir Putin's regime in response to their intervention in Ukraine.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 18
Sunday 18th January 2015

The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey league had two games last night, the first saw Cole Harbour drop another decision, this time on the road in a 6-3 loss to the Liverpool Privateers. In the other game, the Glace Bay Jr. Miners downed the Antigonish Bulldogs 6-1 at the BayPlex.

The North Nova Gryphons Boys Hockey team picked up a win over the Northumberland Nighthawks on Friday night at the Wellness Centre. The final of that game was 5-3. The Gryphons travel to Truro this Thursday, January 22nd to take on the CEC Cougars in their last game before the high school exam break.

The Northern Subway Selects picked up a win in the NS Female AAA Hockey League last night in a shutout win over the Procresting Penguins. Annika Mason scored the only goal of the 1-0 verdict, and Selects goaltender Adi Small stopped all 20 shots she faced. The Selects next hit the ice today at the East Hants Sportsplex.

There are three games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Hockey League. The first game goes at 5:20pm when Dewtie's Excavating takes on the Elks Club. At 6:50, Thistle Bar faces Connor's Transfer Limited, and at 8:20, Whitey's Vikings go up against Nat Pro Gas. All games are at the Stellarton Rink.

Pictou County Athletics will be holding a registration night next Wednesday, January 21st from 6pm to 6:30pm, for a Run Jump Throw program. For more information, go to the Pictou County Athletics Facebook page.

Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th. The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.

Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit.

Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.

Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.

For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

If you have an item for local sports, please send us an email at ckec@ckecradio.ca.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 17
Saturday 17th January 2015

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers lost Thursday night at the Wellness Centre.

Layton Parsons scored a powerplay goal in overtime to lift the South Shore Lumberjacks to a 3-2 win.

The Crushers are now off until next Thursday when they host the Valley Wildcats.

This week in The Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League, Canada defeated Russia 4-3 at the Westville Miners Sports Center.

Five games went last night in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League.The Glace Bay Miners netted 5 against the Strait Pirates on their way to a 5-2 win. The Sackville Blazers picked up a 6-4 road win against the East Hants Penguins.

The Liverpool Privateers made it a one-sided affair as they downed the Valley Maple Leafs 7-1.

The Pictou Landing Falcons doubled up the Cumberland Blues on the road with a final of 8-4, and finally, the Cole Harbour Colts dropped a home game to the Elks with a final of 10-8 in favor of Brookfield.

North Nova Boy's Varsity Basketball Team continues play in The Anse MacDonald Invitational Tournament today at NNEC.

The Weeks Major Midgets are getting ready to host a double header against the Cape Breton Tradesmen this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game times are tonight at 7:30pm and tomorrow afternoon at 1pm.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Women host a pair of games this weekend at the Keating Milennium Centre, with the Saint Mary's Huskies visiting tonight at 7pm, followed by St. Thomas tomorrow afternoon at 3pm. The X-Men hockey team are on the road for a pair of games against UNB and Moncton.

Pictou County Athletics will be holding a registration night next Wednesday, January 21st from 6pm to 6:30pm, for a Run Jump Throw program. For more information, go to the Pictou County Athletics Facebook page.

Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th. The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.

Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit.

Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.

Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided.

For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

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PC ALLAN MACMASTER NOT SURPRISED TO HEAR OF ERNEST FENWICK MACINTOSH'S ARREST IN NEPAL
Saturday 17th January 2015

Progressive Conservative MLA Allan MacMaster says he's not surprised to hear about the arrest of Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh in Nepal.

The Inverness MLA and Justice critic has tried on multiple occasions to remove time restrictions from sexual assault victims ability to sue their abusers.

Fenwick MacIntosh had several abuse convictions overturned after it was determined it took too long to try him.

MacMaster has previously said the abusers should face financial penalties to limit their ability to prey on children in other countries.



New Glasgow Regional Police charge 25 year old male with multiple offenses resulting from impaired driving arrest.
Friday 16th January 2015
At approximately 2:20am on Friday January 16, 2015 New Glasgow Regional Police arrested a 25 year old adult male driver on East River Road New Glasgow for impaired Operation of a motor vehicle. Upon investigation police charged the 25 year old from Pictou County with impaired Operation of Motor Vehicle Refusal, Resisting Arrest, Breach of Probation and Breach of Recognizance. The driver was held in police custody overnight and will be appearing in Pictou Provincial Court today.


HEAD ON COLLISION LEADS TO MINOR INJURIES, CHARGES PENDING
Friday 16th January 2015
Egypt Road was closed for roughly 90 minutes today as RCMP investigated a two-vehicle head on collision that sent one person to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say a pick-up truck heading north collided with a southbound SUV shortly after 10:30 this morning, about 2 kilometres south of Pictou Landing. The driver and a passenger in the truck were uninjured, while the other drive suffered injuries that are being described as minor. Police say charges are pending against the driver of the truck, and the investigation continues.


NO CHARGES TO BE LAID IN DALHOUSIE FACEBOOK SCANDAL
Friday 16th January 2015
Halifax Regional Police have concluded that there is no basis for a criminal investigation into misogynistic comments about female dentistry students at Dalhousie University. The comments were allegedly posted to Facebook by a group of their male classmates. Police say a team of senior investigators in the Criminal Investigation Division reviewed the material and conclude no crimes have been committed. Rallies and protests since word of the postings came out last month have called for the expulsion of the members of the Facebook group that has since been deactivated. The 13 fourth-year students have been ordered to attend classes remotely and are suspended from clinical duties, which could impact their ability to graduate.


COLCHESTER CHANGING SEWER POLICY
Friday 16th January 2015
Colchester County Council will no longer accept wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations after approving a policy change at a meeting yesterday. The policy change does not apply to the approval granted last month to Atlantic Industrial Services in Debert to dispose of six-million litres of treated wastewater. That approval is still going through a public appeals process. An application to dispose of additional 20-million litres of fracking waste currently being stored in holding ponds in Kennetcook had not yet been submitted. With the policy change being approved, that possibility will not come to fruition. The in-principle change to the policy will be ratified at the next council session in two weeks.


GAS REACHES SIX YEAR LOW
Friday 16th January 2015
The falling price of crude has led to the lowest gas prices in six years. This morning, the Nova Scotia Utility & Review board announced the cost of regular self-serve unleaded is 89.7 cents per litre, a level not seen since 2009. A litre of Diesel has been set at $1.037.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 16
Friday 16th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers lost in overtime for just the second time this season, and for the second time it was a power play goal that was the difference. Layton Parsons scored with the man advantage 1:19 into the extra frame to give the South Shore Lumberjacks the 3-2 win last night at the Wellness Centre. With the overtime loss, the Crushers move 9 points ahead of the Yarmouth Mariners in first place in the Eastlink Division standings. The Crushers are now off until next Thursday when they host the Valley Wildcats.

This week in The Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League, Canada defeated Russia 4-3 in a well played game held at the Westville Miners Sports Center.

The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club returned to action after their December break by participating in the DQ Tournament in New Brunswick January 2nd- 4th. The Selects went through the round robin 3-0 and advanced to the semi-final game against the Moncton Rockets. The game was a tight checking affair with the Rockets prevailing 2-1. The Selects had a number of chances late to tie the score but the Moncton goaltender thwarted their attempts. This past weekend the Selects returned to action in the Nova Scotia Female AAA League with a home and home series with Metro Boston Pizza. The teams travelled to Berwick for a late afternoon tilt at the Apple Dome. Madelyn Bourque opened the scoring in the third for the Selects assisted by Taylor Perry. The goal looked like it was going to hold up until with 53 seconds remaining and the extra attacker on the Metro squad evened the score at 1 -1. Not to be outdone, after the faceoff the Subway Selects pressed for the winner and with just 1 second remaining in the third Amanda Dunning scored the winner assisted again by veteran blueliner Taylor Perry. Adi Small picked up the win in goal for the Northern Subway Selects. The two teams squared off again Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre in what turned out to be another game of tight checking and excellent goaltending from Katie Henderson. There was no score until late in the third when Mackenzie Reid took a perfect pass from linemate Madelyn Bourque to score what turned out to be the winner as the Selects completed their sweep of the Metro squad and moved atop the Nova Scotia Female AAA Standings. The Selects next see action this coming weekend with a pair of games against the ProCresting Penguins. The two teams meet on Saturday January 17th at 12:30pm at the Wellness Centre and return to action on Sunday January 18th at 11am at the East Hants Sportsplex.

North Nova Boy's Varsity Basketball Team is Hosting The Anse MacDonald Invitational Tournament today and tomorrow at NNEC. Their first game is this afternoon at 2pm, come by this weekend and catch some exciting games.

The Weeks Major Midgets are getting ready to host a double header against the Cape Breton Tradesmen this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game times are Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 1pm.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Women host a pair of games this weekend at the Keating Milennium Centre, with the Saint Mary's Huskies visiting tonight at 7pm, followed by St. Thomas Sunday afternoon at 3pm. The X-Men hockey team are on the road for a pair of games against UNB and Moncton.

Pictou County Athletics will be holding a registration night next Wednesday, 21 January, from 6pm to 6:30pm, for a Run Jump Throw program. For more information, go to the Pictou County Athletics Facebook page.

Pictou Recreation and Parks will be offering an Active Start Ringette Program at the Hector Arena beginning January 25th. The program is open to both boys and girls ages 5-11 years. Find out more information by calling Pictou Recreation at 485-4372 or visiting the Town;s website at www.townofpictou.ca.

Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit. Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.  Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided which makes participation even easier.
Date: Friday, January 30
Minimum Age: 13 yrs old
Required: Suitable clothes
Fee: Free
For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

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NEW DEMONSTRATION BUILDING ANNOUNCED, TO SERVE AS PICTOU LANDING FIRST NATION'S NEW BAND OFFICE.
Thursday 15th January 2015
Speaking at a press conference this morning in Pictou Landing, The Honorable Peter MacKay announced the coming together of the Pictou Landing First Nation and local business to erect a new demonstration building in Pictou Landing to market it's new state of the art energy efficient design to Canada's North where energy prices are much steeper then other parts of the country. MacKay says this project will have a positive impact on local business. This project will move along with local business such as MacGregors Industrial Group who manufactures energy efficient modular steel buildings, fabricated in Nova Scotia and can shipped and erected anywhere in the world. Teaming up with MIG is PoleCo, an advanced technology company based in Halifax that focuses on renewable energy systems and energy systems management. The new demonstration building will be used as a Pictou Landing First Nation's Band Office. Dave MacGregor, manager of business development for MacGregors Industrial Group says the estimated cost at this time for the demonstration building would be 1.5 million dollars. The Federal Government is providing the Chamber of Commerce with a $58,500 contribution through ACOA's Business Development Program. Pictou Landing First Nation, MacGregors Industrial Group, PoleCo and the Chamber are also contributing financially to the project.


CRIB MATTRESSES UNDER RECALL AFTER TWO INFANTS INJURED
Thursday 15th January 2015
The Ikea furniture company is recalling 169-thousand baby-crib mattresses in Canada and the U-S after receiving two reports of infants being injured after they were trapped between the mattress and the end panels. The Swedish-based furniture retailer announced this morning that some of the mattresses were too short for the crib, posing a risk of entrapment. The recall applies to mattresses used for Ikea's Vyssa-style cribs, including the models Vacker, Vinka, Spelevink, Sloa and Slummer.


PROVINCE SEEKS FEEDBACK ON BUDGET
Thursday 15th January 2015
A series of public consultation meetings are scheduled to take place this month throughout the province to allow the Liberal government to hear from taxpayers about how their money is spent. Finance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen announced the schedule for the consultations to talk about the recent tax and regulatory review and the upcoming budget. One of the eight meetings is set to take place in Pictou County, on January 22 at the Holiday Inn Express in Stellarton. The meeting will begin with an information session at 6pm, followed by a discussion between 7 and 9pm. Whalen says the government is eager to hear what Nova Scotians think of the recommendations to reform taxes and also how to achieve a balanced budget. She says that by participating in the process, residents are helping to guide the Liberal government in understanding of their values and the choices they are willing to make. For those unable to attend the meeting who wish to submit comments in writing, they can do so by emailing taxreview@novascotia.ca, or sending a tweet with the hashtag #nsbudget before the end of February.


