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Showing news for the month of April , 2017

HELICOPTERS CONDUCTING MILITARY EXERCISES IN THE PROVINCE
Monday 24th April 2017
If you see choppers flying low, don't be alarmed – they're part of military exercises going on this week. Department of National Defence says the unarmed helicopters are from the Royal Canadian Air Force and RCMP, as well as American Black Hawks.


PLENTY TO DO DURING TALL SHIPS REGATTA
Monday 24th April 2017
Crab dinners, axe-throwing, free concerts and a fiddling ceremony are some of the activities taking place at ports across Nova Scotia during Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. Tall ships will visit the province between June 30 and August 16. Minister responsible for Tourism, Mark Furey, says the event gives Nova Scotians a chance to showcase our food, music, culture and maritime traditions to the world. Among the many events is a Canada Day wake-up call with fireworks, followed by breakfast and day-long celebrations in Pictou July 1. For a listing of events, click here.


FIXED BUS ROUTE A NO-GO
Monday 24th April 2017
CHAD Transit's Fixed Route project is not going forward. In a release to our newsroom, CHAD Chairman Faus Johnson says they have decided not to continue with their pilot project as they could not reach an agreement with Pictou County council over where the proposed route would go. Johnson says with only one bus available for the project, CHAD “was compelled to service the areas with the greatest population density”, with plans to expand the service if it proved successful. Johnson says CHAD's regular services continue as usual, and that demand for it is reaching capacity.


NEW GLASGOW HOLDING WALK FOR HUMAN VALUES
Monday 24th April 2017
Today, the town of New Glasgow is holding a Walk for Human Values, hosted by the New Glasgow UNESCO Race Relations & Anti-Discrimination Committee, Mayor & Council. The walk will begin at Laurie Peace Park at 12:15 today, headed down to the Glasgow Square Theatre, where an announcement will follow. Participants are asked to wear bright colours and bring posters featuring messages of positivity.


PIZZA FESTIVAL RAISES $15,000 FOR ROTARIANS
Monday 24th April 2017
There was much brown sauce, pepperoni and carbs, but overall another great success, as the Pictou County Pizza Festival raised almost $15,000 for the New Glasgow Rotary Club. Congratulations to Crossroads Country Market, winner of this year's People's Choice Award.


PROVINCIAL ELECTION CALL EXPECTED VERY SOON
Monday 24th April 2017
The province’s opposition parties are responding to the Nova Scotia liberals’ supposed pre-election spending spree by gearing up themselves for a potential dropping of the writ. NDP leader Gary Burrill said at a Dartmouth rally Sunday that McNeil’s pre-election bid has been underway for weeks given a flurry of spending announcements totalling over $40 million. PC leader Jamie Baillie says it’s possible an election could be called in a matter of days and says his party plans to hit the ground running by printing signs and knocking on doors. The premier has not ruled out going to the polls before the April 27 budget is passed, but has dismissed opposition pondering that the spending is just about electioneering. However, several sources have indicated to our newsroom that an election call is expected by the end of the week, with the vote to be held at the end of May.


ACCUSED SPY WANTS TO SEE ALL EVIDENCE AGAINST HIM
Monday 24th April 2017
A naval engineer accused of trying to spy for Beijing is asking a federal judge for full access to information about Canadian Security Intelligence Service wiretaps of the Chinese Embassy. Qing Quentin Huang says federal secrecy has placed him in an “impossible position” as he prepares to defend against espionage charges. The Canadian citizen was arrested on Dec. 1, 2013, in Burlington, Ont., following a brief RCMP-led investigation dubbed Project Seascape. Huang worked for a subcontractor to Irving Shipbuilding Inc. He was charged under the Security of Information Act with attempting to communicate secret information to a foreign power. Police said the information related to elements of the federal shipbuilding strategy, which includes patrol ships, frigates, naval auxiliary vessels, science research vessels and icebreakers. The federal prosecution service wants to introduce transcripts of the calls into evidence at the applicant’s criminal trial in Ontario Superior Court. As a result, the prosecution service disclosed to Huang redacted copies of the CSIS warrant and the CSIS affidavit sworn in support of the application to obtain the warrant. However, Huang’s court submission says, the warrant and the affidavit are so heavily censored that he cannot test the validity of the warrant or make full answer and defence.


TWO CANADIANS ADDED TO MOST WANTED TERRORIST LIST
Monday 24th April 2017
The U.S. Department of State has added two Canadians to its most-wanted global terrorist list. Farah Mohamed Shirdon and Tarek Sakr were named as "Specially Designated Global Terrorists," according to a release from the State Department. The designation "imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States." Former Calgary resident Shirdon left Canada to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The State Department said Shirdon is a prominent ISIS fighter and recruiter, who has also been involved in fundraising. In 2015, RCMP charged Shirdon in absentia in with numerous terrorism-related criminal offences. That same year, Interpol added him to its wanted list. Tarek Sakr, a Syrian-born Canadian citizen, was a pharmacology student in Quebec. According to the U.S. State Department, Sakr has been linked to the foreign terrorist organization al-Nusrah Front, al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria. The designation prohibits U.S citizens from engaging in transactions with Sakr or Shirdon. 


SPORTS APRIL 24
Monday 24th April 2017
Pictou County Peewee Stars went 2-0 this weekend in Halifax. They faced the top two teams in the league, HRM Panthers and the Halifax Canucks. In the first game, the Stars defeated the Panthers 7-1. Scoring for the Stars were Bauer Brophy and Jarad Langille both getting hat tricks, Dawson Mackay scoring 1. Assists went to Dawson Mackay with 3. Winning goalie was Jeff Quinn. The next game was a "must watch" game. Stars defeated the Canucks 6-5. Jared Langille started the scoring off with the Stars' first 2 goals. With 2 mins and 11 seconds left of the 3rd period the Stars found themselves down 5-3. Dawson Mackay fired his 2nd goal of the game to make it a 5-4 game. Stars pulled their goalie and with 9 seconds left Mackay scored again to tie the game 5-5. Off the face off Mackay just outside his blue line blasted a Slapshot and put it over the Halifax goalie's shoulder giving the Stars s 6-5 lead with only 4 seconds remaining. Mackay had 4 goals, Langille with 2. Assists came from Frankie Hayman 3, Jake Henderson , Bauer Brophy, Langille and Mackay all with 1. Winning goalies were Jeff Quinn and Ethan MacLaren.
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Two members of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club are looking for a shot at the title. Norma Marshall and Matt Fraser are competing at the Boxing Canada championships this week in Quebec City. A third member of the club, Connor Synishin, won't be competing due to a recent injury. Marshall is boxing in the 64-kilogram weight division, and has already won four gold and a silver at previous Nationals. Fraser is boxing for the first time at the national level, competing in the 48-kg division. The club is also preparing to host a card in New Glasgow on May 6.
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The sixth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit is coming to Tatamagouche April 28 to 30. The Summit is a celebration of Nova Scotia's hiking culture, and includes sharing best practices, stories and networking. Attendees include avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others. Today is the last day to register, with a cost $30 for paid Hike Nova Scotia members and $40 for non-members. Events include nine guided hikes in the area. The program, directions and other details can be found here.  
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The Stellarton and Area Minor Girls Softball Association – Home of the Subway Stingers – will be hosting Tryouts for the 2017 U-16 team on the following dates and times at the W.M Sobey Indoor Sports Complex 120 Old FoxBrook Road, Stellarton: Monday May 1st, 2017 8 pm - 9 pm; Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 8 pm - 9 pm; Sunday May 8th, 2017 7 pm - 8 pm. Tryouts are open to women born in 2001, 2002 interested in playing competitive fast pitch softball. Fee is $30.00 which includes Softball NS insurance. Players must attend at least 2 out of the three sessions to be considered. For further information and to register please contact Rob at robert.hayes@ns.sympatico.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Clarke MacArthur scored the winner 6:30 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 to win their Eastern Conference quarter-final series in six games.
The Washington Capitals have eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Stanley Cup playoffs after a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 6.
NBA Playoffs
Cleveland 106 Indiana 102 (Cavaliers win series 4-0)
Houston 113 Oklahoma City 109 (Rockets lead series 3-1)
Boston 104 Chicago 95 (Series tied 2-2)
Utah 105 L.A. Clippers 98 (Series tied 2-2) MLB
American League

Marcus Stroman pitched a seven-hitter and Devon Travis hit a go-ahead, two-run homer during a four-run eighth inning in the Toronto Blue Jays' 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Houston 6 Tampa Bay 4 (10 innings)
Boston 6 Baltimore 2
Chicago White Sox 6 Cleveland 2
Detroit 13 Minnesota 4
Texas 5 Kansas City 2
Seattle 11 Oakland 1
National League
Cincinnati 7 Chicago Cubs 5
Philadelphia 5 Atlanta 2
St. Louis 6 Milwaukee 4
Colorado 8 San Francisco 0
L.A. Dodgers 6 Arizona 2
Miami 7 San Diego 3
Washington 6 N.Y. Mets 3
Interleague
Pittsburgh 2 N.Y. Yankees 1


LOCAL CARPENTRY STUDENT EARNS SILVER AT SKILLS COMPETITION
Sunday 23rd April 2017
A local carpentry student is building himself a reputation. Jacob Prest, an NSCC student at the college in Stellarton, brought home a silver medal in carpentry at the 2017 Nova Scotia Skills Competition. Prest was tasked with building a 4 X 8 ft building with 4.5 foot walls in just six hours. It involved cutting rafters and framing in a window. Prest said only two participants completed the build. His instructor, Kevin MacIntosh, said he is very proud of Prest's success, calling him one of the Pictou Campus's stars who thinks on his feet. Prest said he was largely successful because the small class sizes at the NSCC means they can do more in-depth projects.


ANNOUNCEMENT ON TWINNING AND POTENTIAL TOLL HIGHWAYS EXPECTED THIS WEEK
Sunday 23rd April 2017
The Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Geoff MacLellan says a government announcement on using tolls to twin highways will happen this week. MacLellan says the magnitude of the decision is great with the cost of eight sections of 100-series highway under consideration for twinning coming in at an estimated cost of $2-billion dollars. MacLellan says the discussions have spanned two years, including public consultation. Approximately 7,400 people provided feedback to government and that feedback was released earlier this month by MQO Research. Most people consulted say they want safer highways but don't want to pay a toll to get them. The dangerous section of highway between Sutherland's River and Antigonish is one of the eight sections under consideration for twinning and possible tolling.


THREE GAMES IN THE NHL SATURDAY NIGHT
Saturday 22nd April 2017
Tonight there are three games in the First Round of the NHL Playoffs The Saint Louis Blues take on the Wild today in Minnesota. It's game five and the Blues lead the series 3-1. The Montreal Canadiens take on the Rangers tonight in New York, hoping to tie up that series which the Rangers currently lead 3-2. And, the Oilers are in San Jose to take on the Sharks late tonight in game 6 of the series Edmonton leads 3-2.


LATEST NHL FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF SCORES
Saturday 22nd April 2017
Washington 2 Toronto 1 (OT) (Capitals lead series 3-2) Boston 3 Ottawa 2 (2OT) (Senators lead series 3-2)


TRENTON FAMILY DISPLACED BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON KITCHEN FIRE
Saturday 22nd April 2017
A family of five has been displaced following a kitchen fire Friday afternoon, which damaged their two-story, wood-frame house in Trenton. The Canadian Red Cross says a couple and three children have been assisted by disaster volunteers with emergency lodging, food, clothing, blankets, personal care-units, and other support. The fire at 9 First Street was reported just before 2 p.m. There were no injuries.


44-YEAR-OLD LOCAL MAN CHARGED WITH STUNTING
Saturday 22nd April 2017
New Glasgow Regional Police have charged a 44-year-old male with stunting. On Friday April 21, 2017 at approximately 10:05 pm, New Glasgow Regional Police stopped a 2013 Ford Mustang on Little Harbour Road New Glasgow for driving 114 Km/h in a 50km/h zone. The 44-year-old male from Pictou County was charged under the section 163(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act with Stunting. This occurs when the driver of the vehicle is going more than 50k/h over the speed limit. The driver of the Mustang was given a $2422.50 fine and his licence is suspended for a minimum of seven days and his vehicle has been seized. “Driving at this speed can be dangerous to all motorists and pedestrians and that speeds at this level can result in serious injuries and or death,” says Constable Ken Macdonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police. “The month of April is aggressive driving month in Nova Scotia where police are focusing on the dangers and consequences of aggressive driving at speeds over the speed limit.’


NDP PROMISING TO REVERSE CUTS TO PICTOU COUNTY NURSING HOMES
Friday 21st April 2017
Ahead of an election to be called any day now, the NDP Leader is making a promise to invest in seniors. Gary Burrill says that an NDP government will reverse government cuts to nursing homes in Pictou County and across the Strait region. The NDP plan will see over $8 million invested in seniors’ care around the province, including re-investing nearly $1.2 million in the 11 nursing homes that had funding reduced in Pictou County and the Strait region. Burrill will speak at 4:00 pm at the Plymouth Community Centre for the nomination of Deborah Stiles in Pictou East, and again at 7 pm at the Upper Big Tracadie Community Hall for the nomination of Marney Simmons in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie.


GAS, DIESEL DOWN
Friday 21st April 2017
There's a break in pump prices this week. Regular self-serve gas is down to $1.137 per litre, with diesel down to $1.045 per litre.


PROVINCE BUYING LAND FOR NEW HEALTH CENTRE: QUESTIONS ABOUT CONNECTIONS TO LANDOWNER
Friday 21st April 2017
The province is paying $7.5 million for land to build what it's calling a community outpatient centre. The services offered there will replace the ones that will be lost when the aging Centennial and Victoria General hospital buildings are vacated in downtown Halifax, as part of the redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The health authority said services including blood collection services, diagnostic imaging, medical and surgical clinics along with pre- and post-operative care could be housed at the new facility. Premier Stephen McNeil said the fact the land is owned by a company whose president, Basim Halef, donated $3,000 to the provincial Liberals in 2013 had no bearing on the choice of location. Halef also sits on the board of trustees at the QEII Foundation which raises funds for the Halifax-based hospital complex. NDP Leader Gary Burrill was troubled by the connections, and noted that the new location in Bayers Lake will be very inconvenient for those who don't have a car.


PROVINCE DRAFTS NEW RULES ON STUDENT ATTENDENCE
Friday 21st April 2017
New attendance rules to address high absentee rates and reduce student tardiness are in the works for Nova Scotia's public schools. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released a draft policy on Thursday. After three days of meetings, a new committee examining ways to improve classroom conditions says it hopes to gather feedback in time for its next meeting in May. The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions want to finish the policy by June and implement it for the start of the new school year. The 14-member committee, made up of teachers, parents and students, is asking principals to share the policy with staff and school advisory councils.


TENDER AWARDED TO BUILD GUYSBOROUGH COMPLEX
Friday 21st April 2017
The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has awarded an $8.9-million tender to the Marco construction company to build the Chedabucto Lifestyle Complex. County councillors voted on the tender Wednesday afternoon just hours after an infrastructure announcement by the federal and provincial governments.  The two levels of government agreed to contribute a total of $3 million to the project.   Some residents had expressed concern about the municipality's plans to construct the complex, particularly when the tender was issued in January without financial commitments from Ottawa or the province.  At the time, Warden Vernon Pitts was confident infrastructure funding would come through, but said the municipality could finance the work on its own. The lifestyle complex includes outdoor skating areas, an all-weather soccer field with a four-lane track and some seating. The indoor facility has a fitness centre and event space and would double as a comfort station and a command centre during emergencies. It will be located near the local school, a performing arts centre and and other recreational facilities.


CBC BEING CALLED ON THE CARPET BY HERITAGE OVER STORY OF US
Friday 21st April 2017
The controversy surrounding CBC's history miniseries Canada: The Story of Us continues, as the parliamentary standing committee on Canadian heritage has requested a meeting with the public broadcaster to explain the show's "mistakes." The series has been blasted by viewers, including many notable politicians, particularly for snubbing Nova Scotia and for its portrayal of francophones. CBC apologized to those who "felt misrepresented" last week but said it won't be updating or correcting any of the episodes, as critics had called on it to do. The motion for the meeting was put forward by Quebec NDP MP Pierre Nantel last Thursday and passed unanimously; the committee includes members from the Liberals, Conservatives and the NDP. Emma Bédard, a spokesperson for CBC, said it is expecting an invitation to appear before the committee but haven't received it yet.


PARIS GUNMAN KILLS ONE, WOUNDS THREE
Friday 21st April 2017
A gunman opened fire on police on Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard Thursday night, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him. The Islamic State group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, which hit just three days before a tense presidential election. Security already has been a dominant theme in the campaign, and the violence on the sparkling avenue threatened to weigh on voters' decisions. Candidates cancelled or rescheduled final campaign events ahead of Sunday's first round vote. Investigators searched a home early Friday in an eastern suburb of Paris believed linked to the attack. A police document obtained by The Associated Press identifies the address searched in the town of Chelles as the family home of Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old with a criminal record. Police tape surrounded the quiet, middle-class neighbourhood in Chelles, and worried neighbours expressed surprise at the searches. Authorities are trying to determine whether "one or more people" might have helped the attacker.


SPORTS APRIL 21
Friday 21st April 2017
Two members of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club are looking for a shot at the title. Norma Marshall and Matt Fraser are competing at the Boxing Canada championships that are scheduled for April 24 to 30 in Quebec City. A third member of the club, Connor Synishin, won't be competing due to a recent injury. Marshall is boxing in the 64-kilogram weight division, and has already won four gold and a silver at previous Nationals. Fraser is boxing for the first time at the national level, competing in the 48-kg division. The club is also preparing to host a card in New Glasgow on May 6.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering one more night of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex tonight from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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The sixth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit is coming to Tatamagouche April 28 to 30. The Summit is a celebration of Nova Scotia's hiking culture, and includes sharing best practices, stories and networking. Attendees include avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others. The deadline to register is April 24th, with a cost $30 for paid Hike Nova Scotia members and $40 for non-members. Events include nine guided hikes in the area. The program, directions and other details can be found here.  
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Time is running out to sign up for the Miss Miles 5K on May 14th. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Mika Zibanejad scored 14:22 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens. (Rangers lead series 3-2)
Sidney Crosby and Scott Wilson scored 51 seconds apart in the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins eliminate the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 5-2 win.
Roman Josi scored twice, Pekka Rinne had 30 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 to complete a surprising sweep of the Western Conference's top seed.
David Desharnais scored late in the first overtime to lift the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. (Edmonton leads series 3-2)
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NBA Playoffs
Game 3 will go down as "The Massacre in Milwaukee." Kris Middleton scored 20 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo added 19 points to power the Bucks to a 104-77 rout of Toronto. (Bucks lead series 2-1)
Cleveland 119 Indiana 111 (Cavaliers lead series 3-0)
Memphis 105 San Antonio 94 (Spurs lead series 2-1)
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MLB
American League

Mookie Betts hit a three-run double off Toronto reliever Jason Grilli in the 10th inning as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1. Grilli gave up a single and two walks before Betts drove a ball into the left-field corner to clear the bases.
Cleveland 6 Minnesota 2
Tampa Bay 8 Detroit 1
Houston 2 L.A. Angels 1
Texas 1 Kansas City 0 (13 innings)
Oakland 9 Seattle 6
National League
Philadelphia 6 N.Y. Mets 4
Washington 3 Atlanta 2
Milwaukee 7 St. Louis 5
San Diego 4 Arizona 1
Interleague
Baltimore 2 Cincinnati 1 (10 innings)


DOG LOST IN COLLISION FINDS ITS WAY BACK TO OWNER
Thursday 20th April 2017
Ashley Fennell's calls for her dog Neila were finally fulfilled on Thursday afternoon, after a horrible 24 hours since her car crashed into the median area of Highway 104 between exits 19 and 20. Wednesday afternoon her car hit gravel, she lost control and it flipped, resulting in a spinal injury to her dog Pepper who had to be put down. Her younger dog, Neila, was thrown from the vehicle and was lost and presumably scared. Pictou District RCMP spent the morning in the area near the collision site along with other volunteers attempting to locate the missing dog after passerby George Murray spotted the dog Thursday morning. Murray pulled over and spent the next six hours trying to find the dog. Fennell is thankful for George and the many volunteers who helping to provide a happy ending to this otherwise tragic story. Fennell says she couldn't be happier to have her dog back.


PREMIER ANNOUNCES NEW QEII OUTPATIENT CENTRE
Thursday 20th April 2017
A site has been selected for the new Community Outpatient Centre that will be built as part of the QEII redevelopment project. Premier Stephen McNeil announced the new centre will be located at the Bayers Lake Business Park in the Halifax Regional Municipality, today. The premier says not every service needs to be offered in downtown Halifax, and the new centre will be more convenient for many patients, especially those who have to travel. For updates on the QE-2 redevelopment project, click here.


SEARCH CONTINUES FOR DOG POST-COLLISION***UPDATE***DOG FOUND SAFE
Thursday 20th April 2017
There was a search earlier today for a dog that was in yesterday's collision on Highway 104 between exits 19 and 20. There were two dogs were in the vehicle at the time of the collision. One sustained leg injuries, and a veterinarian came to the scene to assist. The second dog, a long haired black and white dog named Neela ran from the scene. The dog has since been found safe. The Mounties remind drivers to consider your safety and the safety of others should you choose to stop your vehicle on the highway.


SUPREME COURT TO REVIEW ORIGINAL CHURCHILL FALLS POWER DEAL
Thursday 20th April 2017
The Supreme Court of Canada says it will review the 1969 Churchill Falls energy deal that has been far more profitable for Hydro-Quebec than it has for Newfoundland and Labrador. Under the deal, Hydro-Quebec agreed to buy almost all the energy generated by a hydroelectric plant to be built on the Churchill River in Labrador. The contract, which had a 65 year term, set a fixed price for the energy that would decrease in stages over time. The dam has generated more than $26 billion for Hydro-Quebec compared with about $2 billion for Newfoundland and Labrador. Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. Ltd. went to Quebec Superior court in 2010, arguing unsuccessfully that the sizable profits from electricity were unforeseen in 1969 and that Hydro-Quebec had a duty to renegotiate the contract. An appeal court affirmed that ruling and, as usual, the Supreme Court did not give a reason for agreeing to hear the case.


