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Showing news for the month of December , 2014

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR DECEMBER 26TH
Friday 26th December 2014

The Peewee AA Crushers had another victorious weekend. On Saturday they met the Sackville Flyers at the Wellness Centre, where they picked up a 3-1 win.

Scoring for the Crushers were Kyle Reim, Brody Bowering, and Evan Reynolds. Assists came from Lucas Fraser, Skyler Earle, Thomas Devine and Jansen Langille.

On Sunday, the Crushers were invited to the Metro Centre and played the Dartmouth Whalers.

It was an exciting game for the Crushers as they played another shutout game with a final 4-0 win.

There were no goals scored in the first period, but it changed in the second period as 2 goals were picked up by Luke Young and Nolan MacDonald with assists coming from Earle, Brycen MacDonald and Devine. The third period added two more goals by Matthew Carson, assisted by Brycen MacDonald, then Brycen scored the final goal with his assist coming from Devine.

Cody MacDougall and Vaughn MacEachern shared the net in both games.

The Peewee AA team will be playing in the KFC tournament this weekend in Truro.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” takes place tomorrow at the Trenton Rink. Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK.

In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable.

They will also be selling Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic.

Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon.

Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family).

The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.



GAS PRICES REMAIN UNCHANGED ACROSS PROVINCE
Friday 26th December 2014

The price of gas remains unchanged across the province today. In New Glasgow, the price is still at 98.7 cents a litre.

In the HRM, it's at 97.5 cents a litre.

Diesel is at an average of 114.5 cents per litre in Pictou county, and 115.5 in the HRM.



SONY PUTS CONTROVERSIAL COMEDY "THE INTERVIEW" ONLINE
Wednesday 24th December 2014
The controversial spoof film “The Interview” will be available online starting today. The comedy will be available to rent in HD on Google Play, YouTube movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a dedicated website called SeeTheInterview.com. The price is $5.99 to rent, and $14.99 to buy. That follows the announcement yesterday that the film will also be shown at about 300 independent theaters across the United States, after it was pulled from the nation's largest theatre chains following threats by a group that hacked Sony Entertainment studio's emails. The US pointed at North Korea following the hacking, but the country has denied involvement.


INPUT ON NORTHERN PULP NEW INDUSTRIAL APPROVAL ACCEPTED UNTIL JANUARY 5, 2015
Wednesday 24th December 2014
The province reminds residents they can give input on the new draft industrial approval for Northern Pulp until January 5th. As the existing approval for the mill will expires on January 30th, the new approval draft released earlier this month would require the company to bring down water usage and wastewater by 40 percent by July, 2020. Approval is also contingent on strict adherence to tighter emission limits once the new precipitator is operational in May. The draft industrial approval can be found on the Nova Scotia Department of the Environment website.


NORAD BUSY GIVING A THRILL TO CHILDREN ACROSS NORTH AMERICA
Wednesday 24th December 2014
Military technology is applied to some very serious developments in the world, but once a year the mighty resources of NORAD are aimed at giving a thrill to children right across North America. Volunteers are spending today answering phone calls and emails from children and posting updates on Santa's journey to Facebook, Twitter and www.NORADSanta.org. The 59-year-old program now has a control centre at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. Kids can also call 877-HI-NORAD to get updates.


YOUNGER LEAVES CABINET FOR PERSONAL REASONS
Wednesday 24th December 2014
Andrew Younger is temporarily not going to be a member of the Liberal cabinet. The Dartmouth East MLA is stepping down because of “personal matters that require his full attention.” His portfolios, which include Energy, Communications Nova Scotia and Part 1 of the Gaming Control Act, have been reassigned to Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson. Premier Stephen McNeil’s office sent out a release yesterday indicating that these changes would be taking place. There is no indication on how long the shuffle will last.


FATAL ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 103
Wednesday 24th December 2014
A two-vehicle collision on Highway 103 near Tusket Falls yesterday has resulted in the death of a 65-year old man. Yarmouth RCMP say the man, whose name is being withheld at this time, was pronounced dead at the scene after the incident around 8pm. A female passenger in the same vehicle was taken to hospital with injuries RCMP say are not life threatening. Two people in the other vehicle also suffered non-life threatening injuries, although police did not say whether they needed to be taken to hospital for treatment. The highway was closed for several hours while traffic analysts conducted their investigation. No conclusions have been released.


SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING CAPE BRETON TEEN
Wednesday 24th December 2014
Cape Breton Regional Police are looking for assistance from the public in finding a missing 17-year old girl. Farrah Dawn Roach has not been home for over a month, although police say they have received several reports of her being seen at various places with the CBRM. Police have not been able to make direct contact with Roach, who is described as five feet eight inches tall, 150 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to contact police at 902-563-5151 or anonymously through CrimeStoppers.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 23
Wednesday 24th December 2014

Derrick Walser is once again a member of Team Canada. The New Glasgow native who plays for Rapperswil-Jona Lakers in Switzerland, was named to the roster for the Spengler Cup which begins on Friday. Walser is representing Canada for the fifth consecutive time at the tournament, which includes five European club teams and Team Canada. He is one of eight returnees from last year's team which lost in the semi-finals. Canada last won the tournament in 2012.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” takes place December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink. Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

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

Registration is now open for all 2015 Johnny Miles Running Events. The next event is the Ugly Sweater Run, which is set to take place December 28. The only event which is not open for registration is the New Year's Eve event, which is already sold out. Register a friend or family member for an upcoming event – makes a great Christmas gift!

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

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



CITRONELLA INSECT REPELLENT BAN REVERSED BY HEALTH CANADA PENDING SCIENTIFIC STUDY
Tuesday 23rd December 2014
Citronella bug spray was scheduled to go off Canadian shelves at the end of 2014, but Health Canada has now backtracked on its ban due to public pressure. The agency says it will re-examine its regulations around personal insect repellents that contain plant-based essential oils. Until they finish the new scientific review- sometime in 2016 - citronella repellents will remain available to consumers. Health Canada first proposed phasing out citronella repellents in 2004 due to the absence of adequate safety data, but a panel review in 2005 recommended to Health Canada that citronella oil was generally safe as long as it didn't contain the contaminant, methyl eugenol.


JUDGE EXCLUDES PARAMEDICS VIDEOTAPED CONFESSION
Tuesday 23rd December 2014
A judge in Windsor, Nova Scotia has excluded the videotaped confession of paramedic James Duncan Keats, who is accused of sexually assaulting a 71-year-old woman. 49-year-old Keats is currently suspended as he faces two counts of sexual assault and two counts of breach of trust. The woman alleges Keats assaulted her two times, in her home and in the back of an ambulance, while he maintains their interactions were consensual. Keats trial will resume in March.


MAGNOTTA FOUND GUILTY ON 5 COUNTS INCLUDING FIRST DEGREE MURDER
Tuesday 23rd December 2014
Luka Magnotta is going to prison for life. On their 8th day of deliberation, a Montreal jury found 32-year-old Magnotta guilty on all 5 counts including first degree murder. The 8 women and 4 men decided the Scarborough, Ontario native knew exactly what he was doing in May, 2012 when he murdered and dismembered student Jun Lin. The jury sat through 12 long weeks of testimony and heard from 66 witnesses from 3 countries, but did not buy the defence argument that Magnotta was not criminally responsible for his actions because of mental illness.


INDIAN BROOK OPPOSES FRACKING WASTEWATER DISPOSAL PLAN
Tuesday 23rd December 2014
A First Nations community is appealing a Nova Scotia municipality's decision to approve the disposal of millions of litres of fracking wastewater in its sewer system. Indian Brook band chief Rufus Copage says an appeal letter was sent to the chief administrative officer for the Municipality of Colchester County on Dec. 19. Copage says his community strongly opposes transporting and disposing of fracking wastewater in the Debert sewer system and it wants county council to reverse its approval granted earlier this month. Under the municipality's approval process members of the public have until Dec. 29 to submit an appeal. For the past several years Atlantic Industrial Services has been storing millions of litres of flowback water from hydraulic fracturing operations in Kennetcook in its Debert holding ponds. The company recently attempted to negotiate a deal with the town of Amherst to dispose water stored in Debert, along with another 20-million litres still remaining in holding ponds in Kennetcook, but that was turned down after objections from the public.


CHARGES LAID IN ALLEGED SELF-INFLICTED CANADA DAY SHOOTING INCIDENT
Tuesday 23rd December 2014
Halifax police say a 19-year-old man faces eight weapons-related charges in connection with a July 1 shooting. Police say they were approached by a man with a single gunshot wound to his leg during a Canada Day concert at Alderney Landing. The man was taken to hospital for treatment and was later released. Police say the victim was unco-operative and an investigation determined that he was allegedly carrying a loaded firearm in his shorts. Police allege the victim shot himself while handling the gun, which hasn't been recovered.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 23
Tuesday 23rd December 2014

Bantam A Crushers were at it again this past weekend with a home and away pair of games. Saturday they faced the Cole Harbour Wings at the Wellness Centre where they had a resounding 8-3 win. Tyler Watters was strong in nets while Noah Teed led the scoring with 2 goals and an assist. Lauchie Malcolm also poked in 2 and Tyler Foote, Ben MacDonald, Lucas Leblanc, and Cairan Boone each scored one. Assists went to Spencer Nichol, Boone, Blake Fraser, and Bryce Thomsen with 3. On Sunday the Crushers travelled to The Shearwater Arena to face the Wings in their home rink. After a strong first two periods scoring 6 the Crushers stalled and ended with a 6-6 tie. Teed scored two, Thomsen netted 1 and 2 assists, Nichol had one, MacDonald scored with one assist and MacKay scored one. Foote assisted 2, while LeBlanc and Fraser each helping with one. The Crushers next play Antigonish over the Christmas weekend.

Hockey Canada has announced the roster for the Under 18 Women's World Championships next month, and Amherst native Carly Jackson is one of three goalies named to the team. The tournament begins January 5 in Buffalo. While Jackson is the only Nova Scotian on the roster, on other player, Madison Field of Oakville, Ontario, is the daughter of Shelley Field, who was born in Westville, and her grandfather still lives in Pictou County.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” takes place December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink. Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

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

Registration is now open for all 2015 Johnny Miles Running Events. The next event is the Ugly Sweater Run, which is set to take place December 28. The only event which is not open for registration is the New Year's Eve event, which is already sold out. Register a friend or family member for an upcoming event – makes a great Christmas gift!