ANOTHER DROP IN PUMP PRICES IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 15th January 2015
Gas prices in New Brunswick fell overnight last night, which may be a sign that motorists in Nova Scotia may want to wait until tomorrow to top up their tanks. While the Utility and Review Board in Nova Scotia does not always follow the lead of our western neighbors, it is usually a strong indicator of the likely move in our prices. The price of a litre of regular unleaded self serve gasoline fell by another 4.5 cents, while diesel was down another 3.5 cents. Prices locally will be reset effective midnight tonight.


CCRSB SUPERINTENDENT ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
Thursday 15th January 2015
Longstanding CCRSB Superintendent Gary Clarke has announced he will be retiring from his position. Clarke served the board for over 35 years. His retirement will begin mid-July, unless he's needed for transitional business.


SCHOOLS PLUS PRESENTATION OUTLINES LGBQT SUPPORT IN CCRSB
Thursday 15th January 2015
Schools Plus gave a presentation on the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender youth in the CCRSB system at last night's board meeting. Some statistics that were outlined in the presentation included the suicide attempt rate of transgendered youth, which is a staggering 41 percent. Schools plus is looking to expand the number of gay-straight alliances, as they've found the demand exists in local schools based on current membership levels. The organization will also be hosting a workshop on supporting transgendered youth on 30 January in Truro. For more information on that event, email holtonmd@ccrsb.ca


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 15
Thursday 15th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will bring a five game winning streak into their game tonight at home against the South Shore Lumberjacks. This will be the fourth meeting of the season, with the Crushers having won the previous three. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 7pm.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls basketball team defeated North Nova Junior Varsity 50-43 Wednesday evening. Courtney Cruikshank paced the Nighthawks with 14 points and Sally Bates had 11. Hannah Mertin added 11 rebounds and Victoria MacKenzie led with 3 assists. The Nighthawks next travel to East Antigonish for a tournament this weekend.

Pictou native, and Sportsnet Connected host Ken Reid hs written a book that hockey fans and hockey card collectors young and old will love. Hockey Card Stories shares Reid's interviews with 59 former NHL and WHA players about the pieces of cardboard that captured their images and highlighted moments in their playing careers. A portion of the proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Hector Arena Commission. Catch an interview with Reid tonight at 6pm on Classic Rock 97.9 on Slapshot as he talks about the book, growing up in Pictou, and his career as a sportscaster.

North Nova Boy's Varsity Basketball Team is Hosting The Anse MacDonald Invitational Tournament on Jan 16-17th at NNEC. Their first game is Friday the 16th at 2pm, come by this weekend and catch some exciting games.

The Weeks Major Midgets are getting ready to host a double header against the Cape Breton Tradesmen this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game times are Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 1pm.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Women host a pair of games this weekend at the Keating Milennium Centre, with the Saint Mary's Huskies visiting tomorrow night at 7pm, followed by St. Thomas Sunday afternoon at 3pm. The X-Men hockey team are on the road for a pair of games against UNB and Moncton.

Pictou County Athletics will be holding a registration night next Wednesday, 21 January, from 6pm to 6:30pm, for a Run Jump Throw program. For more information, go to the Pictou County Athletics Facebook page.

Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit. Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.  Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided which makes participation even easier.
Date: Friday, January 30
Minimum Age: 13 yrs old
Required: Suitable clothes
Fee: Free
For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

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NDP QUESTIONS APPOINTMENT OF NSBI PRESIDENT AND CEO
Wednesday 14th January 2015

Laurel Broten's appointment as President and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Incorporated is already raising some eyebrows in the province.

A release from the NDP party questions the appointment, as NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald openly asked about the experience Broten has in economic development and the private sector.

Broten was the former Liberal Ontario Cabinet Minister prior to moving to Halifax with her family last year.

MacDonald says with the decline of jobs in Nova Scotia, it's important that the best person is hired for this position, and she's calling on Economic and Rural Development Minister Michel Samson to see Broten's qualifications.



SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN NEW GLASGOW
Wednesday 14th January 2015

There was a single-vehicle accident this morning near Exit 25 in New Glasgow.

Two people were in the car as it left the highway, striking a road sign before rolling several times and landing upright.

The occupants were able to get out of the car on their own, and were taken to the Aberdeen Hospital with minor injuries.

Pictou District RCMP are reminding drivers to be extra careful as wet and freezing conditions lead to icy roads.



TOWN OF WESTVILLE APPOINTS NEW RECREATION COORDINATOR
Wednesday 14th January 2015

The Town of Westville has made a new hire.

Sally O'Neill has been named the town's new Recreation Co-ordinator.

O'Neill has worked as the Active Pictou County Trails Coordinator for the last two years.

She will start as Recreation Coordinator at the beginning of February.



MORE GOOD NEWS REGARDING THE ABERDEEN HOSPITAL PROJECT
Wednesday 14th January 2015
The tender has been issued for the Emergency Department and Pharmacy Services project at New Glasgow's Aberdeen Hospital. The project includes a new Emergency Department to the south side of the hospital, and redeveloping Pharmacy Services in the vacated Emergency Department. The tender closes at 2pm on the 5th of February. The health authority says they expect the tender will be awarded later this winter, and construction to wrap up in 2018. The price tag for the project is an estimated $32 million.


DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY SAYS IT WILL COMPLY WITH POLICE REQUESTS TO HAND OVER COPIES OF THE ALLEGED FACEBOOK POSTS MADE BY DENTISTRY STUDENTS
Wednesday 14th January 2015
Dalhousie University in Halifax says it won't hesitate to give police copies of the Facebook postings of sexually violent comments allegedly made by male dentistry students. The university issued this statement after media reports surfaced that said the school had rejected such a request from Halifax police. The statement says Dalhousie will always co-operate with the police on any matter, and spokesman Brian Leadbetter says the university will meet with police Wednesday. Constable Pierre Bourdages said in an interview that Dalhousie University initially refused the request for the postings based on student privacy concerns. Reports of the offensive posts and the university's initial response prompted rallies and calls for the expulsion of the 13 students. The students who were part of the Facebook group have been ordered to attend classes remotely and are suspended from clinical duties.


TRAFFIC NOTE - ACCIDENT IN BLUE ACRES
Wednesday 14th January 2015
An accident took place this morning on the off-ramp of highway 104 at Exit 25, which is the exit into Blue Acres. Emergency personnel tended to the accident which is all cleared up. More information will be posted when it becomes available.


MACGREGOR MINE EXPLOSION 63 YEARS AGO TODAY
Wednesday 14th January 2015
The date of 14 January is one that holds significance in the mining industry, particularly in Pictou County. Sixty-three years ago today, in 1952, an explosion took the lives of 19 miners, and trapped three others underground at the MacGregor Mine in Stellarton. Many of the men who lost their lives that day were from Stellarton and Westville. It was the worst mine disaster in Pictou County until Westray forty years later.


SAMSON VISITS PICTOU COUNTY
Wednesday 14th January 2015
Economic Development Minister Michel Samson was in Pictou County yesterday to meet with local based businesses. Samson says new development in the county is still taking place, and his role is to make sure that continues moving forward.Samson visited with Michelin, DSTN, and Sobeys. You can hear the complete interview with the Economic Development Minister this weekend on Sunday Report.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 13
Wednesday 14th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will bring a five game winning streak into their game tomorrow night at home against the South Shore Lumberjacks. This will be the fourth meeting of the season, with the Crushers having won the previous three. Game time at the Wellness Centre tomorrow night is 7pm.

Brycen MacDonald scored 3 goals to lead the PEEWEE AA Crushers to yet another victory. They downed the Truro Bearcats 4-2 this past Saturday. Also scoring for the Crushers was Lucas Fraser. All goals were unassisted. Cody MacDougall was superior in the net. The Crushers travel to Windsor and Kentville this coming weekend for 4 games against West Hants and Acadia.

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The Pictou County Atom A Crushers played two more league games this past week-end against Antigonish Bulldogs and they came away with four more points. On Saturday, the Crushers had a 5-2 victory with Dylan Kontuk, Seth Gallant, Cameron MacKinnon, Brent Chapman and Peyton Clements scoring for the Crushers. Assists went to Conrad Robertson, Ben Wallace, Kontuk, Nikos Bonvie and Reese Smith. The Crushers won 5-1 on Sunday with Clements, MacKinnon, Gallant, Kontuk and Lane Lochead scoring this game. Assists went to MacKinnon, Smith, Clements, Chapman, Bonvie, Wallace and Brennan Dalton. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared solid games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers travel to Antigonish this week-end to participate in the Antigonish Automobile Dealership A Tournament.

Truro native Zach Sill earned his first career NHL point last night in the first period of the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-3 win over the Minnesota Wild. Sill assisted on a goal by Marcel Goc to open the scoring, and was named the game's third star.

There was one game last night in the NSJHL, and it was a one-sided affair as the visiting Sackville Blazers dominated the Brookfield Elks 10-1. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are back in action on Friday when they visit the Cumberland County Blues in the first half of a home and home set that wraps up Sunday at Trenton Arena at 7pm.

North Nova Boy's Varsity Basketball Team is Hosting The Anse MacDonald Invitational Tournament on Jan 16-17th at NNEC. Their first game is Friday the 16th at 2pm, come by this weekend and catch some exciting games.

The Weeks Major Midgets are getting ready to host a double header against the Cape Breton Tradesmen this weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Game times are Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 1pm.

Hike Nova Scotia and the Cape to Cape Trail Committee, Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Rogers Hill Trail from Durham to Quarry Brook on February 1 at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at 902-924-2910 or info@capetocapetrail.ca. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit. Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.  Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided which makes participation even easier.
Date: Friday, January 30
Minimum Age: 13 yrs old
Required: Suitable clothes
Fee: Free
For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

If you have an item for local sports, please send us an email at ckec@ckecradio.ca .



NS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION APPOINTS FIRST EVER ABORIGINAL EDUCATION OFFICER
Tuesday 13th January 2015

A woman from White Point has been hired as the first aboriginal education officer.

Jill Francis won a competition designated for an aboriginal person, and will now work for the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.

In a release from the Commission, they say Francis' role will be to design and deliver human rights education.



HALIFAX COMPANY MAKES SATIRICAL VIDEO ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF K-CUPS
Tuesday 13th January 2015

Halifax based Egg studios has released a new video depicting an alien invasion, but with a bit of a twist.

The new video is aimed to raise awareness about the negative environmental impact of the disposable single-serve coffee cup, and does so with realistic animations of what an attack on Halifax would look like if invading monsters were made entirely of K-Cups.

Keurig Green Mountain made almost $5,000,000,000.00 in sales last year, and according to the satirical video, there are enough discarded K-Cups to circle the world over 10 times.



SYMPOSIUM TO EXAMINE IMPACT OF ROYAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS
Tuesday 13th January 2015
Twenty-five years ago, a Royal Commission into the wrongful conviction of Donald Marshall, Jr. released a series of recommendations. This week, members of the Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum will bring together stakeholders to examine the impact of the Commission’s recommendations. The symposium will take place in Membertou on Wednesday and Thursday, and will include representatives from Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaw communities, the federal and provincial governments, police agencies, and other legal experts. Chief Paul J. Prosper of the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation says the forum will provide much needed dialogue and a sound basis for continued improvement for Mi'kmaq involved in the Criminal Justice System.


SENTENCING DATE SET FOR ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON
Tuesday 13th January 2015

A sentencing date has been set for a man who pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon.