NEW ABERDEEN ER WON'T OPEN UNTIL AUTUMN: PARKER
Thursday 20th April 2017
According to County Warden Robert Parker, the new Aberdeen Hospital ER won’t be completed until the fall. Parker told council at their Tuesday meeting that he was told the delay was due to the need to complete a generator room for the new wing. Parker questioned the reason for the delay since the generator building is essential to the hospital operations and must have been in the plans all along.
In Westville yesterday, Health Minister Leo Glavine would not confirm the delay, but did mention that improvements to the Aberdeen include two emergency beds dedicated for patients who present with mental health issues and require observation.


ONLY 31 NOVA SCOTIANS HAVE RECEIVED MEDICAL HELP TO DIE SINCE LAW IN PLACE
Thursday 20th April 2017
Less than half of the Nova Scotians requesting medical assistance to die have received medical help. Of the 67 applicants between June 17 of last year and the end of March, only 31 received medical help to die. The Nova Scotia Health Authority, which oversees assisted dying in the province, says there are several reasons why the remaining applicants may have not received the help requested. The applicants may have died while waiting for approval, may not have met the criteria, may have withdrawn their application or may still have an application in progress. But the health authority does not provide a breakdown of how many of the 36 applicants fell into each of those categories.


WESTVILLE CLINIC EXPANDING ITS PRACTICE WITH ADDITION OF NURSE PRACTITIONER
Thursday 20th April 2017
The province is investing $3.6 Million dollars to give primary care access to thousands more people. In Westville yesterday, Health Minister Leo Glavine announced the hiring of 13 nurse practitioners and 10 family practice nurses, who are joining existing collaborative care teams across the province and will allow 14,000 more Nova Scotians to access a family practice. Glavine admits that the new system is different from single doctor practices, and it will take time to close the health care gap. Glavine says in addition to hiring more nurses, the province continues to search for doctors, and will soon be recruiting in the UK and overseas. In Westville, Nurse Practitioner Marla MacDonald has been recently hired by the Westville Medical Clinic, where over the next few weeks they will be contacting those who are on the provincial waiting list. They expect to add another 500 to 800 people to the practice.


COUNTY COUNCIL TO PUT RIVER JOHN SCHOOL UP FOR SALE
Thursday 20th April 2017
Pictou County council has recommended that the River John School be put up for sale. But it wants to see any prospective owner’s business plan so that it doesn't become another vacant building. The building's lease with the River John Action Society expires at the end of June. The society won’t be taking it over because the building is too big for its needs. Councillor Ron Baillie said the action society has been given permission to have the contents of the building and Pictou County 4H recently made use of cupboards, fridges, stoves, deep freezers and sinks for its new building at the exhibition grounds. He said he doesn’t want to see the school demolished, but he also wants it dealt with properly. The county will be doing its own environment assessment on the building so that information will be available to a potential new owner. A recommended motion to put the school up for sale with a business plan was passed and final approval will be sought at the May council meeting.


NS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT COMPLETES REVIEW OF "CONQUERED PEOPLE" LEGAL BRIEF
Thursday 20th April 2017
The provincial justice minister says her department has completed its review of how a controversial legal brief implying the Mi'kmaq are a conquered people made it to court. But Diana Whalen is saying little about the review, because it contains legal and personnel information. Whalen initiated the review after Mi'kmaq groups raised objections to the use of Crown lawyer Alex Cameron to represent the government in the Alton Gas appeal. He had penned a 2009 book that attacked the Supreme Court of Canada's landmark Marshall decision on fishing rights. The Indian Brook First Nation argues Alton Natural Gas Storage's plan to flush out salt to create storage caverns near Stewiacke poses an environmental risk to the nearby Shubenacadie River. The government's legal brief in the case argued the province's duty to consult on such issues extended only to "unconquered people." The Justice Department subsequently removed Cameron from the case and Premier Stephen McNeil apologized to Mi'kmaq chiefs and distanced the government from the legal position, saying it doesn't reflect the government's view that it has a duty to consult on issues of importance to First Nations.


ISN'T IT IRONIC? BUILDING WHERE ACCESSIBILITY RULES ARE BEING RE-WRITTEN DOESN'T HAVE ACCESSIBLE WASHROOM
Thursday 20th April 2017
The provincial justice minister has revealed the building that houses her department doesn't have a properly accessible washroom, even as bureaucrats are re-drafting the province's proposed accessibility legislation. Diana Whalen says she was shocked to learn the government-leased Joseph Howe building was renovated two years ago without an accessible washroom that will meet new requirements. She says she has authorized an expenditure of $27,000 to build a new washroom on one floor in the building. Whalen says the problem highlights the need to find out what's needed for other government buildings. She says the re-worked accessibility bill will be tabled when the legislature opens next week. Bill 59 was delayed last fall after heavy criticism from the groups it was supposed to help.


BC JUDGE RULES PARDON CHANGES VIOLATE CHARTER OF RIGHTS
Thursday 20th April 2017
A British Columbia court has ruled that one of the changes to the criminal pardons system made by the previous Conservative federal government violates offenders' charter rights. In 2010, Parliament changed the Criminal Records Act to double the period people convicted of indictable offences have to wait before applying for a criminal record suspension to 10 years from five. The amendment was also made retroactive to anyone who had already been sentenced under the old law and was awaiting a pardon. The changes came into force in March 2012. In a decision handed down Wednesday, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Heather MacNaughton ruled that move to make the changes retroactive violated offenders' rights to not have their punishment increased after they've been sentenced. A spokesperson for Public Safety Ralph Goodale said the government is reviewing the B.C. Supreme Court decision to determine next steps, including changes to the record suspension process.


NUMBER OF ILLEGAL ASYLUM SEEKERS GROWING
Thursday 20th April 2017
The number of asylum seekers illegally crossing the border from the U.S. into Canada continues to climb, but the government says they still represent only a fraction of the total new arrivals to the country. In March, the RCMP intercepted 887 people entering the country outside an official crossing point, up from 658 in February and 315 in January. That brings the total for the first three months of 2017 to 1,860. Most of the illegal crossings occurred in Quebec. Scott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said the vast majority of immigration to Canada is carefully planned and managed and that spontaneous asylum seekers are much smaller and largely unpredictable. He said authorities are tracking the trends, planning for possible developments and managing the increase in a measured way while respecting Canada's international obligations. Bardsley said the majority of irregular migrants hold visas for the U.S., so have already cleared a security screening. Once in Canada, they receive further security screening. There have been only five cases in which people making illegal border crossings were stopped by RCMP in Saskatchewan, one in Alberta and one in New Brunswick in the first three months of 2017. None have been recorded in Ontario.


SPORTS APRIL 20
Thursday 20th April 2017
North Nova United Soccer is offering one more night of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex on Friday from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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The sixth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit is coming to Tatamagouche April 28 to 30. The Summit is a celebration of Nova Scotia's hiking culture, and includes sharing best practices, stories and networking. Attendees include avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others. The deadline to register is April 24th, with a cost $30 for paid Hike Nova Scotia members and $40 for non-members. Events include nine guided hikes in the area. The program, directions and other details can be found here.  
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Time is running out to sign up for the Miss Miles 5K on May 14th. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Tom Wilson scored twice in the first period to lead the Washington Capitals to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Series tied 2-2)
Bobby Ryan played the hero again, scoring the winner at 5:49 of the third period as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 1-0. (Senators lead series 3-1)
The Anaheim Ducks swept the Calgary Flames from the NHL playoffs with a 3-1 win Wednesday. Calgary was the first team eliminated from this year's post-season.
Minnesota 2 St. Louis 0 (Blues lead series 3-1)
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NBA Playoffs
Washington 109 Atlanta 101 (Wizards lead series 2-0)
Houston 115 Oklahoma City 111 (Rockets lead series 2-0)
Golden State 110 Portland 81 (Warriors lead series 2-0)

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MLB
American League

Francisco Liriano combined with three relievers on a six-hit shutout as the Toronto Blue Jays blanked the Boston Red Sox 3-0 at Rogers Centre.
Oakland 9 Texas 1
N.Y. Yankees 9 Chicago White Sox 1
Tampa Bay 8 Detroit 7
Houston 5 L.A. Angels 1
Cleveland at Minnesota, postponed
National League
St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 1
Chicago Cubs 7 Milwaukee 4
N.Y. Mets 5 Philadelphia 4
Washington 14 Atlanta 4
San Diego 1 Arizona 0
L.A. Dodgers 4 Colorado 2
Interleague
Seattle 10 Miami 5
Baltimore 2 Cincinnati 0
Kansas City 2 San Francisco 0


BRITISH ELECTION SET FOR JUNE 8
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Unsurprisingly, British lawmakers have voted in favour of the snap election proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May, setting the date for June 8. MPs from across the political spectrum voted 522-13 for a return to the polls — well above the two-thirds majority required under British law. May said the election is needed to stabilize her Conservative Party and the British government ahead of negotiations to leave the European Union.  But May, who had repeatedly ruled out the possibility of an early election, has faced criticism for the sudden reversal. May's Conservatives have 330 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons and are polling well ahead of Labour, the main Opposition party.  The prime minister's own personal ratings also dwarf those of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, with 50 per cent of those asked saying she would make the best prime minister. Corbyn wins only 14 per cent, according to pollster YouGov. If the opinion polls are right, May will win a new mandate for a series of reforms she wants to make and also a vote of confidence in a vision for Brexit which sees the country outside the EU's single market. May took over as prime minister for David Cameron, who resigned last year after voters said Yes to Brexit, the U.K.'s planned withdrawal from the European Union. 


CAPE BRETON MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN GARDINER MINES DEATH
Wednesday 19th April 2017
A 40-year-old man has been charged with murder and grief counsellors are at a Cape Breton school after a 33-year-old woman was found dead inside a home. Cape Breton Regional Police responded to a 911 call at the home in Gardiner Mines around Noon Tuesday. Officers found the body of a woman inside the home and arrested a man at the scene. Police say Richard Wayne MacNeil of Gardiner Mines will appear Wednesday in Sydney provincial court to face a charge of first-degree murder in the woman’s death. Investigators believe MacNeil and the woman were known to each other. Sources say a couple lived in the Gardiner Mines home and that the woman worked with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. Students at Tompkins Memorial Elementary in Reserve Mines were kept inside the school for a short time on Tuesday. The school board confirmed Wednesday that grief counsellors are at Tompkins Memorial Elementary to talk to students and staff.


YOUNG PEOPLE URGED TO REGISTER TO VOTE AHEAD OF ELECTION CALL
Wednesday 19th April 2017
With an election to be called any day now, Elections Nova Scotia is urging new voters to add their names to the Register of Electors. More than 11,000 letters were mailed out this week to young adults who have turned 18 years of age or older in the past few years and have not yet voted in a provincial election. Chief Electoral Officer Richard Temporale says this is an attempt to reach out to the 18 to 24 age group, which has had the lowest voter participation rate in elections. Overall, the Register currently has about 750,000 Nova Scotians on it. To be eligible to vote, you must be a Canadian citizen, 18 years or over on election day, and have lived in Nova Scotia at least six months by the date the election is called.


M.O.R.E. PROCLAMATION SIGNING TODAY
Wednesday 19th April 2017
The annual signing of the proclamation for the Marathon of Respect and Equality takes place today. Representatives from the six municipal units will be at A.G. Baillie school for the signing at 10:30 this morning. The run will be on May 4.


SUPERSTORES SELLING DAFFODILS TO HELP FIGHT CANCER
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Superstores around the province are selling fresh cut daffodils for The Canadian Cancer Society. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first daffodils were sold. They are now available starting for two weeks at Atlantic Superstores all across Nova Scotia. Fresh cut daffodils are available for $4.99 and potted daffodils for $5.99. For every bunch sold, $2 will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. Money raised during Daffodil Month helps local patients and their families. Donations fund life-saving research, support services and other important work.


LOCAL VOLUNTEERS GET PROVINCIAL AWARDS *UPDATED 10 AM*
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Local volunteers were honoured for their work last night in Halifax. Kim Livingston was chosen as a Provincial Volunteer Representative of the Year for New Glasgow at the annual provincial awards ceremonies hosted by Lt. Governor J.J. Grant and Premier Stephen McNeil on April 18. Livingston was recognized for her efforts with many community groups including the Race on the River-Pictou County Dragon Festival, Special Olympics Pictou County, Highland Community Residential Services Foundation, the Shepherd's Lunch Room, and the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend.
Georgie Dewey was selected as the 2017 Florence Gouthro Memorial Volunteer of the Year for the Town of Trenton. Dewey has been a volunteer for decades, and town councillor VJ Earle was on hand to accept on her behalf.


CLASSROOM COMMITTEE CONTINUES MEETINGS AHEAD OF FINAL REPORT
Wednesday 19th April 2017
The committee on classroom conditions is meeting again this week to come up with more recommendations for the government. Committee member and teacher Sean Barker says initially he expects changes to be small, but he told the CBC they will be noticible.  He pointed out one supporting teachers writing individual program plans.  Barker conceded bigger, more complicated issues affecting schools in rural areas will take longer to resolve. The committee’s final report is due April 28th.


MOUNTIES CLOSER TO FORMING LABOUR UNION
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Mounties are one step closer to forming their first union. The National Police Federation filed an application for certification at the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board in Ottawa late Tuesday. The federation is seeking to represent 17,945 members of the RCMP under the rank of inspector.  More than half that number have already signed up with the NPF. Most joined the organization over the past two weeks, just as Mounties engaged in a grassroots movement to remove the yellow stripe from their pants to protest low wages and working conditions. The RCMP remains the only non-unionized police force in Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada granted members of the national police force the right to form an association and collectively bargain with the federal government in January, 2015. The top court gave the federal government one year to bring in legislation and a framework for the RCMP to unionize. The Liberals had introduced bill C-7, which was panned by virtually everyone except for senior managers of the RCMP. Senators sent the bill back to the House of Commons last June, where it has remained dormant ever since. The labour board will next hold a public hearing to determine if the NPF application is valid. If it finds everything is in order, the board will then have to figure out a way to hold a secret ballot vote for almost 20,000 Mounties serving across Canada — some in remote locations — as well as around the world.


U.S. SUBS NOW BEING BUILT TO ACCOMODATE MEN & WOMEN
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Every submarine in the U.S. fleet was designed with the height, reach and strength of men in mind, from the way valves are placed to how display screens are angled. That’s going to change. With women now serving aboard submarines, defence contractor Electric Boat is designing what will be the first Navy subs built specifically to accommodate female crew members. The designers are doing the obvious things, such as adding more doors and washrooms to create separate sleeping and bathing areas for men and women and to give them more privacy. But they are also making more subtle modifications that may not have been in everyone’s periscope when the Navy admitted women into the Silent Service. For example, they are lowering some overhead valves and making them easier to turn, and installing steps in front of the triple-high bunk beds and stacked laundry machines. The first vessel built with some of the new features is expected to be delivered to the Navy in 2021, the future USS New Jersey. The Navy lifted its ban on women on submarines in 2010, starting with officers. About 80 female officers and roughly 50 enlisted women are now serving on subs, and their numbers are expected to climb into the hundreds over the next few years. For now, the Navy is retrofitting existing subs with extra doors and designated washrooms to accommodate women. But Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, is at work on a redesign of the Navy’s Virginia-class fast-attack subs and is also developing a brand-new class of ballistic-missile submarines, relying on body measurements for both men and women.


SPORTS APRIL 19
Wednesday 19th April 2017
Lucia MacKay will be the sole Pictou County representative on Nova Scotia's U17 Women's Basketball team at the Canada Games in Winnipeg this summer. MacKay tells NG News that the Canada Games, which are only held every four years, is something she's had in the back of her mind for a while. In addition to the Games, which begin July 28, the team will have the chance to take part in tournaments as preparation including one in Chicago and another in New Brunswick. She will also be taking part in practices every weekend leading up to the Games.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering one more night of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex on Friday from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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The sixth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit is coming to Tatamagouche April 28 to 30. The Summit is a celebration of Nova Scotia's hiking culture, and includes sharing best practices, stories and networking. Attendees include avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others. The deadline to register is April 24th, with a cost $30 for paid Hike Nova Scotia members and $40 for non-members. Events include nine guided hikes in the area. The program, directions and other details can be found here.  
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Tickets are now on sale for the World Junior A Challenge, coming to the Rath Eastlink Centre in Truro this December. There will be six teams and thirteen games from December 10th to 16th, featuring the best in Junior A hockey from around the world, and what are sure to be a well-rounded group of future NHL stars. Organizers say full-tournament packages are the only way to secure reserved seating and they're priced at $175. They're available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, in-person at the Rath Eastlink Centre or by calling 1-888-311-9090.
Organizers say anyone who buys the $175 pass but can't attend all games can donate those tickets back, and the committee will ensure they're given to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. This is the third time the World Junior A Challenge has been held in Nova Scotia. Event Chair Dave Ritcey said in January that the tournament is expected to inject between $2 million and $3 million to the local economy.
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Time is running out to sign up for the Miss Miles 5K on May 14th. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Rick Nash's tie-breaking goal early in the second period lifted the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. (Series tied 2-2)
Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture each scored two goals and the San Jose Sharks rebounded from back-to-back shutouts in emphatic fashion, beating the Edmonton Oilers 7-0. (Series tied 2-2)
Markus Nutivaara, William Karlsson and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Blue Jackets held on to beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4. (Penguins lead series 3-1)
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NBA Playoffs
Kyle Lowry scored 22 points, including the game-clinching shot with nine seconds to play as the Raptors defeated the Bucks 106-100. (Series tied 1-1)
Chicago 111 Boston 97 (Bulls lead series 2-0)
L.A. Clippers 99 Utah 91 (Series tied 1-1)
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MLB
American League

Mitch Moreland drove in three runs and Mookie Betts scored three times as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7.
Chicago White Sox 4 N.Y. Yankees 1
Tampa Bay 5 Detroit 1
L.A. Angels 5 Houston 2
Cleveland 11 Minnesota 4
Oakland 4 Texas 2
National League
Philadelphia 6 N.Y. Mets 2 (10 innings)
Washington 3 Atlanta 1
Chicago Cubs 9 Milwaukee 7
St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 1
Arizona 11 San Diego 2
Colorado 4 L.A. Dodgers 3
Interleague
Cincinnati 9 Baltimore 3
San Francisco 2 Kansas City 1 (11 innings)
Miami 5 Seattle 0


WOMAN FOUND DEAD, MAN ARRESTED IN CAPE BRETON
Tuesday 18th April 2017
A man has been arrested in Cape Breton in relation to the death of a woman in an incident that police are describing as suspicious. The woman's body was found in a home in Gardiner Mines as Cape Breton Regional Police responded to a 911 call for assistance around noon today. The man, who was also in the home when police arrived, was arrested and remains in police custody. Police say they believe the victim and suspect are known to each other. The victim’s name will not be released at this time, pending identification and notification of the woman’s family. The Major Crime Unit is investigating the case with assistance from the Forensic Identification Unit.


NEW BRUNSWICK RCMP LOOKING TO IDENTIFY SUSPECTS IN BREAK-INS
Tuesday 18th April 2017
Police in New Brunswick are asking for help from the public in identifying a pair of suspects in thefts in Kent County over the weekend. RCMP say two break-ins occurred at a pair of stores roughly 30 kilometres apart, and they believe the incidents are related. Surveillance video from one of the incidents shows two people in white clothing with their faces covered. However, one person's face became partially uncovered after the cloth came loose. That intruder wore a plaid shirt and dark hat, and the other wore a dark jacket with a hood. The footage also shows a silver car parked outside the store entrance. The RCMP hope the public can help identify the two people based on the surveillance images. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Richibucto RCMP at 506-523-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8422).


JURY SELECTION UNDERWAY IN SANDESON MURDER TRIAL
Tuesday 18th April 2017
Jury selection is underway in a high-profile Halifax case involving a Dalhousie University medical student accused of murdering another student in 2015. William Sandeson is facing a first-degree murder charge in the death of 22-year-old Taylor Samson of Amherst. Several potential jurors have been dismissed because of relationships with some of the various participants in the trial.


ANTIGONISH COUNTY MAN CHARGED AFTER DRIVING MORE THAN DOUBLE THE SPEED LIMIT
Tuesday 18th April 2017
A man from Antigonish County is facing a multitude of charges after RCMP observed him speeding on a motorcycle last week. The 48-year old, whose name has not been disclosed, fled from police last Wednesday afternoon, and increased his speed as police pursued, topping out at 150 kph in a 70 kph zone. The man eventually stopped, and police determined that he did not have a valid driver's license, the motorcycle was not registered and it did not have liability insurance. As a result, the driver faces the following charges: Flight from Police Operating a Motor Vehicle While License is Revoked Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Liability Insurance Operating an Unregistered Vehicle The driver was released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on June 21, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.


ALLT SENTENCING DELAYED PENDING HOOD APPEAL
Tuesday 18th April 2017
A former teacher at Five Bridges Junior High in Hubley will not be sentenced today for invitation to sexual touching involving a student today as originally scheduled. Sarah Allt Harnish, who goes by her maiden name Allt, pleaded guilty to the charge in a previous court appearance and returned to court today for the sentencing hearing. However, her lawyer Joel Pink asked for an adjournment pending the outcome of an appeal in a somewhat similar case involving Carolyn Amy Hood of Stellarton. Hood was found guilty last April of sexual interference, sexual exploitation and two counts of luring minors over the Internet for a sexual purpose. The Crown is appealing Hood's 15 month house arrest sentence, and Pink says the outcome of the appeal court's ruling in that case will help to guide Judge Gregory Lenehan in this one. Allt is scheduled to return to court to set new dates for sentencing on Sept. 29.


MORE FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Tuesday 18th April 2017
The province says more low-income families and seniors will have access to affordable homes, thanks to an eighteen-million-dollar investment by the provincial and federal governments over the next two years. Funding for four-hundred-and-forty new rent supplements is now available around the province and will help reduce the current waiting list for affordable housing by a further ten per cent. The funding is cost-shared between Ottawa and the province.


BRITISH PM CALLING FOR JUNE VOTE
Tuesday 18th April 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will seek an early election, for June 8.  May said she is seeking to strengthen the ruling Conservative Party's position as the country heads into talks to leave the European Union. Parliament will be asked to vote for the election on Wednesday, she said. The proposed vote must win the support of two-thirds of Parliament to proceed. The main opposition Labour Party has said it is ready for a new election. May, who became prime minister after David Cameron resigned in the wake of the Brexit referendum last June, had earlier ruled out an early election. The next vote was not scheduled to take place until 2020.  She said Tuesday the about-face was "necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership."  The British pound strengthened by almost half a cent against the dollar as she spoke, reflecting investor relief that earlier rumours of a shock resignation did not transpire. 