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

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



ONE-YEAR PILOT PROJECT WILL OFFER OPEN WORK PERMITS TO SPOUSES AWAITING PERMANENT RESIDENCY
Monday 22nd December 2014
The federal government will start issuing open work permits to help the spouses of Canadians already living in the country but waiting for permanent residency. The one-year pilot program follows a CBC report that thousands of Canadian families are living in limbo, unable to work and without health coverage, due to lengthy processing times. Existing applicants, who have been waiting in certain cases upwards of 18 months, could see their open work permit applications processed within a matter of weeks, while new applicants could see their permit applications processed within four months. This change would also allow the applicants to receive provincial health coverage while awaiting permanent residency.


DALHOUSIE PUBLIC DENTISTRY CLINICS POSTPONED
Monday 22nd December 2014

Dalhousie University has postponed their public dental clinics until January 12th, a week after they were supposed to begin after the Christmas break.

The school has been at the center of a controversy after several male students in the dentistry program allegedly made derogatory and sexist posts about their female classmates in a Facebook group.

Over 35,000 people have signed a petition calling for their expulsion, and a restorative justice process is currently underway.

This comes after all fourth year exams were postponed because of the incidents.



SIX PEOPLE ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT IN DARTMOUTH
Monday 22nd December 2014

Halifax Regional Police say six people are in custody after an alleged assault at a local business.

Police say they were called to a business on Windmill Road in Dartmouth around 9 p.m. Sunday.

Officers were told a woman and two of her friends were assaulted and threatened by a group of people who had knives.

A group of people were arrested trying to flee the area a short time later. Those arrested include three men, a woman, a teenage girl and a teenage boy.



CHARGE LAID FOLLOWING THEFT OF DONATIONS FOR TODDLER WITH CANCER
Monday 22nd December 2014
RCMP have charged a 50-year-old Windsor man in connection with the theft last week of a donation jar meant for a two-year-old boy fighting cancer. Ray Brian Spence appeared in court Friday on a charge of theft, for stealing the donations from a Convenience Store on Dec. 14. He was identified by a surveillance video shows a man stealing the jar after asking distracting the store clerk -It’s not known how much money was in the jar, which was labelled Hope for Gavin and had been at the store since the boy was diagnosed in the fall. Spence was additionally charged with break, enter and theft related to a home in Brooklyn, to using a forged cheque in Windsor, and stealing a chainsaw.. He will appear in court again on all the charges on Jan. 20.


GOVERNMENT MAKES CHANGES TO DAYCARE REGULATIONS
Monday 22nd December 2014

The Provincial government is making changes to day care regulations they say will keep kids safer.

Among the changes, the criminal-record check will be replaced by the vulnerable-sector check in June 2015, and must be renewed every five years.

The vulnerable-sector check goes beyond the criminal-record check to include a search of the pardoned sex offender database.

Other amendments to the regulations involve language changes to make the intent and expectation is for compliance clearer in certain areas, including programming, incident and accident reporting, and nutrition.



ADDITIONAL CHARGES LAID AGAINST NOVA SCOTIA LAWYER IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASE
Monday 22nd December 2014
A Nova Scotia lawyer accused of human trafficking and sexual assault has pleaded not guilty and opted for a trial in provincial court. Duane Rhyno’s lawyer entered the pleas on his behalf during a brief appearance in court in Kentville this morning. Rhyno was arrested in October at the end of a three-month investigation. This morning, the Crown announced it was laying two additional charges against Rhyno. Both involve communicating with others to sell sexual services. All charges involve the same alleged 25-year-old female victim - her name is banned from publication. Judge Alan Tufts said finding two weeks of court time will be difficult. He adjourned the matter until January 20 to allow court staff time to find available days.


CHURCH ARSONS UNDER INVESTIGATION
Monday 22nd December 2014
Police are asking for the public's help as they investigate fires set earlier this year at a Halifax church. Investigators say two separate arsons occurred at St. Andrews United Church on Coburg Road in May and in July. In the May incident, police say someone entered the church and set a number of fires outside the administrative offices on the main floor. In July, fires were set on the basement floor and the main floor of the church, targeting administrative offices, the childcare office and the main sanctuary. Police say a witness observed a woman leaving the church moments before the blaze. The estimated cost of the damage caused by the fires is over $700,000.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 22
Monday 22nd December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers ended the 2014 portion of their schedule with a 7-4 victory over the Amherst Ramblers Saturday night at the Jungle. The Crushers were led by Daniel Walsh with a hat trick and an assist. The Crushers go into the break with a 4 point lead on the Yarmouth Mariners for first place in the Eastlink Division. The next game for the Crushers will be January 3 in Summerside, and that game will be available on Classic Rock 97.9

The Weeks Major Midgets dropped both ends of a home-and-home set with the Cole Harbour Wolfpack this weekend. Aaron Maillet scored 3:28 into overtime on Saturday night at the Wellness Centre to give the Wolfpack the 3-2 win. Cole Harbour followed that up with a 6-3 home win yesterday afternoon. The NSMMHL schedule continues over the Christmas break, with games on the 27th and 28th, including the Weeks hosting Valley for a double header Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 1pm.

The NSJHL wrapped up for the Christmas break with one game Saturday night, and it was a one-sided affair, as the Glace Bay Miners dominated the Antigonish Bulldogs 10-2. The Miners go into the break with an 11 point lead on the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians in the Sid Rowe Division, however the Scotians will have 5 extra games to play in the 2015 portion of the schedule, so there will be plenty of opportunity to close that gap. Action resumes January 2, with the Scotians first game on January 4 at home against Cole Harbour.

The Pictou Academy Boys Basketball team won the JV Vikings Christmas Classic Tournament on Saturday.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played three home games this weekend, coming out with a win and 2 losses. The Crushers hosted the Truro Bearcats on Friday night at the PC Wellness Centre. The Crushers fell to the Bearcats 4-0. On Saturday, the Crushers hosted the Cumberland Ramblers, coming out on top with a 3-2 victory. Scoring for the Crushers were Liam Fraser, Parker Hickey and Kyle Walsh.  Assists going to Walsh, Michael MacGillivary, Zach Houston and Matt Martin. Nick Laffin was solid in goal, picking up the win for the Crushers. On Sunday, the Crushers hosted the Acadia Axemen. It was a penalty filled affair, with the Crushers falling to the Axemen 6-0. The Crushers see their next action vs the Antigonish Bulldogs on January 2nd at 7pm at the Millenium Centre.

The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects put their unbeaten streak on the line again this past weekend and improved it yet again with a win and a tie in Provincial league action. On Friday Night the Selects travelled to Bedford where they took on the TASA Ducks at the BMO Center. The Ducks gave the Selects al they could handle but a late third period power play marker by Hannah Porter was the difference in the 4-2 win for the Selects. Camryn Halliday opened the scoring midway through the first period when she broke down the wing and cut to the net, depositing a wrister to the far side. Lindsey Smith and Eva Wornell had assists on the play. Wornell put the Selects up by two when she drove home a rebound in the crease. Halliday picked up an assist on the goal. The Ducks came roaring back I the second, with two goals of their own to tie it at two apiece. With nine minutes to play the Ducks were called for tripping, putting the Subways on the power play. It took only 10 seconds off the ensuing faceoff for Mariah Linehan to feed Sophia Wornell at the point. Wornell fired a bullet slap pass to Porter who was waiting on the doorstep to redirect it into the back of the net, giving the Selects the 3-2 lead. Halliday iced it with her second of the game finding the empty net to seal the 4-2 win for Pictou County. Jenna Landry stopped 13 of 15 shots fired her way in the close checking contest. On Saturday the Selects hosted the Cole Harbour Wings. The teams played a tight checking game through two periods with the Selects having a big upper hand in the shots department. The Pictou girls outshot Cole Harbour 18-2 through two periods, yet it remained scoreless at the intermission. After a spirited intermission speech by the coaching staff, the Selects dominated play in the third and struck early, just two minutes into the frame. Sophia Wornell fired a point shot that found it's way into the back of the net after taking a feed from Camryn Halliday. Eva Wornell also drew an assist in the play. Four minutes later, though, the Wings would get the equalizer on a lucky bounce in front. With four minutes to play, the Selects would strike again on the power play to take a 2- lead. Hannah Porter found herself alone in front and rifled a one timer from the slot on a bullet pass from Halliday. Lindsey Smith added an assist on the power play marker. The Subways looked strong to take the two points and earn their sixth straight win, but the Wings fought back. With just 23 seconds remaining in the game and the Cole Harbour net empty in favour of an extra attacker, the Selects were unable to clear their zone and the Wings capitalized on a rebound in front ending the game in a 2-2 tie. Vctoria Dunn was solid, despite having a fairly quiet afternoon in goal, facing only six shots from the Wings. The tie extends the Subways unbeaten streak to eight games and holds the Pictou County squad in 3rd place in the Bantam AA Provincial League. The girls will take a week off before preparing to head to the DQ tourney in Moncton on January 2nd. The Selects resume league play on January 9th.

On Saturday, the Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee AAA Crushers travelled to Truro to play the Bearcats. The Crushers fell short losing 5-3. Scoring for the locals was Connor MacLeod assisted by Colin MacGillivray and Ryan Green, Blake Kontuk from MacLeod and Sam Hickey and Ethan MacDonald unassisted. Brayden Leblanc was solid between the pipes.

Friday night  the NNEC gryphons boys hockey team travelled to Amherst to meet the Amherst Vikings and lost their first regular league game of the season 6-3. Amherst built up a 3 goal lead before Carson Dunbar found the back of the net. Cody Haas and Jacob Pentz assisted. Austin Mason brought the gryphons within one before Amherst scored to end the second period. Tyler Baird and Noah Delorey assisted. Amherst opened the third period with a goal before Pentz replied, assisted by Ryan Chabbassol and Kirklin Murray.  NNEC pulled the goalie with 1:30 remaining but Amherst scored in the empty net to seal the 6-3 win. On Sunday, the Gryphons hosted the Dalbrae Dragons at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and got back into the win column with a 4-3 victory. Parker Stewart and Austin Mason scored in the first period before Dalbrae tied it up in the second. Taylor Publicover put the Agryphons ahead again, only to have Dalbrae tie it up. Duncan Byrne scored with 46 seconds left in the second frame with what turned out to be the winning goal in the 4-3 victory. Assists went to Colin Holmes with 2, Austin Mason, Connor MacDougall, Tyler Baird, Noah Delorey, Ryan MacDonald, and Taylor Publicover .