27 year old Steven Malcolm Oliver of Stellarton pleaded guilty to the charges, which also include uttering threats and damage to property.

The crown dropped charges of robbery and extortion, as well as a possession charge as a result of the guilty plea for the other offenses.

A sentencing date was set for February 23rd.



FOUNDATION GETS ASSISTANCE TO SUPPLY MENTAL HEALTH UNIT
Tuesday 13th January 2015
The Aberdeen Health Foundation was the recipient of a substantial gift recently that will help to prvide needed supplies for the Mental Health Unit at the Aberdeen Hospital. For the ninth consecutive year, a group of friends took the opportunity to host a fundraiser for the Unit, and they raised 95-hundred dollars, bringing their nine-year total to 50-thousand dollars. The funds are used to buy personal items such as pyjamas and slippers and help to create a warm environment to improve the comfort, care, and safety of the patients.


P.E.I MAN SENTENCED TO 18 MONTHS IN JAIL AFTER SELLING DRUGS TO POLICE
Tuesday 13th January 2015
A 34-year-old Prince Edward Island man who sold hydromorphone pills to a police agent as part of a drug investigation was sentenced to 18 months in jail. Jeffrey Grant Flynn appeared in court Monday before Judge Gordon Campbell in P.E.I. Supreme Court in Charlottetown after previously pleading guilty to two counts of trafficking hydromorphone. Campbell imposed the sentence after a joint recommendation from the Crown and defence. Flynn was arrested as part of a drug investigation in January 2014. During proceedings the court heard Flynn sold a police agent pills on two occasions during the investigation. Along with the jail time, Flynn will be on probation for three years after his release and Campbell ordered him to pay $400 in victim surcharges.


CLIFFORD TO REMAIN IN CUSTODY AT LEAST TWO MORE WEEKS
Tuesday 13th January 2015
A 44-year old New Glagsow man accused of attempted murder will remain in custody until at least January 27, when a bail hearing has been scheduled. Robin Clifford is accused of choking a 17-year old girl, and made an appearance in Pictou Provincial Court yesterday. Clifford had recently completed a mental fitness assessment in relation to the 27 November incident. He has yet to enter pleas to the charge.


LAWAND SWORN IN TO STELLARTON COUNCIL
Tuesday 13th January 2015
Simon Lawand is officially a Stellarton Town Councillor. He was sworn in at last nights meeting, which was well attended. Lawand won the seat in a by election this past November. He replaces George Megeney who passed away last August.


STELLARTON POLICE AND PUBLIC EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS RATIFIED
Tuesday 13th January 2015
At a recent meeting, the Stellarton Police Commission reviewed the current contract structure for employees of the Stellarton Police Department. Stellarton town council voted unanimously to accept the changes, which include a yearly 2.75% wage increase over a five year term. In addition, public workers contracts will also be changed to include a 2% increase per year over three years, and a $500.00 signing bonus. The ratified contracts need a final review, but the town council have voiced their approval of the changes.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 13
Tuesday 13th January 2015

The five game winning streak of the Weeks Jr. A Crushers has brought them back onto the national scene, as the most recent rankings have the Crushers re-entering the list at 18th in the country. The Woodstock Slammers, who have been on the list since the beginning of the season, slipped one spot from 6th to 7th, while the Dieppe Commandos have been listed as an Honourable Mention. The Crushers play just once this week, at home on Thursday against the South Shore Lumberjacks. Game time at the Wellness Centre is 7pm.

Pictou County Ultimate's competitive touring team finished 4th place in their division at the C4P Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Halifax this past weekend. There were 24 teams from across the Maritimes competing in three divisions; congratulations to the team on a great showing. Pictou County Ultimate wants to welcome everybody to their Indoor Ultimate Frisbee league, Tuesday nights at 7:30 at the New Glasgow Academy gym. It is co-ed, all experience levels, and only $20 for the entire season. For more information, "like" Pictou County Ultimate on facebook, or email ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com.

Brycen MacDonald scored 3 goals to lead the PEEWEE AA Crushers to yet another victory this season. They downed the Truro Bearcats 4-2 this past Saturday. Also scoring for the Crushers was Lucas Fraser. All goals were unassisted. Cody MacDougall was superior in the net. The Crushers travel to Windsor and Kentville this coming weekend for 4 games against West Hants and Acadia.

The Bantam A Crushers have had a series of wins over the last 2 weeks. On Saturday Jan 3rd the Crushers hosted Cape Breton West to a 7-1 win. Bryce Thomsen scored 2 goals and assisted 1, Lauchie Malcolm, Tyler Foote, Carson Ripoll, Lucas LeBlanc and Broden DeCoff all scored with assists going to Cairan Boone, Ben MacDonald, Spencer Nichol, Foote, Ripoll, Malcolm, and Thomsen. Sundays second game against this team was cancelled due to weather. This past weekend the Crushers played a home game against Clare/Digby as Wesley Kelley had his turn to celebrate his birthday with a 10-2 win in nets. Noah Teed led the scoring with a hat trick and 2 assists, Ben MacDonald and Bryce Thomsen each earned 2 goals and 2 assists, Spencer Nichol netted 2 and Tyler Foote had 1. Also assisting were Lauchie Malcolm with 2 and Seth Marcipont and Cairan Boone each with 1. Sunday the team travelled to Lunenburg to take on the South Shore Ice Sharks. Once again the Crushers dominated to a 8-1 win with Tyler Watters taking his turn in nets.  Munroe MacKay found his hat trick, Noah Teed and Tyler Foote each netted 2 while Lauchie Malcolm had 1. Assists went to Blake Fraser and Thomsen with 2, MacDonald, Nichol, Foote, Max MacKinnon, Boone and LeBlanc all had 1. This coming weekend the team travels to Antigonish to take part in their annual Tournment.

The North Nova Girls' Varsity basketball team returned home from the 32nd Annual Charlottetown Confederation Classic this weekend with a Championship banner. The girls defeated Three Oaks Senior High School, Charlottetown Rural A and Charlottetown Rural AAA to advance to the final against the host team Charlottetown Rural AAA. The girls won the championship 80-63.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) recognizes skateboarding as a form of active transportation and has developed the Making Tracks: Skate Pass Leader (Train-the-Trainer) Training Session to encourage more youth to take up the habit. Pictou Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Active Pictou County and the EAC are hosting a Skate Pass Leader workshop on January 30th, 2015 with Expert Trainer, Adam Berry. The session is designed to teach older youth and adults how to lead the Making Tracks Skate Pass program for children and youth in their communities.  Participants will learn about safety, knowing equipment, skateboard control and pushing, riding, grabbing, carving on skateboard, how to pick a safe route and lots of other fun skills. Beginners are welcome and even experienced skateboarders will learn some tips and tricks. By the end of the session participants will be able to demonstrate to others what they have learned and hopefully lead a session of their own. Indoor skateboards, pads, and helmets are provided which makes participation even easier.
Date: Friday, January 30
Minimum Age: 13 yrs old
Required: Suitable clothes
Fee: Free
For more information about the workshop call 485-4372 or email coordinator@activepictoucounty.ca

If you have an item for local sports, please send us an email at ckec@ckecradio.ca



FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INVESTS IN SKINNER'S COVE HARBOUR
Monday 12th January 2015

The federal government is investing over $69,000.00 into a project at Skinner's Cove Harbour.

The project is to empty the containment cell that holds dredged material to allow more dredging to take place this spring.

Minister Peter MacKay made the announcement today on behalf of Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea.

This is included in an investment plan by the federal government to give over $22,000,000.00 to Nova Scotia for repair, construction, maintenance, and dredging projects in harbours.

The work in Skinner's Cove Harbour should wrap up by the end of the month.



CONSTRUCTION ON BRIDGES IN PICTOU COUNTY TO BEGIN NEXT WEEK
Monday 12th January 2015

Two bridges in Pictou County will be undergoing work to facilitate the moving of turbine equipment to Irish Mountain.

The work is scheduled to begin next Monday the 19th, and some delays are possible.

Work on the bridge near Willard Fraser Road will limit the traffic to one lane.

It's expected that both bridges will be finished by the end of February.



HOUSE ARREST FOR HYDROMORPHONE POSSESSION
Monday 12th January 2015

A man pleaded guilty to charges of possessing a schedule one substance in Pictou Provincial Court this morning.

George Andrew Barnett was sentenced to six months of house arrest, and 6 months of probation, which will take effect after his house arrest is complete.

A search of his home and vehicle yielded a quantity of cash, hydromorphone pills, and a blackberry cell phone.

In addition, he was given six months to pay a $100.00 victim surcharge.



SENTENCING DATE SET FOR THEFTS
Monday 12th January 2015

A man facing a variety of theft and fraud charges will be sentenced in March.

Robin Harold Hartling originally faced seven charges. He pleaded guilty to four thefts, and had three fraud charges dropped by the crown.

His co-accused, Lyndsey Lee Mercanti had previously pleaded guilty to four thefts, and two counts of threatening phone calls and harassment. She will be sentenced on February 3rd.

Hartling's sentencing date has been set for March 5th.



DRUGS AND WEAPONS CASED POSTPONED
Monday 12th January 2015

A former veteran who says he suffers from PTSD has had his case put over until next month.

Jason Wesley MacAulay is facing charges of possessing methamphetamine, methadone, and cocaine, as well as storing rifles in an unsafe manner.

He asked for more time to speak with counsel, and his case was put over until February 2nd.



MAN SENTENCED FOR REFUSING BREATHALYZER
Monday 12th January 2015

A Scotsburn man has pleaded guilty to refusing to submit to a breathalyzer.

Roderick Alexander Miller passed a roadside check without stopping, and was followed by officers to a nearby driveway.

He refused to go to the officer's car, and an open bottle of rum was found on his passengers side seat.

Miller was fined $1,000.00, given a $300.00 victim surcharge, and prohibited from driving for one year.



GOVERNMENT PREPARES TO LAUNCH UPDATED 211 PHONE DIRECTORY TO AID SENIORS
Monday 12th January 2015
Starting this Thursday the 15th. Seniors will only need to dial three digits to get information they need as the province wide 211 service will handle inquiries about senior abuse and provincial programs. 211 Nova Scotia is a confidential information and referral service for community, non-profit and government services. It has information about thousands of services, available 24 hours a day and has interpretation services for more than 100 languages. Chair of the Group Seniors Advisory Council of Nova Scotia; Bill VanGorder says, Seniors will now have an easy to use service to access information and get the support they need. The non-profit 211 service launched in February 2013, with financial support from the Government of Nova Scotia and the United Way. More than 120,000 Nova Scotians have called or used 211's online database to find services. Calls to 211 are toll-free from any phone in Nova Scotia, and 211 also offers an easy-to-navigate online database at www.ns.211.ca


FORENSIC HOSPITAL PATIENT ARRESTED AFTER LEAVING WITHOUT PERMISSION
Monday 12th January 2015
A 58-year-old man is back at a Halifax-area psychiatric hospital after leaving without permission. Police say Mark Baltzer was reported missing Saturday night after he left the East Coast Forensic Hospital without permission in a black pickup truck. Investigators say the vehicle was spotted yesterday afternoon at a home in Five Islands and Baltzer was arrested without incident.


MAN CHARGED WITH BREAKING PUBLICATION BAN DUE IN COURT
Monday 12th January 2015
A man accused of publishing the name of a victim of a sexual assault is due to return to court today. David Winslow Sparks was charged last September after police alleged he posted the name of a sexual assault victim, which was protected by a publication ban, on a social media site. Defence lawyer Lyle Howe was sentenced to three years in prison in July for the sexual assault.