THREE VEHICLE COLLISION IN NEW GLASGOW MONDAY AFT'N
Tuesday 18th April 2017
New Glasgow Regional Police are investigating a collision that involved three vehicles, including a transport truck. On Monday afternoon around 4 o'clock, police, fire and EHS responded to a three motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Park Street and Terra Cotta Drive. The driver of the transport truck was travelling Eastbound on Park Street and the driver of a Toyota Tacoma was travelling Westbound on Park Street, when the driver of a Chevrolet Aveo, travelling Southbound on Terra Cotta collided with the Tacoma causing it to collide with the transport truck. None of the people involved were taken to hospital, while all vehicles suffered extensive damage and were towed from the scene.


POLICE WATCHDOG INVESTIGATING FRACTURED EYE
Tuesday 18th April 2017
The provincial police watchdog is investigating after a man suffered injuries to his face in downtown Halifax on Sunday night. Ron MacDonald, director of the Serious Incident Response Team, said that officers were dispatched downtown just after 9 p.m. Sunday after receiving a report a group of males had been looking for a specific man to assault. One of the men in the group was said to be armed with a pipe and while police were able to eventually locate the group of men, they did not find a weapon. Later, police found a 24-year-old man exiting Niche Restaurant in Maritime Centre whom they believed was connected to the weapons call and during his interaction with police, he is said to have suffered an injury to his eye. While he declined medical attention at the time, MacDonald said the man was later determined to have a fracture near his eye, which is why SIRT was called in to investigate. MacDonald asks anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call his office at 902-424-2010, or toll free 1-855-450-2010. SiRT investigates all serious incidents involving police in the province, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing.


PORT HAWKESBURY PAPER MILL WINS NAFTA RULING
Tuesday 18th April 2017
Port Hawkesbury Paper has won a victory at NAFTA. A panel has ruled in its favour and against the U-S Department of Commerce which imposed hefty border duties on its paper products.  The NAFTA panel told the Commerce Department it must reconsider different issues when it comes to the duties, including power rates.  The five-person panel was comprised of three officials from the U.S. and two from Canada. The department could appeal the panel’s decision or take the information from the panel and adjust the tariff.


NO PARDONS PLANNED FOR POT CONVICTIONS
Tuesday 18th April 2017
While the legalization of marijuana is likely to happen by next summer, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has ruled out a general amnesty for past pot convictions. The Trudeau government is not considering a blanket pardon for people who ended up with criminal records for simple possession of small amounts of weed. He says the move to legalization doesn’t mean lax law enforcement during the transition.


NEW STUDY SHOWS LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF THE FORT MAC WILDFIRE ON FIREFIGHTERS
Tuesday 18th April 2017
Almost a year after a wildfire devastated Fort McMurray, new research shows many firefighters who worked to save the city are facing lingering health problems. Preliminary results from the University of Alberta study show one in five of the 355 firefighters surveyed have reported persistent respiratory issues including coughing, breathlessness, wheezing and chest tightness. And they're battling more than just physical ailments — one in six show signs of mental health issues, as well. Nicola Cherry, an epidemiologist who is leading the study, hopes all the firefighters involved in battling the wildfire last May — around 3,500 of them — will contact her to participate in the next phase of the study. The goal of the research is to determine which factors in fighting the fire lead to long-term health issues, and how this can be addressed for firefighters sent to major incidents in the future.


ANOTHER APPLICATION EXTENSION FOR ABORIGINAL WOMEN'S INQUIRY
Tuesday 18th April 2017
The deadline for people, groups and organizations to file an application for standing or funding in the upcoming inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women has once again been extended. Originally, the deadline had been set for April 10 but it was pushed back to April 18 earlier this month. Now, the deadline for standing is reported as May 1. Applications must be submitted to the National Inquiry no later than 7 p.m. CST or 5 p.m. PST. Applications can be faxed in to 1-604-775-5009 or emailed to info@mmiwg-ffada.ca. There are two types of standing which can be applied for: regional or national.  Regions are confined to specific jurisdictions such as provinces and territories. Applicants can apply in multiple areas. Issue-specific standing can also be applied for at the national or regional level.  National applicants can apply to participate in events such as fact gathering hearings involving the federal government and federal institutions, and expert panels or individual expert witnesses that are national in scope for example. 


SPORTS APRIL 18
Tuesday 18th April 2017
Two local runners competed in one of the most prestigious marathons in the world on Monday. Dave Hood and Donald Sexton, both from Stellarton, were two of the 114 runners from Nova Scotia, and roughly 30,000 entrants at this year's Boston Marathon. Hood finished with a time of 3:19:10 while Sexton did not finish due to a torn hamstring. Overall, Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat, both from Kenya and making their Boston debuts, ran to victory in the 121st running of the race.
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Now that the Aecon Atlantic Scotians are the provincial Junior B Hockey Champions, the next step is Fredericton and the Don Johnson Memorial Cup beginning 25 April. The Atlantic Canadian Junior B Championship will feature the host Fredericton Caps, the Southern Shore Breakers of Newfoundland, Cap Pele Predators as New Brunswick Champs, the PEI Champions who are still to be determined, and the Scotians.
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Lucia MacKay will be the sole Pictou County representative on Nova Scotia's U17 Women's Basketball team at the Canada Games in Winnipeg this summer. MacKay tells NG News that the Canada Games, which are only held every four years, is something she's had in the back of her mind for a while. In addition to the Games, which begin July 28, the team will have the chance to take part in tournaments as preparation including one in Chicago and another in New Brunswick. She will also be taking part in practices every weekend leading up to the Games.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 2 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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The sixth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit is coming to Tatamagouche April 28 to 30. The Summit is a celebration of Nova Scotia's hiking culture, and includes sharing best practices, stories and networking. Attendees include avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others. The deadline to register is April 24th, with a cost $30 for paid Hike Nova Scotia members and $40 for non-members. Events include nine guided hikes in the area. The program, directions and other details can be found here. 
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Tickets are now on sale for the World Junior A Challenge, coming to the Rath Eastlink Centre in Truro this December. There will be six teams and thirteen games from December 10th to 16th, featuring the best in Junior A hockey from around the world, and what are sure to be a well-rounded group of future NHL stars. Organizers say full-tournament packages are the only way to secure reserved seating and they're priced at $175. They're available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, in-person at the Rath Eastlink Centre or by calling 1-888-311-9090.
Organizers say anyone who buys the $175 pass but can't attend all games can donate those tickets back, and the committee will ensure they're given to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. This is the third time the World Junior A Challenge has been held in Nova Scotia. Event Chair Dave Ritcey said in January that the tournament is expected to inject between $2 million and $3 million to the local economy.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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Time is running out to sign up for the Miss Miles 5K on May 14th. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Bobby Ryan scored the winner on a power play 5:43 into overtime as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 4-3. (Senators lead series 2-1)
Tyler Bozak scored the overtime winner and Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist as the Leafs defeated Washington 4-3. (Maple Leafs lead series 2-1)
Kevin Fiala scored on a backhander 16:44 into overtime, and the Nashville Predators rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period to push the Blackhawks to the brink of elimination with a 3-2 victory. (Predators lead series 3-0)
Corey Perry scored the overtime winner for the Anaheim Ducks in a 5-4 playoff win over the Calgary Flames. Perry's sharp-angled shot at 1:30 in the extra period deflected off bodies and by Flames goaltender Brian Elliott. (Ducks lead series 3-0)
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NBA Playoffs
Cleveland 117 Indiana 111 (Cavaliers lead series 2-0)
San Antonio 96 Memphis 82 (Spurs lead the series 2-0)
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MLB
American League

Boston 4 Tampa Bay 3
N.Y. Yankees 7 Chicago White Sox 4
Houston 3 L.A. Angels 0
Cleveland 3 Minnesota 1
Texas 7 Oakland 0
National League
St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 1
Atlanta 5 San Diego 4
Milwaukee 6 Chicago Cubs 3
Arizona 4 L.A. Dodgers 2
Interleague
Seattle 6 Miami 1


FLOUR RECALL EXPANDED AGAIN
Monday 17th April 2017
A nationwide recall of Robin Hood Flour due to concerns of E. coli contamination has been expanded to cover more brands. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has advised those with the affected bags either throw them out or return them for a refund. The expanded list is on our website.


TWO VEHICLE COLLISION IN NEW GLASGOW GOOD FRIDAY
Monday 17th April 2017
New Glasgow Regional Police say a 65-year-old woman was sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a two-vehicle collision Friday morning. Police, fire crews, and EHS responded to the scene after a 911 call just after 11 a.m. Constable Ken MacDonald says the woman was travelling north on Abercrombie Road, while a 75-year-old man was travelling east on Elm Street. The vehicles collided near the intersection, and had to be towed from the scene. The man, who was not injured, has since been charged with failing to yield.


ANNAPOLIS VALLEY WOMAN BANNED FROM OWNING ANIMALS
Monday 17th April 2017
The Nova Scotia SPCA says a 58-year-old Kings County woman has been handed a lifetime ban from owning animals after pleading guilty to one count of causing an animal to be in distress. Officials removed 18 cats from the New Minas area home property last August after someone had contacted the SPCA. The home was filled with debris, and officials wore full hazmat suits and respirators due to the severity of the hoarding. It took around three and a half months to remove all of the cats from the property, and the SPCA says several skeletal and intact animal remains were also discovered. The SPCA says the cats were suffering from a number of medical ailments, including parasitic infestation and malnutrition, but all were rehabilitated and adopted.


COCAINE BUST IN GOLD RIVER
Monday 17th April 2017
Two Lunenburg County men have been charged following a drug bust in Gold River. Police executed a search warrant at a home in the community Saturday morning and made the arrests. A search of the residence led to the seizure of cocaine, cash, scales, and packaging materials. 48-year-old Steven Joseph Pennell is due in court tomorrow for a bail hearing and has been charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. The second man has been released, but RCMP say further charges in the case are possible as they continue to investigate.


MANY GRASS FIRES ON THE WEEKEND
Monday 17th April 2017
Fire crews were kept busy around the province dealing with grass fires. They are remainding people to be extra careful and pay attention to restrictions on burning when cleaning up their properties. Saturday saw three fires in the Stewiacke area at the same time, including a fairly big one in the Milford area covering a couple of acres. In the Halifax area, Dennis Pitts, an acting division commander with Halifax Fire, said crews received several calls for brush or grass fires Saturday. 


MORE MEXICANS SEEKING ASYLUM IN CANADA
Monday 17th April 2017
The number of people seeking asylum in Canada from Mexico continues to rise. New figures from the Immigration and Refugee Board show that March recorded the highest number yet of new claims in 2017 — 110, up from 85 in February and 71 in January, for a total of 266 so far this year. In all of 2016, there were just 241, statistics from the IRB show. Last December, the Liberal government lifted a requirement for Mexicans to obtain a visa before travelling to Canada and an increase in claims was forecast. The volume of asylum seekers from Mexico had been the reason the previous government began to require visas in 2009, but the move caused diplomatic bad blood between the two countries. The federal Liberals had promised to remove the requirement and doing so was given new impetus given the impending renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Still, in lifting the visa, Canada told the Mexican government that if asylum claims reached a certain level, the visa could be reinstated. That figure has never been publicly released, but the current claim level is believed to be well below the threshold.


TREATMENT OF CHECHEN GAYS "REPREHENSIBLE": FREELAND
Monday 17th April 2017
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs called the alleged detention and killings of gay and bisexual men in Chechnya "reprehensible," as LGBT rights groups called on the international community to act. In a statement released Saturday, Chrystia Freeland called on Russian authorities to investigate the reports and "to immediately ensure the safety of all persons in Chechnya who may be at risk due to their sexual orientation." The allegations that up to 100 men are being detained prompted a protest outside the Russian embassy in London on Wednesday. Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta has reported that at least three of those men have been killed in secret prisons described as "concentration camps." A spokesman for Ramzan Kadyrov, president of the southern Russian region of Chechnya and a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was quoted by Russia's Interfax news agency as denying the alleged abuses have taken place. There have also been calls from religious leaders for families to protect family honour by killing the son or brother who is detained and released. A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Kremlin does not have confirmed information on the violence targeting the LGBT community.


PROTESTS FOLLOW TURKISH REFERENDUM VOTE
Monday 17th April 2017
The result of the referendum that grants sweeping new powers to the president of Turkey is valid, according to the head of the electoral body. Sadi Guven was speaking after the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) cited irregularities, including the use of unstamped ballot papers. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's push for an executive presidency succeeded with just over 51% of the vote. The win was met with both celebrations and protests across Turkey. The CHP has demanded a recount of 60% of the votes. But Mr Guven told reporters on Monday the unstamped ballot papers had been produced by the High Electoral Board and were valid. He said a similar procedure had been used in past elections. Three of Turkey's biggest cities - Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir - all voted No to the constitutional changes. Opposition supporters took to the streets of Istanbul to bang pots and pans - a traditional form of protest - in a series of noisy demonstrations. Meanwhile, flag-waving supporters of Mr Erdogan celebrated as their president praised them for their "historic decision" that could keep him in office until 2029. International observers will give their verdict today - that could embolden or weaken the opposition's case and determine how Turkey's western allies will respond.


SPORTS APRIL 17 ***UPDATED 9:05am***
Monday 17th April 2017
Two local runners are participating in one of the most prestigious marathons in the world today. Dave Hood and Donald Sexton, both from Stellarton, are two of the 114 runners from Nova Scotia, and roughly 30,000 entrants total. Both Hood and Sexton are in Wave 2 of the starters, which means they will cross the start line with the group that departs at 11:25am AT.
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Now that the Aecon Atlantic Scotians are the provincial Junior B Hockey Champions, the next step is Fredericton and the Don Johnson Memorial Cup beginning 25 April. The Atlantic Canadian Junior B Championship will feature the host Fredericton Caps, the Southern Shore Breakers of Newfoundland, Cap Pele Predators as New Brunswick Champs, the PEI Champions who are still to be determined, and the Scotians.
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Lucia MacKay will be the sole Pictou County representative on Nova Scotia's U17 Women's Basketball team at the Canada Games in Winnipeg this summer. MacKay tells NG News that the Canada Games, which are only held every four years, is something she's had in the back of her mind for a while. In addition to the Games, which begin July 28, the team will have the chance to take part in tournaments as preparation including one in Chicago and another in New Brunswick. She will also be taking part in practices every weekend leading up to the Games.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 2 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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Tickets are now on sale for the World Junior A Challenge, coming to the Rath Eastlink Centre in Truro this December. There will be six teams and thirteen games from December 10th to 16th, featuring the best in Junior A hockey from around the world, and what are sure to be a well-rounded group of future NHL stars. Organizers say full-tournament packages are the only way to secure reserved seating and they're priced at $175. They're available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, in-person at the Rath Eastlink Centre or by calling 1-888-311-9090.
Organizers say anyone who buys the $175 pass but can't attend all games can donate those tickets back, and the committee will ensure they're given to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. This is the third time the World Junior A Challenge has been held in Nova Scotia. Event Chair Dave Ritcey said in January that the tournament is expected to inject between $2 million and $3 million to the local economy.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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Time is running out to sign up for the Miss Miles 5K on May 14th. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Zack Kassian scored midway through the third period, Cam Talbot made 23 saves in his second straight shutout and the Edmonton Oilers beat the San Jose Sharks 1-0 in Game 3. (Oilers lead series 2-1)
Carey Price made 20 saves to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers. (Canadiens lead series 2-1)
Jaden Schwartz scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and Jake Allen made 40 saves to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. (Blues lead series 3-0)
Jake Guentzel had a hat trick, including a goal at 13:10 of overtime, to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-4 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets. (Penguins lead series 3-0)
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NBA Playoffs
Washington 114 Atlanta 107 (Wizards lead series 1-0)
Golden State 121 Portland 109 (Warriors lead series 1-0)
Chicago 106 Boston 102 (Bulls lead series 1-0)
Houston 118 Oklahoma City 87 (Rockets lead series 1-0)
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MLB
American League

Baltimore 11 Toronto 4
Detroit 4 Cleveland 1
Boston 7 Tampa Bay 5
Kansas City 1 L.A. Angels 0
Houston at Oakland, ppd.
Chicago White Sox 3 Minnesota 1 (10 innings)
Seattle 8 Texas 7
National League
Miami 4 N.Y. Mets 2
Milwaukee 4 Cincinnati 2
Atlanta 9 San Diego 2
Washington 6 Philadelphia 4
Pittsburgh 6 Chicago Cubs 1
Colorado 4 San Francisco 3
Arizona 3 L.A. Dodgers 1
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 9 St. Louis 3


MP FRASER ANNOUNCES INVESTMENTS IN SENIORS
Sunday 16th April 2017
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser announced on Saturday that eleven seniors organizations and projects in Central Nova will receive a combined total of over $192,000, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. These funds will be used for a variety of local projects through the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. At the Royal Canadian Legion in Sherbrooke, MP Fraser announced that the eleven projects and organizations in Central Nova would be receiving a total of $192,109. During the event, he shared the specifics of six projects, with details on the remaining five to be announced next Sunday at 2:00pm at the Harbour Lites New Horizon Seniors Centre, and Saturday April 29 at 10:00am at the MacPherson’s Mills Community Centre.


HUMAN REMAINS DISCOVERED IN SYDNEY
Sunday 16th April 2017
Police say human remains have been found in woods in Sydney. Two people out for a walk in the Ash Street area of the city found what appeared to be human remains at around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and called the police. The remains and clothing were found by police in a wooded area at the end of the street. The major crime and identification units responded to help patrol officers at the scene, and a member of the medical examiner's office also assisted. The remains were removed and an autopsy will take place in Halifax on Monday. Cape Breton Regional Police Staff Sgt. Reg Hutchings said they expect the results by the end of that day. There are currently four men listed as missing on the Cape Breton Regional Police website, but Hutchings said they don't know yet if the remains are connected to any of those cases or if there was any foul play.


TWO ALLEGED CON ARTISTS ARRESTED OFF NFLD FERRY
Sunday 16th April 2017
Two people from Toronto have been arrested in North Sydney and charged for their alleged involvement in numerous frauds and thefts from Ontario to Newfoundland. The 33 year-old woman and 42 year-old man face dozens of charges from their arrest last Sunday. Nova Scotia RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jennifer Clarke said the duo had just taken a Marine Atlantic ferry from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary told the RCMP that the two were on board. After the ferry arrived, police found the two were in possession of a lot of stolen items, including stolen IDs, some wallets, a purse, credit cards and other personal items. Police also seized a rental truck. The man faces 33 charges, including 18 counts of possession of property obtained by crime, three counts of breaching probation, two counts of forgery and one count of carrying a prohibited weapon. The woman faces 25 charges, mostly related to possession of property obtained through crime. Clarke said police forces in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick and Ontario are working together to identify the owners of the stolen property. She said if people suspect they might have lost items in a recent theft, they should contact their local police department. The man and woman appeared in Provincial Court in Sydney on April 10 and have been remanded into custody until their next court appearance April 18.


NORTH KOREA MISSILE LAUNCH FAILS
Sunday 16th April 2017
South Korean and US military officials say North Korea has failed to launch a missile on its east coast, a day after Pyongyang warned the US amid rising tension in the region. The US said a ballistic missile exploded within seconds of the launch. Hours earlier, North Korea paraded what appeared to be long-range ballistic missiles at a major military display. It has already conducted five nuclear tests and a series of missile launches in contravention of UN resolutions. The latest development comes as US Vice-President Mike Pence heads to the South Korean capital, Seoul, where he is expected to discuss the best way to deal with North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes. One unnamed US official said it was unlikely to have been an intercontinental missile, but investigations were continuing. North Korea frequently tests missiles, in contravention of UN resolutions. The success rate has been improving but its record is still hit and miss. Tension continues to rise in the Korean Peninsula with a US aircraft carrier group steaming towards the region. Mike Pence's long-planned 10-day trip marks his first official visit to the region, where he is expected to reaffirm the US commitment to stand by its regional allies. It comes as Washington steps up the pressure on the isolated North, with President Donald Trump saying that the US is ready to act alone to deal with the nuclear threat.