Hockey Canada has announced the roster for the Under 18 Women's World Championships next month, and Amherst native Carly Jackson is one of three goalies named to the team. The tournament begins January 5 in Buffalo.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” takes place December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

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

Registration is now open for all 2015 Johnny Miles Running Events. The next event is the Ugly Sweater Run, which is set to take place December 28. The only event which is not open for registration is the New Year's Eve event, which is already sold out. Register a friend or family member for an upcoming event – makes a great Christmas gift!

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

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



MISSING WOMAN FOUND SAFE IN TENNESSEE
Monday 22nd December 2014
Happy news just in time for the holiday season. A 23-year old woman from Eskasoni who had been missing since September was found over the weekend. Chrisma Denny was located at a woman's centre in Tennessee. Yesterday, police brought her family a picture of her taken in Tennessee, and told them that she was found. Denny's family says plans are in the works to get her back to Cape Breton as soon as possible.


DRUG CHARGES LAID FOLLOWING ARREST IN NEW GLASGOW
Monday 22nd December 2014
The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit has charged a 52-year old man and a 40-year old woman with possession of controlled substances after executing a search warrant on Sunday. New Glasgow Regional Police had gone to a home on MacDonald Street in New Glasgow in response to a call of a disturbance, and when they arrived they saw drugs on the kitchen table. The pair were arrested and the home was secured while a search warrant was obtained. Marijuana and methamphetamine pills were seized. The man and woman have both been released from custody, and will appear in Pictou Provincial Court on 9 March to face the charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act.


POLICE LOOKING FOR OWNER OF LOST MONEY
Monday 22nd December 2014
New Glasgow Regional Police want to find the owner of a quantity of cash that was found at a business on East River Road recently. The money, described as a significant quantity, was found by an employee of the store in the first two weeks of December, and set aside with the hopes that the owner would return. When no one came to claim the cash, police were notified to see if they could locate the owner. Constable Ken MacDonald says they would like to find the owner to be able to return to the money, as the loss of that amount of cash could be a great stressor, particularly at this time of year. Anyone with any information about this money located is asked to contact the New Glasgow Regional Police at (902)752-1941.


CAPITAL PLAN TO BE UNVEILED
Sunday 21st December 2014
The Nova Scotia government will release its 2015-16 capital plan tomorrow. Finance Minister Diana Whalen will also release the province's five-year highway improvement plan. Whalen is set to hold a news conference tomorrow morning at 11:30 a-m at One Government Place in Halifax.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 21
Sunday 21st December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers ended the 2014 portion of their schedule with a 7-4 victory over the Amherst Ramblers last night at the Jungle. The Crushers were led by Daniel Walsh with a hat trick and an assist. The Crushers go into the break with a 4 point lead on the Yarmouth Mariners for first place in the Eastlink Division. The next game for the Crushers will be January 3 in Summerside, and that game will be available on Classic Rock 97.9

The Weeks Major Midgets dropped the first half of a home-and-home set with the Cole Harbour Wolfpack in overtime last night at the Wellness Centre. Aaron Maillet scored for Cole Harbour 3:28 into the extra frame. These two team meet again in Cole Harbour this morning at 11:30.

The NSJHL wrapped up for the Christmas break with one game last night, and it was a one-sided affair, as the Glace Bay Miners dominated the Antigonish Bulldogs 10-2. The Miners go into the break with an 11 point lead on the Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians in the Sid Rowe Division, however the Scotians will have 5 extra games to play in the 2015 portion of the schedule, so there will be plenty of opportunity to close that gap. Action resumes January 2, with the Scotians first game on January 4 at home against Cole Harbour.

The Pictou Academy Boys Basketball team won the JV Vikings Christmas Classic Tournament yesterday.

Three games on the schedule tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League at the Stellarton Rink. At 5:20pm Nat Pro Gas will face the Elk's Club. At 6:40pm Dewtie's Excavating takes on Thistle Bar. Finally, at 8:20pm Pictou Landing Falcons face off against Can-Connect.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” takes place December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

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

Registration is now open for all 2015 Johnny Miles Running Events. The next event is the Ugly Sweater Run, which is set to take place December 28. The only event which is not open for registration is the New Year's Eve event, which is already sold out. Register a friend or family member for an upcoming event – makes a great Christmas gift!

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

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



DO NOT WRAP CHRISTMAS GIFTS BEFORE CLEARING SECURITY AT HALIFAX AIRPORT!
Saturday 20th December 2014
As Halifax International experiences one of it's busiest weekends of the year, airline spokesperson Ashley Gallant says both arrivals and departures are buzzing, and reminds travellers that pre-wrapped gifts will have to be screened. Do not wrap gifts that are travelling with you, but – as in previous years, the airport is offering gift-wrapping (or re-wrapping) once travellers have cleared through security. The service is free, but donations to Feed Nova Scotia are happily accepted.


UNIVERSITY UNDER PRESSURE FOR DECISION TO USE "RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROCESS" FOLLOWING SEXUALLY VIOLENT MESSAGES POSTED BY DENTISTRY STUDENTS
Saturday 20th December 2014
Dalhousie University is coming under increasing fire for using a "restorative justice process" to deal with sexist postings by male dentistry students. Some faculty members issued a statement yesterday asking for a third-party investigation. About 200 protesters marched to the university president's office in Halifax yesterday to demand the school expel the 13 students accused of posting the misogynistic messages about their female classmates on a group Facebook page. University president Richard Florizone says the restorative justice process is intended to explore the impacts of the comments and address accountability, but he admits not all of the women affected have said they'll participate in the process.


FUNDRAISING UNDERWAY FOR 9-YEAR-OLD NEW BRUNSWICK GIRL WHO SUFFERED MULTIPLE AMPUTATIONS
Saturday 20th December 2014
Fundraising efforts are underway for a 9-year-old girl New Brunswick girl whose arms and legs were amputated after becoming gravely ill last month. Alyssa Sipley had type-A strep throat that turned deadly, causing blood to clot throughout her body. Doctors initially gave the girl a 5% chance of survival, which has now risen to 95%. The family will spend Christmas at the IWK in Halifax but father Yves says their rural community of Baie-Sainte-Anne has been lent an overwhelming amount of support. As of last night, more than $18 000 dollars has been raised for Aylssa on fundraising site GoFundMe.com


THREE BROOKS CRASH SENDS THREE TO HOSPITAL
Saturday 20th December 2014
Three people were take to hospital in Pictou County following a car crash yesterday. RCMP say two vehicles collided on Highway 6 in Three Brooks around 5:20pm, with three of the four occupants taken to hospital with injuries ranging from minor to serious but non-life-threatening. Injured are a 13-year-old boy and 75-year-old man from River John and a woman in her mid-twenties from Pictou. A third car swerved to avoid the collision & ended up in the ditch but there were no further injuries. The cause remains under investigation, but RCMP say the highway was slippery and snow-covered at the time.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP *SATURDAY, DEC 20TH*
Saturday 20th December 2014
The Weeks Jr A Crushers were downed 4-2 by the Amherst Ramblers Thursday night in the first half of the home and home series , but have a chance to even it up when they visit the Jungle tonight. You can hear that game live on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers have a home and home with Truro this week-end.

The Weeks Major Midgets will wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home and home series against Cole Harbour this weekend. The home game will be played tonight at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Scotsburn Major Bantams hitting the road- they will visit Dartmouth today before playing the Cougars in Eskasoni on Sunday.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” takes place December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

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

Registration is now open for all 2015 Johnny Miles Running Events. The next event is the Ugly Sweater Run, which is set to take place December 28. The only event which is not open for registration is the New Year's Eve event, which is already sold out. Register a friend or family member for an upcoming event – makes a great Christmas gift!

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

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



NOVA SCOTIA POWER WARNS OF PHONE SCAM
Friday 19th December 2014
Nova Scotia Power is warning of a telephone scam where a fraudster poses as a company representative and tries to bilk money from customers. Customers are told that their account is in arrears and they must immediately pay or their power will be cut off. The caller then tells the customer to buy a prepaid credit card to cover the bill and call a 1-888 number to make a payment. The power company says the calls aren’t coming from them and they never ask for payment using a prepaid credit card.


MUSIC CONTEST HONOURS LEGACY OF VIOLA DESMOND
Friday 19th December 2014
Submissions are now open for a contest that pays tribute to Viola Desmond. Nova Scotian singer/songwriters have a chance to win $10,000 by making music to create awareness around civil rights & social justice. Collaborations & co-written work is being encouraged, with Executive Director of Music Nova Scotia Scott Long saying artistic creativity inspires people to think differently about the world around them and has the power to activate people to demand change. Viola Desmond was an African-Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation at the Roseland theatre in New Glasgow in 1946. Desmond's refusal to leave the “whites-only” section of the theatre predated Rosa Parks refusal to give up her bus seat by 9 years , and sparked segregational change in Nova Scotia.. Submissions close on Friday, January 16 & you can find details at www.musicnovascotia.ca/violadesmond. 


RCMP RELEASE NAME OF MAN WHO DIED DURING ARREST AT VALLEY VIEW VILLA
Friday 19th December 2014
RCMP have released the name of the man who died while being arrested at a care facility in Riverton. On Tuesday, Pictou County District RCMP were called to Valley View Villa to investigate a report of an assault on two employees. As 49-year-old Joseph Gardner Feltmate of Riverton was being arrested, he became unreponsive and despite emergency medical attention, died at the scene. The matter is being investigated by the provincial Serious Incident Response Team, and the results will be made public. SIRT director Ron MacDonald said yesterday that an autopsy has been performed, although it may take several months to receive the report from the medical examiner. MacDonald says the investigation will look into what force, if any, was used, and what role that may have had in the man's death.


PROTESTORS WANT DENTISTRY STUDENTS EXPELLED FROM DALHOUSIE FOR SEXUALLY VIOLENT REMARKS ON FACEBOOK
Friday 19th December 2014
A crowd of over 200 protested at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Dentistry building in Halifax today to demand action over Facebook comments by male 4th year students about their female classmates. Upset that a restorative justice process  was announced by the school yesterday, the protesters applauded a call for the expulsion of the students responsible. Among the signs held was one that read “Forget the mouthwash – Remove the rot”. The existence of a Facebook group containing misogynistic and sexually violent comments came to light this week, and caused exams for the 4th year dentistry students to be postponed.