MAN RESCUED AFTER FALL FROM CLIFF IN PARRSBORO
Monday 12th January 2015
A man trying to rescue his dog off of a cliff in Parrsboro had to be rescued himself on Sunday morning. The man sufferred a broken leg when he fell down the nine metre cliff in Parrsboro. He was rescued by the local fire department's zodiac. Police say the man's dog was able to climb back to the top of the cliff on his own.


COMPLAINT BY DALHOUSIE PROFS DISMISSED
Monday 12th January 2015
Officials at Dalhosie University have rejected a complaint filed by four of its professors against the 13 male dentistry students accused of posting sexually hateful material on Facebook. The school says the issue is already being dealt with by an academic standards committee within the Dentistry Department. The officials say the committee will evaluate the students on professionalism and will make recommendations based on their findings.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 12
Monday 12th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers extended their winning streak to five games with a pair of 3-goal wins this past week. On Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, the Crushers earned a 5-2 victory over the Campbellton Tigers, as Daniel Walsh scored twice in the win. Then on Saturday, the Crushers went into the Jungle and beat the Amherst Ramblers 4-1. Joel Horodziejczyk stopped 35 of 36 shots faced in his Crusher debut after being acquired in a trade from the Pembroke Lumber Kings on Friday. Two other players will make their debut with the team this Thursday, as the Crushers acquired defenseman Bryan Greene from Campbellton in exchange for Matt Cox, and also got Lucas Zwaagstra from Gloucester of the CCHL.

The Riverview Redmen took the gold at the annual Danny Dorrington High School Hockey Tournament. They beat the North Nova Gryphons 5-2 in the Championship game at Westville Arena yesterday afternoon.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians earned 3 of a possible 4 points in NSJHL action over the weekend. On Saturday night, they dropped a shootout 3-2 to the Glace Bay Miners, but bounced back with a 5-3 win over the Brookfield Elks last night at Trenton Arena. The Scotians continue to chase the Miners in the Sid Rowe Division. The Scotians are 13 points back, but have played 6 fewer games. They will next face the Cumberland County Blues in Springhill on Friday. One other NSJHL game last night saw Antigonish beat the Blues 4-3.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers faired out well at the recent Royal Canadian Legion Bantam AA Challenge Cup in Sydney, which consisted of top AA teams from across the province. The Crushers finished with a record of 2-2 among some strong competition. Game 1 went Thurday night at Centre 200 vs the Northside Vikings. The Crushers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, defeating Northside 4-1. Scoring for the Crushers were Liam Fraser with 2, singles to Brayden MacDonald and Spencer Creed. Assists going to Parker Hickey, Kyle Walsh, Alex MacKinnon, Matt Martin and Luke Sheehan. Nick Laffin was solid in goal for the Crushers, getting the win. Player of the game award went to Zach Houston. The Crushers win also came with a huge loss, as Liam Fraser received an upper body injury that will see him sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks. Game 2 went Friday vs the Cape Breton West Screaming Eagles. The Eagles jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, but the Crushers answered back with 3 goals to take the game 3-2. Scoring for the Crushers were Sam McDow, Parker Hickey, and Matt Martin. Assists going to Matt Munroe, Kyle Walsh, and Brayden MacDonald. Ryan Royles picked up the win in goal. Player of the game award went to Matt Martin. On Saturday, the Crushers played games 3 and 4 of the tournament. Game 3 went against the Cape Breton County Islanders. The Crushers carried a 4-2 lead late into the third period, on a pair of goals by Alex MacKinnon, and singles to Sam McDow and Michael MacGillivary. Assists going to MacGillivary with 2, Riley Sheehan, Kyle Walsh, Matt Martin, Brayden MacDonald and Daniel Molyneaux. However, with 3 minutes remaining in the game, the CB Islanders outworked the Crushers, scoring 3 quick unanswered goals, with the game winner coming with only 27 seconds remaining, to take the game 5-4. Player of the game award went to Michael MacGillivary. Game 4 went against the Cole Harbour Red Wings at County Arena in Coxheath. The Crushers put up a fight, but were outplayed by the powerful Red Wings squad. The Crushers fell to the Wings, 7-0. Player of the game award for the Crushers went to Matt Munroe. The Dartmouth Whalers won the Challenge Cup by defeating Cole Harbour 3-1 in the final. Full results and stats of the tournament can be found at http://rclchallengecup.goalline.ca/. The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers play a pair of home games this coming weekend at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The first game will go Saturday at 1:00pm vs the Western Valley Spartans. The second game goes Sunday at 9:15am vs the Truro Bearcats.

The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects won two more games this weekend as they continue to climb the female Bantam AA Provincial League Standings. The Selects played host to the Cole Harbour Wings in Pictou on Saturday and came out on top with a score of 2-0. Eight minutes into the first period, Lindsey Smith broke down the left wing and fired a snapshot through the pads of the Cole Harbour net minder to put the Selects ahead 1-0. Pictou County goaltender, Jenna Landry had her first career assist on the play. The game would remain 1-0 for Pictou until Lindsey MacDonald iced it with a wrap around goal with just over four minutes to play. Line mates Rhea Young and Briana Cameron earned assists on the goal. Landry got the shut out between the pipes. On Sunday, the Subways travelled to Halifax where they took on the Hawks in an afternoon tilt. Halifax came out hard and kept the Selects off the board and limited scoring opportunities, despite being outshot 5-0. The Hawks had the edge in play in the second, outshooting Pictou 6-1. Selects goaltender Victoria Dun made several key saves to keep the game knotted at zero heading into the third period. The Selects found their legs in the final frame and had several good scoring chances before Eva Wornell finally put the Subways ahead 1-0 four minutes into the period. Pictou County would hang on to the lead and complete their weekend sweep with the 1-0 victory over the Hawks. Dunn earned the shutout for her team. Pictou County returns to league play with three big games on tap next weekend. The Selects host TASA at the Wellness Center on Friday night, Valley in Pictou on Sunday, then travel to Bedford to play TASA on Sunday.

The North Nova Girls' Varsity basketball team returned home from the 32nd Annual Charlottetown Confederation Classic this weekend with a Championship banner. The girls defeated Three Oaks Senior High School, Charlottetown Rural A and Charlottetown Rural AAA to advance to the final against the host team Charlottetown Rural AAA. The girls won the championship 80-63.

The Northumberland Regional High Girls Varsity Basketball team finished with a record of 2-1 and took home second place honours at the Dalbrae Invitational tournament over the weekend. Sally Bates lead the Nighthawks scoring over the three games with 54 points, followed by Emily Mertin with 49. Emilee Feltmate led the team with 31 rebounds and Hannah Mertin was the top playmaker with 11 assists. The Nighthawks next face NNEC Junior Varsity Wednesday night at 5:45pm at North Nova.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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APPLE SLICES RECALLED IN ATLANTIC CANADA
Sunday 11th January 2015

There has been a recall of Scotian Gold apple slices in Atlantic Canada due to listeria concerns.

Apple slices sourced from the united states are facing the recall because of a possible contamination.

They were sold in all four Atlantic provinces, but at this point there have been no reported illnesses.

It's recommended that you throw the products out, or return them to the store from which they were purchased.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR JANUARY 11TH
Sunday 11th January 2015

Joel Harodacheck was outstanding in his debut with the Weeks Jr A Crushers last night in Amherst, as he stopped 35 of 36 shots he faced in leading the Crushers to a 4-1 win.

Regan Spears, Cole Murphy and Mike Lyle each had one goal and one assist as the Crushers won their fifth in a row.

The Truro Bearcats also won last night, 6-3 over the South Shore Lumberjacks, while the County Aces beat the Valley Wildcats 3-2, and Miramichi snuck past Woodstock, also 3-2.

The Crushers are now off until Thursday when they host the South Shore Lumberjacks.

The Crushers made two other roster moves on trade deadline day in the MHL.

They acquired Lucas Zwaagstra from the Gloucester Rangers of the CCHL for future considerations.

Then, to add some extra depth on the blueline, the Crushers picked up Bryan Greene from the Campbellton Tigers, in exchange for Matt Cox.

To see the complete list of trade deadline deals in the MHL, go to themhl.ca, and click on transactions under the news tab.

There are three games in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League tonight at the Stellarton Rink.

At 5:20, Whitey's Vikings take on Dewtie's Excavating. 6:50 has Connors Transfer Limited facing the Pictou Landing Falcons, and at 8:20 the Elk's Club faces Nat Pro Gas.

The final of the annual Danny Dorrington High School Hockey Tournament takes place this afternoon at the Westville Arena. That game goes at 1:15pm when the NNEC Gryphons take on the Riverview Redmen from Cape Breton.

There were two games in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League last night. The Glace Bay Jr. Miners downed the Pictou Scotians 3-2 in a shootout. The other game saw the Sackville Blazers beat the Liverpool Privateers 8-4.

In CIS hockey action, the St. FX X-Men beat the Acadia Axeman with a final of 4-2.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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MAN STRUCK BY CAR ON RIVERSIDE PARKWAY
Sunday 11th January 2015

A 61 year old man was sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a vehicle/pedestrian collision yesterday afternoon.

New Glasgow Regional Police say the man was crossing at the intersection of Riverside Parkway and MacLean street around 2:30pm when he was struck by a vehicle.

The cause of the collision is under investigation, and no charges have been laid at this time.



ALMOST $100,000.00 IN FINES FOR TAX EVASION AND FRAUD CONVICTIONS
Saturday 10th January 2015

Two people were found guilty of fraud and tax evasion this week.

Mary Emily Samson, formerly of Dartmouth, was found guilty of fraud and fined over $20,000.00 earlier this week.

Yesterday, George Mitchum, of Yarmouth, was found guilty of fraud and tax evasion and was fined almost $80,000.00.

A Canada Revenue Agency investigation revealed the two participated in a fraud scheme from 2005 to 2008.

Samson created and sold false invoices from her former company, Virgin Water Fisheries Limited to Mitchum, allowing him to evade more than $150,000 in taxes.

Samson and Mitchum each received conditional sentence orders which includes house arrest, following a curfew, and community service.



FIRE IN ANTIGONISH EARLY FRIDAY MORNING DAMAGES MINI HOME
Saturday 10th January 2015

Three people are temporarily homeless after an overnight fire damaged a mini-home early yesterday morning in the Lower South River area, a few kilometres east of Antigonish.

Volunteers with the Red Cross have assisted one man and two women with emergency lodging, food, clothing purchases and other aid.

The fire was reported around 2:30am Friday.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 10
Saturday 10th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will have a new goaltender on the roster when they take to the ice tonight in Amherst. The Crushers have picked up Joel Horodzieczyk from the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the CCHL. In 21 appearances with the Lumber Kings this season, Horodzieczyk has a 2.51 GAA, and a .914 save percentage. To make room for him on the roster, Head Coach and GM Jason Malone has indicated that Devon Tremblay has been released by the club.

The annual Danny Dorrington High School Hockey Tournament continues today at The Westville Rink. The action kicks off at 9:00am when Dalbrae takes on Northumberland Regional High School. Games are scheduled all day, with the final game of the evening taking place at 9:00pm.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams are both busy this weekend, with each team playing twice. The X-Men are at Dalhousie tonight before hosting Acadia tomorrow. The X-Women will play at the Keating Millenium Centre twice, tonight against Dalhousie, then Sunday afternoon they will host Mount Allison. The X basketball teams are on the road for their only action this weekend – against the Acadia Axemen and Axewomen.