SPORTS APRIL 16 *UPDATED 10:55 AM*
Sunday 16th April 2017
The Pictou County Invasion Volleyball team won Bronze this weekend in the Armview Storm U14 Invitational Tournament in Spryfield. Congrats to the girls Katie Crawford, Emily Giles,Keeley Stevenson,Georgie Gunn, Rory Thompson , Maddie MacIntyre, Taylar Austin, Maddie MacDonald and Meg Maxner and coach Leonard Thompson.
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For the first time since 1973, the provincial Junior B Hockey Champions come from Pictou County. In a game played before one of the largest crowds ever to see a game at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the Aecon Atlantic Scotians defeated the Liverpool Privateers 8-5 on Friday to win the NSJHL Championship Series 4 games to 2. It is the first title in the 23 year history of the Scotians organization. Along with being the NSJHL and provincial Junior B Champions, the Scotians will now advance to the Don Johnson Memorial Cup in Fredericton beginning 25 April. The Atlantic Canadian Junior B Championship will feature the host Fredericton Caps, the Southern Shore Breakers of Newfoundland, Cap Pele Predators as New Brunswick Champs, the PEI Champions who are still to be determined, and the Scotians.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 2 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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Tickets are now on sale for the World Junior A Challenge, coming to the Rath Eastlink Centre in Truro this December. There will be six teams and thirteen games from December 10th to 16th, featuring the best in Junior A hockey from around the world, and what are sure to be a well-rounded group of future NHL stars. Organizers say full-tournament packages are the only way to secure reserved seating and they're priced at $175. They're available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, in-person at the Rath Eastlink Centre or by calling 1-888-311-9090.
Organizers say anyone who buys the $175 pass but can't attend all games can donate those tickets back, and the committee will ensure they're given to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. This is the third time the World Junior A Challenge has been held in Nova Scotia. Event Chair Dave Ritcey said in January that the tournament is expected to inject between $2 million and $3 million to the local economy.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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There are less than 100 spots left for Miss Miles 5k running event on May 14th and those will likely sell out very quickly so don’t wait, register today and join the other 600 participants who have already signed up! You won’t want to miss all the fun. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Ryan Getzlaf was credited with the winning power-play goal with 4:46 remaining, John Gibson made 35 saves and the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2. (Ducks lead series 2-0)
Dion Phaneuf scored the overtime winner as the Ottawa Senators beat the Boston Bruins 4-3. (Series tied 1-1)
Kasperi Kapanen scored two goals, including the winner 12 minutes into double overtime as The Toronto Maple Leafs evened up their series with The Washington Capitals with a 4-3 victory. (Series tied 1-1)
Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in his second straight shutout and picked up two assists, helping the Nashville Predators pound the Chicago Blackhawks 5-0. (Predators lead series 2-0)
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NBA Playoffs
The Toronto Raptors' Game 1 curse lives on. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points and eight rebounds to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to a shocking 97-83 victory over the Raptors. (Bucks lead series 1-0)
Cleveland 109 Indiana 108 (Cavaliers lead series 1-0)
San Antonio 111 Memphis 82 (Spurs lead series 1-0)
Utah 97 L.A. Clippers 95 (Jazz lead series 1-0)
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MLB
American League

Toronto 2 Baltimore 1
Minnesota 6 Chicago White Sox 0
Boston 2 Tampa Bay 1
Houston 10 Oakland 6
Cleveland 13 Detroit 6
Kansas City 3 L.A. Angels 2
Seattle 5 Texas 0
National League
Philadelphia 4 Washington 2
Cincinnati 7 Milwaukee 5
Pittsburgh 8 Chicago Cubs 7
Colorado 5 San Francisco 0
Atlanta 4 San Diego 2
Miami 5 N.Y. Mets 4
L.A. Dodgers 8 Arizona 4
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 3 St. Louis 2


APRIL THE GIRAFFE GIVES BIRTH
Saturday 15th April 2017
The wait is over. The internet sensation that has been the pregnancy of April the Giraffe has wrapped up as the calf was born at 10:55am AT. The Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York has become a global focal point as people have been watching the late stages of the pregnancy for weeks. The 15-year old giraffe gave birth to her fourth calf, and while measurements have not been taken, it is expected to weigh in at about 150 pounds and be roughly 6 feet tall. The gender of the calf has also not been announced yet.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 15 APRIL
Saturday 15th April 2017
For the first time since 1973, the provincial Junior B Hockey Champions come from Pictou County. In a game played before one of the largest crowds ever to see a game at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, the Aecon Atlantic Scotians defeated the Liverpool Privateers 8-5 to win the NSJHL Championship Series 4 games to 2. Riley Cameron led the way for the Scotians with a hat trick and an assist, finishing the playoffs with 26 points, and was named the playoff MVP. It is the first title in the 23 year history of the Scotians organization. Along with being the NSJHL and provincial Junior B Champions, the Scotians will now advance to the Don Johnson Memorial Cup in Fredericton beginning 25 April. The Atlantic Canadian Junior B Championship will feature the host Fredericton Caps, the Southern Shore Breakers of Newfoundland, Cap Pele Predators as New Brunswick Champs, the PEI Champions who are still to be determined, and the Scotians.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 2 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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Tickets are now on sale for the World Junior A Challenge, coming to the Rath Eastlink Centre in Truro this December. There will be six teams and thirteen games from December 10th to 16th, featuring the best in Junior A hockey from around the world, and what are sure to be a well-rounded group of future NHL stars. Organizers say full-tournament packages are the only way to secure reserved seating and they're priced at $175. They're now available at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, in-person at the Rath Eastlink Centre or by calling 1-888-311-9090. Organizers say anyone who buys the $175 pass but can't attend all games can donate those tickets back, and the committee will ensure they're given to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. This is the third time the World Junior A Challenge has been held in Nova Scotia. Event Chair Dave Ritcey said in January that the tournament is expected to inject between $2 million and $3 million to the local economy.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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NEW GLASGOW NEWS AND TRURO DAILY NEWS AMONG PAPERS BEING SOLD
Friday 14th April 2017
Saltwire CEO Mark Lever says all 650 Transcontinental Newspaper and online employees in this region will be offered jobs “in the same capacity with the same salary and same benefits that they have now.”
Saltwire is the Chronicle Herald's parent company. The deal includes The News here in New Glasgow, The Cape Breton Post, the Truro Daily News plus The Charlottetown Guardian and the Summerside Journal-Pioneer in P.E.I., all of which are daily newspapers along with more than two dozen weeklies.
There may be upheaval in the Atlantic Canadian newspaper industry with news of the Herald snapping up dozens of new titles, but for independent publications it seems to be business as usual.
Andrew Brooks is the publisher and editor for The Victoria Standard, a bi-monthly paper in Baddeck, and says things won't be changing in his small operation.
Despite that, there is broader concern there are not enough independent media outlets serving local communities.
It's worth noting that Hector Broadcasting, which owns East Coast FM and Classic Rock 97.9 is one of the remaining independent newsrooms in Nova Scotia.
Meanwhile, The only New Brunswick newspaper being purchased as part of this week's Saltwire buy-out is The Sackville Tribune-Post. Lever says SaltWire does not intend to venture further into the picture province, whose media landscape is dominated by the Irvings.


APPEAL REJECTED IN SAUNDERS CASE
Thursday 13th April 2017
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from a woman who says she was panicked when she pleaded guilty two years ago to murdering Saint Mary's University student Loretta Saunders. Victoria Henneberry, who represented herself, had asked the court to overturn her second-degree murder conviction. Saunders's body was found on the side of a New Brunswick highway in February 2014. Saunders had been killed at a Halifax apartment she was subletting to Henneberry and Blake Leggette. Leggette pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death.


CHRISTOPHER GARNIER BACK OUT ON BAIL
Thursday 13th April 2017
The man charged with second-degree murder in the death of off-duty Truro police officer Catherine Campbell is once again out on bail. Christopher Garnier was initially released on bail in December with conditions that he remain at his father's condo in Bedford or his mother's home in Cape Breton when he wasn't at work or in the company of a surety. But police allege he did not answer the door of his mother's house when police checked to see if he was home on the weekend of Feb. 18. He was arrested the following day and charged with breaching his bail conditions. Last week, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski ruled that the Crown failed to prove Garnier breached his bail conditions. In a hearing this week, Judge Bill Digby clarified one aspect of Garnier's release conditions - a stipulation that he is permitted to leave his father's or mother's home for a two-hour period each week to attend to personal needs. At the hearing, Digby specified that those personal needs include banking, groceries or matters of personal hygiene. Other conditions include that Garnier report every Wednesday and Friday to Halifax police, that he remain in Nova Scotia, abstain from drugs and alcohol, have no firearms or weapons and have no contact with potential witnesses. The Crown consented to his release. The murder trial is set for November.


PROVINCE BUILDING MORE RADIO TOWERS FOR EMERGENCY NETWORK
Thursday 13th April 2017
Nova Scotia is helping firefighters, ground search and rescue crews, medical first responders and the RCMP in rural areas better communicate during an emergency. internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis announced today an investment of one-point-six million dollars to add four new radio towers to the network used by public safety agencies and volunteers. The locations of the new sites are River John, Springhill, Port Mouton in Queens County, and Gore in Hants County. Kousoulis says improving radio coverage for first responders and public safety agencies is an investment in the health and safety of Nova Scotians.


CHRONICLE HERALD COMPANY BUYING 28 EAST COAST NEWSPAPERS *UPDATED 10:40 AM*
Thursday 13th April 2017
A big shakeup in the newspaper business, as Canada's oldest, independently owned newspaper is buying all Transcontinental papers in Atlantic Canada. In a news release, Transcontinental said all of its news outlets in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador had been sold to SaltWire Network Inc., a media group that publishes The Chronicle Herald. The sale includes 28 publications on the East Coast including NG News and the website novanewsnow.com. But Transcontinental says it will retain two printing plants in the region including the Halifax plant on Ragged Lake Boulevard and one in Borden-Carleton, P.E.I.  According to the release, 650 Transcontinental employees are part of the transaction and will receive offers from SaltWire. However, the details of those contracts are not yet known. Meanwhile, the union representing striking workers at the Chronicle Herald's newsroom says that today's expansion stands in stark contrast to the message they have been receiving during negotiations. Halifax Typographical Union president Ingrid Bulmer said in a release that they were repeatedly told the paper's demise was imminent if it didn’t immediately cut wages and other benefits. The union has been on strike for nearly a year and a half.


FIREFIGHTERS HOLD ANNUAL "FILL THE BOOT" CAMPAIGN FOR MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
Thursday 13th April 2017
Firefighters from 22 departments will be at 15 different locations throughout Pictou County today and Saturday, collecting donations for their annual Easter “Fill the Boot” campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. In addition to the numerous fundraising events firefighters conduct throughout the year for Muscular Dystrophy Canada, they are also ambassadors for the cause. Through education, support, and media relations, firefighters generate public awareness of muscular dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy is the name given to a group of more than 150 types of neuromuscular disorders characterized by the wasting away and progressive weakness of the voluntary muscles that control voluntary movement. No cure currently exists.


HEALTH AUTHORITY SAYS THEY WANT TO WORK WITH DOCTORS TO IMPROVE HEALTHCARE
Thursday 13th April 2017
Nova Scotia's top health official, Denise Perret, told a legislature committee Wednesday she was open to the suggestions being offered by Doctors Nova Scotia in two reports the group just released. In all, the doctors' group made 11 recommendations aimed at fixing the province's health-care system, including leaving it to doctors to decide how they want to practise — alone or as part of a team; exploring new ways of paying doctors, beyond fee for service or a salary; and a fully integrated e-health system. Although the reports did not express specific concerns about doctors being forced to change their practices, it's clear from the recommendations that some doctors are worried about being forced into practising differently. The doctors' group expressed more direct concern over the future of walk-in clinics. Doctors Nova Scotia said the clinics should continue to exist, given the thousands of Nova Scotia families who are without a doctor. Speaking to reporters after testifying before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Perret said the health authority is not forcing everyone into collaborative practice, but rather emphasizing the importance of collaborative practices." She said walk-in clinics would also continue.


BUDGET OFFICER CONCERNED ABOUT INDEPENDENCE UNDER NEW LAW
Thursday 13th April 2017
Canada's first parliamentary budget officer is raising concerns with proposed Liberal legislation that he says would diminish the office's independence. The budget implementation bill, introduced on Tuesday, would make the federal watchdog an independent Officer of Parliament, set the officer's term at seven years, ensure the office has expanded access to data and enable it to estimate the costs of any election platform proposal — at the request of political parties. But Kevin Page, who was PBO from 2008 to 2013, is particularly worried about a proposal mandating the PBO to submit its annual work plans to the Speakers of the Senate and the House of Commons for approval. He says the PBO's work risks getting mixed up in partisan games. While not against submitting a work plan for the sake of oversight, Page said he's not convinced a partisan position like the Speaker of the House should be the one to rubber stamp it. Another point of contention is a section that would only allow MPs to ask for estimates on legislation they've introduced. It would also accept requests from committees, where memberships are usually weighted in favour of the government of the day. The proposed changes would also prevent the PBO from making a report public until a day after it provides it to the parliamentary committee that requested the research or to the Speakers, a possible problem during break weeks. Page did say he's encouraged by a proposal to allow the office to cost election promises and he's happy the tabled bill fulfills a 2015 election pledge by making the PBO an Officer of Parliament.


FLOUR RECALL EXPANDS TO NEW BRANDS
Thursday 13th April 2017
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has broadened a national flour recall over further fears of E. coli contamination. The initial recall issued on March 28 applied only to Robin Hood flour sold in four provinces in Western Canada. The inspection agency extended the recall countrywide a week later. On Wednesday, CIFA widened the recall to include products sold under the Brodie, Creative Baker and Golden Temple brands, as well as Robin Hood. The recalled products include:
Brodie self-raising cake and pastry flour, 1 kg. Production code 6 291 548 with best-before date of Jan. 17, 2018. UPC 0 59000 01484 5.
Creative Baker all-purpose flour, 20 kg. Production code 6 291 SK with best-before date of Oct. 17, 2017. UPC 6 28622 10142 6.
Creative Baker whole wheat flour, 10 kg. Production code 6 292 SK with best-before date of April 18, 2017. UPC 6 28622 10131 0.
Golden Temple Sooji creamy wheat, 2 kg. Production code 6 292 548 with best-before date of Jan. 18, 2018. UPC 0 59000 01552 1.
Robin Hood all-purpose flour, 1 kg. Production code 6 288 548 with best-before date of April 14, 2018. UPC 0 59000 01632 0.
Robin Hood all-purpose flour, 1 kg. Production code 6 289 548 with best-before date of April 15, 2018. UPC 0 59000 01632 0.
Robin Hood all-purpose flour, 1 kg. Production code 6 290 548 with best-before date of April 16, 2018. UPC 0 59000 01632 0.
Robin Hood all-purpose flour, 1 kg, Production code 6 291 548 with best-before date of April 17, 2018. UPC 0 59000 01632 0.
Robin Hood all-purpose flour, 10 kg. Production code 6 288 548 with best-before date of April 14, 2018. UPC 0 59000 01652 8.
Robin Hood all-purpose flour, 10 kg. Production code 6 289 548 with best-before date of April 15, 2018. UPC 0 59000 01652 8.
Robin Hood all-purpose flour, 10 kg. Production code 6 292 548 with best-before date of April 18, 2018. UPC 0 59000 01652 8.
According to CIFA, the recall was triggered during its investigation into a food-borne illness outbreak. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store. At least 26 people across Canada have been infected with the dangerous bacteria. Two Alberta law firms announced this week they were filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of people who bought or consumed Robin Hood flour and became ill. For more information on the recall, visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website.


SPORTS APRIL 13
Thursday 13th April 2017
The Pictou County Scotians lead 3-2 in the NS Junior Hockey league finals. The Scotians could wrap it up on Friday night at 7:00 at the Wellness Centre – if not, they'll get another chance Saturday night in Liverpool. The Scotians are looking to FILL the rink on Friday night as they have a chance to win the title on home ice. To help make that happen, they will allow anyone 14 and under to come to the game free, if accompanied by an adult and a small donation of a non-perishable food item or cash for the local food banks. The Scotians will also be donating $500 to the Food Banks to add their support. They are also guaranteeing the 50/50 will be worth at least $1000.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 2 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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Tickets are on sale for the World Junior A Challenge, coming to the RECC in Truro in December. There will be six teams and thirteen games from December 10th to 16th, featuring the best in Junior A hockey from around the world, and what are sure to be many future NHL stars. Organizers say full-tournament packages, the only way to secure reserved seating, are $175. They're available beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. at HockeyCanada.ca/Tickets, in-person at the RECC, or by calling 1-888-311-9090. Organizers say anyone who buys the $175 pass but can't attend all games can donate those tickets back, and the committee will ensure they're given to those who might not otherwise be able to attend. This is the third time the World Junior A Challenge has been held in Nova Scotia. Event Chair Dave Ritcey said in January that the tournament is expected to inject between $2 million and $3 million to the local economy.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is at the Westville Town Office Gym April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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There are less than 100 spots left for Miss Miles 5k running event on May 14th and those will likely sell out very quickly so don’t wait, register today and join the other 600 participants who have already signed up! You won’t want to miss all the fun. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL Playoffs
Tanner Glass scored in the first period and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves as the New York Rangers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-0 in the opening game of their NHL playoff series.
Brad Marchand broke a tie with 2:33 left and the Boston Bruins held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1.
Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots in a surprise start in place of injured Matt Murray and the Pittsburgh Penguins opened their Stanley Cup title defence with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Jake Allen made a career-high 51 saves, Joel Edmundson scored for St. Louis at 17:48 of overtime and the Blues sneaked into Minnesota to steal Game 1 of their first-round series from the Wild with a 2-1 victory.
The San Jose Sharks came back to beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 in Game 1 of their series.
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NBA
Boston 112 Milwaukee 94
Chicago 112 Brooklyn 73
Dallas 100 Memphis 93
Denver 111 Oklahoma City 105
Houston 123 Minnesota 118
Indiana 104 Atlanta 86
Miami 110 Washington 102
New York 114 Philadelphia 113
Orlando 113 Detroit 109
Toronto 98 Cleveland 83
Utah 101 San Antonio 97
Golden State 109 L.A. Lakers 94
L.A. Clippers 115 Sacramento 95
New Orleans 103 Portland 100
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MLB
Interleague

Chase Anderson gave up just three hits in seven innings as the Milwaukee Brewers blanked Toronto 2-0, handing the Blue Jays their seventh loss in eight games this season.
American League
N.Y. Yankees 8 Tampa Bay 4
Detroit 5 Minnesota 3
Chicago White Sox 2 Cleveland 1
Baltimore 12 Boston 5
Oakland 8 Kansas City 3
Texas 8 L.A. Angels 3
Houston 10 Seattle 5
National League
San Diego 6 Colorado 0
St. Louis 6 Washington 1
Cincinnati 9 Pittsburgh 2
N.Y. Mets 5 Philadelphia 4
Atlanta 5 Miami 4
L.A. Dodgers 2 Chicago Cubs 0
San Francisco 6 Arizona 2


FOUR YEAR PRISON SENTENCE FOR IMPAIRED DRIVER WHO KILLED HIS PASSENGER
Wednesday 12th April 2017
A man who pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death will spend four years in prison. Twenty-six year old Marc-Andre Doucet admitted to killing 24-year old Jennifer Brewer when his car hit a rock, rolled, and left the road near a river running through downtown Fredericton last June. Brewer's body was recovered from the Saint John River two days later. Doucet was sentenced this morning to the four year prison sentence. The sentence was a joint recommendation of the Crown and Defense in exchange for the guilty plea made last month.


THIRD TIME'S A PROBLEM IN IMPAIRED DRIVING ARRESTS
Wednesday 12th April 2017
A 54-year old woman has been arrested three times in three weeks for impaired driving, and the most recent incident also included a collision and an attempt to ram a police car. The woman from Lower Sackville was seen driving the wrong way on Sackville Drive on Monday evening. She then turned onto Cobequid Road, where police say there was a head-on collision with a second vehicle. Police say the woman drove away from the scene, causing a third vehicle to swerve and suffer minor damage. There were no injuries in these incidents. When police found her parked in a parking lot nearby, she tried to ram the police car, but the officer was able to avoid the collision. The woman made an appearance in Dartmouth court, and was released on conditions, including that she return to court next month.


HENNEBERRY BEGINS APPEAL TO OVERTURN GUILTY PLEA IN SAUNDERS MURDER
Wednesday 12th April 2017
A woman who pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of Saint Mary's University student Loretta Saunders is representing herself in front of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal as she tries to have that conviction overturned. Victoria Henneberry is not off to a great start, however, as the first thing she did this morning was ask for a delay because she showed up without any documents. The Crown provided Henneberry with copies of all of the necessary paperwork, and the hearing finally began about an hour ago. The hearing, where Henneberry is trying to argue that she was not mentally fit to enter a plea, is scheduled to continue for the rest of the afternoon and into tomorrow.


PC'S GO ON ATTACK OVER MORE LIBERAL SPENDING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Wednesday 12th April 2017
While many in the province are expecting an announcement from the Liberals regarding the dates for an impending election, the announcements that are being made are for spending on more and more projects. Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie is expressing his criticism of two more announcements from yesterday related to health-care spending in Bridgewater and Pugwash, saying the spending has “gone from the ridiculous to the bizarre.” These announcements bring the total money spent since 1 March up to just under 80-million dollars.


ATLANTIC CLEAN ENERGY PARTNERSHIP ESTABLISHED
Wednesday 12th April 2017
The four Atlantic Canadian Premiers met earlier today in Saint John, and one of the outcomes of the meeting is the establishment of the Atlantic Clean Energy Partnership. Premier Stephen McNeil says the Atlantic Provinces are committed to working together to ensure a clean energy future and to support innovation and job creation as the region transitions to a new, clean energy economy. The Atlantic Clean Energy Partnership will see the provinces working together, in partnership with the Government of Canada, to identify opportunities to improve the region's energy sector. These objectives are aligned with the goals of the Atlantic Growth Strategy, to support innovative and resource-based industries and increase job opportunities for Atlantic Canadians.


NEW DISPATCH SYSTEM FOR SEARCH & RESCUE ANNOUNCED
Wednesday 12th April 2017
Ground search and rescue teams are now able to respond faster when help is needed. A new provincewide dispatch system, based in Schubenacadie, can send requests for help to every member of a team, or several teams, at one time. The dispatch system cost 69-thousand dollars. The cost was shared among the federal government, the province and volunteers. More than 13-hundred volunteer ground search and rescue members respond to about 50 lost person searches in the province each year.


SURPRISE GUILTY PLEA IN MALL ATTACK CASE
Wednesday 12th April 2017
An American woman has pleaded guilty in a plot to kill shoppers at a Halifax mall on Valentine's Day. Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath of Geneva, Illinois, was one of three people involved in the 2015 plan to use rifles and gas bombs on people at the Halifax Shopping Centre's food court. Chris Hansen, a spokeswoman for the public prosecution service, says the 25-year-old woman caught prosecutors off guard when she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder during a routine appearance before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Tuesday. Sentencing for Souvannarath has been scheduled for Oct. 5 and 6. One of the trio of plotters, Randall Steven Shepherd, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced this week to a decade in jail. An agreed statement of facts in that case said that Souvannarath and James Gamble, a 19-year-old friend of Shepherd's, had planned to attack the mall. Gamble committed suicide before he could arrested by police.


GRASS FIRE IN LITTLE HARBOUR AREA
Wednesday 12th April 2017
Soft road conditions made it complicated for firefighters battling a grass fire off the Chance Harbour Road. Little Harbour Fire Department, with the assistance of Pictou Landing, Trenton and the Department of Natural Resources, was called to a grass fire that entered woods on Cameron Farm Lane around 4pm Tuesday. The fire had destroyed an outbuilding in a wooded area, but fire trucks could not travel down the lane due to the soft mud. Instead, fire hoses were transported on half-ton trucks and connected one to another until they reached the fire truck waiting on solid ground. The Department of Natural Resources remind people that wildfire season is now underway, and that grass should never be deliberately burnt. Check the BurnSafe website for counties where burning domestic brush or campfires is permitted or restricted.


NDP SAYS HUB SCHOOL PROPOSALS SHOULD BE GIVEN SAME CHANCE AS NEW LOUISBOURG PROPOSAL
Wednesday 12th April 2017
The NDP is calling on Minister of Education Karen Casey to give community hub school proposals a second chance. In a letter to the Cape Breton-Victoria School Board, Casey said that her department would provide funding for a pilot project for a hub school in Louisbourg that would be a partnership between the school board, the local community, and several community partners including Cape Breton University, the federal government, and the municipality. But there have been four other hub school proposals in the province, including River John, that were all rejected by their school boards because they did not meet the financial criteria.