DISTRACTED DRIVING DECISION OVERTURNED IN NOVA SCOTIA SUPREME COURT
Friday 19th December 2014
A precedent was set in Nova Scotia yesterday as a motorist was found guilty of distracted driving for just looking at a cellphone while behind the wheel. A provincial Supreme Court ruling addressed the case of a driver pulled over last November in Timberlea after a Mountie spotted a cellphone in his hand. Cullen Edward MacDonald was acquitted at trial, but the Crown appealed the decision, and yesterday Supreme Court Justice James Chipman overturned the acquittal. MacDonald's lawyer had argued he was not actually using the device, just looking at it. In his ruling, Chipman said that even by simply holding his phone and checking it, MacDonald was guilty of distracted driving.


GOVERNMENT HELPS FUND TRURO TRAIL STUDY
Friday 19th December 2014

A design study to help residents of Truro cross the highway more safely is being backed by the government.

It will be part of a paved multi-use trail that extends over Highway 102 near Exit 13.

The government will contribute $37,000 to the Municipality of the County of Colchester to help fund the study.

The study will finish in March, and construction is expected to start later next year.



PC MLA CALLS FOR CHANGES TO HIGHWAY 101
Friday 19th December 2014

A progressive conservative MLA is calling for a no-passing zone on Highway 101.

Kings north MLA John Lohr says concrete barriers should be installed near Windsor, where the road is not twinned.

The suggestion comes after a 24 year old woman was killed this month near the area in a head on collison.

He says urging drivers to slow down isn't enough. He's pushing for the installation of the barriers, and suggests it will help reduce accidents.

Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says there isn't enough room for the barriers, but the department does plan on putting in radar feedback signs and larger speed signs.

Lohr says with the ongoing accidents, more emergency responders are experiencing PTSD, and he thinks the changes would help them as well.



THE PRICE OF GAS FALLS BELOW ONE DOLLAR A LITRE
Friday 19th December 2014

The price Regular Unleaded fuel has fallen over 5 cents overnight.

The price in New Glasgow currently sits at 98.7 cents a litre.

The low costs are attributed to the falling price of oil, which has seen a 50% decrease in the last six months.

Yesterday's close saw oil selling for $54.00 a barrel - a five year low.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 19
Friday 19th December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers dug themselves another first period hole, but this time they could not dig their way back out.

The Crushers were down 4-0 to the Amherst Ramblers after 15 minutes last night at the Wellness Centre, and despite dominating the shot clock the rest of the way, could not close the gap.

The final score was 4-2 in favor of the Ramblers in the first half of the home and home series which wraps up tomorrow night in the Jungle.

You can hear that game live on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The United States are moving on to the finals of the World Junior A hockey challenge after a dominating win over Canada-East last night.

7 different shooters put the nail in the coffin of the Canadians, who's only goal was scored by Alex Tonge in the first period.

With the 7-1 victory, the Americans will take on Denmark in the gold medal game. The Danes beat Russia last night 5-1.

That game goes Saturday afternoon.

The Canadian-East team will play for Bronze on Friday against Russia, while Canada-West takes on Switzerland for 5th.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers played two league games and an exhibition game this past week-end.

The Crushers faced off at home against the Antigonish Bulldogs on Saturday and came away with a 7-4 win. Scoring for the Crushers was Cameron MacKinnon (2), Reese Smith, Adam Farrell, Peyton Clements, Lane Lochead and Seth Gallant.

Assists went to Farrell, MacKinnon, Brennan Dalton, Ben Wallace, Brent Chapman, Nikos Bonvie and Clements.

On Sunday, the Crushers met the Bulldogs once again, but this one ended in a 4-4 split. Scoring for Crushers was Gallant (2), Clements, and Lochead. Smith and Bonvie had assists.

Later on Sunday, the Atom A Crushers had an exhibition game with the Pictou County Atom A Subway Selects, where they picked up the win.

Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers have a home and home with Truro this week-end.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians have one more game before the Christmas break, Friday night in Cole Harbour against the Colts. They're coming off back to back wins this past weekend.

The Weeks Major Midgets will wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home and home series against Cole Harbour this weekend. The home game will be played Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Scotsburn Major Bantams hit the road this coming weekend - they will visit Dartmouth on Saturday before playing the Joneljim Cougars in Eskasoni on Sunday.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

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

Registration is now open for all 2015 Johnny Miles Running Events. The next event is the Ugly Sweater Run, which is set to take place December 28. The only event which is not open for registration is the New Year's Eve event, which is already sold out. Register a friend or family member for an upcoming event – makes a great Christmas gift!

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

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



WESTVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT IN NEW GLASGOW GRANTED BAIL
Thursday 18th December 2014
Today in Pictou Supreme Court, a man accused of aggravated assault last Thankgiving weekend in New Glasgow was granted bail. 23-year-old Steven James Lawrence of Westville was charged following an incident October 10th outside the Roseland Cabaret that saw 46-year-old Glenn Fraser airlifted to hospital in Halifax with serious head injuries. Lawrence's strict bail conditions include house arrest. He returns to court on February 2nd.


ANTIGONISH TAXI DRIVER CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT HAS CASE ADJOURNED UNTIL JANUARY 2015
Thursday 18th December 2014
An Antigonish taxi-driver charged with two counts of sexual assault had his case adjourned in Provincial Court yesterday. 48-year-old William Roger MacLellan was charged after two women told police they were touched inappropriately for a sexual purpose while customers in a cab.  One incident is alleged to have occurred in October, the other in February. MacLellan will be back in Antigonish Provincial court on January 21st.


PRELIMINARY FINDINGS RELEASED INTO DEATH OF VALLEY VIEW VILLA RESIDENT
Thursday 18th December 2014
The Serious Incident Response Team has released some of the preliminary findings into the death of a 49-year old resident of Valley View Villa in Riverton. The man was being arrested by RCMP for allegedly assaulting staff members when he began to show signs of distress. EHS were on site and responded, however they were unable to prevent the man's death. The early indication from SIRT, which investigates all matters involving police officers, is that the man was not tasered, nor was any other weapon used against him in the arrest. Director of SIRT, Ron MacDonald, says an autopsy has been performed, although it may take several months to receive the report from the medical examiner. MacDonald says the investigation will look into what force, if any, was used, and what role that may have had in the man's death.


DRUG CHARGES LAID AFTER ARREST DURING TRAFFIC STOP
Thursday 18th December 2014
A 25-year old man will appear in Pictou Provincial Court in March after he was arrested by the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Unit last night in New Glasgow. The man, whose name has not been released, was found to be in possession of marijuana, cocaine, and prescription pills, along with a quantity of cash. The arrest was made during a traffic stop yesterday evening of Temperance Street. When he appears in court, the man will be arraigned on charges of possession of a controlled substance, and possession for the purpose in trafficking a controlled substance under the CDSA. Police say the investigation is ongoing.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 18
Thursday 18th December 2014

Blade Mann-Dixon of the MHL's Valley Wildcats stole the show last night in quarter-final action at the World Junior A Hockey Challenge. Mann-Dixon, last season's rookie of the year, stopped 38 of 40 shots as Canada East defeated Canada West 4-2 in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Canada East will now face the United States tonight in one semi-final, while Russia and Denmark play in the other semi-final. The only other MHL player on Team Canada East, Lucas Batt of the Amherst Ramblers, has two goals and one assist in three games so far in the tournament, tied for first in scoring on the team, and third overall.

Northumberland Girls Nighthawks Basketball team defeated the Springhill Eagles 63-61 Tuesday night at NRHS. Sally Bates and Hannah Mertin both led the Nighthawks with 16 points each and Courtney Cruikshank added 13 rebounds in the win. The Nighthawks host NNEC tonight at 4:00pm at the NRHS gym.

It is first against worst in the Eastlink Division as the Weeks Jr. A Crushers finish off 2014 with a home and home series against Amherst tonight and Saturday. The Crushers come into action with a six point lead in the Division over the second place Yarmouth Mariners, while Amherst is fifteen points out of a playoff spot. Game time tonight is 7pm at the Wellness Centre. The Saturday game from Amherst will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee AAA Crushers travel to Truro to play the Bearcats this weekend. They're coming off of a pair of games last weekend with a win and a loss.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians have one more game before the Christmas break, Friday night in Cole Harbour against the Colts. They're coming off back to back wins this past weekend.

The Weeks Major Midgets will wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home and home series against Cole Harbour this weekend. The home game will be played Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Scotsburn Major Bantams hit the road this coming weekend - they will visit Dartmouth on Saturday before playing the Joneljim Cougars in Eskasoni on Sunday.

Two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League, both of which will be played in Thorburn. At 7pm, Whitey's Vikings face Dewtie's Excavating. Then at 8:20pm, Can-Connect will go up against Connor's Transfer.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skills in the morning followed by team play in the afternoon. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). The camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

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

Registration is now open for all 2015 Johnny Miles Running Events. The next event is the Ugly Sweater Run, which is set to take place December 28. The only event which is not open for registration is the New Year's Eve event, which is already sold out. Register a friend or family member for an upcoming event – makes a great Christmas gift!

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

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



FIRST REVIEW OF THE N.S. MINERAL RESOURCES ACT IN 25 YEARS
Wednesday 17th December 2014
Government has released a discussion paper in preparation for a review of the Mineral Resources Act. The Mineral Resources Act is Natural Resources Minister Zach Churchill says that an updated act should strike the right balance between preserving Nova Scotia's natural resources and growing the economy.  Anyone wishing to access either the discussion paper or the current Mineral Resources Act can visit the department's website or call 902-424-8186.


3-1 VOTE IN FAVOUR OF PICTOU MOVING TO AN "AT-LARGE" SYSTEM TO ELECT TOWN COUNCILLORS
Wednesday 17th December 2014
Pictou council has voted in favour of getting rid of its ward system before the next municipal election. In a vote of 3 to1, councillors passed a motion on Monday to do away with its current two-ward system in favour of an open system that would see the four councillors elected from the entire town. Mayor Joe Hawes says he believes an at-large system is in the best interest of residents. Pictou would join Trenton as the only other town in Pictou County elects councillors at large instead of a ward system. A municipal boundary review is mandated to take place very 8 years, and any recommendations for change go to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for consideration.