There were three games last night in the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League. Liverpool made a successful trip to Cole Harbour, and blanked the Colts 5-0. The Glace Bay Miners downed the Strait Pirates 8-3, and the East Hants Penguins picked up a 7-2 win over the Valley Maple Leafs.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers were to play two league games this past week-end in a home and home with Cumberland County Ramblers, but poor weather on Sunday forced the cancellation of the second game. On Saturday, the Crushers travelled to Springhill to face the Ramblers. It was a close game, but the Crushers went ahead in the third period to seal the 7-5 win. Seth Gallant netted a hat trick for the Crushers, with Ben Wallace, Nikos Bonvie, Lane Lochead and Dylan Kontuk adding singles. Assists went to Gallant (2), Bonvie, and Cameron MacKinnon. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers meet the Antigonish Bulldogs for two games at the Wellness Center this week-end.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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DALHOUSIE SEPARATES 13 DENTAL STUDENTS INVOLVED IN OFFENSIVE FACEBOOK GROUP FROM CLASSMATES
Friday 9th January 2015
Dalhousie University says the 13 dentistry students who were allegedly members of a Facebook page where extremely offensive and sexually violent content was posted will no longer attend classes with their classmates. University president Richard Florizone says the Halifax school is also launching an external investigation of the faculty of dentistry that will include a report viewable by the Public. Florizone says Constance Backhouse, a professor at the University of Ottawa recognized for her work on sex discrimination, will handle the investigation. Earlier this week, the 13 fourth-year students in question had their clinical privileges suspended. Florizone says the restorative justice process announced last month is going ahead with 14 women and 12 of the 13 members of the Facebook group taking part.


NOVA SCOTIA POWER WARNS CUSTOMERS OF SCAM PHONE CALLS REGARDING OVERDUE ACCOUNTS
Friday 9th January 2015
Nova Scotia Power says its customers are getting scam telephone calls by someone posing as an employee of the utility and demanding money on a pre-paid credit card. The utility says the caller tells customers their account is owing and the balance must immediately be paid or their power will be disconnected. Customers are then directed to buy a pre-paid credit card and phone a number to make the payment. This is the second time Nova Scotia Power has warned its customers of the scam because it has continued since its first alerted the public about it on Dec. 19. Over the past couple of weeks, the utility says the calls have focused mainly on restaurants. It says similar calls are also being made to customers of other utilities across the country.


NEWSPAPER MASSACRE SUSPECTS DEAD AFTER STANDOFF WITH FRENCH POLICE.
Friday 9th January 2015
A police official on the scene of the standoff between two armed brothers suspected in the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo newsroom says the suspects are dead, and their hostage has been freed. Security forces launched a major assault on the building late Friday afternoon. A few minutes later, several people were seen being led from the kosher market in eastern Paris where another gunman had taken hostages.


RCMP ASK DRIVERS TO BE WARY OF BLACK ICE
Friday 9th January 2015
Pictou District RCMP have responded to several collisions this morning and are asking motorists to proceed with due caution as road conditions have deteriorated. Police indicate that there is black ice on the roads which has been a contributing factor in many of the collisions. One such collision had traffic tied up in the Lyons Brook area, although police say that scene has been cleared.


MORE DECLINES IN THE PRICE AT THE PUMPS
Friday 9th January 2015
The rapidly declining price of oil may be looked at by some economists as a concern, but it is making motorists much happier. Here in Nova Scotia, a litre of regular unleaded self-serve gasoline fell by another 2.9 cents overnight, as the Utility and Review Board set the new price. It now costs just 92.5 cents per litre. Diesel also saw a drop of 2.1 cents, to a new price of one dollar, 6.5 cents. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday morning.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 9
Friday 9th January 2015

The Weeks Jr A Crushers remain perfect in 2015 after a 5-2 home win against the Campbellton Tigers last night in the MHL. Daniel Walsh scored twice to lead the way for the Crushers who have now won 4 in a row going back to the last game before the Christmas break. They have also opened up a 10 point lead on the second place Yarmouth Mariners in the Eastlink Division. Up next for the Crushers is a Saturday night trip to the Jungle to face the Amherst Ramblers. Game time is 7pm, and you can catch the game on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Northumberland Regional High School Boys Varsity Hockey Team are hosting the annual Danny Dorrington High School Hockey Tournament this weekend at the Westville rink. It's an eight team tournament, starting this morning. Northumberland plays twice today, at 10:45 and 7:30 pm following the 7:15 opening ceremonies. They play again Saturday at 10 am. Visiting teams are North Nova, Hants East, Riverview, Amherst, J.H. Gillis, Dalbrae and West Kings.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams are both busy this weekend, with each team playing twice. The X-Men are at Dalhousie tonight before hosting Acadia tomorrow. The X-Women will play at the Keating Millenium Centre twice, tonight against Dalhousie, then Sunday afternoon they will host Mount Allison. The X basketball teams are on the road for their only action this weekend – against the Acadia Axemen and Axewomen.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers were to play two league games this past week-end in a home and home with Cumberland County Ramblers, but poor weather on Sunday forced the cancellation of the second game. On Saturday, the Crushers travelled to Springhill to face the Ramblers. It was a close game, but the Crushers went ahead in the third period to seal the 7-5 win. Seth Gallant netted a hat trick for the Crushers, with Ben Wallace, Nikos Bonvie, Lane Lochead and Dylan Kontuk adding singles. Assists went to Gallant (2), Bonvie, and Cameron MacKinnon. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers meet the Antigonish Bulldogs for two games at the Wellness Center this week-end.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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MAN EXPECTED TO FACE DRUG AND WEAPON CHARGES AFTER ARREST IN PICTOU COUNTY
Thursday 8th January 2015
This Afternoon the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit observed a vehicle being driven by a male with a revoked driver’s license. Police say they turned to stop the driver, he then fled down a dirt road where he abandoned his vehicle and ran into the woods. The 36-year-old driver was seen a few minutes later and was arrested without incident. Police Say the RCMP Police Dog handler was called to search the area and a quantity of MDPV commonly referred to as bath salts was located a short distance from the abandoned vehicle. Police say they obtained a search warrant to search the driver’s residence on Maclean Road where they seized more bath salts, several firearms and a taser. The male was held in custody and will appear this morning in Pictou Provincial Court to face numerous charges under the Controlled Drugs and substances Act, the Criminal Code and the Motor Vehicle Act. Police say charges are expected to include possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, flight from police, several firearm related offences, possession of a prohibited weapon and driving while revoked and no insurance.


TUITION RELIEF PROGRAM AIMED TO KEEP DOCTORS IN NOVA SCOTIA
Thursday 8th January 2015

A tuition relief program will help bring 25 new family doctors and specialists to Nova Scotia, and place them in communities that need them.

In exchange for a five-year commitment to practice medicine in an under-served community, the province will repay the cost of medical school tuition, up to 120-thousand-dollars.

Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says young graduating doctors, and those working outside the province, now have another incentive to stay and practice in Nova Scotia.



REVIEW OF REGULATED CHILD CARE TO BEGIN
Thursday 8th January 2015

The Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will begin a review this month to improve child care in the province.

The review will focus on program quality, accessibility and funding for centres.

It will include consultations, an online survey and focus groups.

Staff from the department will present a report and recommendations to the minister this spring.



MAN FACING SEVERAL CHARGES AFTER FLEEING POLICE
Thursday 8th January 2015

Charges are pending against a 36 year old man after a vehicle check lead to a search in Central West River yesterday afternoon.

The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit saw a vehicle being driven by a male with a revoked driver’s license.

When police turned to stop the driver, he fled down a dirt road where he abandoned his vehicle and ran into the woods.

The man was seen a few minutes later and was arrested without incident. The RCMP Police Dog handler was called to search the area and a quantity of bath salts was located a short distance from the abandoned vehicle.

Police then obtained a search warrant to search the mans home where they seized more bath salts, several firearms and a Taser.

The man was held in custody and will appear this morning in Pictou Provincial Court to face numerous charges.

Charges include possession of a Controlled Substance for the purpose of trafficking, flight from police, several firearm related offences, possession of a prohibited weapon, and driving while his license was revoked and with no insurance.



NORTHEAST NOVA SCOTIA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY TO OPEN NEXT MONTH
Thursday 8th January 2015

The new prison in Pictou County is expected to open next month.

The Antigonish and Springhill correctional facilities will be closing their doors this Monday, and prisoners will be moved to other facilities across the province until they begin arriving to Pictou County on February 9th.

Several jobs still remain available at the new location, including correctional officers, administration, and a social worker position.

A public open house is scheduled for February 7th.



SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR JANUARY 8TH
Thursday 8th January 2015

There was only one game in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League last night. The Summerside Western Capitals downed the Dieppe Commandos 5-4 in a shootout. Mason Krueger had two goals, and Thomas Stavert had two assists in the winning effort.

The Northumberland Regional High School Boys Varsity Hockey Team are hosting the annual Danny Dorrington High School Hockey Tournament this weekend at the Westville rink from January 9-11.

It's an eight team tournament, starting Friday at 9am. Northumberland plays twice on Friday, at 10:45 and 7:30 pm following the 7:15 opening ceremonies. They play again Saturday at 10 am. Visiting teams are North Nova, Hants East, Riverview, Amherst, J.H. Gillis, Dalbrae and West Kings.

PCA will hold practices on Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings and Friday evenings.  For more information , please contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com

The Scotsburn Bantam AAA Crushers started off the new year on the right foot winning their first two games of 2015. On Saturday at the Pictou County wellness Center they defeated the Halifax ACCEL Hawks 3-0 in League play.

Andrew Mac Leod earned the shut out stopping all 16 shots he faced. Oliver Schnare brood a scoreless tie in the first minute of the third period when he rifled a puck past the Hawks goaltender on an assist from Jaden Mason.

Kevin Mason scored at the midway of the third assisted by Jake Martin. Kevin then added an empty net goal assisted by his brother Jaden to seal the victory.

This was the Crushers first win since Dec 5th when they defeated Cole Harbor.

On Wednesday night the Crushers travelled to Bedford to play an exhibition game against the St John's Ice Breakers who are here to participate in a tournament.

They fell behind 2-0 early as they took two penalties in the first 5 minutes, but went on to score 5 straight goals to win 5-2.

Ben Callaghan scored his first goal of the season tipping home a shot from his brother Evan. Mason Hawley also picked up an assist.

Schnare evened the score with a power play marker early in the second on an assists from Cameron Mac Callum and Jake Martin. Martin scored the winning goal assited by Evan Callaghan. Jaden Mason scored another power play goal late in the second and was set up by Ryan MacLennan. Martin rounded out the scoring on a great set up by Kevin Mason.

Mitchell Cummer played well in goal stopping all but two of the 18 shots he faced.

The Crushers are on the road this weekend playing in Cole Harbour Saturday and Truro on Sunday.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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MAN FINED FOR FIREARMS POSSESSION
Wednesday 7th January 2015

A Trenton man was fined $250.00, as well as a $50.00 victim surcharge for possessing a restricted firearm.

72 year old John Thomas Cooke had previously pleaded guilty to the charges.

He will have his weapons seized, and turned over to a new owner who is licensed to possess them.



TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT HAS CASE ADJOURNED UNTIL APRIL
Wednesday 7th January 2015

A woman charged with sex crimes against minors has had her case delayed for over three months.

Former teacher Amy Hood has still not entered any pleas on charges of sexual assault, sexual interference, sexual exploitation, or luring minors over the internet.

She was given a release on recognizance, and is under several conditions until she is back in court.

Her case is back before the courts on April 13th.



JP CORMIER MOVES ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH TO NEW GLASGOW
Wednesday 7th January 2015
JP Cormier is moving his now legendary birthday bash and community fund raiser to Glasgow Square Theatre this month, and with it a star-studded lineup in support of the Pictou County Christmas Fund. The well-known Cape Breton born singer-songwriter, who now lives in Westville, has celebrated his birthday with musical friends at a Cape Breton venue the past five years. However, the well-known musician wanted to bring the event closer to his new home for 2015, and as a result JP’S Annual Birthday Bash will be at Glasgow Square on 24 January, 7pm, the day after his 46th birthday. Cormier will be joined by special guests Bruce Guthro, Lennie Gallant, Dave Gunning, Thom Swift, The Elliott Brothers, Jim Dorie, Decota McNamara and Dylan Cormier. Tickets will be on sale Thursday, 8 January, and are $40 advance, plus applicable fees. The show is a fundraiser for the 2015 Pictou County Christmas Fund. Tickets are available at Glasgow Square Theatre Box Office, H and R Music, any Ticketpro outlet, online at www.ticketpro.ca or call 1-888-311-9090. For more information go to www.glasgowsquare.com or call 902-752-4800, or check out Glasgow Square’s Facebook and Twitter page.