PATIENT TESTIFIES IN CASE OF PILL-PRESCRIBING DOCTOR
Wednesday 12th April 2017
A former patient of a Nova Scotia doctor accused of drug trafficking and fraud says he did not receive pills even though records show they were prescribed to him. Merle Chase was testifying at the trial of Dr. Sarah Dawn Jones, who has pleaded not guilty to possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, drawing a document without authority and fraud. The Crown alleges Jones wrote prescriptions for 50,000 oxycodone and oxyneo pills to a hospital patient, but the drugs were diverted to the community. Court heard today that Jones prescribed oxyneo in Chase’s name multiple times in 2014, but the 68-year-old retired truck driver testified that he received only one bottle. Last week, the judge in the case ruled that information provided to a medical regulator would be excluded from the trial. The defence had argued a letter and interview Jones provided to the College of Physicians and Surgeons in September 2015 were provided under compulsion.


MUMPS CONFIRMED AT TWO HALIFAX-AREA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Wednesday 12th April 2017
Health officials in Halifax are warning parents with children enrolled at Shannon Park Elementary and Chebucto Heights Elementary that a case of mumps has surfaced in each school. The Nova Scotia Health Authority warns the schools may see new cases of mumps appear in the next few weeks. Mumps, which is not usually a serious disease, is a viral infection that is spread through saliva and mucus and transferred by coughing, sneezing or sharing food and drinks. Symptoms of mumps include: Pain or swelling of glands in the jaw; Fever, headaches or other body aches; Pain when swallowing or opening mouth. Dr. Trevor Arnason, the regional medical officer of health for Halifax, said it is common to see a case of mumps surface every now and then, and there is no evidence of an outbreak. The health authority said the best protection against mumps is vaccination but also stresses the importance of preventative care. Most school students are already vaccinated for mumps with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. If you are unsure of your vaccination history, the health authority recommends you visit your family doctor. The two doses of the MMR vaccine is available to anyone in Nova Scotia born after 1970 at no cost.


CBC ISSUES APOLOGY AFTER COMPLAINTS ABOUT HISTORICAL MINI-SERIES
Wednesday 12th April 2017
The CBC is apologizing in the wake of accusations of inaccuracies in its docu-drama Canada: The Story of Us. In an emailed statement, a spokesman for the public broadcaster acknowledges that "after the first two episodes, some people felt misrepresented." Chuck Thompson adds the network never intended "to offend anyone or any group, nor diminish the importance of any of the stories that were not included." Thompson says the CBC is listening to feedback on the series and is planning to host live digital conversations about it. The first conversation will take place online on the show's website, in English and French, after the next episode airs on April 18. Thompson says each broadcast will also include the perspectives of those who have sent emails, called in, or posted on social media with criticism. Premier Stephen McNeil is among those who have complained about the 10-hour series, which recounts Canada's history. He said the show was wrong to assert that the country's first permanent European settlement was established in 1608 near what is now Quebec City. McNeil said the history of Canada started three years earlier, when French explorer Samuel de Champlain founded a settlement at Port Royal, which is part of his riding. Politicians in Quebec and the mayor of Annapolis Royal have also denounced the show as a disrespectful and erroneous version of what really happened when Europeans first settled in Canada.


SPORTS APRIL 12 *CORRECTION 6:45 AM*
Wednesday 12th April 2017
The Pictou County Scotians now lead 3-2 in the NS Junior Hockey league finals after a 5-4 win in Liverpool, holding off a late surge by the Privateers in the dying minutes of the game. The Scotians could wrap it up on Friday night at 7:00 at the Wellness Centre – if not, they'll get another chance Saturday night in Liverpool.
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North Nova United Soccer is offering 3 nights of in person registration at the Stellarton Indoor complex. April 12, 18 & 21 from 6-8pm. You can also register online. Register early to take advantage of the early bird price.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park.
For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is at the Westville Town Office Gym April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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Ladies, only about 100 spots left for Miss Miles 5k running event on May 14th and those will likely sell out very quickly so don’t wait, register today and join the other 600 participants who have already signed up! You won’t want to miss all the fun. Register at johnnymiles.ca.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
The Toronto Raptors will face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Raptors, locked into the third seed in the Eastern Conference, were assured of the matchup with the sixth-place Bucks after Atlanta secured the fifth seed with a 103-76 win.
Oklahoma City 100 Minnesota 98
Denver 109 Dallas 91
L.A. Lakers 108 New Orleans 96
Sacramento 129 Phoenix 104
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MLB
Interleague

Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana homered as the Milwaukee Brewers edged Toronto 4-3 to spoil the Blue Jays' home opener and extend their early-season misery. At 1-6, Toronto is off to its worst start ever.
American League
Detroit 2 Minnesota 1
Cleveland 2 Chicago White Sox 1 (10 innings)
Boston 8 Baltimore 1
L.A. Angels 6 Texas 5 (10 innings)
Houston 7 Seattle 5
National League
Cincinnati 6 Pittsburgh 2
N.Y. Mets 14 Philadelphia 4
Washington 8 St. Louis 3
Miami 8 Atlanta 4
Colorado 3 San Diego 2
Arizona 4 San Francisco 3


OTTAWA TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION ON FLIGHT OVERBOOKING
Tuesday 11th April 2017
In the wake of an uproar over video showing a bumped passenger being dragged off an overbooked flight, Ottawa says they will introduce new legislation this spring to address the problem of bumping travellers from flights. A spokesman for Transport Minister Marc Garneau said bumping rules will be included in an air passenger bill of rights that was promised last fall to establish clear, minimum requirements for compensation when flights are oversold or luggage lost. Marc Roy declined, however, to say if the legislation would set industry-wide standards or raise compensation to levels offered in the United States or Europe. Garneau would not comment directly on the incident aboard a United Airlines flight from Chicago, saying he didn't know whether a passenger in Canada can be forcibly removed from a flight because of overbooking. Passenger rights advocate Gabor Lukacs said the "troubling" video highlights the need for greater consumer protection. ​Lukacs said all airlines should be required to conform to the same compensation limits, with thresholds rising to a maximum of $1,500, in line with the U.S. In 2013, Lukacs won a Canadian Transportation Agency case against Air Canada over the issue of bumping that required the airline to raise compensation to a maximum of $800 depending on the length of delay. Passengers are usually only removed forcibly from flights if they are intoxicated or deemed by crew to be a threat. However, Lukacs said airline staff can legally use their power to bar passengers. He said airlines overbook flights as a hedge against people not showing up.


MAN CHARGED AFTER SPEEDING ON MOUNT THOM
Tuesday 11th April 2017
An Ontario man has been arrested for speeding and impaired driving over Mount Thom. RCMP say a vehicle was stopped around 10:30 Monday morning for driving 170 km/h. Police say the 42 year-old driver was showing signs of impairment, and he was taken to the detachment where a breath test showed readings that were nearly twice the legal limit. The man was released from custody Monday and is due in Pictou Provincial Court on July 10th. He's charged with impaired driving, driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, driving while suspended, and speeding.


MAN CHARGED AFTER POINTING GUN AT POLICE
Tuesday 11th April 2017
A 47-year old Elmwood man faces several charges following an armed standoff with police. Last Friday afternoon, Lunenburg District RCMP were called to a weapons complaint, where a woman said a man was threatening violence and would not let her leave. The man discharged the firearm while police were enroute to the scene. At one point, the man pointed the gun at police. The RCMP Emergency Response Team and Police Dog Services were called to provide assistance. While they were enroute, officers on scene negotiated with the man, who surrendered himself to police. He was arrested, assessed by EHS and later remanded into custody. Police seized a loaded shotgun and ammunition. No one was hurt. The man has been charged with Careless Use of a Firearm, Pointing a Firearm, Forcible Confinement, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, and Careless Use of a Firearm. He is appearing later today in Lunenburg Provincial Court. The investigation is ongoing.


IS THE PAINT COMING OFF YOUR LICENCE PLATES? GET THEM EXCHANGED FOR FREE
Tuesday 11th April 2017
The province is asking anyone whose licence plates are peeling to bring them to an Access Nova Scotia Centre to obtain a replacement plate at no extra cost. Some plates produced in 2008 have experienced peeling paint. The plates are in the range between ENG001 and ETA499. If the plate is within the identified range, it does not need to be brought to an Access Nova Scotia Centre. If a plate outside the identified range has peeling paint, drivers are asked to bring in the plate. Out of the 85,000 Bluenose plates manufactured in 2008, about 17,000 have been replaced for various reasons, including peeling. Under the Motor Vehicle Act, Nova Scotians are responsible for ensuring their licence plates are clearly visible and legible to law enforcement agencies.


MURDER SUSPECT RELEASED ON $100K BAIL
Tuesday 11th April 2017
Carvel Clayton, the man accused of second-degree murder in the death of Shakur Jefferies, has been released on $100,000 bail. Jeffries's body was discovered near an apartment building on Washmill Lake drive in Halifax last November after a shooting.  On Monday, Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Patrick Duncan released Clayton on certain conditions, including that he remain at a specific residence in Halifax unless escorted by court-approved chaperones to meet with his lawyer or doctor. He's not to be in possession of firearms and is not allowed within 50 metres of the building where Jefferies was found. Clayton has two sureties who have put up a $100,000 bond. There is a publication ban on the bail hearing. Clayton was taken directly to a probation office in Spryfield following the bail decision to receive a GPS bracelet that will monitor his location. He's due back in court on June 19.


DRIVER SUSPENDED FOR A YEAR AFTER HITTING PEDESTRIAN WITH HIS CAR
Tuesday 11th April 2017
A New Brunswick man has been banned from driving for a year after a man was run down in a Saint John parking lot in February. 69-year-old Gene Williams pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon, dangerous driving, and leaving the scene of an accident, and was handed a six-month conditional sentence Monday. Williams got into an argument with several men in another vehicle in Grand Bay and followed the vehicle to the parking lot. His vehicle then turned around and raced toward the men, hitting one of them. The man who was struck was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released. The incident gained national attention after a video was posted to YouTube.


NEAR-RECORD NUMBERS OF ICEBERGS DISRUPTING SHIPPING LANES
Tuesday 11th April 2017
More icebergs have drifted into major shipping lanes off Newfoundland, forcing ships to go far out of their way to steer clear. Gabrielle McGrath, commander of the United States Coast Guard International Ice Patrol, said 616 bergs have already moved into the North Atlantic lanes so far this season, compared to 687 last year by late-September. Canadian Coast Guard Ice Operations said there were about 481 icebergs in the area as of last Thursday. Those kinds of numbers are usually not seen until late May or early June. Chad Allen of the Shipping Federation of Canada said ships tend to move further south to avoid colliding with the icebergs, which increases costs and makes scheduling more challenging. McGrath said she has not heard of any ships striking an iceberg after heeding the patrol's warnings, but a floating oil platform off Newfoundland had a close call last month with an iceberg the size of a small office building.


LEGAL MARIJUANA BILL TO BE INTRODUCED IN PARLIAMENT THIS WEEK *UPDATED 8:10 AM*
Tuesday 11th April 2017
Some of the details of Ottawa's proposed marijuana law have been released ahead of its introduction in Parliament on Thursday. CBC News reports that under the proposed law, people will be allowed to hold up to 30 grams of pot. There will also be penalties for selling cannabis to minors and driving while under the influence of marijuana, limits on how marijuana products are marketed (expected to be similar to the limitations on alcohol and tobacco), and funding for a public awareness campaign. There would also be approval of roadside saliva tests to detect drug use, although a reliable roadside test for marijuana is still in development. While Ottawa would licence producers, it would be up to the provinces to decide where it is sold, and what the price would be. The plan is to have marijuana legalized by July 1 of next year. The prime minister has already suggested that any government revenues from marijuana sales won't go toward fattening the federal bank account. Instead, Trudeau has said the money could go toward addiction treatment, mental health support and education programs. 


SPORTS APRIL 11
Tuesday 11th April 2017
The NS Junior Hockey league finals are even after 4 games.
Game 5 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Tue 7:30 PM
Game 6 Liverpool Privateers  @ Pictou County Scotians - Pictou County Wellness Centre, Fri 7:00 PM
If necessary:
Game 7 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Sat 7:30 PM
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The New Glasgow Panthers Girls volleyball 18U team traveled to Bedford this past weekend and came away with the Bronze medal. They defeated the Halifax Hurricanes in three sets to finish third in what was their final club tournament before provincials. Team members include Victoria Robertson, Lydia Tobin, Olivia Murray, Abby MacLean, Roshan Ghafari, Danielle Farrell, Janelle Young, McKayla Symons, and Lauren Kellock. They are coached by Tracy Kellock and Crystal Young.
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New Glasgow Recreation is hitting the ground running with an impressive spring programming line-up. Just in time for the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, the Learn to Run program will teach participants how to tackle their first 5km or 10km running event. This program begins April 18 and will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00-8:00pm. Meeting location is at the Clan CrossFit gym located on Westville Road.
Parent Tot Stroller Exercise Program is perfect for new moms. Join instructor Dianne as she guides Moms and little ones through a 60 minutes exercise program. The cost of the program is $30.00. The program will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, also beginning April 18.
Pre Natal Yoga classes will be taught by certified instructor Alexandria Nunn who has more than 25 years teaching experience in pre-natal yoga. Pre Natal classes will be offered Wednesday evenings, beginning April 19 at the West Side Community Centre.
Other programs to look for in May and June include 55 + tennis mixers, a mother’s day clay café art experience, a youth open mic coffee house, story-telling and a planting session for the little ones with Mother Nature, a street hockey tournament and yoga in the park. For more information and to register call Emily Morton-Fraser at 902-755-6383 or by emailing emily.morton@newglasgow.ca
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is at the Westville Town Office Gym April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
Indiana 120 Philadelphia 111
Boston 114 Brooklyn 105
Miami 124 Cleveland 121 (OT)
Chicago 122 Orlando 75
Milwaukee 89 Charlotte 79
Washington 105 Detroit 101
Portland 99 San Antonio 98
L.A. Clippers 125 Houston 96
Utah 105 Golden State 99
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MLB
American League

N.Y. Yankees 8 Tampa Bay 1
Detroit 2 Boston 1
Oakland 2 Kansas City 0
Seattle 6 Houston 0
National League
San Francisco 4 Arizona 1
Cincinnati 7 Pittsburgh 1
N.Y. Mets 4 Philadelphia 3
Washington 14 St. Louis 6
Chicago Cubs 3 L.A. Dodgers 2
San Diego 5 Colorado 3
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Canada and Mexico will only get a slice of soccer's biggest prize if the joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup is successful. The proposed blueprint calls for 60 of the 80 games in the new expanded tournament format to be held in the U.S. with 10 going to Canada and 10 to Mexico. The agreement calls for all games from the quarter-finals on to be held in the U.S. But the good news for Canada, which has qualified just once for the men's World Cup, is the push to maintain the tradition of having the tournament hosts automatically qualify. Canada is currently ranked No. 109 in the world, compared to No. 16 for Mexico and No. 23 for the U.S. The 2026 tournament, whose host is due to be decided by FIFA in 2020, will be the first using FIFA's expanded format. The current tournament structure, which will be used in Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022, involves 32 teams and 64 matches. The new format will feature 16 groups of three with the top two from each pool advancing to a 32-team knockout. The tournament time period will remain at 32 days. FIFA has said bidders from Europe and Asia will be barred from hosting the 2026 tournament because Russia is staging the World Cup in 2018 and Qatar has the showpiece in 2022.


DANGEROUS DRIVING CHARGE LAID FOR DRIVER CLOCKED GOING 200KPH
Monday 10th April 2017
A single vehicle crash yesterday in Barney's River is being attributed to excess speed, and the driver, who escaped without injury, did not escape without charges. The 20-year old man was charged with dangerous driving after RCMP say they caught him going 200 kilometres per hour on Highway 104 yesterday afternoon. Police say they saw the vehicle traveling through Marshy Hope just after 4:30pm and clocked him driving twice the speed limit. They say he then passed other vehicles in a no passing zone before losing control trying to make a left turn off the highway at Barney's River. The vehicle went through a guard rail and down a hill, suffering undisclosed damage. The Bridgewater man was charged and released from custody. He is due to appear in Pictou Provincial Court in June.


SCHOOL SHOOTING IN CALIFORNIA ***UPDATED 4:40PM***
Monday 10th April 2017
Four people were shot, two of them fatally, inside a classroom at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, today. Police say a female teacher and a man that they believe was the shooter, were involved in a domestic dispute that ended with a murder-suicide, while two students were also shot as innocent bystanders. The students were airlifted to hospital and are in a condition that is currently described as critical. The incident happened around 10:30am PT this morning (2:30pm AT). When the incident began, students and staff were told to shelter in place while police moved in. Students have since been evacuated from the building.


HOUSING PROGRAM FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES PROGRESSING POORLY - SURVEY
Monday 10th April 2017
The province is doing a poor job of providing housing in the community for people with disabilities according to the results of a survey of people who are expecting to receive that housing and their caregivers. Roughly 75 percent of the 137 people with disabilities and caregivers who were surveyed described the progress in providing community based housing to move away from institutionalization as poor. They also described the progress in decreasing wait times as poor. The province says the budget for the disability support program is just under 320 million dollars, with a little under 1 percent of that going to new initiatives. It says that new money helped 16 people find new homes already. However, the wait list is currently over 13-hundred.


ARENA IN EASTERN P.E.I. EVACUATED AFTER SUSPECTED AMMONIA LEAK
Monday 10th April 2017
Three people had to be taken by ambulance to hospital in Pownal, P.E.I. this morning after the Pownal Sports Centre was evacuated for a suspected ammonia leak. Island EMS told CBC News that the three were taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. Firefighters and a hazmat team are on the scene where three neighbouring homes were also evacuated. The air outside the rink is being tested before crews enter the building. Fire Marshall Dave Rossiter told the CBC that it is believed that the ammonia, which is used in the refrigeration unit of the arena, may have leaked during rink maintenance.


FISHERMEN'S ASSOCIATION LOSES LEGAL BATTLE OVER TIDAL TURBINES
Monday 10th April 2017
The Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association has lost its court case against the Nova Scotia Department of Environment over the tidal turbine project which is in its trial stages. The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia released the published decision today which states that the original decision of the Nova Scotia Environment Department to approve the installation of a tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy is reasonable. The Fishermen's Association was arguing that the decision was unreasonable on three grounds, but Justice M. Heather Robertson ruled that the Department was reasonable in its procedures and rulings. Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy Limited will now be able to continue the testing of the demonstration turbine and begin generating power without further legal wrangling.


HALF MILLION DOLLARS OF COCAINE TAKEN OFF P.E.I. STREETS
Monday 10th April 2017
Three raids by Charlottetown Police last week resulted in a half-million dollars worth of cocaine being seized and taken off of the streets. Charlottetown Police say they executed three search warrants on Friday, resulting in the seizure, where other drugs and several weapons were also seized. Three people have been arrested and charged, while a warrant for the arrest of a fourth person has been issued.


WORK ON LAPLANCHE ABOITEAU COMPLETED
Monday 10th April 2017
The province announced today that work to replace the LaPlanche Aboiteau in Amherst has been completed. The aboiteau runs along the Chignecto Isthmus and protects about $40 million in infrastructure, including roads and railways. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell says now there is improved protection for surrounding infrastructure, valuable farmland and marshes. The aboiteau drains a watershed and provides protection against flooding from the Bay of Fundy. The project was completed within its $5.2 million budget.


NEW CEO AT PICTOU COUNTY YMCA
Monday 10th April 2017
The Pictou County YMCA will have a new CEO. Board Chair Jim Cooke announced that Jim Pomeroy will take the role for a period of one year as of May 3. Pomeroy has held many positions at the YMCA, most recently the General Manager of YMCA Geneva Park at the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. Pomeroy replaces Dave MacIntyre, who stepped down earlier this year.


STELLARTON POLICE SEEK HELP IDENTIFYING PERSON OF INTEREST IN THEFT
Monday 10th April 2017
The Stellarton Police Service is turning to the public for help to identify a man in connection with a recent theft. Police released what appears to be a surveillance photo of the man on their Facebook page. We have shared the photo on our Facebook page. Police say the theft took place at East Coast Pawn Stars around 3:15 Friday afternoon. Police did not say what was taken from the Foord Street business. Anyone who can identify the man is asked to call Stellarton Police at 902-752-6160 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Police say the man may be able to provide information in regards to the theft.


JUDGE RULES SOME EVIDENCE CAN'T BE USED IN OVER-PRESCRIBING DOCTOR TRIAL
Monday 10th April 2017
The Crown’s case to prove a Tantallon doctor accused of prescribing 50,000 opioid pills to a patient who claims he did not receive them got a bit more difficult on Friday. Dr. Sarah Dawn Jones is facing six charges, including possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, drawing a document without authority and fraud. She has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Bridgewater provincial court Judge Timothy Landry ruled April 7 that statements Jones allegedly made to the Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as a letter she allegedly wrote to the regulatory body after her license was suspended in 2015, will not be allowed in the trial because they violate her constitutional right against self-incrimination. In an oral decision, Landry ruled that Jones had indeed been compelled to make the statements under threat of losing her profession. Based on information from that transcript, police searched Dr. Jones’ office and allegedly found a box of returned prescriptions. Landry ruled that if it were not for the statement, it was unlikely the police would have found the box, so he excluded it from evidence as well. The trial begins tomorrow. The first witness will be the man who was allegedly prescribed the 50,000 oxycodone and oxyneo pills.


AS VIMY RIDGE REMEMBERED, VETERANS ASK FEDS TO REMEMBER PENSION PROMISE
Monday 10th April 2017
Prime ministers, presidents, princes, soldiers, schoolchildren and descendents of those who fought at Vimy Ridge gathered at the foot of the country's soaring memorial to mark the centennial since the sacrifice. Back home, however, some veterans of subsequent wars took to social media to express their frustration the Liberal government has yet to live up to a key campaign promise of returning them to a system of lifetime pensions, as opposed to lump sum payments. A class-action lawsuit has been filed by former soldiers from the Afghanistan War, who claim they are being discriminated against because the current system is not as generous as the one set up for troops who returned from Vimy and the First World War. The Liberals made a return to the lifetime system of pensions one of their signature promises of the 2015 election and last month's federal budget re-iterated that pledge but did not put any money behind it — for the moment. The government is promising some sort of announcement later this year, but officials, who spoke on background after the budget was released, said the plan would not meet the demand from some veterans' groups for equality with the old pension act system.