ABERDEEN HEALTH FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2.4 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR THE ABERDEEN HOSPITAL
Wednesday 17th December 2014
The Aberdeen Health Foundation has approved its largest annual donation yet, announcing a total of $2.4 million to go to Medical Equipment and the Emergency/Pharmacy re-development project at the Aberdeen Hospital. The Foundation is providing $1.5 million to equip the Emergency Department with a state-of-the-art patient monitoring system that will double the department's capacity. The units are mobile and equipped with wireless technology,allowing for monitoring patients anywhere in the hospital. The system will be integrated throughout the whole facility, and be the most advanced monitoring system in the province. Most importantly, the system will enhance patient care by improving efficiency, aiding in greater access and flow. A further $919,000 will be provided to fund enhancements in patient care technology in departments throughout the hospital with over 35 distinct investments in equipment ranging from infant radiant warmers to defibrillator life packs and an automated dispensing medication cabinet. Since 1986, $20 million in capital, equipment, program and service improvements have been funded by the generosity of donors through the Aberdeen Health Foundation, improving health care in Pictou County.  


SPRINGHILL FAMILY RECEIVES HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HOUSE
Wednesday 17th December 2014

A Springhill family is set to become the first in the area to get a home through Habitat for Humanity NS.

Housing nova Scotia Minister Joanne Bernard announced a contribution of $25,000 to the Springhill project.

The family is expected to move into the home next summer.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 17
Wednesday 17th December 2014

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

The Sackville Blazers put on a dominating performance last night.

The Junior A Hockey League action saw them take on Brookfield in a high-scoring, but one sided affair.The Blazers came away with an 11-3 victory.

The Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee AAA Crushers travel to Truro to play the Bearcats. They're coming off of a pair of games last weekend with a win and a loss.

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers will finish off 2014 with a home and home series against Amherst on Thursday and Saturday. The Saturday game from Amherst will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians have one more game before the Christmas break, Friday night in Cole Harbour against the Colts. They're coming off back to back wins this past weekend.

The Weeks Major Midgets will wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home and home series against Cole Harbour this weekend. The home game will be played Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Scotsburn Major Bantams hit the road this coming weekend - they will visit Dartmouth on Saturday before playing the Joneljim Cougars in Eskasoni on Sunday.

The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers won the Atlantic Classic AA Tournament championship in Antigonish last weekend. The Crushers earned a 7-5 victory over the host Antigonish squad in the final to capture the gold medal.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching instruction on dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will work on individual skill during the morning session followed by an afternoon of team games. There will be camp prizes and each participant receives a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child (or $70 per family). Thecamp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments & referees.

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

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NEW GLASGOW HIGHWAY SIGN UNVEILED
Wednesday 17th December 2014

A new community sign on Highway 104 has officially been unveiled.

The new sign was recently set up near Exit 20 eastbound, and Mayor Barrie MacMillan calls it a “professional and vibrant representation” of the community.

An existing sign near Exit 26 coming from Cape Breton will also be refurbished to reflect the new design.

Overall, with the refurbishing of the new sign included, the project cost approximately $16,000.00



MAN DIES WHILE BEING ARRESTED AT SENIORS HOME.
Wednesday 17th December 2014

A man has died while being arrested at a senior citizen's care facility.

The RCMP responded to a call that a man assaulted staff members at the Valley View Villa care center in Riverton, Pictou County.

When they arrived to arrest the suspect, he showed signs of distress. EHS were on-site, however the 49-year-old man died.

The Independent 'Serious Investigation Response Team' is looking into the incident.

Under The Police Act, the results of the investigation have to be made public.



FORMER DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR PREMIER MACNEIL CHANGES PLEA TO GUILTY ON ASSAULT CHARGE
Tuesday 16th December 2014
The former director of communications to the premier has pleaded guilty to assault. Kyley Harris had previously pleaded not guilty and had a trial coming up on Jan. 13. Harris was charged following a domestic incident alleged to have happened in May. He was initially placed on administrative leave with pay, but was later fired, with Premier Stephen McNeil saying the termination was necessary because he had waited four days to tell the government he had been charged. Harris will be sentenced in provincial court on March 19.


NOVA SCOTIA PHASING OUT EXTENDED PHARMACARE BENEFIT
Tuesday 16th December 2014
Community Services is phasing out its extended pharmacare benefit and new clients can enrol in the Nova Scotia family pharmacare program, effective December 15th. Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard says that supporting low-income Nova Scotians under the family pharmacare program makes sense, and that it ensures vulnerable and low-income residents will continue to have access to affordable prescription drugs. There is no premium or fee to join the family pharmacare program. Co-payments are set at twenty per cent of the cost of each prescription and deductibles are based on family size and annual income. Current extended pharmacare clients will be grandfathered.


WOMAN WHO POISONED A PICTOU COUNTY SENIOR DENIED PAROLE
Tuesday 16th December 2014
The woman known as the “Internet Black Widow” was denied parole in court in Truro today. 79-year-old Melissa Ann Shepard must serve the remainding 15 months of her sentence in prison. In June, 2013, the woman was sentenced to 3½ years, less time served, for administering a noxious substance and failing to provide the necessaries of life for then-husband Fred Weeks of Pictou County. Shepard had been charged with attempted murder as well as administering the noxious substance after 75-year-old Weeks fell ill at a B&B in Cape Breton in September 2012. Shepard has a long history with the law, including a manslaughter conviction in 1991 after her husband at the time died after she ran over him twice with a car. The man was heavily drugged at the time. In 2005, Shepherd was sentenced to five years in prison stemming from a relationship she had with a Florida senior she had met online, including grand theft and forgery.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP *DECEMBER 16* UPDATED*
Tuesday 16th December 2014

The Pictou Fisheries Pool is now taking registration for the Winter Session of the Red Cross Swim lessons. Lessons will begin on January 14th and run for 8 weeks. For more information or to register for either of these sessions call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictu.com

The Bantam A Crushers played a pair of games this past weekend. Saturday they faced the Truro Bearcats & came up short to the Cats in a high scoring 10-7 loss. Scoring for the Crushers were Tyler Foote with 2, Noah Teed, Cairan Boone, Carson Ripoll, Ben Turnbull and Munro Mackay. Assists went to Spencer Nichol and Seth Marcipont both having 2, Broden DeCoff, Lauchie Malcolm, Blake Fraser, MacKay and Boone with 1 each. Sundays game proved a better match for the Crushers as they hosted the Western Valley Spartans to a 9-2 win. Wesley Kelley kept all but 2 shots out of his net while Tyler Foote netted a hat-trick, Noah Teed scored 2 and assisted 2. Ben MacDonald and Lauchie Malcolm each scored 1 and assisted 2. Munroe MacKay and Bryce Thomsen each scored 1, while assists went to Spencer Nichol, Lucas LeBlanc with 2, Broden DeCoff and Ben Turnbull.

This past weekend the Ballantyne Fuels PeeWee AAA Crushers travelled to Bridewater to play South Shore Sharks and split the weekend. Saturday afternoon the Fuel Kids came out strong and earned an 8-1 victory. Scottie Long and Connor MacLeod each had a hat trick with singles to Blake Kontuk and Ryan Green. Earning assists were Raymond Chisholm, Sam Hickey, Colin MacGillivary, Kontuk(3), MacLeod and Long.  Brayden Leblanc helped earn the victory with strong goaltending. On Sunday, Ethan MacDonald opened the scoring on a rebound shot from MacGillivary early in the first period, but the Sharks won the game 3-1. Keigan Walker was solid between the pipes.  Next action for the squad is this   weekend when they travel to Truro to play the Bearcats.

The Pictou Peewee AA crushers picked up two wins this past weekend.  Cumberland met them at the Wellness Centre on Saturday.  In the first period, Lucas Fraser started the scoring streak, followed by Skylar Earle.  Assists came from Thomas Devine (2) and Landen MacDonald.  Brycen MacDonald started the second period with the third goal of the game as a pass came from Matthew Carson; another goal followed by Luke Young as Nolan MacDonald passed the assist.  Peewee AA will meet Sackville on Saturday at the wellness center then they will visit the Whalers at the Metro Center on Sunday.

It was 4-2 for the Crushers as the third period started.  Shortly into the third, Jayden Hatchard backhanded the puck between the pipes leaving the goalie shocked.  Hatchards’ assist came from Kyle Reim and Devine.  The goals kept coming as Devine and Nolan MacDonald scored 2 more with assists from Earle, MacDonald and Young.  Vaughn MacEachern played in nets.  Final score was 7-4.  On Sunday, the Crushers picked up a 6-0 victory over the Dartmouth Whalers.  Scorers were Hatchard (2), Brycen MacDonald, Devine, Fraser, Nolan MacDonald and assists were Young (2), Devine (2), Brycen MacDonald, Landen MacDonald, Fraser, and Evan Reynolds. 

The Weeks Jr. A Crushers will finish off 2014 with a home and home series against Amherst on Thursday and Saturday. The Saturday game from the Jungle will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians hit the road and downed the division leading Glace Bay Jr. Miners by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night, then followed that up with a 6-1 win at home Sunday night over the Cumberland County Blues. One other game last night saw the Strait Pirates top the Antigonish Bulldogs 6-3. The Scotians are now 7 points back of Glace Bay, and still hold 4 games in hand. They have one more game before the Christmas break, Friday night in Cole Harbour against the Colts.

The Weeks Major Midgets suffered a pair of losses at home this weekend, falling 5-2 to the Halifax MacDonalds on Saturday before losing 2-1 Sunday afternoon to the Newbridge Gladiators. The Weeks will wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home and home series against Cole Harbour this weekend. The home game will be played Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Scotsburn Major Bantams lost twice this past week, falling to Bedford on Thursday night by a score of 3-0, then losing to Nova 4-3 yesterday afternoon. This coming weekend, they will visit Dartmouth on Saturday before playing the Joneljim Cougars in Eskasoni on Sunday.

The Female Midget Subway Northern Selects played to a 2-2 tie with the Cape Breton Panthers yesterday, and now sit 2 points back of Metro Boston Pizza in the race for first place in the league. The league is now off until January 10.

Team Canada East fell just short against Switzerland Sunday at the opening day of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge, losing 4-3 in a shootout.

The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers won the Atlantic Classic AA Tournament championship in Antigonish over the weekend. The Crushers earned a 7-5 victory over the host Antigonish squad in the final on Sunday to capture the gold medal.

The Pictou County Lightning Midget Boys Basketball team defeated Yarmouth Sunday by a score of 84-59. Eight players scored for the lightning led by Jaren Johnson with 33, followed by 12 each for Tasean Clyke and Ryan Power.