AIR FORCE LOOKING TO IMPROVE SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONSE TIMES IN ATLANTIC CANADA
Wednesday 7th January 2015
It looks like the Royal Canadian Air Force is planning to test a more flexible response time along the East Coast in the coming year. Federal documents show the Defence Department is looking at having helicopters and fixed-wing planes respond within 30 minutes of an emergency call around the clock. As it stands now, rescue crews at five main bases across Canada can become airborne within 30 minutes only between 8 a-m and 4 p-m, Monday to Friday. On weekends and holidays, the expected response time drops to two hours. The issue arose in 2012 following the death of 14 year-old Burton Winters of Makkovik, Newfoundland. It took two days for military aircraft to join that search and Winters died on the sea ice off Labrador.


HIKE NOVA SCOTIA PLANNING SEVERAL SNOWSHOE EVENTS
Wednesday 7th January 2015
Hike Nova Scotia says they are looking for the winter of 2015 to surpass last year for the number of hikes and number of hikers taking to trails wearing snowshoes. The organization is partnering with 16 host groups to offer 35 snowshoe hikes in the 2015 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hike series between now and March. Pictou County is one of six areas where events are planned for this winter, along with the South Shore, Annapolis Valley, Colchester County, Cape Breton, and HRM. The full list of events – including hike dates, times, registration details and directions – is found at www.hikenovascotia.ca.


NANCY DICKS APPOINTED AS NEW GLASGOW DEPUTY MAYOR
Wednesday 7th January 2015
New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan has appointed Nancy Dicks to the role of Deputy Mayor for a one year term, effective 1 January. Dicks serves as one of Town Council's representatives on several boards and commissions, including the New Glasgow Regional Police Commission, the New Scotland Business Development Inc., New Glasgow Communities in Bloom, and the New Glasgow Recreation Committee. She is also co-chair of the 2015 Nova Scotia 55+ Games Organizing Committee, to be co-hosted by the Town of New Glasgow and County Municipality this September. Mayor MacMillan says he is looking forward to her leadership and support. Dicks is in her first term as a Councillor for Ward 3 after being elected in October 2012.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 7
Wednesday 7th January 2015

The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects continue to roll along with a superb season. After silver medal finishes at the Subway Cup in Pictou County and the Grant Thornton Early Bird in the PEI, The Selects were golden in Moncton this past weekend after winning the 10th annual West Kent tournament. The Selects racked off five straight wins enroute to their Gold medal finish. The Selects began their quest against the Fundy Hurricanes on Friday afternoon. It was a physical, fast paced affair that saw each team take multiple penalties. It also resulted in the loss of second year Subway, Camryn Halliday, who suffered a severe lower body injury, early in the first period.  The Selects rallied around the injury and prevailed with a 2-0 win. Sarah MacNeil and Sophia Wornell did the scoring for Pictou County. Jenna Reid and Chloe MacDonald added assists. Jenna Landry earned the shutout. The Selects then took on the Central Storm of PEI in a late evening match. Again it took the Selects to the third period before they could solve the Storm's netminder. Eva Wornell and Brianna Cameron, with her first of the season, led the Selects to the 2-0 victory. Victoria Dunn earned the shutout in goal. Saturday morning the Subways had a chance to earn their way into Sunday's semi final with a win over New Brunswick's Western Phantoms. This would be another close checking, hard fought match with limited scoring opportunities. Sophia Wornell took a pass from her sister Eva late in the first to take a 1-0 lead. That turned out to be the only scoring play in the game and the 1-0 victory sent the Selects directly into the Sunday morning semi-final. Landry earned her second shutout of the weekend. Sunday morning would turn out to be one of the tightest, most exciting games of the weekend as the Selects took on the Moncton Rockets, the team who had defeated the Selects in the final at the Early Bird in November. The Subways came out flying in the first period and kept the Rockets hemmed in. Heath Miller opened the scoring with her first of the season to give Pictou County a 1-0 lead. Taylor MacKenzie made it 2-0 when she deflected a Sophia Wornell slap shot into the back of the net. The Rockets kept coming though and made it 2-1 before the end of the second. Late in the third, Moncton tied it at two, sending the game to overtime. After seven minutes of sudden death three on three, neither team could finish, sending it into a shootout. Hannah Porter scored what proved to be the winner in the fourth round after Pictou goalie Victoria Dunn stymied the last shooter for Moncton. The shootout win earned a spot in the afternoon final against the Valley Wild. The final saw two evenly matched teams square off in a repeat of the final at the Subway Cup. In that tourney, it was the Wild who walked off with the Championship. At the DQ, however, the Subways had an alternate plan. Sophia Wornell got the Pictou County squad out to an early lead with assists from Rhea Young and Taylor MacKenzie. Sarah MacNeil put the Selects up 2-0 with assists from Chloe MacDonald and Eva Wornell. The Wild came back with one of their own in the second period only to be countered by Lindsey MacDonald to give the Selects a 3-1 lead.  Brianna Cameron and Young picked up assists. The Valley would get one more but the Selects hung on for the 3-2 victory and the gold medal. Jenna Landry got the win between the pipes. Following the game, coaches Dave MacNeil and Dave Wornell spoke about the resilience of the girls. "it was tough on the girls to see one of their team mates injured but they really rallied and came together as a group", said Wornell. "We faced some real challenges in every game this weekend but the girls adapted and responded to every one of them and we're very proud of their performance", added MacNeil. The Selects return to league action this coming weekend when they host the Cole Harbour Wings on Saturday at the Hector Arena and then travel to Halifax to take on the Hawks on Sunday.

There was one game last night in the NSJHL. The visiting Brookfield Elks got past the Liverpool Privateers by a score of 5-2. The Elks will be the visitors for the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians next home game this Sunday at Trenton Arena. The night prior to that the Scotians will be in Glace Bay to face the Sid Rowe Division leading Miners.

The fourth of five satellite, Open 9-ball Provincial ranking tournaments will be at Century Club in New Glasgow on Saturday January 17th for the Northern Mainland Nova Scotia Region of Cue Sports Nova Scotia. Presently Billy Martin of Toney River is the top ranked player followed by William Holmes of Durham and Jeff Gillin of New Glasgow. Century Club will pay the entry fees for FOUR pool players into the National 9-ball Championship in Toronto this coming June. All pool Players in Nova Scotia are welcome to play in these 5 satellite tours but only players who reside in Northern Nova Scotia can play in the Regional Championship which will be on March 28th 2015.

The second of four, round robin, snooker ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Cue Sports Nova Scotia ended on Dec 31st 2014. Century Club will have four snooker players representing our region in the National Snooker Championships in Toronto, June 6th to 20th 2015. The present standings would see Bill Martin ( his tenth National ), Jeff Gillin, Peter Borden and Nick Kaiser being those four players. Archie Best and John Rushton presently the alternates. The third snooker tour is now underway and will end on February 15th.New players are always welcome. Call 902-755-2255.

The Northumberland Regional High School Boys Varsity Hockey Team are hosting the annual Danny Dorrington High School Hockey Tournament this weekend at the Westville rink from January 9-11. It's an eight team tournament, starting Friday at 9am. Northumberland plays twice on Friday, at 10:45 and 7:30 pm following the 7:15 opening ceremonies. They play again Saturday at 10 am. Visiting teams are North Nova, Hants East, Riverview, Amherst, J.H. Gillis, Dalbrae and West Kings.

Pictou County Athletics will hold registration for their winter season tonight at the YMCA. Registration will take place from 7pm to 8pm with the first practice following registration at 8pm. PCA will hold practices on Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings and Friday evenings.  For more information , please contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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YOUNGER'S LEAVE OF ABSENCE DUE TO ASSAULT
Tuesday 6th January 2015

Nova Scotia's Energy Minister Andrew Younger is on a leave of absence due to an apparent assault that happened in October of 2013.

The assault allegedly came from a female Liberal staffer at an event to celebrate the Liberals being sworn into office shortly after the 2013 provincial election.

Police were not notified of the assault for over a year, but after an investigation, an arrest was made.

The woman was released, but ordered not to contact Younger, nor attend his place of residence or employment.

The minister has been on leave since late last month.



CAR ON FIRE
Tuesday 6th January 2015
A small car fire in the westbound lanes of Highway 104 between Bible Hill and Truro was dealt with by emergency personnel this morning. The fire did not resulting in the closure of any lanes, and RCMP do not believe there were any injuries as a result of the incident.


HIGHWAY TWINNING STAYS AT TOP OF COUNTY COUNCILLOR AGENDA
Tuesday 6th January 2015
Robert Parker says being a proponent of building a toll highway is not a way to become a popular politician, but sometimes it is the right thing to do. Parker, who represents District 5 of the Municipality of Pictou County, says there have been too many deaths on the stretch of Highway 104 that runs through Barney's River and Marshy Hope. He says something has to be done to fast-track a construction project to twin the Highway, as well as accident prone sections of Highways 101 and 103, and if that means a toll highway, so be it. Parker says a toll highway is just a form of a user-pay tax, which is generally viewed as a positive form of taxation, except when it comes to Highways. He says the only reason to build a toll highway, even though it may not be the popular decision, is to save lives.


SENTENCING DATE SET FOR 2014 ASSAULTS
Tuesday 6th January 2015
A sentencing and trial date has been set for three assaults that took place last year. Hope Denny pleaded guilty to an assault on 31 August, but says she did not commit assaults on neither 27 November nor 7 December. She will be given a half-day trial for the assaults this winter, and be sentenced for the August assault on 30 March.


FREDERICTON COMPANY AWARDED CONTRACT IN THE TOWN OF PICTOU
Tuesday 6th January 2015
Fredericton based Exp. Global has been awarded a fifteen-thousand dollar contract for a deficiency report at the wastewater plant. Town officials spoke of heating issues at the plant, and they voted unanimously to hire Exp. in hopes of finding solutions to the issues."


MAN SENTENCED FOR IMPAIRED DRIVING AND POSSESSION
Tuesday 6th January 2015
A man who doesn't hold a drivers license was sentenced to an intermittent jail term for impaired driving and possession of a controlled substance. Thirty-nine year old Michael Allen Henshaw was also given a two-year driving prohibition, with potential eligibility for an interlock system in six months. Henshaw had previously been convicted of impaired driving. He will serve his sentence on weekends, will be on probation for nine months, and is required to pay three $100.00 victim surcharges.


TOWN OF PICTOU TAX SALE UPDATE
Tuesday 6th January 2015
The town of Pictou has sent out 60 day notices to residents whose properties are at risk to be sold at the tax sale on 26 March. Town CAO Scott Conrod says the turnout of people who need to make arrangements to pay taxes upon receiving the notices was satisfactory. Previously, residents were allowed to be in arrears for three,years prior to tax sale eligibility, but now it's two years. If properties go unsold in March, they'll be up again at the April or May sales.


MAN SENTENCED FOR SHOPLIFTING
Tuesday 6th January 2015
Twenty-one year old Nicholas DeYoung was sentenced yesterday in Pictou Provincial Court for shoplifting. He had previously pleaded guilty to the offence, but asked for probation in lieu of a fine. DeYoung is on disability, and unable to work due to an injury. He was sentenced to pay a $20.00 fine, and a $6.00 victim surcharge. He has 12 months to make the payments.