FEDS TO PAY FOR TRAVEL COMPANIONS FOR INDIGENOUS WOMEN WHO HAVE TO GIVE BIRTH FAR FROM THEIR HOMES
Monday 10th April 2017
Health Minister Jane Philpott says Ottawa will now pay for someone to travel with Indigenous women who need to leave their communities to give birth — a change to what she called an "extremely unhelpful" policy. In an interview with The Canadian Press, Philpott said she heard a "cry loud and clear" from Indigenous health experts who were urging the federal government to allow pregnant First Nations women to leave home with a travel companion. Indigenous women without proof of a medical need to have someone escort them have long been forced to have their children alone and far from from their land, language and heritage, the minister continued. She also noted the need to transform the delivery of health in communities, saying a number of indicators clearly show considerable gaps between health outcomes of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Philpott said recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which spent six years studying Canada's residential schools, included acknowledging the state of Indigenous health and the fact it's the result of decades of ill-informed government policies.


WHITE HOUSE STARTING FROM SCRATCH ON TAX OVERHAUL PLAN
Monday 10th April 2017
President Donald Trump has scrapped the tax plan he campaigned on and is going back to the drawing board in a search for Republican consensus behind legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax system. The administration’s first attempt to write legislation is in its early stages and the White House has kept much of it under wraps. But it has already sprouted the consideration of a series of unorthodox proposals including a drastic cut to the payroll tax, aimed at appealing to Democrats. Some view the search for new options as a result of Trump’s refusal to set clear parameters for his plan and his exceedingly challenging endgame: reducing tax rates enough to spur faster growth without blowing up the budget deficit. Administration officials say it’s now unlikely that a tax overhaul will meet the August deadline set by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. But the ambitious pace to figure out a plan reflects Trump’s haste to move quickly past a bruising failure to broker a compromise within his own party on how to replace the health insurance law enacted under Barack Obama.


SPORTS APRIL 10
Monday 10th April 2017
The NS Junior Hockey league playoffs are still even after 4 games. On Saturday, The Liverpool Privateers edged the Scotians 4-3 at Queens Place Emera Centre. Then on Sunday, the Scotians scored a 5-2 win at the Wellness Centre.
Game 5 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Tue 7:30 PM
Game 6 Liverpool Privateers  @ Pictou County Scotians - Pictou County Wellness Centre, Fri 7:00 PM
If necessary:
Game 7 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Sat 7:30 PM
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A final In-Person Registration for the Pictou County Lacrosse Association will be held tonight from 6:00 until 7:30 at the Trenton Community Rink Annex.  Any players wishing to register, or any parents having questions regarding lacrosse this season can attend this registration or forward questions to info@pictoucountylacrosse.ca .  You may also register online at pictoucountylacrosse.ca. The PC Lacrosse Association is also looking for any volunteers who may want to help coach at the Midget Level.  Prior experience not necessary. If you have coached hockey, basketball, soccer or baseball and would like to try something new...  all coaching courses, supplies and help for the season will be provided.  If interested, please contact info@pictoucountylacrosse.ca for further information.
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The Pioneer Coal Track will be open to the public for walking/running starting Monday April 10th from 8am to dusk. This all -weather rubberized track is easy on the joints, free from motorized vehicles and there is no charge to use the facility.
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The PeeWee AA Crushers claimed the Provincial Title over the weekend at the Day of Champions held in Bridgewater. The Crushers started slow against the Halifax Hawks, going down by two goals in the first period. They got on the board in the second, and went into the intermission trailing by a score of 2-1. The intermission sparked the Crushers, scoring the tying goal 20 seconds into the third. This gave the Crushers momentum where they scored another quick goal to take the lead 3-2. They won the face off and quickly went on the attack, where they seemed to score the 4th goal. This was however called back as it was tipped with a high stick. Halifax used that to their advantage and scored the tying goal. The called back goal and the quick attack by the Hawks, made the Crushers that much more determined. They scored 2 more to seal the provincial title 5-3. Scoring for the Crushers was Lane Lochead (2), Adam Farrell, Cameron MacKinnon, and Jacoby Beadle. Assists went to Brent Chapman, Cale Archibald, Peyton Clements, Farrell and MacKinnon. Game MVP was Lane Lochead.
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Shout out to the Pictou Maripacs Midget A team... winners in their division at Day Of Champions.
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The Atom AA Subway Selects wrapped up their season with a silver at The Day Of Champions in Bridgewater on Sunday. It was a close 1-0 loss to Metro West Force Blue. The player of the game was awarded to Lily LeBlanc.
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The Pictou County Peewee AAA Crushers finished with silver at Atlantics. Playing in Sunday’s championship game in Conception South Bay, N.L., the Crushers lost 5-0 to the B&B Electrical Tri-Com Thunder, who never lost in five tournament games. The Crushers went 3-1 in the round robin. P.E.I. defeated Team New Brunswick in the bronze medal game.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
The Toronto Maple Leafs dropped their regular-season finale 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets and will face the Washington Capitals in the opening round of their first post-season since 2013.
Connor McDavid hit the 100-point mark and Jordan Eberle recorded a hat trick as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in the final regular-season game on the NHL schedule.
Anders Lee and Brock Nelson scored in the second period and the New York Islanders closed the season with their sixth straight win, beating the playoff-bound Ottawa Senators 4-2.
Detroit 4 New Jersey 1
Tampa Bay 4 Buffalo 2
St. Louis 3 Colorado 2
Carolina 4 Philadelphia 3
N.Y. Rangers 3 Pittsburgh 2
Florida 2 Washington 0
Anaheim 4 Los Angeles 3 (OT)
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NBA
Toronto 110 New York 97
Atlanta 126 Cleveland 125 (OT)
Oklahoma City 106 Denver 105
Detroit 103 Memphis 90
Houston 135 Sacramento 128
Phoenix 124 Dallas 111
L.A. Lakers 110 Minnesota 109
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MLB
American League

Steven Souza Jr. hit a three-run homer and was involved in a scrum with Troy Tulowitzki after a slide during the Tampa Bay Rays' 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Boston 7 Detroit 5
N.Y. Yankees 7 Baltimore 3
Houston 5 Kansas City 4 (12 innings)
Minnesota 4 Chicago White Sox 1
Texas 8 Oakland 1
L.A. Angels 10 Seattle 9
National League
Philadelphia 4 Washington 3
Pittsburgh 6 Atlanta 5 (10 innings)
Chicago Cubs 7 Milwaukee 4
Cincinnati 8 St. Louis 0
L.A. Dodgers 10 Colorado 6
San Francisco 5 San Diego 3
N.Y. Mets 5 Miami 2
Interleague
Arizona 3 Cleveland 2


SPORTS UPDATE SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017
Sunday 9th April 2017
Last night in the Maritime Hockey League Playoffs, the Truro Bearcats beat the Amherst Ramblers 3-2 (Truro leads series 3-1). The series heads back to the RECC in Truro on Monday.
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The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey league playoffs continue this weekend with the Privateers leading the best of seven series 2-1. The Liverpool Privateers edged the Scotians 4-3 last night at Queens Place Emera Centre. Game 4 is tonight at the Pictou County Wellness Centre at 7pm.
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NHL
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There were 5 Canadian teams on the ice last night...
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N.Y. Rangers faced off in Ottawa, losing to the Senators 3-2, Montreal downed the Red Wings 3-2 in Detroit, and Calgary lost in San Jose 3 -1.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs clinched their second Stanley Cup Playoff berth since 2004 with a 5-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Air Canada Centre on Saturday. One game highlight... Connor Brown deflected a shot from Jake Gardiner over the glove of Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury with 2:48 left in the third period to give Toronto a 4-3 lead.
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The Edmonton Oilers clinched second place in the Pacific Division with a 3-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Saturday. The Oilers (46-26-9) moved within two points of the Anaheim Ducks for first place and can win the division with another victory against the Canucks on Sunday and an Anaheim loss in regulation to the Los Angeles Kings. Either way, Edmonton will play Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round at home.
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FULLY INVOLOVED HOUSE FIRE IN SALMON RIVER DRAWS MUTUAL AID
Saturday 8th April 2017
Firefighters in Central Nova Scotia are currently fighting a fully involved house fire in Salmon River, just outside Truro, Nova Scotia. The Salmon River Fire Brigade responded to the call this morning and quickly called in mutual aid from Bible Hill, Valley Kemptown, and Truro Fire Brigades. No injuries have been reported but EHS, Nova Scotia Power, and the Red Cross have also responded to the call. Motorists that can avoid the Salmon River area by taking a different route are encouraged to do so.


SPORTS UPDATE SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017
Saturday 8th April 2017
Maritime Hockey League Playoffs Miramichi 5 Summerside 1 (Miramichi wins series 4-0)
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World Women's Hockey Championship Gold-medal game United States 3 Canada 2 (OT) Bronze-medal game Finland 8 Germany 0 Relegation game Switzerland 3 Czech Republic 1
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NHL Tampa Bay 4 Montreal 2
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The Nova Scotia Junior Hockey league playoffs continue this weekend with the Scotians-Privateers series even 1-1. Game 3 is in Liverpool Saturday night at 7:30, then Game 4 at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 7.
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The Pictou County Subway Selects are hosting the Hockey Nova Scotia Female Midget AA Provincial Championship, today at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The top four teams after the regular season and league playdowns, along with the host Subway Selects, continue to compete in a round robin format tournament today, with the top two teams advancing to Sunday’s final. The Antigonish Bulldogs, Cape Breton West Islanders, Wilson’s Home Heating Colchester Cyclones and Metro West FORCE Black teams are the other teams that will vie for the Nova Scotia title.
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Pictou County Midget AA Subway Selects provincial schedule The Pictou County Subway Selectstake on Metro West FORCE Black at 8:30 The Pictou County Subway Selects face off vs Wilson’s Home Heating Colchester Cyclones at 12:30 p.m. And the Championship Game takes place Sunday at 11 am.
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PC PARTY UNIMPRESSED WITH RURAL ROAD FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT
Friday 7th April 2017
Progressive Conservative Inverness MLA Allan MacMaster says an announcement today shows the McNeil government is finally admitting its neglect of rural roads over the past four years was a mistake. The government announced the creation of a “Gravel Road Capital Program” which it says will invest $10 million on rebuilding roads. “The new gravel road budget is $10 million, but over the past four years, the McNeil government spent about $6 million less each year through the Rural Impact Mitigation (RIM) rural road maintenance budget,” says MacMaster. “They took away over $20 million in ditching, brush cutting, and graveling work, and now on the eve of an election, they are promising half of it back to us.” Maintenance budgets for rural roads have been decreased since 2008-09. MacMaster says when adjusted for inflation, the budget should be over $22 million to equal what was spent at that time, but the McNeil government has been spending only about $16 million each year. “Because of the RIM cut, we have only received three years-worth of road maintenance over the four years of the McNeil government,” says MacMaster. “Maintenance was ignored and it means more costly work is now needed to restore these roads.” In October 2014, MacMaster introduced a resolution asking all MLAs to restore the road maintenance budget. Members of the McNeil caucus voted against it. “The election will be here soon,” says MacMaster. “It is time to let voters decide whether the McNeil government cared enough to look after our rural roads when communities needed it, not just at election time.”


PROVINCE ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM TO REPAIR GRAVEL ROADS
Friday 7th April 2017
This could be the clearest indication yet an election is coming. Today, Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan announced a new, dedicated program to address repairs and reconstruction on gravel roads. The Gravel Road Capital Program will see an annual 10-million dollars in new funding. MacLellan says there are 8,400 kilometres of gravel roads in the province and we need to have the ability to repair more of them. Gravel roads will be evaluated and repairs will be prioritized based on traffic volumes and road conditions such as potholes, poor drainage, loss of gravel, soft areas and roadside vegetation.  


PROVINCE HAS POSTED FEEDBACK ON HIGHWAY TWINNING
Friday 7th April 2017
The province has collected the feedback over highway twinning. Nearly 2,000 Nova Scotians took part in 14 public sessions held between the end of January and early March. In addition, feedback was received from nearly 5,400 people through an online survey and written submissions via mail and e-mail. The feedback and summary report is available online at this website.


PORT HAWKESBURY MAYOR WANTS TO DEVELOP EMERGENCY PLAN IN CASE OF MAJOR SHUTDOWN OF CAUSEWAY
Friday 7th April 2017
A fatal accident that cut off the only link between Cape Breton and the mainland last weekend has encouraged two area municipalities to review their emergency response plans. On Saturday, a cyclist was killed after a collision with a truck, causing the Canso Causeway to be closed for six hours. The multi-agency emergency management plan involved the RCMP, the Department of Transportation, as well as local fire departments, which set up warming centres for travellers stranded during the closure. Port Hawkesbury Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton said Cape Breton could be in a lot of trouble if an emergency shut down the Causeway for a day or more, which thankfully has never happened. She wants to help co-ordinate a region-wide response and has already reached out to neighbouring Inverness County, which includes the causeway within its boundaries. Chisholm-Beaton plans to raise the issue at an island-wide conference that will be hosted by Port Hawkesbury at the Gaelic College in November.


CHAD TRANSIT CHAIR SAYS THEIR FIXED-ROUTE PROJECT HINGES ON NEW DEADLINES
Friday 7th April 2017
The situation between CHAD Transit and Pictou County Council is turning into a he-said, he-said situation. In a press release issued Thursday, Warden Robert Parker says the motion that was defeated earlier this week was not a funding bill for CHAD Transit's fixed-route pilot project, but an emergency motion to make a decision by 14 April, instead of the initial deadline of 30 June. Parker says it was defeated because the councilors were concerned that the issue had not been properly vetted. This morning in an e-mail to our newsroom, CHAD Transit chair Faus Johnson says the reason the decision date had to be moved is because they were informed by their supplier that to have a chassis available for an 18 passenger bus by the proposed September start date, they would have to place their order by the end of April. Johnson says they will need more than the one bus they currently have in order to cover the proposed routes, and CHAD wants to be certain the funding is in place.


ANTIGONISH CHOCOLATIER RECOGNIZED AT DEANS DINNER
Friday 7th April 2017
The Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores Gala Award Dinner was held last evening, recognizing people and businesses for their work on the Northumberland Shore. The highlight of the evening was the acceptance speech by Tareq Hadhad of Peace By Chocolate, who accepted the newly renamed Rising Star award in memory of Mike Broomfield. In his acceptance speech, Hadhad spoke of how he and his family fled war-torn Syria and settled in Antigonish. Since then the company has received international attention, including accolades from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an address to the United Nations last year.

Complete list of winners:

Mike Broomfield Rising Star Award
~Peace by Chocolate

Fleur Mainville Ambassador Award
~Kimberly Dickson

Chief Experience Opportunity (CEO) Award
~Northumberland Fisheries Museum

Festival and Events Award (2 winners)
~Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre
~Sherbrooke Village Old Fashioned Christmas

Flavour Award
~Main Street Café – Maritime Inn Antigonish

Marketing Award
~Sober Island Brewing Company

~DEANS Chairman's Awards presented to Anne Emmett and Sobeys.


GAS PRICES SHOOT UP
Friday 7th April 2017
People were lined up at the pumps last night for good reason: the price of regular self-serve gas has gone up more than seven cents to $1.14 per litre this week. Diesel saw a slight rise to $1.043 per litre.


TWO HALIFAX MEN ARRESTED IN ILLEGAL TOBACCO BUST
Friday 7th April 2017
A month-long investigation by Service Nova Scotia's Compliance and Special Investigations Unit has led to the seizure of thousands of dollars worth of illegal tobacco. Two Halifax men, aged 56 and 54, and a 45-year-old woman, also from Halifax, were arrested with over 37,000 illegal cigarettes and their vehicle was also seized. The individuals are facing charges under the Nova Scotia Revenue Act. The combined provincial and federal tax value of the seized tobacco is more than 14-thousand dollars. Halifax Regional Police also assisted with the investigation.


SYRIAN AIRBASE STRUCK IN AMERICAN AIR ATTACK
Friday 7th April 2017
The United States blasted a Syrian air base with a barrage of cruise missiles Thursday night in retaliation for this week’s chemical weapons attack against civilians. President Donald Trump cast the U.S. assault as vital to deter future use of poison gas and called on other nations to join in seeking “to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.” It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Trump’s most dramatic military order since becoming president just over two months ago. The strikes also risk thrusting the U.S. deeper into an intractable conflict that his predecessor spent years trying to avoid. Announcing the assault from his Florida resort, Trump said there was no doubt Syrian President Bashar Assad was responsible for the chemical attack, which he said employed banned gases and killed dozens. The U.S. strikes hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where U.S. officials say the Syrian military planes that dropped the chemicals had taken off. Officials said the missiles targeted the base’s airstrips, hangars, control tower and ammunition areas. The attack killed some Syrians and wounded others, but no numbers were given. Trump ordered the strikes without approval from Congress or the backing of the United Nations. U.S. officials said he had the right to use force to defend national interests and to protect civilians from atrocities.


SPORTS APRIL 7
Friday 7th April 2017
The Pictou County Subway Selects are hosting the Hockey Nova Scotia Female Midget AA Provincial Championship, beginning today at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The top four teams after the regular season and league playdowns, along with the host Subway Selects, compete in a round robin format tournament Friday and Saturday, with the top two teams advancing to Sunday’s final. The Antigonish Bulldogs, Cape Breton West Islanders, Wilson’s Home Heating Colchester Cyclones and Metro West FORCE Black teams are the other teams that will vie for the Nova Scotia title.
Pictou County Midget AA Subway Selects provincial schedule
Friday, April 7, 11 a.m. vs Antigonish Bulldogs
Friday, April 7, 5 p.m. vs Cape Breton West Islanders
Saturday, April 8, 8:30 a.m. vs Metro West FORCE Black
Saturday, April 8, 12:30 p.m. vs Wilson’s Home Heating Colchester Cyclones
Sunday, April 9, 11 a.m. Championship Game
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Pictou County Athletics – Spring/Summer Registration for Trailblazers ( ages 10 – 12 ) , ages 13+ and Masters (ages 35 and up). PCA is gearing up to host the Atlantic Outdoor Track and Field Championships this July and new members are welcome to come and be part of our PCA programs. Registration will take place at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field, 482 Auburn Ave. in Stellarton on Friday from 5 to 6:30 and Sunday from 3 to 5pm. Please bring health card information with you. Visit our website for further information pictoucountyathletics.com. For further information contact Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com or Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring Registration Saturday April 8 at Pictou Youth Center 10 am -2 pm. More information at pictousoccerclub@hotmail.com
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A final In-Person Registration for the Pictou County Lacrosse Association will be held on Monday from 6:00 until 7:30 at the Trenton Community Rink Annex.  Any players wishing to register, or any parents having questions regarding lacrosse this season can attend this registration or forward questions to info@pictoucountylacrosse.ca .  You may also register online at pictoucountylacrosse.ca. The PC Lacrosse Association is also looking for any volunteers who may want to help coach at the Midget Level.  Prior experience not necessary. If you have coached hockey, basketball, soccer or baseball and would like to try something new...  all coaching courses, supplies and help for the season will be provided.  If interested, please contact info@pictoucountylacrosse.ca for further information.
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The NS Junior Hockey league playoffs continue this weekend with the Scotians-Privateers series even 1-1. Game 3 is in Liverpool Saturday night at 7:30, then Game 4 at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 7.
Game 5 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Tue Apr 11 7:30 PM
If necessary:
Game 6 Liverpool Privateers  @ Pictou County Scotians - Pictou County Wellness Centre, Fri Apr 14 7:00 PM
Game 7 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Sat Apr 15 7:30 PM
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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World Women's Hockey Championship
Semifinals

Canada 4 Finland 0
United States 11 Germany 0
Relegation Round
Switzerland 3 Czech Republic 2
Placement Game
Russia 4 Sweden 3
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NHL
Milan Lucic scored three goals in the third period and the Edmonton Oilers took a big step toward claiming home-ice advantage in the first round of the post-season by beating the San Jose Sharks 4-2 in a possible playoff preview.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will have to wait a little longer to try and clinch a playoff berth. The Leafs couldn't secure their first trip to the post-season in four years, downed 4-1 by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Craig Anderson stopped 28 shots in regulation and overtime and three more in the shootout to help the Ottawa Senators beat Boston 2-1, snapping the Bruins' six-game winning streak and pulling ahead of them in the Atlantic Division standings.
Arizona 4 Vancouver 3
Calgary 4 Los Angeles 1
Winnipeg 5 Columbus 4
N.Y. Islanders 3 Carolina 0
Pittsburgh 7 New Jersey 4
St. Louis 6 Florida 3
Nashville 7 Dallas 3
Minnesota 4 Colorado 3
Anaheim 4 Chicago 0
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NBA
Chicago 102 Philadelphia 90
Indiana 104 Milwaukee 89
Orlando 115 Brooklyn 107
Washington 106 New York 103
Atlanta 123 Boston 116
Portland 105 Minnesota 98
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MLB
American League

Toronto 5 Tampa Bay 2
Minnesota 5 Kansas City 3
Chicago White Sox 11 Detroit 2
Oakland 5 L.A. Angels 1
Seattle 4 Houston 2
National League
Cincinnati 7 Philadelphia 4
Colorado 2 Milwaukee 1
Chicago Cubs 6 St. Louis 4
L.A. Dodgers 10 San Diego 2
Miami 4 Washington 3 (10 innings)
N.Y. Mets 6 Atlanta 2
Arizona 9 San Francisco 3
Interleague
Pittsburgh at Boston, postponed


VICTIM OF GARAGE FIRE IDENTIFIED
Thursday 6th April 2017
RCMP have identified the victim of a fatal fire earlier this week in Hants County as a 27-year old woman. Police have not released the name of the victim, nor will they say whether she is related to the two children who escaped from an adjacent house when the blaze began Monday morning. Her body was found inside a garage in South Rawdon, and RCMP say their major crimes unit is continuing to investigate. Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact them, or CrimeStoppers.


BACKLOG OF PSYCHOLOGICAL EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS TO BE ADDRESSED
Thursday 6th April 2017
The province is investing 974-thousand dollars to reduce wait lists for psychological educational assessments. Today Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced a plan, with Mount Saint Vincent University, to work with registered psychologists to address the needs of the more than 300 students on referral lists. Starting this month, this plan will identify and organize the assessments for referred students in grades Primary to 12. Psychological assessments help identify a student's strengths and challenges and assist teachers in recommending appropriate programming and services for students with learning and behavioral challenges. Casey says the plan will cut waiting time for the service and help students who need it most. 