The Pictou County Female Bantam AA Selects picked up two 3-0 wins this weekend over Glace Bay, and Cole Harbour respectively. The Selects now sit in third place, one point behind the Valley Wild and four points behind the league leading Glace Bay Miners. The Subways return to action next weekend when the travel to TASA on Friday night and host the Cole Harbour Wings on Saturday in Pictou.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which will be used to purchase gas cards that are given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations of NEW, unwrapped toys will also be accepted. These toys go to children with little to no immune system, so they'll need to be easily cleanable. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning session followed by an afternoon of team games. There will be camp prizes and each participant will receive a camp T-shirt! It will cost your child $40 (or $70 per family) to attend the skills camp. This camp is the main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees.

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

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STELLARTON MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING A TASER WITHOUT A LICENSE
Tuesday 16th December 2014
A 65-year-old Stellarton man was given a lifetime prohibition of possessing a weapon this morning in Pictou Provincial Court. Melburne Bruce Cornett was charged with possessing a conducted-energy weapon without holding a licence last July. Court heard that at the time of the incident, Burnett was under two court orders to not possess a prohibited weapon stemming from earlier unrelated charges. Cornett has been taken to hospital by ambulance after experiencing chest pains on July 10th, when paramedics discovered the taser, but there was no attempt to point or employ it. Cornett was given 4 months of house arrest with conditions that include abstaining from alcohol or any intoxicating substances as well as a $100 victim surcharge.


ABERDEEN REDEVELOPMENT MOVES FORWARD
Tuesday 16th December 2014

Pictou County's Municipal units have signed a funding agreement supporting the redevelopment of the Aberdeen Hospital's emergency and pharmacy departments.

A deed-transfer tax will support the infrastructure related costs, and the Aberdeen Health Foundation will buy a patient monitoring system for the new emergency department.

A public tender for the 32 million dollar redevelopment project will be called in January, with the awarding of the general contract coming later in the winter season.

The project is expected to be completed in June of 2018.


NNEC INTERAC CLUB CONTINUES CLEAN-UP EFFORTS INTO THE WINTER
Tuesday 16th December 2014

Students from North Nova Education Centre’s Interac club were commended last night by the town of New Glasgow.

The group, with about 20 members, has been spending their lunch break every Wednesday since the beginning of September picking up garbage.

Student Scott Young was on hand as mayor Barry MacMillan commended the young people for strong stewardship and care of their community.

The original idea was pitched by Young and the group originally meant to clean up the Westray Memorial Park, but have alternated weekly to clean up the Johnny Miles walking trail as well, inviting the rest of the school to participate.

The Interac group will take a few weeks off during frigid weather, then continue their clean-ups in the new year.



THE TOWN OF NEW GLASGOW MUST REPLACE ROOF OF ACADIA STREET SCHOOL.
Tuesday 16th December 2014

New Glasgow Town Councillors expressed disappointment at last night’s Committee of the Whole Meeting as they discussed the unexpected news that the town must replace the roof of Acadia Street School immediately.

MLA for Pictou West, & Education critic for the province Pat Dunn was in attendance and said the town is “caught in a vice”.

Councillor Henderson Paris called the process unacceptable and said it was a pity the School Board can not be held accountable for being lax in maintenance.

That sentiment was echoed by Mayor Barry MacMillian who called the current state of the school “poor business practice” by the school board.

Dunn told council he will speak to Education Minister Karen Casey directly about the situation as soon as possible.

Geralyn MacDonald, Director of Community Development shared that she had opened a file with the province to try to access funding for infrastructure development in 2015.

In the meantime, no can can be in the building. Councillors passed a motion to put out a proposal for tenders.



VANDALISM SENTENCES GIVEN IN PICTOU PROVINCIAL COURT
Tuesday 16th December 2014

Yesterday in court, a 20-year-old Trenton man facing trial for two mischief charges involving property damage changed his plea to guilty on one charge.

Three co-accused have already passed through court in Pictou since vandalism in Trenton on July 7th saw damage to the town’s ballfield dug-out, signage, roadways and personal property.

Others garnering stiffer sentences, including Cory Robert Keating who was given penalties totally nearly $2500 plus a years probation for the graffiti spree which saw elements of sexism and racism.

Shawn Christopher Cabaj was given a conditional discharge which includes 30 hours of community service for spray-painting graffiti on a roadway.

Judge Del Atwood noted Cabaj’s work employment and that his role was lesser than his counterparts but also handed him nine months probation and a 250 dollar victim surcharge to pay.



WESTVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PROPERTY DAMAGE AND BODILY HARM
Tuesday 16th December 2014

A 21-year-old Westville man will be sentenced in the new year after pleading guilty to mischief that involved property damage, and assault with bodily harm stemming from an incident in November in Blue Mountain.

Cody Evan MacPherson will be sentenced on February 19th in Pictou Provincial Court.



STELLARTON MAN CHARGED WITH BREAK AND ENTER
Tuesday 16th December 2014

A Stellarton man charged with allegedly breaking into a house with the intent to commit an offense appeared in Pictou Provincial court yesterday.

20-yr-old Tyler James Turner of Stellarton elected to be heard by Supreme Court judge alone after he was charged following an incident September 26th in Green Hill.

Turner was also charged on the same date with the theft of a truck in Westville.

He returns to court on January 8th to enter his pleas.



MAN FINED FOR CONTRABAND TOBACCO
Tuesday 16th December 2014

A 42-year-old man appeared in Provincial court in Pictou yesterday after a search warrant turned up over 5000 contraband cigarettes in his vehicle, and more in his residence.

Donald James Smith was charged on June 25th, 2014, and was fined $1200 for having unstamped tobacco in his possession.

Court heard that Smith was charged previously, in 2011, under the Excise Act.

The Trenton man was given further penalties totaling 325 dollars for having an unsafely-stored firearm.

Smith also forfeitted all of the tobacco.



HIGHWAY 104 TOLLING DISCUSSION CONTINUES
Monday 15th December 2014
Councillor Robert Parker reaffirmed his stance on tolling Highway 104 to finance twinning the road.

He says the government doesn't have the money to twin the highways, and Nova Scotians can't afford to wait any longer for change.

He explained his stance against tolls in most cases, but says it is necessary to save lives.

Parker says he wants to send a letter to the minister of transportation, Pictou County MLA's and councils to convince the provincial government that tolling is the best way to fund the twinning of the highway.



CONTROVERSIAL COUNCIL POLICY TO FACE AMENDMENTS
Monday 15th December 2014
A controversial policy introduced at the last Municipality of Pictou County Council meeting will face an amendment.

Councillor Chester Dewar says the fact that councillors don't need to provide receipts for expenses is unacceptable.

He says that all other business matters need receipts, and this should be no different.

His motion passed, so the Council will make amendments to the policy -pending approval- at their next meeting in January.



TRAFFIC STUDY FOR LYONSBROOK APPROVED
Monday 15th December 2014
Councillor Jim Turple addressed concerns about transport trucks using engine breaks on roads near Lyonsbrook. He says the noise is disturbing to residents, who have voiced their concerns to him. He requested a traffic study be conducted to reduce speed limits in the area, so engine breaks wouldn't be used. The motion passed, and the study will be conducted.


COUNCILLORS SUGGESTS ANNUAL TOP EMPLOYERS MEETING
Monday 15th December 2014
Councillor David Parker agreed with a previous suggestion from Councillor Robert Parker to host a working session with the top employers in the county.

The purpose would be to host them, and ask what they need to keep their business in Pictou County.

He says it's a proactive measure to help improve employment rates.

Parker says it will become an assurance to employers that they are valued.

Warden Ronald Baillie says there are ongoing negations within a new business park, and praised ideas discussed in a recent meeting with Minister of Rural Development and Tourism Michel Sampson.

Baillie is in favour of the idea, but suggests all municipalities will have to be on board for it to be successful.



INCOME LIMIT INCREASED FOR LOW INCOME TAX EXEMPTION
Monday 15th December 2014
The Pictou County Financial Services Committee has increased the household income limit on the low-income tax exemption.

The increase was approved at last nights committee meeting.

Warden Ronald Baillie says the limit that was set at $21,000.00 per household isn't that much, and it's hard to live on that amount annually.

Councillor David Parker suggested a thousand dollar increase, and the committee agreed.

From now on, if a resident's household income is less than $22,000.00, that person or family qualifies for the low income tax exemption of $200.00 maximum.



PICTOU MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO ASSAULT AND OBSTRUCTING A POLICE OFFICER
Monday 15th December 2014
A Pictou man has pleaded not guilty to allegedly assaulting a police officer in Scotsburn on October 9th, 2014. Thirty-four year old Benchley Scott Falconer also pleaded not guilty to a second charge of obstructing a peace officer in the execution of his duty. A trial was set for Falconer on April 23rd in Pictou Provincial Court.


NEW GLASGOW MAN WILL BE SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING BATH SALTS
Monday 15th December 2014
Today in Pictou, a 36-year old man pleaded guilty to possession of bath salts and breaching his probation after a search turned up 22 grams of the drug, also known as“MDPV ” in a residential fuse box on Temperance Street. The warrant was executed by New Glasgow police on April 30th, 2014. Provincial court also heard that Muir has been convicted in the past for possession of bath salts. Justin Corey Muir also entered a not-guilty plea to a charge of assault with bodily harm during today's appearance. That charge arose from a separate incident on July 4, 2014 in New Glasgow. Muir will be sentenced for the drug possession and breach on March 10th, 2015 - when he will also be tried on the assault charge.


ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF PHARMACY NETS STELLARTON MAN JAILTIME
Monday 15th December 2014
An impulsive robbery attempt netted a Stellarton teenager jail time in Pictou Provincial Court today. 19-year-old Gordon Michael Prosper entered Poulains Pharmacy in Stellarton on Nov 7th with a hoodie covering his face and handed the clerk a note demanding hydromorphone before fleeing. Prosper was on probation to keep the peace and be of good behaviour at the time. Judge Del Atwood accepted a joint recommendation of two years plus one day in a federal institution. An additional 30 day sentence was given for the breach of probation, to be served concurrently. Prosper was also given a 10-year firearms prohibition and a victim surcharge of $300.


ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT APPEARS IN COURT
Monday 15th December 2014
A 44-year old man who is facing charges of attempted murder appeared in court today. Robin Clifford of New Glasgow will undergo a psychiatric assessment at the East Coast Forensic Hospital to see if he's fit to stand trial. He was arrested last month after an incident where his 17 year old daughter was sent to the Aberdeen Hospital. He will be back in court January 12th.


POLICE ASK FOR HELP IN FINDING MISSING TEEN
Monday 15th December 2014
Halifax police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 13−year−old girl. Jamelyn Dobbin was last seen leaving a friend’s home on Robie Street last night. She was expected to take a bus home to Lower Sackville, but police say she never arrived. Jamelyn is described as a white female, 5’4”, 110 lbs., with long blonde hair with pink highlights and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a purple “Eastcoast Lifestyle” hoodie, black tights, black and pink “Air Jordan” sneakers, black touque with “Kush” written on the front and carrying a black backpack.  Police say there is nothing to suggest the young girl has met with foul play, but they are concerned for her well-being.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 15
Monday 15th December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers earned 4 of a possible 6 points as they played their second consecutive weekend of three games in three nights. On Thursday, the Crushers lost at home to the Yarmouth Mariners 3-2. Then they hit the road and earned back to back victories, 4-2 in Campbellton and 6-5 in a shootout at Miramichi. The Crushers finish off the 2014 portion of their schedule with a home and home series against Amherst on Thursday and Saturday. The Saturday game from the Jungle will be available on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians hit the road and downed the division leading Glace Bay Jr. Miners by a score of 3-2 on Saturday night in the NSJHL, then followed that up with a 6-1 win at home last night over the Cumberland County Blues. Six different players scored for the Scotians as they outshot the Blues 58-36. One other game last night saw the Strait Pirates top the Antigonish Bulldogs 6-3. The Scotians are now 7 points back of Glace Bay, and still hold 4 games in hand. They have one more game before the Christmas break, Friday night in Cole Harbour against the Colts.

The Weeks Major Midgets suffered a pair of losses at home this weekend, falling 5-2 to the Halifax MacDonalds on Saturday before losing 2-1 yesterday afternoon to the Newbridge Gladiators. The Weeks will wrap up their pre-Christmas schedule with a home and home series against Cole Harbour this weekend. The home game will be played Saturday night at 7:30pm at the Wellness Centre.

The Scotsburn Major Bantams lost twice this past week, falling to Bedford on Thursday night by a score of 3-0, then losing to Nova 4-3 yesterday afternoon. This coming weekend, they will visit Dartmouth on Saturday before playing the Joneljim Cougars in Eskasoni on Sunday.

The Subway Northern Selects of the NSFMHL played to a 2-2 tie with the Cape Breton Panthers yesterday, and now sit 2 points back of Metro Boston Pizza in the race for first place in the league. The league is now off until January 10.

Team Canada East fell just short against Switzerland yesterday at the opening day of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge, losing 4-3 in a shootout. Valley Wildcats goalie Blade Mann-Dixon earned the start in the opening game, and stopped 21 of 24 shots through the 65 minutes of action. The only other MHL player on Team Canada East, Lucas Batt of the Amherst Ramblers, had a goal and an assist.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played in the Atlantic AA Classic tournament this past weekend in Antigonish. Game 1 went on Friday night at the Millenium Centre vs the Sydney Steelers. The Crushers tied 1-1.  The Crushers goal was scored by Spencer Creed, assisted by Zach Houston. Player of the Game for the Crushers went to goalie Ryan Royles. Game 2 went on Saturday morning vs the Bedford Blues. The Crushers scored in the first minute of the game with a slick shot by Nick Dykstra, assisted by Liam Fraser and Kyle Walsh. The Crushers were tied with the Blues until late into the third period.  With 50 seconds left in the game, the Blues were able to take advantage of a Crushers defensive breakdown, scoring the game winner to win 2-1. Braydon MacDonald got Player of the Game for the Crushers. Game 3 went Saturday afteroon vs the Glace Bay Miners. The Crushers fell behind 2-0 early in the game, and were not able to get anything going. The Crushers fell to the Miners 2-0. Player of the Game for the Crushers went to Nick Dykstra. The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers play 3 home games this weekend at the Pictou County Welleness Centre. The Crushers welcome the Truro Bearcats on Friday night at 7:30pm. On Saturday, the Crushers host the Cumberland Ramblers at 1:00pm, and Sunday they host the Acadia Axemen at 2:15pm.

The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers were successful in capturing the Atlantic Classic AA Tournament championship in Antigonish on the weekend. The Crushers scored four 2nd period goals en route to a 7-5 victory over the host Antigonish squad in the final on Sunday to capture the gold medal. The Pictou County team went a perfect 3-0 in the round robin portion of the competition, defeating Cape Breton West 9-1, the Tasa Ducks 4-3, and the Glace Bay Miners 4-1. The Crushers then played the Dartmouth Whalers in the semi-final in an exciting contest which saw the two teams tied after regulation, thanks in part to a clutch save on a breakaway by goaltender Thomas Gariepy with less than a minute remaining in the game. Pictou County then took advantage of a Whaler penalty in overtime, and Lucas Canning scored the game winner on the power play. In the final the Antigonish Bulldogs struck first 4mins & 40secs into the game, with the Crushers replying via Joseph Mason’s rebound goal with less than a minute to play in the first period. The host team then scored with just 4 seconds left in the first frame to restore their 1-goal lead. Less than a minute into the 2nd period the Bulldogs netted another marker to take a 3-1 lead. Kiefer Avery closed the gap to 3-2, and Lucas Canning tied to score minutes later. With the Crushers killing a penalty, Avery and Canning each struck again just 27secs apart to take a 5-3 lead into the locker room. Less than 2mins into the 3rd period the pesky Bulldogs scored again to close the gap to 5-4. Landon Sim then restored the Crushers’ 2-goal margin with 9mins & 37secs left in the game to go  up 6-4. The Antigonish squad replied 5mins later, before Sim iced the game with 2mins & 45secs left with his 2nd of the afternoon. Crusher goalie Michael Law made several key saves to keep the contest close, and give his team a chance to win. Members of the team include goaltenders Thomas Gariepy & Michael Law; defensemen Cale Archibald, Jack Noftall, Willem Fraser, Cameron Young, Camden Kelly, and Cory MacGillivray; forwards Liam Berthiaume, Tanner Steele, Joseph Mason, Logan Crosby, Blaise MacDonald, Gabe Paquet, Landon Sim, Lucas Canning, & Kiefer Avery. The team is coached by Jon Sim, Jerry Berthiaume, and Scott Canning.

The Westville Miners Pee Wee B team played a strong game against the Cumberland Ramblers PeeWee 'A' team taking the game 7-1. Scoring for the Miners were Christopher Avery, Keegan Murray, Gavin Bourque, Logan Beaton, Colby Sarty, Dawson MacDonald, and John Otto Bell. Assists were given by: Mitchell Jardine, Taylor Ebbet, Parker Swain and Dawson MacDonald. Jacob Fraser played a strong game in nets during the first half of the game as well as Jared Snell finishing in the second half. Scoring for the Ramblers was Ty Ingraham.

The Pictou County Lightning Midget Boys Basketball team defeated Yarmouth Sunday by a score of 84-59. Eight players scored for the lightning led by Jaren Johnson with 33, followed by 12 each for Tasean Clyke and Ryan Power.

The Pictou County Bantam AA Selects climbed the Provincial Female Bantam standings this past weekend with two more wins, 3-0 over Glace Bay and 3-0  over Cole Harbour. On Saturday the Selects played host to the Glace Bay Miners at the Hector Arena. The Selects got off to a quick start when Camryn Halliday opened the scoring just 48 seconds into the game. Eva Wornell drew the only assist on the play. The Subways continued to pour on the pressure and opened a two goal lead on Halliday's second of the game with just over two minutes remaining in the first. Wornell and Hannah Porter assisted on the goal. Lindsey Smith scored her first of the season on a great individual end to end rush to make it 3-0. That's all the Pictou County squad would need to secure their fourth win in their last five games. The Selects outshot the Miners 30-6 with Jenna Landry stopping all six shots fired her way for the shutout. On Sunday The Selects travelled to Cole Harbour where they took on a tough and determined Wings team. The Selects got off to an early lead on a goal by Jenna Reid. Rhea Young and Chloe MacDonald drew assists. The teams battled a physical, close checking brand of hockey through the remainder of the first and second periods. Unable to generate any offence, the Selects regrouped in the third. Just 27 seconds in, Chloe MacDonald put the Selects ahead when she fired home a Sarah MacNeil rebound. Eva Wornell iced the game three minutes later when she capitalized on a scramble play in front of the Cole Harbour net to make the final 3-0. Hanna Porter and Reid assisted on the play. Victoria Dunn was stellar in goal, making several key saves to keep the Wings at Bay and earning a shutout. The Selects now sit in third place, one point behind the Valley Wild and four points behind the league leading Glace Bay Miners. The Subways return to action next weekend when the travel to TASA on Friday night and host the Cole Harbour Wings on Saturday in Pictou.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which is used to purchase gas cards that are then given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations will be accepted of NEW, unwrapped toys. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need able to be easily cleaned. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning session followed by an afternoon of team games. There will be camp prizes and each participant will receive a camp T-shirt! It will cost your child $40 (or $70 per family) to attend our skills camp. This camp is our main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp on 2-4 January at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running.

Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP FOR DECEMBER 14TH
Sunday 14th December 2014
The Weeks Jr A Crushers put their special teams to work last night in Miramichi, and they delivered when it mattered most.

After giving up four power play goals on the Timberwolves first five chances, the Crushers got two key penalty kills late in the game, and that, combined with two late power play goals of their own to force overtime, ended up giving the Crushers the come from behind 6-5 win in a shootout.

The Crushers were also playing with a shortened bench, as four players were missing to write exams at university, and Stephen MacInnis is out with an injury.

It was also the third game in three nights, and the Crushers finished the weekend with 4 of a possible 6 points. They will finish off 2014 with a home and home set against Amherst this week.

In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League action, the Pictou Scotians downed the Glace Bay Jr. Miners with a score of 3-2. The East Hants Penguins managed a 6-5 decision over the Liverpool Privateers.

Three games went in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League last night. The Newbridge Academy Gladiators downed the Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs 4-2. Goalie Aaron Mantle stopped 31 shots last night for the Gladiators.

The Halifax McDonald's took the win against the Weeks Major Midgets 5-2. Michael Stuart and Jared Livingstone picked up the weeks two goals in the first period.