WIND TURBINE SETBACK RULES ADAPTED IN COUNTY
Tuesday 6th January 2015
A resolution has been reached in the debate over rules governing wind turbines within the Municipality of the County of Pictou. An amendment to the Land Use By-Law governing the towers was passed unanimously last night that removed an exception to the minimum one-thousand metre setback provision. The previous wording of the by-law allowed for a reduction of the setback to 600 metres if all residents within the affected area agreed. However, several residents of the County disagreed with the exception, saying that it would pit neighbour against neighbour. When the amendment passed, the significant crowd in the County Council chambers broke out into applause.


STELLARTON LOOKS AT INTER-MUNICIPAL PLANNING STRATEGY
Tuesday 6th January 2015
One step toward a united vision for municipal planning within Pictou County was on the table at the meeting of Stellarton Town Council last night. Roland Burek, Director of Planning at Pictou County Shared Services Authority, made a presentation to the council reviewing the Inter-Municipal Planning Stratgy that is being developed. Burek explained to the council that this strategy, once implemented, would work toward a standardization of Land Use By-Laws within the five towns of Pictou County. There would be a number of areas examined, including the rules governing the lay out of drive-through service lanes, the use of site plan approvals as an alternative to development agreements, and zoning definitions. This strategy does not currently adress regional planning, but does lay the groundwork for that process to begin.


SIGNIFICANT INCREASE OF PICTOU CRUISE SHIP VISITS IN 2015
Tuesday 6th January 2015
Ten cruise ships are expected to stop in the town of Pictou this year. Three ships will dock in May, three in June, and the rest will dock throughout the season with the latest expected in early October. In addition, a private donation of $5,000.00 has been made to the town for cruise ship promotion. Mayor Joe Hawes commended the joint effort of Pictou County, the town of New Glasgow, and the town of Pictou. He says without that effort, the campaign wouldn't have been nearly as successful. Previously, the most ships docked in a season was two.


WOMAN GIVEN CONDITIONAL DISCHARGE FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE
Tuesday 6th January 2015
A woman was given 6 months of house arrest, and several strict conditions for a series of damages done to properties in New Glasgow last April and July. Thirty-five year old Rose Ann Robson-Gillis pleaded guilty to all the charges she faced in Pictou Provincial Court. Robson-Gillis was accused of breaking several windows of businesses in the separate incidents. In addition to the house arrest, she was also ordered to pay restitution of almost $1,700.00, to undergo counseling, and to pay small fines and victim surcharges.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 6
Tuesday 6th January 2015

Mike Lyle of the Weeks Jr A Crushers earned the first star of the week in the MHL with his seven points in two games. Lyle had one goal and six assists in a pair of wins for the Crushers, moving him into second place in the league in both assists and points. Nick Cass of the Amhrest Ramblers and Eli Jarvis of the County Aces rounded out the three stars of the week. The Crushers play twice this week. On Thursday they will host the Campbellton Tigers, then on Saturday the Crushers visit the Jungle to face the Amherst Ramblers. That game will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.

There was one game last night in the NSJHL. The Sackville Blazers fell at home to the East Hants Penguins by a score of 8-7. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are off until Saturday when they visit the Glace Bay Miners, before their Sunday night home game against Brookfield.

Over the weekend the Pictou County Atom A Subway Selects found themselves down 3-1 in the Gold Metal game before coming back to tie the game up late in the third but came up one goal shy in an exciting overtime finish at the DQ tournament in Moncton, losing 4-3 to the Valley Wild, resulting in a silver medal finish.

Pictou County Ultimate is hosting an Ultimate Frisbee open house tonight, January 6th, at 7:30 at the New Glasgow Academy gymnasium. This clinic is for new and returning players. Come on out and learn about ultimate frisbee! Registration will also be open for indoor league, happening on Tuesday nights this winter. For more information, like Pictou County Ultimate on facebook or email ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com.

The fourth of five satellite, Open 9-ball Provincial ranking tournaments will be at Century Club in New Glasgow on Saturday January 17th for the Northern Mainland Nova Scotia Region of Cue Sports Nova Scotia. Presently Billy Martin of Toney River is the top ranked player followed by William Holmes of Durham and Jeff Gillin of New Glasgow. Century Club will pay the entry fees for FOUR pool players into the National 9-ball Championship in Toronto this coming June. All pool Players in Nova Scotia are welcome to play in these 5 satellite tours but only players who reside in Northern Nova Scotia can play in the Regional Championship which will be on March 28th 2015.

The second of four, round robin, snooker ranking tournaments for the Northern Region of Cue Sports Nova Scotia ended on Dec 31st 2014. Century Club will have four snooker players representing our region in the National Snooker Championships in Toronto, June 6th to 20th 2015. The present standings would see Bill Martin ( his tenth National ), Jeff Gillin, Peter Borden and Nick Kaiser being those four players. Archie Best and John Rushton presently the alternates. The third snooker tour is now underway and will end on February 15th.New players are always welcome. Call 902-755-2255.

Pictou County Athletics will hold registration for their winter season this Wednesday Jan 7th at the YMCA in the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Registration will take place from 7pm to 8pm with the first practice following registration at 8pm. PCA will hold practices on Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings and Friday evenings.  For more information , please contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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STABBING VICTIM NOT COOPERATING WITH POLICE
Monday 5th January 2015
A man allegedly stabbed in the neck on Friday night in Halifax is not cooperating with police in their investigation into the incident. Halifax Police say they were called to a Wlamart store around 8p.m. on Friday night when a 26-year old man reported feeling a blow from behind as though someone had punched him in the back. He then discovered blood coming from his neck, and told police that he believed he was stabbed. He was treated at the scene for a minor cut, and police say they have not made any arrests related to the incident.


RESTRICTIONS ON CONFEDERATION BRIDGE
Monday 5th January 2015
Certain classes of vehicles looking to get onto or off of Prince Edward Island are unable to do so at this time due to winds on the Northumberland Strait. High-sided vehicles, such as tractor trailers, RV's, automobiles that are towing trailers, trucks and busses are being held off of the bridge. The restrictions were put into place at roughly 10:30 this morning.


SUSPENSIONS HANDED DOWN TO DALHOUSIE DENTISTRY STUDENTS
Monday 5th January 2015
Dalhousie University has suspended 13 dentistry students from clinical activities over misoygnistic comments that were allegedly posted on a social media site. In a statement issued today, the university president and the dean of the dentistry school said the fourth-year students will not have clinical privileges. The statement says the suspension is necessary to ensure a safe environment for patients and classmates who take part in the clinics. The university says it will hold a news conference later today to explain its response to the alleged postings that have generated widespread debate on how it should handle the issue. The announcement comes after four professors from the Halifax university filed a complaint over allegations that male students posted sexually hateful messages about their female colleagues on Facebook. The school has launched a restorative justice process, an informal and confidential resolution procedure that includes the parties involved.


FRENCH IMMERSION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Monday 5th January 2015
Parents looking to enroll their children into French Immersion programs with the Chignecto Central Regional School Board can do so between now and the end of the month. Early French Immersion, which begins in Grade Primary, will be offered at A.G. Baillie School in New Glasgow starting this September, and an information session will be held at the school next Monday evening, 12 January, at 6pm. There will be three locations offering Middle French Immersion, which begins at the Grade 4 level – A.G. Baillie, West Pictou Consolidated, and Frank H. MacDonald Schools. Information sessions for those programs will be held the next three Wednesdays, 7, 14, and 21 January respectively. Application forms to enroll a child in the French Immersion programs can be found on the CCRSB website (www.ccrsb.ca), and the deadline to enroll is 30 January.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 5
Monday 5th January 2015

A seven point weekend for Mike Lyle led the Weeks Jr A Crushers to a pair of wins, as they defeated the Summerside Western Capitals 6-4 on Saturday night and followed that up with a 4-2 win in Dieppe over the Commandos yesterday afternoon. The one goal and six assists for Lyle moves him into second place in the MHL in both points and assists. The two wins also extend the Crushers lead in the Eastlink Division to 8 points over the Yarmouth Mariners, and 11 points up on the Truro Bearcats. The Crushers continue inter-divisional play when they host the Campbellton Tigers on Thursday.

Staying with the MHL, some big news out of Yarmouth over the weekend, as the Mariners have fired Head Coach and General Manager Jim Bottomley. Mariners owner Mitch Bonnar says Assistant Coach John Murphy will assume the duties of Head Coach and General Manager for the time being, and former Junior C and High School hockey coach Kyle Boudreau has joined the coaching staff. Bottomley, the winningest coach in league history joined the Mariners last May after a stint as Head Coach and GM with the Amherst Ramblers. His record in his 30 games with the club was 17-10-0-3.

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects came out on top at the Subway Cup tournament Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The bantams had two wins and tie in the round robin and won the championship game 1-0 over the Yarmouth Mariners. Ryleigh Sutherland scored the lone goal for the Selects and Leigha MacDonald was the winning goaltender, earning the shutout. The Selects only had one goal against during the tournament. The Pictou County Peewee A and Midget A Selects won silver, each losing their championship games in shootouts.

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians game against the Cole Harbour Colts last night was postponed due to inclement weather. One NSJHL game that did go ahead saw Sackville defeat Valley 6-2.

The Weeks Major Midgets were to have a home-and-home series this weekend against the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Major Midgets got the win in their first game Saturday night at the Wellness Centre, 3-2. The return match in Port Hood that was to be played yesterday was postponed due to the weather, and will be rescheduled.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played two games this past weekend.  The first game went Friday night in Antigonish at the Millenium Centre. The Crushers were down a pair of goals early to the Bulldogs, but stormed back in the third period on two quick goals by Daniel Molyneaux and Brayden MacDonald to tie things up. Assists going to MacDonald, Luke and Riley Sheehan. Antigonish were able to capitalize on a Crushers defensive breakdown in the final 2 minutes to take the game 3-2. Game 2 went on Saturday at the Legion Stadium in Truro vs the Bearcats. It was an action packed game, with the Bearcats coming out on top 4-2. Scoring for the Crushers were Spencer Creed and Kyle Walsh. Assists going to Zach Houston and Matt Munroe. A third game vs the Bearcats that was to be played on Sunday at the PC Wellness Centre was postponed because of bad weather. The Crushers are away to the Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup this coming weekend in Sydney. Their first game is Thursday evening at 8:30pm at Centre 200 vs the Northside Vikings.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams hosted a double-header Saturday against the Saint Mary's Huskies. The X-Women grabbed the first win against the Huskies, 4-2 at the Keating Millenium Centre. Later, the X-Men defeated SMU 2-1.

The StFX X-Women's basketball team returned home to Antigonish Saturday night after posting a 3-0 record in exhibition play at the Dyrick McDermott invitational tournament at Mount Saint Vincent University. They qualified for the tournament championship game versus Dalhousie but opted not to compete due to the weather conditions.

Pictou County Athletics will hold registration for their winter season this Wednesday Jan 7th at the YMCA in the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Registration will take place from 7pm to 8pm with the first practice following registration at 8pm. PCA will hold practices on Sunday afternoons, Wednesday evenings and Friday evenings.  For more information , please contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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SEVERAL UNIVERSITY PROFESSORS GO PUBLIC WITH FACEBOOK SCANDAL COMPLAINT
Sunday 4th January 2015
Four Dalhousie professors who filed a formal complaint in late December about the sexually abusive postings of a male Facebook group are now releasing their complaint publicly. Professors Brian Noble, Francoise Baylis, Jocelyn Downie, and Jacqueline Warwick allege several of the Facebook comments amount to threats of sexual assault and acts of sexual harassment. The complaint urges the university to suspend the 13 male students who were part of the 2015 DDS Gentlemen's Club Facebook group. At this time, they have not had a response from the university. Many people are upset about the restorative justice process that has been chosen, instead of harsher penalties for those alleged to have made the comments.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 4
Sunday 4th January 2015
The Weeks Jr A Crushers took advantage of a three point night from Mike Lyle as they completed a season sweep of the Summerside Western Capitals with a 6-4 win last night on the Island. The Crushers got four goals in an 8 minute stretch of the second period that was the difference in the third and final meeting of the season between these two teams. Elsewhere last night in the MHL, Amherst got past Truro 4-3, Valley beat Woodstock 3-1, Miramichi doubled up South Shore 6-3, and the County Aces got just their third win of the season, 5-3 over Campbellton. The Crushers are back in action this afternoon against Dieppe, before playing their first home game of 2015 on Thursday against Campbellton.