WEST RIVER WOMAN IDENTIFIED AS SET FOR LIFE WINNER
Thursday 6th April 2017
Ericka Rauh of West River is more than likely the happiest person in Pictou County today. Of course, being handed a check for 675-thousand dollars with your name on it will do that. Rauh won the top prize on the Set for Life scratch game, and today was given her winnings at a ceremony at the Nova Truck Centre, where she works, in Westville. With the option of receiving one-thousand dollars per week for 25 years, or a single lump sum payment, Rauh opted for the lump sum. She says she does not plan to retire, yet, but will be retiring her truck, and getting a new one.


GAS EXPECTED TO GO UP TONIGHT
Thursday 6th April 2017
A strong recommendation is being made to top up your tanks before midnight tonight. New Brunswick gas prices increased by 4.4 cents per litre last night, and some projections are suggesting that a similar increase is in the cards tonight in Nova Scotia. The Utility and Review Board resets the price at the pumps every Friday at 12:01am.


SOBEYS EXTRA EXPANSION PAUSED
Thursday 6th April 2017
The Aberdeen Sobeys will not be changed into a Sobeys Extra any time soon. Sobeys Atlantic communications manager Shauna Selig told NG News that the renovations, which were first announced in June, 2016, have been paused. Selig says other priorities for the company have resulted in the delay. The renovations would include a 10-thousand foot expansion of the store in the Aberdeen Shopping Centre, to include expanded produce, bakery and deli sections, along with an increase in customer service professionals. The announced expansion was intended to move into the space formerly occupied by Convergys.


COUNCIL SAYS FUNDING FOR CHAD NOT DENIED
Thursday 6th April 2017
County Council says they have not voted down funding for CHAD Transit operating a fixed-route bus service, they have only vote down speeding up the decision making process. In a press release issued this morning, Warden Robert Parker says the motion that was defeated earlier this week was an emergency motion to have a decision made by 14 April, instead of the initial deadline of 30 June, 2017. Parker says the emergency motion to speed up the decision making process came at the request of CHAD Transit, but it was defeated because the councilors were concerned that the issue had not been properly vetted. He says the budget is still in development, and a decision on whether to fund CHAD's plan for a fixed-route service has yet to be made. He says there are some concerns over the proposal that they hope to have alleviated through further conversation with CHAD representatives, and they will have a decision before the original deadline of 30 June.


TIDAL TURBINE GETTING A TUNE-UP
Thursday 6th April 2017
The owners of the demonstration tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy says the multi-story device is coming out of the water later in the month. Cape Sharp Tidal says the thousand tonne turbine is working as expected, but modifications are needed for some components and repairs and adjustments are needed for some of its monitoring equipment. The work involves an electrical component sub-system attached to the subsea base and connected to the turbine which transforms the raw power from the generator into grid-compatible AC power. The component also sends operational and environmental sensor data to shore in real time through a subsea cable. The turbine, which began producing electricity last November at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre near Parrsboro, will be taken by barge to Saint John where the work will be done. Cape Sharp Tidal says the first tidal window for the operation is April 15 to 20, and then about every two weeks thereafter.


PICTOU ACADEMY STUDENTS MOVING TO DR. THOMAS MCCULLOCH BUILDING THIS FALL
Thursday 6th April 2017
It was two steps forward and one back for the people in Pictou. Last night, the CCRSB voted close the current Pictou Academy at the end of the school year, and keep Primary to 12 students within the town, but not exactly in the way many were hoping for. While the Board broadly agreed that students were to be split up between Pictou Elementary and Dr. Thomas MacCulloch, many in the town, as well as Pictou representative on the board Vivian Farrell, wanted to see Pictou Elementary remain a P-5 school, with Grades 6-12 housed at McCulloch. But a majority on the board voted to make Pictou Elementary a P-8 school, with McCulloch hosting the high school grades. Ralph Heighton, Vice Chair of the School Options Committee, says he's a bit disappointed in the outcome, but is looking to the future. Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane worries that with McCulloch only 29 percent occupied as a 9-12 school, it would be easier for the Board to move the students out of town down the road. Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan, who was pushing for the construction of a new P-12 school, did not hide his disappointment with last night's decision. He says small towns like Pictou need good facilities to attract families. However, Ryan says he's not sure if the board or the province has the will to follow through with improvements and upgrades needed to make the plan work. Because of the provincial law mandating there is a high school named Pictou Academy in the town, the board moved last night to change the name of Dr. Thomas McCulloch to Pictou Academy. It will be put to the community if they wish to put Dr. Thomas McCulloch's name onto Pictou Elementary.


BIG LOTTERY WIN PRESENTATION IN WESTVILLE TODAY
Thursday 6th April 2017
Today is going to be a very good day for one Pictou County woman. We do not know her name at this time, but we do know that she is going to be presented with a cheque for $675,000 after winning the Scratch 'N Win game Set for Life. The presentation is being made this afternoon at the Nova Truck Centres, just off Exit 21 in Westville.


TORONTO MAN CHARGED WITH TERRORISM AFTER COMING BACK FROM TURKEY
Thursday 6th April 2017
The RCMP have arrested and charged a Toronto man for allegedly leaving the country to join ISIS. 27 year old Pamir Hakimzadah was taken into custody as part of a national criminal investigation, Project Sachet, which began in January 2016. According to the RCMP, Hakimzadah allegedly travelled to Turkey in the fall of 2014 with the intention of joining ISIS and participating in terrorist activity.  He was returned to Canada after being detained by Turkish authorities.  Hakimzadah is expected to appear in court Thursday. Phil Gurski, a former analyst with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, believes this charge is the first of its kind in Canada. People have been charged before they leave Canada, he said, but Gurski says no one has been charged after being returned to the country by an ally.  Under the current legislation, an individual can be charged with leaving or attempting to leave the country with the intent of committing an act of terrorism. Acts committed outside Canada can be prosecuted and facilitating terrorism in another country is also illegal. 


CONTROVERSIAL SENATOR BOOTED OFF ABORIGINAL COMMITTEE
Thursday 6th April 2017
Senator Lynn Beyak is off the Senate's Aboriginal peoples committee. Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose Ambrose said she made the decision jointly with the newly minted leader of the Conservative caucus in the Senate, Larry Smith. The northwestern Ontario senator, appointed by former prime minister Stephen Harper, ignited a firestorm of criticism after she defended the residential school system as "well-intentioned," telling her colleagues she was disappointed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission didn't "focus on the good" done in these institutions. Beyak has stood by her rosy depiction of the schools for weeks, rejecting calls to apologize or step down from the committee tasked with studying Indigenous issues.


SPORTS APRIL 6
Thursday 6th April 2017
Pictou County Athletics – Spring/Summer Registration for Trailblazers ( ages 10 – 12 ) , ages 13+ and Masters (ages 35 and up). PCA is gearing up to host the Atlantic Outdoor Track and Field Championships this July and new members are welcome to come and be part of our PCA programs. Registration will take place at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field, 482 Auburn Ave. in Stellarton on Friday from 5 to 6:30 and Sunday from 3 to 5pm. Please bring health card information with you. Visit our website for further information pictoucountyathletics.com. For further information contact Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com or Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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Pictou Soccer Club is holding Spring Registration Thursday April 6 at Pictou Elementary 5:00-6:30 and Saturday April 8 at Pictou Youth Center 10 am -2 pm. More information at pictousoccerclub@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored and the Washington Capitals wrapped up their second consecutive Presidents' Trophy with a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers.
Rasmus Ristolainen and Tyler Ennis scored and the Buffalo Sabres closed their home schedule with a 2-1 victory to snap the Montreal Canadiens' five-game winning streak.
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NBA
Kyle Lowry had 27 points and 10 assists in his return from a wrist injury and the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat the Detroit Pistons 105-102.
Miami 112 Charlotte 99
Cleveland 114 Boston 91
Houston 110 Denver 104
Oklahoma City 103 Memphis 100
L.A. Lakers 102 San Antonio 95
Golden State 120 Phoenix 111
L.A. Clippers 112 Dallas 101
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MLB
American League

Dylan Bundy struck out eight over seven impressive innings, and the Baltimore Orioles used home runs by Adam Jones and Chris Davis to beat the Toronto Blue Jays for the second night in a row, 3-1.
Minnesota 9 Kansas City 1
Tampa Bay 4 N.Y. Yankees 1
Cleveland 9 Texas 6
Houston 5 Seattle 3 (13 innings)
L.A. Angels 5 Oakland 0
Detroit at Chicago White Sox, postponed
National League
Washington 6 Miami 4
Atlanta 3 N.Y. Mets 1 (12 innings)
Cincinnati 2 Philadelphia 0
Milwaukee 6 Colorado 1
Arizona 8 San Francisco 6
L.A. Dodgers 3 San Diego 1
Chicago Cubs at St. Louis, postponed
Interleague
Boston 3 Pittsburgh 0 (12 innings)


NEW GLASGOW ADDS SURVEY TO CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PLAN
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Following up on the series of community engagement and input sessions since January, the Town of New Glasgow has released a survey to offer additional opportunities for community feedback. The survey can be found on the Town of New Glasgow website until Friday, April 21. Click the turquoise button under the Photo Feature section. Mayor Nancy Dicks says the town is pleased with the turnout at the engagement sessions, and they want to maintain that momentum of civic involvement. Dicks says she wants to encourage citizens to take part in the survey and hopes to have significant participation. Mayor Dicks and Town Council will also host another engagement session at Glasgow Square theatre on May 17 with details coming soon.


PRICE AND TIME TO FIX HEALTH CARE SYSTEM STILL A QUESTION TO HEALTH OFFICIALS
Wednesday 5th April 2017
While testifying before the Public Accounts Committee today at the Nova Scotia Legislature, Deputy health minister Denise Perret and Janet Knox, president and CEO of the Nova Scotia Health Authority were unable to answer questions about the cost or the timeline for creating up to 80 collaborative care teams they said are vital to improving care in the province. Perrett and Knox both spoke at length about the need to transform the health-care system to provide better and timelier care. However, neither official could indicate when those transformations would occur. Pictou East MLA Tim Houston did not accept that the answers to those questions were not available. He says considering eight collaborative care teams were created under the previous NDP government, it should not be difficult to conclude how long it would take to create more, and the price tag that goes with it.


POLICE FIND BODY OF SENIOR IN SHED DESTROYED BY FIRE
Wednesday 5th April 2017
A 74-year old man was found, deceased, in a shed destroyed by fire yesterday evening in Tilley Road, New Brunswick. RCMP Cpl Steven Breau says foul play is not suspected in the man's death, although the investigation is still in progress. Breau says the man, whose name has not been released, was discovered when police attended the scene last night around 8pm. Identification services, the canine unit and the fire marshal were also at the scene. Tilley Road is about 12 kilometres northwest of Tracadie-Sheila.


MARINE ATLANTIC CATCHING UP FROM ICY DELAYS
Wednesday 5th April 2017
It has taken some time, but it appears that Marine Atlantic are getting back on track with both of the ferries between Port aux Basques, N.L., and North Sydney, N.S being slowed by the ice buildup in the Cabot Strait. Media spokesperson for Marine Atlantic, Darryl Mercer, told CBC News that Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker George R. Pearkes will be on the route today to provide any needed assistance for the MV Highlanders or MV Blue Puttees. Mercer says the ferries are slowly getting back on schedule, and the crews are doing what they can to get through. Mercer said he doesn't have exact numbers on how many ferry crossings have been affected by ice conditions, but they will sail on delayed schedules or combine crossings, and use the Leif Ericson to help with backlog on the route.


GARNIER BAIL HEARING CONCLUDES, NO DECISION REACHED
Wednesday 5th April 2017
The hearing to determine whether bail for a man accused of killing an off duty police officer will be revoked has concluded, and the judge has said a decision will be coming. Justice Peter Rosinski has reserved decision in the bail hearing of Christopher Garnier. In the meantime Garnier will remain in custody. Garnier stands charged with second-degree murder and interfering with human remains in the death of Truro Police Constable Catherine Campbell in September, 2015. He was released on bail last December while he awaits trial this coming November. However, Garnier was arrested in February for allegedly breaching the conditions of his release after police said they could not locate him at either of the two places where he was allowed to live under conditions of his release. Justice Rosinski did not indicate when the case would return to court for his decision.


MAN CHARGED AFTER YOUTH TRAPPED UNDER CAR
Wednesday 5th April 2017
An 18-year-old man from Scotch Village was arrested and charged with criminal negligence causing bodily harm and dangerous driving after an incident in the parking lot of Avon View High School yesterday. Police allege that a 17-year old male youth was trapped under the front of a vehicle in the parking lot around 2:00 in the afternoon. RCMP, paramedics and firefighters were called to the school to help the youth, who eventually was airlifted to hospital in Halifax via LifeFlight for treatment of injuries that are believed to be serious. The identity of both the accused and the alleged victim in the case are being withheld at this time. The accused has been released from custody, and is scheduled to appear in Windsor provincial court on 30 May.


MOOSE NO LONGER LOOSE *POSTED 11:45 AM*
Wednesday 5th April 2017
To paraphrase a line from the classic British comedy, Fawlty Towers, Mr. Moose is picked up. New Glasgow Police are now reporting that the moose that was hanging around the Abercrombie area was tranquilized, captured, and is currently en route to a safe location. The traffic disruptions which were in effect in the Parkview Drive and Chestnut Street area have been lifted. The Department of Natural Resources is not indicating where the moose's final destination will be.


SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF PICTOU SCHOOLS
Wednesday 5th April 2017
A final decision on the Pictou School Review process may be made tonight, as the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is holding a special meeting in Truro at 7. The meeting will give governing board members time to ask questions, discuss and debate the information provided to them last week by the School Options Committee, as well as a Staff Technical Report. If members don't come to a decision, there will be another Special Board Meeting next Tuesday April 11th. There is a bus planning to leave from Pictou Academy at 5:30 to travel to tonight's meeting.


NO FIXED ROUTE BUS, AS PICTOU COUNTY SAYS NO FUNDING
Wednesday 5th April 2017
The chair of CHAD Transit says there won't be a fixed route service. Faus Johnson tells NG News that CHAD received word from the Municipality of the County of Pictou that it would not financially support the pilot project. Because all six municipal units needed to be on board to receive provincial funding, the fixed route project can't go ahead. Johnson says CHAD Transit will continue to run its regular service, which is helping more people than ever.


RCMP SEARCHING FOR MISSING WOMAN
Wednesday 5th April 2017
RCMP in Halifax are asking for the public's help in finding Susan Ritcey. She was last seen Monday, as police say she said she was going for a drive to watch the sunset at Peggy's Cove. Ritcey was last seen wearing a grey hoodie and driving a green Ford Explorer, with a white driver's side door, and an Alberta Plate BTY 1910. She's described as a white female, weighing 160 lbs with curly brown hair, a fair complexion, and a heavy build.


LATEST MEASLES OUTBREAK ALL RELATED CASES, SAY HEALTH OFFICIALS
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Public health officials in Nova Scotia say they have confirmed 13 cases of measles that are believed to be related. The deputy chief medical officer of health says all of the cases involve people who have been in the same location as someone infected with measles. Dr. Gaynor Watson-Creed adds that the spread is not surprising given the contagious nature of the illness, but she says it is likely approaching its peak. She says that some of those infected include health-care workers, and that measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of measles at their workplaces. Officials say the risk to the public is low because most people have been vaccinated. Watson-Creed says this cluster of cases is not linked to an outbreak that affected seven people in the province last month.


ROBIN HOOD FLOUR RECALL NOW NATION-WIDE
Wednesday 5th April 2017
A recall of Robin Hood brand flour announced last month by federal health officials has now been expanded to all of Canada. The initial recall of 10-kilogram bags of flour was addressed to consumers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The affected flour carries a best-before date of April 17, 2018 (and a UPC code of 0 59000 01652 8). The Public Health Agency of Canada said in late March that there were 25 cases of E.coli infection in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. No deaths have been reported but at least a half-dozen people were treated in hospital. The agency said everyone who had fallen ill had either recovered or was recovering and that most of those who became ill were men with an average age of 24. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says customers who have the affected flour should toss it out or return it for a refund. The agency says food contaminated with E. coli may not look or smell spoiled, but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and diarrhea.


GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATING WHO IS USING CELLPHONE SNOOPERS AROUND PARLIAMENT HILL
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the RCMP and CSIS have launched investigations in response to a CBC News report which revealed that someone is using devices that track and spy on cellphones in the area around Parliament Hill. Goodale confirms the spying was not being done by a Canadian agency using International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) catchers. But he could not say whether those using the IMSI catchers might be domestic organized crime, a foreign intelligence agency or some other source. The devices work by mimicking a cellphone tower to interact with nearby phones and read the unique ID associated with a phone. The problem with certain IMSI catchers is they can go a bit further, intercepting voice and data communication. It is unclear what kind of IMSI catcher or catchers are being used in the Ottawa area. Goodale said that like most police and security services around the world, Canadian law enforcement and intelligence agencies use the technology in the course of their work, but only in compliance with the law.


SPORTS APRIL 5
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Pictou County Athletics – Spring/Summer Registration for Trailblazers ( ages 10 – 12 ) , ages 13+ and Masters (ages 35 and up)- PCA is gearing up to host the Atlantic Outdoor Track and Field Championships this July and new members are welcome to come and be part of our PCA programs. Registration will take place at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field, 482 Auburn Ave. in Stellarton on Friday from 5 to 6:30 and Sunday from 3 to 5pm. Please bring health card information with you. Visit their website for further information: pictoucountyathletics.com
For further information contact Stacey McLean at slmclean22@gmail.com or Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Women's Hockey World Championship
Quarter-finals

Finland 4 Sweden 0
Germany 2 Russia 1
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NHL
Patrick Eaves scored his eighth goal in nine games, John Gibson made 26 saves and the Anaheim Ducks moved closer to a fifth straight Pacific Division title with a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.
Lars Eller, Kevin Shattenkirk, Nate Schmidt and Tom Wilson scored as the Washington Capitals cruised to a 4-1 victory Tuesday over the Maple Leafs, ending Toronto's four-game win streak.
Pittsburgh 4 Columbus 1
New Jersey 1 Philadelphia 0 (OT)
Boston 4 Tampa Bay 0
Ottawa 2 Detroit 0
Minnesota 5 Carolina 3
N.Y. Islanders 2 Nashville 1 (OT)
Winnipeg 5 St. Louis 2
Dallas 3 Arizona 2 (OT)
Colorado 4 Chicago 3 (OT)
San Jose 3 Vancouver 1
Los Angeles 6 Edmonton 4
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NBA
Brooklyn 141 Philadelphia 118
Cleveland 122 Orlando 102
Indiana 108 Toronto 90
Washington 118 Charlotte 111
Denver 134 New Orleans 131
New York 100 Chicago 91
Oklahoma City 110 Milwaukee 79
San Antonio 95 Memphis 89 (OT)
Utah 106 Portland 87
Golden State 121 Minnesota 107
Sacramento 98 Dallas 87
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MLB
American League

Detroit 6 Chicago White Sox 3
N.Y. Yankees 5 Tampa Bay 0
Cleveland 4 Texas 3
Houston 2 Seattle 1
L.A. Angels 7 Oakland 6
National League
Colorado 6 Milwaukee 5
Chicago Cubs 2 St. Louis 1
San Francisco 8 Arizona 4
San Diego 4 L.A. Dodgers 0
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Brad Gushue defeated China and Germany to remain unbeaten at the men's world curling championship in Edmonton.


LIBERALS HAVE LARGEST MARCH FOR SPENDING SINCE BEING ELECTED
Tuesday 4th April 2017
The provincial Liberal government introduced 65-million dollars in funding announcements through the month of March, adding fuel to the speculations that an election is coming sooner rather than later. CBC is reporting that there were a total of 42 funding announcements made by Premier Stephen McNeil, members of the cabinet, and backbenchers last month. Some of those announcements include money from Ottawa. McNeil says these announcements were possible because of close fiscal management through the first three years of the mandate, something the leaders of the two opposition parties disagree with. Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie referred to the spending as crass electioneering, while NDP Leader Gary Burrill told CBC the spending was hurtful and gross. The 65-million dollars makes this the largest fiscal year-end spending spree of the current Liberal mandate.


GARNIER IN COURT TO ANSWER TO BAIL BREACH
Tuesday 4th April 2017
A man charged in the death of off-duty police officer Catherine Campbell entered court this afternoon to face charges of breaching the conditions of his release. Christopher Garnier appeared in Nova Scotia Supreme Court on March 3rd for a hearing to decide whether his release should be revoked, but the case was adjourned until today. Garnier was arrested in Cape Breton after Halifax police alleged they could not find him after numerous attempts to reach him at the two residences where he was allowed to live. His lawyer, Joel Pink, has said he plans to fight the charges. Garnier, who remains in custody, was released on bail last December while awaiting trial in November on charges of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body. This hearing is expected to last for the remainder of the day today and throughout the day tomorrow.


EMERGENCY BROCHURES TRANSLATED IN MI'KMAW FOR FIRST NATIONS
Tuesday 4th April 2017
Residents of First Nations will be better able to plan for and respond to emergencies with two new tools from the Emergency Management Office. Two brochures on using 9-1-1 and preparing for emergencies have been translated into Mi'kmaw and copies are being distributed to all 13 First Nations in the province.The brochures are also available in Mi'kmaw, English, French, and Arabic on the Emergency Management Office website.


SCHOOL BOARD DEBATING PICTOU SCHOOL DECISION TOMORROW
Tuesday 4th April 2017
A final decision on the Pictou School Review process may be made tomorrow, as the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is holding a special meeting in Truro Wednesday night at 7. The meeting will give governing board members time to ask questions, discuss and debate the information provided to them last week by the School Options Committee, as well as a Staff Technical Report. If members don't come to a decision, there will be another Special Board Meeting next Tuesday the 11th.


CAR IMPOUNDED AFTER WOMAN CLOCKED DRIVING MORE THAN 65 KM/H OVER SPEED LIMIT
Tuesday 4th April 2017
A 47-year old Dartmouth woman has been charged with stunting after she was clocked driving at 176 km/h on Highway 104. The RCMP's Northern Traffic Services in Bible Hill conducted a traffic stop on Saturday after detecting the speeding vehicle. The driver, who had four passengers in the vehicle with her, had her driver's license immediately suspended for seven days and the vehicle was impounded.


DNR WORKING TO SHOO AWAY ABERCROMBIE MOOSE
Tuesday 4th April 2017
After several weeks of roaming, the Department of Natural Resources is taking steps to move a stray moose in the Abercrombie area to safety. The scare tactics to move the moose include shooting at it with a rubber bullet and firing a gun to frighten the animal away. DNR officials say some people were getting too close for comfort. Since then, the moose has been spotted in other areas several kilometres away. While it's too early to say if the animal is gone for good, the weather might be helping. DNR Biologist Shavonne Meyer tells CTV Atlantic that she's hoping to be part of an aerial surveillance later this year, to see if she might be able to spot the moose.  She says if you see a moose anywhere, leave it alone and let it go on its way.


TRIAL FOR DRUG-TRAFFICKING DOC DELAYED OVER EVIDENCE QUESTIONDS
Tuesday 4th April 2017
The trial of a Nova Scotia doctor accused of prescribing 50,000 pills to one hospital patient has been bogged down by legal wrangling over evidence. Defence lawyers are making a bid to exclude comments the doctor made to medical regulators. Appearing in Bridgewater provincial court, a lawyer for Doctor Sarah Dawn Jones says her constitutional rights would be violated if early information she provided to the Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons is allowed in the trial. Lawyer Stan MacDonald says his client has the right to be free from the Crown using self-incriminating evidence against her. The judge in the case is expected to make a ruling by Friday.


NO CHANGE IN SEAT COUNTS AFTER BYELECTIONS
Tuesday 4th April 2017
The Liberals will hold on to their seats in Montreal, Ottawa and north of Toronto in Markham after federal byelections on Monday night, while the Conservatives kept both of their seats in Calgary. The lack of upsets is not surprising, as all of the ridings are considered strongholds for their respective political parties. Turnout on Monday night ranged from over 33 per cent in Calgary Heritage, to 27.5 per cent in Markham-Thornhill.


DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR INDIGENOUS WOMEN INQUIRY EXTENDED
Tuesday 4th April 2017
The national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women is giving those with vested interest a little more time to get their applications in. The deadline for groups, organizations, individuals and government bodies has been pushed from April 10 to April 18.  Commission counsel, Christa Big Canoe, said translating the announcement and applications into Indigenous languages took longer than expected. Families and survivors automatically qualify as witnesses, meaning they do not have to apply or be approved to testify by the commissioners. However, they do need to register. Big Canoe said being granted standing means the applicant has the right to participate in an inquiry or inquest. She said in this case, there are different levels of standing: regional, national, and issue-specific. Big Canoe said families and survivors will not undergo cross-examination. Big Canoe said there isn't a timeline in place yet for completing this process because the commission has no idea as to how many applications it will receive. She did say that there will be no preferential treatment given in the decision-making process.


POSSIBLE SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN RUSSIAN SUBWAY BOMBING
Tuesday 4th April 2017
Kyrgyzstan's Foreign Minister says the St. Petersburg metro attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. Kyrgyz authorities had earlier identified Akbarjon Djalilov as the suspect involved in Monday's attack that left 14 people dead. It was unclear whether the number of dead included the attacker. Djalilov, in his 20s, is a Russian national born in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abyldaev said that the bomber's motives were unclear. The explosion took place between two metro at about 2.40 on Monday afternoon. Four of the injured are in critical condition. Russians laid flowers and tributes at memorials as a three-day mourning period has begun. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which led to the shutdown of the city's metro system. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the attack as a "terrorist act," but authorities have released no specifics on who they believe is responsible. A second, larger device was found and defused at another station. That device, hidden in a fire extinguisher, was larger than the one that went off, according to state media reports. It carried about a kilogram of TNT, the reports said.


SPORTS APRIL 4
Tuesday 4th April 2017
NATIONAL SPORTS
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Brad Gushue is off to a strong start at 5-0 after eight draws of round-robin play at the world men's curling championship. His top-ranked team dumped Scotland's David Murdoch 8-2 on Monday afternoon and then beat American John Shuster by the same score in the evening.
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Women's Hockey World Championship at Plymouth, Michigan
Canada made it into the semifinals of the women's world hockey championship with an assist from their frenemies. Canada's 8-0 win over Russia and Finland losing 5-3 in regulation to the United States combined to send the Canadians to the semifinals alongside the Americans.
Switzerland 4 Germany 2
Sweden 3 Czech Republic 1
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NHL
Artturi Lehkonen scored twice in the third period and had an assist to help the Montreal Canadiens clinch the Atlantic Division title with a 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.
If it wasn't evident already, it's now official. Auston Matthews has put together the finest rookie season in the 100-year history of the Toronto Maple Leafs, now with the record for both goals (39) and points (67), as the Leafs defeated Buffalo 4-2.
Detroit 5 Ottawa 4 (SO)
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NBA
Minnesota 110 Portland 109
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MLB
American League
Mark Trumbo homered with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 Monday for their seventh straight opening-day victory.
Detroit at Chicago White Sox, ppd.
Minnesota 7 Kansas City 1
Cleveland 8 Texas 5
Houston 3 Seattle 0
Oakland 4 L.A. Angels 2
National League
Washington 4 Miami 2
N.Y. Mets 6 Atlanta 0
Boston 5 Pittsburgh 3
Colorado 7 Milwaukee 5
Philadelphia 4 Cincinnati 3
L.A. Dodgers 14 San Diego 3
Interleague
Boston 5 Pittsburgh 3


FATAL STRUCTURE FIRE IN HANTS COUNTY ***UPDATED***
Monday 3rd April 2017
One person was killed in a garage fire in Hants County this morning. RCMP have not released any details about the victim, including age or gender. Corporal Jennifer Clarke says there were also two children on the property in South Rawdon, and they were able to escape unharmed. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.


NEW BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL HOLD-AND-SECURE LIFTED ***UPDATED***
Monday 3rd April 2017
Police in Perth-Andover, New Brunswick are reporting that Southern Victoria High School was in a hold-and-secure as a precautionary measure. RCMP say they were investigating a report of a threat in the community. Police are not saying whether the school was the specific target of the threat. The hold-and-secure has since been lifted. Police have not indicated the nature of the threat.


SEVEN HIGH SCHOOLS BECOME SKILLED TRADES CENTRES
Monday 3rd April 2017
More high school students will have access to hands-on learning opportunities to help them prepare for careers in skilled trades. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey announced today that seven new high schools will benefit from Skilled Trades Centres. She says the centres will help students make stronger links between classroom learning and the working world, and give them greater opportunities to pursue careers in trades. Of those seven, two are within Chignecto Central Regional School Board – Cobequid Education Centre in Truro and Amherst High School.


ACADIAN FEDERATION SAYS THEY'LL SUE IF PROVINCE DOESN'T FIX ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES
Monday 3rd April 2017
The Acadian Federation of Nova Scotia is threatening to sue the province if it doesn't redraw the electoral map ahead of an election. Federation executive director Marie-Claude Rioux says her organization believes an interim process can be launched quickly and would allow the government to drop the writ when it chooses. Rioux says the federation ultimately wants a more formal process to decide the boundaries within two years. She says it's not in the government's best interest to call an election before the ridings issue is resolved — a move she says would open a "Pandora's box" legally and constitutionally. A Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruling released in January found a previous boundary redrawing by the former NDP government in 2012 , which removed two protected ridings for francophones and one for African Nova Scotians, violated the voter rights section of the Charter of Rights.


IMPAIRED DRIVING CHARGE LAID AFTER CAR FOUND IN DITCH
Monday 3rd April 2017
A 28 year old man from Garden of Eden was arrested after Pictou District RCMP responded to a call of a vehicle in a ditch early Saturday morning. A nine-year-old child who was a passenger in the vehicle, walked to a nearby home on Sherbrooke Road to ask for help. No one was injured, but the driver was arrested at the scene for Impaired Driving. He is scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on May 29.


WORK IN WILLOW AVENUE AREA WILL TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS
Monday 3rd April 2017
Note for drivers in New Glasgow: due to efforts by Engineering and Public Works on storm water infrastructure, traffic will be disrupted in the Willow Avenue area, starting today. Detours will be in place. The work is expected to be completed by end of May.


TRIAL OF DOCTOR CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING BEGINS TODAY *UPDATED 11:55 AM*
Monday 3rd April 2017
The drug-trafficking trial for a Nova Scotia doctor accused of prescribing 50,000 pills to a hospital patient has started with a hearing into the admissibility of some evidence. Ten days have been set aside for the trial of Dr. Sarah Dawn Jones in Bridgewater provincial court. Jones worked at the Crossroads Family Practice in the Halifax suburb of Tantallon, but the province's College of Physicians and Surgeons has said she's under an interim suspension. The college has said the matter was reported to police last August after a pharmacist reported unusual activity to the college's investigative branch. Jones has pleaded not guilty to charges including possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking, theft, breach of trust, drawing a document without authority and fraud.


MILFORD MAN ARRESTED AFTER STANDOFF
Monday 3rd April 2017
A 63-year-old East Hants man has been arrested after a standoff at a home in Milford. Paramedics and fire personnel were called to assist with a medical call around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and police say the man threatened to burn the house down. The emergency responders left the area and called RCMP after the man said he had a gun and later threatened police. RCMP officers from East Hants, Millbrook, and Indian Brook responded and the man was arrested at 12:40 a.m. Sunday. A search of the scene led to a .22 calibre rifle being seized. The man was held in custody and the RCMP say he faces a number of charges.


CASE OF MAN WHO FLED TO CANADA FROM NEW YORK RENEWING CALLS TO SCRAP SAFE THIRD COUNTRY AGREEMENT
Monday 3rd April 2017
The taIe of a man who suffered severe frostbite trying to make it to Canada is attracting international attention. The man, identified only as Mamadou to protect his identity, arrived in Quebec March 5. On March 4, he tried to make a refugee claim at an official port of entry between Quebec and New York, but was refused, making him ineligible to claim asylum under the Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement. Advocates point to his tale as proof the decade-old pact should be suspended in the age of President Donald Trump. Mamadou, originally from Ivory Coast, worked as a cab driver in New York City for the past 10 years, and wasn't planning to come to Canada until a neighbour told him immigration officers had repeatedly come searching for him at his apartment in the Bronx. Mamadou fears he will be killed if forced to return to the Ivory Coast.


MILITARY OMBUDSMAN ACCUSES NATIONAL DEFENCE OF 'PUNISHMENT BY PURSE STRINGS'
Monday 3rd April 2017
Canada's military ombudsman is pulling no punches in a battle with National Defence, accusing officials of "insidious" attacks whenever his office releases a report critical of the department. Gary Walbourne said those attacks have affected his ability to hold the Defence Department to account, which by extension is having a negative effect on the military personnel he is working to help. The ombudsman said the best way to solve the problem is to make his office, which was created in the aftermath of the Somalia Inquiry, fully independent from the department. The Trudeau government has so far rejected that request. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan noted in a letter to Walbourne that the current relationship, in which defence officials oversee the ombudsman's finances and human resources, was the result of a report from the auditor general. Auditor general Michael Ferguson blasted the department in 2015 for not keeping closer tabs on Walbourne's predecessor, Pierre Daigle, who approved his own expenses and flouted contracting rules. Walbourne, who took over as ombudsman in April 2014, said he has worked hard to clean up Daigle's mistakes, but the department's tight grip on his office's finances is now being used against him. He alleges that defence officials make life more difficult for his office any time it releases a report they don't like.


SPORTS APRIL 3
Monday 3rd April 2017
The Northern Subway Selects Midget AAA team earned silver at the Atlantic championship, following a hard-fought 2-0 loss to Team P.E.I. in the final. It was the team’s first time at the Atlantics, winning the provincial Female Midget AAA Hockey League championship over Metro Boston Pizza on March 18 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. During the tournament, the Selects went 4-0 in the round robin.
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No win yet for the home team, as the Liverpool Privateers evened the championship after edging out the Pictou County Scotians 5-4 at the Wellness Centre last night. Games 3 & 4 are this coming weekend, first in Liverpool Saturday night at 7:30, then back at the Wellness Centre Sunday at 7.
Game 5 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Tue Apr 11 7:30 PM
If necessary:
Game 6 Liverpool Privateers  @ Pictou County Scotians - Pictou County Wellness Centre, Fri Apr 14 7:00 PM
Game 7 Pictou County Scotians  @ Liverpool Privateers - Queens Place Emera Centre, Sat Apr 15 7:30 PM
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A good weekend for Pictou County Lightning Basketball, as four U16 and two U18 Teams started out this weekend at various provincial tournaments. The U18 AA Boys team won their Consolation game 77-73...  big congrats to coaches Stinson and Wright, Team Manager Neilsen and the Players of course. The U16 D5 Boys came 4th to Sackville in the Bronze Medal Game 54-40...  Noah Wilkinson was named a Tournament All Star.  Great job Coach Taylor and his dedicated players. The U18 D4 Girls team won gold in a nailbiting 52-51 final. Danielle Farrell was named Tournamnet MVP and Tournament All-Star. A great weekend for Coach Douthwright, Team Manager MacDougall and the players. The U16 D2 Girls team also won gold with a last second 3-point buzzer beater. Karielle Floyd was named Tournament MVP and Raegan MacDonald was named Tournament All-Star. Awesome job Coaches MacLean, MacPhail...  and the little engine that could...  this very young group of athletes.
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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Logan Shaw scored with 3:06 left in the third period to lead the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames.
San Jose 3 Vancouver 1
Boston 3 Chicago 2
N.Y. Islanders 4 Buffalo 2
St. Louis 4 Nashville 1
Pittsburgh 3 Carolina 2
Washington 3 Columbus 2
Minnesota 5 Colorado 2
Tampa Bay 6 Dallas 3
N.Y. Rangers 4 Philadelphia 3
Arizona 2 Los Angeles 1
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NBA
Serge Ibaka scored 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 17 to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the injury-riddled Philadelphia 76ers 113-105.
Boston 110 New York 94
Charlotte 113 Oklahoma City 101
Dallas 109 Milwaukee 105
L.A. Lakers 108 Memphis 103
San Antonio 109 Utah 103
Brooklyn 91 Atlanta 82
Chicago 117 New Orleans 110
Cleveland 135 Indiana 130 (2OT)
Denver 116 Miami 113
Golden State 139 Washington 115
Houston 123 Phoenix 116
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MLB (First Day of Baseball Season)
Tampa Bay 7 N.Y. Yankees 3
Arizona 6 San Francisco 5
St. Louis 4 Chicago Cubs 3


NEW GLASGOW LOOKING FOR NOMINATIONS OF EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG PEOPLE
Sunday 2nd April 2017
The Town of New Glasgow is calling for nominations for three awards that recognize youth in the areas of leadership, athletics and arts & culture. The awards are open to young people between 12 and 22 years of age. Letters of nominations with an accompanying one page profile on the nominee may be submitted to Geralyn MacDonald, Director of Community Economic Development, Town of New Glasgow by email: geralyn.macdonald@newglasgow.ca or by dropping off to the New Glasgow Town Hall, 111 Provost Street, New Glasgow, B2H 5E1 or by mail. Deadline is April 12.


ONE MAN DIES AFTER ACCIDENT NEAR CANSO CAUSEWAY *UPDATED 11:05 AM*
Sunday 2nd April 2017
A 57-year-old cyclist from Port Hawkesbury is dead after he and a truck collided near the start of the mainland entrance to the Canso Causeway. The crash occurred just before 3 pm Saturday near the truck weigh-in station beside the causeway. The cyclist died at the scene. The causeway, the only road link between the mainland and Cape Breton, was closed for about six hours as police gathered evidence in order to determine the cause of the collision. Fire halls in both Cape Breton and Aulds Cove opened their doors to give stranded motorists and passengers a place to warm up and get refreshments while they waited. The RCMP investigation continues.


NS COMPANIES LOOKING TO HIRE FOREIGN WORKERS UNDER FEDERAL PROGRAM
Sunday 2nd April 2017
About 120 Nova Scotia companies have submitted applications to take part in a program that allows them to fill jobs with foreign workers and international graduates. Twelve employers have been designated so far, with another 50 companies expected to be designated by the end of next week. Almost 200 Atlantic Canadian employers have expressed interest in the program, and over 50 have been formally designated. Nova Scotia Immigration Minister Lena Diab says the Atlantic Immigration Pilot is "a tool employers can use to fill their labour gaps." It's hoped the program will bring 2,000 additional immigrants and their families to the four Atlantic provinces.


STRIPED BASS SEASON DOUBLED FOR MARITIMES
Sunday 2nd April 2017
The extended fishing season for striped bass in the Maritimes has satisfied some residents while leaving others wanting more. On Friday, the federal government announced a doubling of the season, to 200 days from 95, in the southern St. Lawrence Bay, which includes waters in all three Maritime provinces. The new extended season begins May 1 in tidal waters and lasts until Oct. 31. Charlie LeBlanc, president of the New Brunswick Wildlife Federation, supports the move. While the federation applauds the longer season, for others isn't long enough. Jerry Doak, owner of W.W. Doak, an outfitters in Doaktown, said more needs to be done to reduce the number of striped bass on the Miramichi River. One criticism LeBlanc has of the new season is the rules regarding the size of the fish allowed to be harvested, which is between 50 and 65 centimetres. This is to allow the largest spawners to keep the population up, but LeBlanc doesn't think that's necessary. The number of striped bass on the Miramichi is hurting the salmon population. When young salmon, called smolt, are swimming back out to sea, striped bass are coming into the river to spawn. A lot of the smolt are eaten by the bass. But LeBlanc said said that while striped bass will eat salmon, he doesn't believe the problem is too dire.


SPORTS APRIL 2
Sunday 2nd April 2017
The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA s will be playing the PEI Wildcats at the East Hants sportsplex at 1pm. They captured the Provincial title in mid March and now are one win away from the Atlantic title. If successful, the Selects will represent Atlantic at Nationals the end of April in Morden, Manitoba.
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The Pictou County Scotians took the first match 6-3 against the Liverpool Privateers in the best of 7 NS Junior Hockey League championship. Game two will be tonight at 7 at the Wellness Centre.
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This weekend there's a ton of basketball going on. 4 Pictou County Lightning U16 boys and Girls Teams and 2 Lightning U18 Boys and girls teams are on their way to provincials. Pictou County Lightning are hosting the D3 U16 Girls out of Northumberland. Volunteers are also hosting the U18 AA Girls Provincials out of NNEC and New Glasgow Academy. This is a great chance to watch some great ball locally. Please come out and show our teams the fantastic support that only the Lightning club can for the following teams:
U16 D3 Boys McInnis/Sabean
U16 D5 Boys Taylor/Sabean
U16 D2 Girls MacLean/MacPhail
U16 D3 Girls Stinson/Mattinson
U18 DAA Boys Stinson/Wright
U18 D4 Girls Douthwright

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Level 1 and 2 Baseball Nova Scotia Umpires Division Clinic is back for another year at the Westville Town Office Gym on April 22nd. Registration is at 8:30, the clinic runs from 9 am to 5pm. Cost is $70 for level 1 & 2, and $100 for level 3. Fee includes BNSUD membership fees, clinic fees, and all clinic materials. All new umpires or current level 1 or 2 umpires who intend to work in the Pictou County region must be in attendance. If you are a returning umpire, bring your rulebook. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing.  If you have a ball glove and mask, please bring it along as well. Pre-registration is recommended as there is limited space available. For more information or to pre-register, please contact Joel Rodgers at joel.rodgers@sobeys.com or phone – 902-752-6575 (home after 6pm) or 902-752-8371 ext. 8027 (work).
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Men's Curling
Canada's Brad Gushue opened the Ford world men's curling championship with a 7-5 victory over Peter de Cruz of Switzerland at the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton. Gushue took control of the back-and-forth game when Swiss fourth Benoit Schwarz missed his final shot in the seventh end. The St. John's skip had hammer and delivered a draw to score three. This is the first appearance at this event for Gushue's team of vice-skip Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker. They earned the berth by beating Kevin Koe last month in the Tim Hortons Brier final.
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Women's Hockey World Championship at Plymouth, Michigan
Finland beat Canada in women's hockey for the first time with a 4-3 win Saturday at the world hockey championship. The closest Finland had come previously was a 6-6 tie in an exhibition game in 1999. Team Canada is 0-2, and concludes the preliminary round in Pool A on Monday against Russia (1-1). Canada must beat the Russians to still have a chance at a bye to the semifinals.
Germany 2 Czech Republic 1
United States 7 Russia 0
Sweden 2 Switzerland 1
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NHL
Leon Draisaitl scored the overtime winner as the Edmonton Oilers vaulted into a tie for first place in the Pacific Division with Anaheim with a 3-2 victory over the Ducks.
Auston Matthews scored twice to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the Detroit Red Wings 5-4. Matthews' second goal of the night at 18:51 of the third period gave Toronto a 5-3 lead, but proved to be the winner when Detroit's Mike Green tallied with 44.2 seconds left in regulation.
The Winnipeg Jets have their first four-game win streak of the season after a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Alexander Radulov scored 51 seconds into overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Boston 5 Florida 2
Nashville 3 Minnesota 0
Philadelphia 3 New Jersey 0
Dallas 3 Carolina 0
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NBA
L.A. Clippers 115 L.A. Lakers 104
Chicago 106 Atlanta 104
Brooklyn 121 Orlando 111
Sacramento 123 Minnesota 117
Portland 130 Phoenix 117
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MLB Pre-Season Toronto 6 Pittsburgh 4
Miami 3 Detroit 2
Cincinnati 5 CIF 1
Boston 4 Washington 4
Texas 5 Kansas City 3
Milwaukee 5 Chicago White Sox 4
San Francisco 6 Oakland 3
Seattle 1 Colorado 1
L.A. Angels 4 L.A. Dodgers 4


EPI-PEN ALLERGY DEVICES RECALLED
Saturday 1st April 2017
A recall of the emergency anti-allergy medicine EpiPen has been expanded to include Canada and the U-S because some of the devices delivering the allergy shots might not work.
Pfizer Canada says it has decided to voluntarily recall two types of the epinephrine injection.
"In Canada, the recall impacts one lot (5GU763) of the 0.3 mg strength of EpiPen Auto-Injector expiring in May of this year and one lot (5GR765) of the 0.15 mg strength of EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector expiring in March of this year.
The products in lot 5GR763 were distributed by Pfizer Canada from January to March 2016. Those in lot 5GR765 were distributed from November 2015 to February 2016. Pfizer explains it's committed to replacing the recalled devices at no cost and has advised consumers who have them to contact its information line at 1-800-463-6001.