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects came out on top at the Subway Cup tournament Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The bantams had two wins and tie in the round robin and won the championship game 1-0 over the Yarmouth Mariners. Ryleigh Sutherland scored the lone goal for the Selects and Leigha MacDonald was the winning goaltender, earning the shutout. The Selects only had one goal against during the tournament. The Pictou County Peewee A and Midget A Selects won silver, each losing their championship games in shootouts.

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians game against the Cole Harbour Colts at 7pm has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

The Weeks Major Midgets have a home-and-home series this weekend against the Cape Breton West Islanders. The Major Midgets got the win in their first game last night at the Wellness Centre, 3-2. The return match is today in Port Hood at noon.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams hosted a double-header yesterday against the Saint Mary's Huskies. The X-Women grabbed the first win against the Huskies, 4-2 at the Keating Millenium Centre. Later, the X-Men defeated SMU 2-1.

The StFX X-Women's basketball team returned home to Antigonish Saturday night after posting a 3-0 record in exhibition play at the Dyrick McDermott invitational tournament at Mount Saint Vincent University. They qualified for the tournament championship game today at 1:00 pm versus Dalhousie but opted not to compete due to the weather conditions. Dalhousie will play the AUS all-star team instead.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

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MESSY WEATHER EXPECTED ACROSS THE MARITIMES TODAY
Sunday 4th January 2015
A mixed bag of messy weather is expected across the Maritimes today, with Environment Canada issuing warnings in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Up to 30 millimetres of rain is expected to fall in parts of Nova Scotia by this afternoon. In parts of New Brunswick, up 15 centimetres of snow is expected before it changes to freezing rain. Locally, the national weather forecaster says snow will be changing to ice pellets or freezing rain near noon, then to rain this afternoon.


CRASH ON HIGHWAY 104 YESTERDAY MORNING
Saturday 3rd January 2015

To update a story we reported on yesterday, two people were taken to hospital following an accident on Highway 104 yesterday morning.

We received word of the crash around 9:30am, and it's the 155th accident in just over 5 years.

The twinning of the highway has been a hot topic in the region. Suggestions of tolling the highway to expedite the financing have been discussed, but at this point no decisions have been made.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR JANUARY 3RD
Saturday 3rd January 2015

The MHL resumed regular season play last night. The Woodstock Slammers picked up the first win of the year, downing the Truro Bearcats 3-2 in a shootout.

That wasn't the only game for the Bearcats though, and they didn't let the loss slow them down as they came back later to down the Valley Jr. A Wildcats 4-3 in a shootout.

In other MHL action, the Amherst Ramblers edged the Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners 5-4. and the Campbellton Tigers blanked the South Shore Lumberjacks 4-0. Darcy Burley got a hat trick in that game, and Will King stopped 31 shots in the impressive shutout victory. Also worth noting is Christopher Langlais' performance for Campbellton. He did allow 4 goals, but faced 40 shots.

The NSJHL also got rolling last night with one game in regular season play. The East Hants Penguins took down the Brookfield Elks 10-3.

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians hit the ice on Sunday against the Cole Harbour Colts. The last time those two teams played, Cole Harbour picked up a 6-3 win.

The Weeks Major Midgets begin the stretch run in the 2014-15 NSMMHL season with a home-and-home series against the Cape Breton West Islanders. The game in Pictou County goes tonight at the Wellness Centre at 7:30pm, with the return match in Port Hood on Sunday at noon.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams are hosting a double-header today against the Saint Mary's Huskies. The X-Women will face off against the Huskies at 3pm at the Keating Millenium Centre, followed by the X-Men at 7pm.

The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting The Subway Cup, which includes A divisions teams from peewee to midget as well as a novice jamboree, continuing today at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Championship games start at 2:15 p.m.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

The New Glasgow Minor Hockey Bombers Bantam B team, will hold a bottle-drive fundraiser in the town of New Glasgow today from 9:00am-3pm.

The Nighthawks Girls U14 Volleyball Club will be holding a Bottle Drive in Stellarton starting at 9:30am. To support this team you can also drop your bottles off at Stewart's Bottle Exchange on the Westville Road and let the workers know that they are for the U14 Girls Volleyball Club.

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NS GOVERNMENT REVIEWING THE MINERAL RESOURCES ACT
Friday 2nd January 2015

The Nova Scotia government is asking residents for their thoughts and ideas for a review of the Mineral Resources Act.

The act is being reviewed for the first time in 25 years.

Anyone looking for the discussion paper, the current Mineral Resources Act, or the consultation questionnaire are encouraged to visit the Department of Natural Resources website, or call 902-424-8186.

The consultation period runs until February 2nd.



WOLFVILLE ON TOP 20 LIST OF PLACES TO VISIT
Friday 2nd January 2015
One Nova Scotia destination has made the list of Top-20 places to visit in Canada in 2015, according to Vacay-dot-ca. Wolfville and Grand-Pre in the Annapolis Valley ranks 11th on the list that is topped by Toronto. Canada's largest city tops the list this year because of several marquee events taking place there, including the 2015 Pan-American Games and the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival. Revelstoke, BC, Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut, Vancouver, and Kingston, Ontario round out the top five. Wolfville and Grand Pre's entry on the website includes the fifth annual Devour! The Food Film Fest as a can't miss event, and says the history in the region is significant. This year will mark 260 years since the deportation of the Acadians from Grand Pré, which is now a part of Parks Canada‘s historic sites and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In 2013, Fortress Louisburg saw a 37 percent increase in visitors after topping that year's list.


PARRSBORO AND PUGWASH COLLABORATIVE EMERGENCY CENTRES CLOSED TODAY
Friday 2nd January 2015
Two Collaborative Emergency Centres in Northern Nova Scotia will not be able to handle emergency situations today due to a lack of available physicians. The South Cumberland CEC in Parrsboro and the North Cumberland CEC in Pugwash will both be closed to emergencies between 8am and 8pm today. In both cases, the clinics will remain open, with a nurse practitioner available in Pugwash for non-emergency issues, and previously booked appointments will go ahead in Parrsboro. Anyone in those regions facing an emergency health situation is encouraged to call 911 or attend to the nearest available emergency room.


ANOTHER DROP IN GAS PRICES
Friday 2nd January 2015
The price of a litre of regular unleaded self-serve gasoline fell another 3.3 cents overnight as the Utility and Review Board reset the prices effective 12:01 this morning. It will now cost just 95.4 cents per litre to fill your tank with regular unleaded in northeastern Nova Scotia. Meanwhile, the price of diesel fell nearly a nickel per litre, to a new minimum price of one dollar, 8.6 cents. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday morning.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 2
Friday 2nd January 2015

The regular seasons for the MHL resumes tonight, although the Crushers do not play until later this weekend. The Weeks Jr A Crushers hit the road for a pair of games this weekend. Tomorrow night they will make the trip across the Northumberland Strait to face the Summerside Western Capitals starting at 7pm. That game will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm. Then on Sunday they will be in Dieppe for an afternoon match up against the Commandos. That game will not be on Classic Rock 97.9, although you can catch it on FastHockey-dot-com. The Crushers come into 2015 with a 4 point lead in the Eastlink Division over the Yarmouth Mariners.

The NSJHL also gets rolling tonight, with one game, while the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians will kick off 2015 with a home game this Sunday against Cole Harbour. It is a rematch of the last game the Scotians played before the Christmas break, which was won by the Colts 6-3. The Scotians come out of the break in second in the Sid Rowe Division, 11 points behind Glace Bay, but holding 5 games in hand.

The Weeks Major Midgets begin the stretch run in the 2014-15 NSMMHL season with a home-and-home series against the Cape Breton West Islanders. The game in Pictou County goes tomorrow night at the Wellness Centre at 7:30pm, with the return match in Port Hood on Sunday at noon.

The St. Francis Xavier X-Men and X-Women hockey teams are hosting a double-header this weekend against the Saint Mary's Huskies. The X-Women will face off against the Huskies at 3pm on Saturday at the Keating Millenium Centre, followed by the X-Men at 7pm.

For the second time this hockey season, The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an all-female tournament this weekend. The Subway Cup, which includes A divisions teams from peewee to midget as well as a novice jamboree, will take place today and tomorrow at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. this morning, and championship games start at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow. The complete two-day schedule can be found on the website at www.sport.ca/2015Subwaycup.

Tonight's game between NNEC and Northumberland High will not be played. The make up time will be January 16th at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp from January 2nd-4th at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running. Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

The New Glasgow Minor Hockey Bombers Bantam B team, will hold a bottle-drive fundraiser in the town of New Glasgow on Saturday, January 3 from 9-3pm. If the weather is bad, it will be held the following Saturday.

The Nighthawks Girls U14 Volleyball Club will be holding a Bottle Drive in Stellarton; this Saturday, January 3rd starting at 9:30am. To support this team you can also drop your bottles off at Stewart's Bottle Exchange on the Westville Road and let the workers know that they are for the U14 Girls Volleyball Club.

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POWER OUTAGE UPDATE AS OF 12:20 P.M.
Thursday 1st January 2015
A power outage affecting roughly 400 customers this morning in parts of Stellarton, Westville, Union Centre, Landsdowne and area, as well as areas of SaltSprings and Mount Thom has been restored. The outage lasted roughly 2 hours for many of the customers.


NO PHYSICIAN AT PUGWASH CEC TODAY
Thursday 1st January 2015
The North Cumberland Collaborative Emergency Centre in Pugwash will be without physician coverage during daytime hours today. The Cumberland Health Authority says a nurse practitioner will be on-hand between 8am and 8pm to deal with non-emergency health care situations. Anyone with a medical emergency is advised to contact 911 or head to the nearest available emergency room. Overnight coverage at the North Cumberland CEC provided by the paramedic/registered nurse/oversight physician team will be available as usual.


NEW YEAR'S LEVEES ACROSS THE COUNTY
Thursday 1st January 2015
As residents of Pictou County ring in 2015, the tradition of mayor's levees continues. The first levee to get underway today will take place at 10am in the Trenton Rink. At noon, New Glasgow will host a levee at the Town Chambers. Two events begin at 1pm, in the Stellarton Fire Hall, and the Municipal Building in Westville.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP JANUARY 1
Thursday 1st January 2015

For the second time this hockey season, The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting an all-female tournament this coming weekend. The Subway Cup, which includes A divisions teams from peewee to midget as well as a novice jamboree, will take place Friday and Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. Friday and championship games start at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. The complete two-day schedule can be found on the website at www.sport.ca/2015Subwaycup.

The Friday January 2 game between NNEC and Northumberland High will not be played. The make up time will be January 16th at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp from January 2nd-4th at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running. Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either session, call the Pool in Pictou or email aquatics@townofpictou.com

The New Glasgow Minor Hockey Bombers Bantam B team, will hold a bottle-drive fundraiser in the town of New Glasgow on Saturday, January 3 from 9-3pm. If the weather is bad, it will be held the following Saturday.

The Nighthawks Girls U14 Volleyball Club will be holding a Bottle Drive in Stellarton; this Saturday, January 3rd starting at 9:30am. To support this team you can also drop your bottles off at Stewart's Bottle Exchange on the Westville Road and let the workers know that they are for the U14 Girls Volleyball Club.

If you have an item for local sports, please send us an email at ckec@ckecradio.ca .