Finally, The Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack beat the Cape Breton West Islanders 4-1. Connor Welsh picked up two for the 'Pack, and Tyler Howe stopped 20 of 21 shots in the winning effort.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which is used to purchase gas cards that are then given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK.

In addition, donations will be accepted of NEW, unwrapped toys. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need able to be easily cleaned. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play.

Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning session followed by an afternoon of team games. There will be camp prizes and each participant will receive a camp T-shirt! It will cost your child $40 (or $70 per family) to attend our skills camp. This camp is our main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program.

Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp on 2-4 January at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running.

Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

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THREE MEN FACING CHARGES OF MISCHIEF TO PROPERTY
Saturday 13th December 2014
Three men from Westville are facing 13 counts of mischief to property after a string of incidents that saw windows broken in vehicles, homes, and businesses throughout the county.

Police determined the incidents were related, as evidence showed that ball bearings were the item used to damage the property.

A collaboration between policing units in the county is being credited for the quick apprehension of the suspects.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 13
Saturday 13th December 2014
The Weeks Jr. A Crushers picked up a 4-2 win over the Campbellton Tigers in New Brunswick last night. Evan Morrison, Daniel Walsh, Cole Murphy, and Ryan Caswell netted the goals in the Weeks victory, while Eddie Banville put two past goalie Justin Ritcey for Campbellton.

Tonight The Weeks will face the Miramichi Timberwolves, and that game will be on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm.

Three games go tonight in the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. At 7:15 the Charlie's Pizza South Shore Mustangs meet the Newbridge Academy Gladiators. 7:30 has the Halifax McDonald's taking on the Weeks Major Midgets, and at the same time the Cape Breton West Islanders face the Cole Harbour Pro Hockey Life Wolfpack.

In Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League Action, the Brookfield Elks fell to the East Hants Penguins 10-6, and The Cole Harbour Colts squeaked out a 5-4 win over the Sackville Blazers.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers travelled to PEI this past weekend for the Markan Hardwood Pownal AA Tournament. The first game was against the Woodstock Slammers, where the Crushers were defeated 9-1.

Later the same day, the Crushers faced off against Pownal. Peyton Clements scored in the first period for the Crushers, but the opposing team scored three unanswered goals to take the game, 3-1.

The Crushers won their third game of the tournament on Saturday, defeating the Morell Mustangs 6-1.

The Atom A Crushers play two league games at home this week-end against the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which is used to purchase gas cards that are then given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK.

In addition, donations will be accepted of NEW, unwrapped toys. These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need able to be easily cleaned. They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play.

Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning session followed by an afternoon of team games. There will be camp prizes and each participant will receive a camp T-shirt! It will cost your child $40 (or $70 per family) to attend our skills camp. This camp is our main team fundraiser and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program.

Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees.

Pictou County Athletics is hosting a Christmas Break Camp on 2-4 January at the North Nova Education Centre. There are four different skills development sessions open for registration, including an Introduction to Athletics for ages 10 to 13, Sprint and Sprint Hurdles, Jumps, or Middle Distance Running.

Athletes can choose to participate in one or more parts of the camp. Applications can be found at pictoucountyathletics.com. For more details, contact Pat Carty at cartyab@hotmail.com or check out Pictou County Athletics on Facebook.

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ALCOHOL WILL FLOW LESS FREELY ABOARD CANADIAN NAVY SHIPS FOLLOWING DRUNKEN MISCONDUCT INCIDENTS
Friday 12th December 2014
Changes have been made after some Canadian sailors were accused of sexual misconduct, shoplifting and drunkenness last summer. H−M−C−S Whitehorse, a coastal defence vessel, was ordered home from a U−S exercise because of the sailors’ conduct. A review calls for the navy to develop a strictly enforced code of conduct in addition to increasing the shipboard price of alcohol and the consideration of banning booze consumption while ships are at sea. Special events would be excepted. 


POLICE CHARGE 4 MALES WITH MISCHIEF FOLLOWING A SPREE OF BROKEN WINDOWS IN PICTOU COUNTY
Friday 12th December 2014
Police cooperation in Pictou County has solved a series of acts of mischief. The Pictou District RCMP, with New Glasgow and Westville Police have charged  4 males: two 19-year-old and one 18-year-old from Westville, as well as a youth from Greenhill with a total of 13 counts of Mischief to Property. On December 10, 2014, RCMP responded to seven complaints of broken windows to motor vehicles, businesses and residences throughout Pictou County. New Glasgow Police responded to five incidents of broken motor vehicle windows and Westville Police had one complaint. It was determined quickly that the incidents were related as multiple scenes showed that ball bearings had caused the damage to the property. Constable Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police calls the acts random, irresponsible acts of vandalism that had great cost to the community. The investigation is ongoing.


PROGRESSIVE PROGRAM WILL SUPPORT 100 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN NOVA SCOTIA
Friday 12th December 2014
New Glasgow is one of the communities that will partner with the Sobey School of Business Development Centre at Saint Mary’s University to launch a new program for students who are aspiring entrepreneurs. New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan says the Startup 100 program is designed to encourage young entrepreneurs build their professional, business and leadership skills and to acquire the tools which will enable them to turn their dreams into reality. In order to be eligible candidates must be a student, or intend to enroll,BE between 15 and 35 years of age and have been a resident of the province for six consecutive months. Business Development Officer for the Town of New Glasgow and the Municipality of the County of Pictou, Frank MacFarlane adds that the timing for such a program is perfect because it is a global market place and many career choices can happen anywhere. To register for the Startup 100, the link is at ecfm.ca at the end of this story. http://fluidsurveys.com/surveys/smubdc/the-startup-100-participant-application-form/ as well as contacts to find further information. For any questions or comments, please contact Jared at (902) 491-6514, or by email at jared.perry@smu.ca


NEW HALIFAX LIBRARY GRAND OPENING TOMORROW
Friday 12th December 2014
A grand opening is planned for the new Halifax Central Library tomorrow morning, with musical performances, speeches and a ribbon cutting ceremony with 400 people taking part. The new 129,000 square feet space features a 300 seat theatre, two sound proof music studios, a living roof, a children’s room, a gaming area and a new location for a Espresso Bar & Café. In addition, the library is forgiving all late fees,along with any new fees incurred in the month of December. The design of the $58 million dollar facility has already received a lot of praise, including being named one of the “10 eye-popping new buildings of 2014″ by CNN.


ELIZABETH MAY HAS LYME DISEASE BILL PASSED THROUGH SENATE
Friday 12th December 2014
Elizabeth May has succeeded in passing the first Green Party legislation in Canadian history. The Federal Framework on Lyme Disease Act was passed unanimously at third reading by the Senate the morning and now awaits Royal Assent by the Governor General to become law. Although it is rare for private member’s bills to be passed through both the House and Senate, Bill C-442 has received the support of all parties, as well as the Canadian Medical Association, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation. It will establish a framework for collaboration between the federal, provincial and territorial Health Ministers, representatives of the medical community, and patients’ groups to promote greater awareness and prevention of Lyme disease, to address the challenges of timely diagnosis and treatment, and to push for further research.


FOLLOWING INQUIRY, DENNIS OLAND ORDERED TO STAND TRIAL IN MURDER OF FATHER
Friday 12th December 2014
The son of slain businessman Richard Oland will stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his father. Richard Oland was found dead in his Saint John, New Brunswick office In July, 2011. The 69-year-old businessman was an officer of the Order of Canada and a member of the family that owns Moosehead Breweries. Dennis Oland, who was arrested about a year ago and granted bail, had a preliminary inquiry that lasted 37 days and heard from 42 witnesses. Dennis Oland will return to court Feb. 2 to enter a plea.


JUSTICE MINISTER DIAB ANNOUCES QUEEN'S COUNSEL APPOINTMENTS
Friday 12th December 2014
Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab announced Queen's Counsel appointments today.  She says the 14 appointees have made great contributions to the justice system in Nova Scotia. Eleven of the solicitors are based in the HRM and the others are Dennis J. James of Truro, R. Bruce MacKeen of Guysborough and Robert David Chipman, Bridgewater . Recipients must have been a member of the bar of Nova Scotia for at least 15 years, shown professional integrity and good character, and have provided exceptional service to the legal community.


COLCHESTER COUNTY APPROVES FRACKING WASTEWATER DISPOSAL
Friday 12th December 2014
Approval has been granted by the County of Colchester for Atlantic Industrial Services to dispose of millions of litres of treated fracking water into the municipal sewer system. Under the approval the public has been given until Dec. 29 to submit an appeal. For the past several years Atlantic Industrial Services has been storing millions of litres of flowback water from hydraulic fracking operations in Kennetcook. Earlier this year, the company disposed of two million litres through a pilot project at the Lafarge cement plant near Brookfield, where the treated water was used as a coolant in the kiln, heated to 700 degrees Celsius and disposed of through evaporation. The company also recently attempted to negotiate a deal with the town of Amherst with an offer of $500,000 to dispose of the water stored in Debert, along with another 20-million litres still remaining in holding ponds in Kennetcook, but that was turned down after objections from the public. Some 10-million litres remain in the Debert holding tanks.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS BEGINS TODAY
Friday 12th December 2014
The major campaign to keep the roads safe over the holidays kicks off in full force today in Pictou County. Law Enforcement partners from the New Glasgow Regional Police, Pictou County RCMP, Stellarton, Westville Police Service along with Fire Departments, EHS, MADD, SADD, DNR, Crime Prevention, Crime Stoppers, and probation services will host Operation Christmas. All partners will be set up on East River Road today from 1:00pm to 2:30pm as an information checkpoint passing out Operation Christmas cards and red ribbons. The campaign is designed to send one main message - “DO NOT DRIVE IMPAIRED.”


NORTH NOVA SEA FOODS STORE DESTROYED BY FIRE
Friday 12th December 2014
A fire on Wednesday night destroyed the fish store adjacent to the North Nova Sea Foods plant in Caribou. Caribou Fire Chief Bill MacKay says there was no way to save the building as it was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived on the scene after 7pm. The Hazardous Materials team from New Glasgow also attended the scene to help deal with some oil that spilled from a tank. The building's owner, Paul Logan, says a temporary store will be set up to keep the business operating for the busy Christmas season. The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined.


ANOTHER BIG DROP IN PRICES AT THE PUMPS
Friday 12th December 2014
After nearly seven cents came off of the price of gasoline and diesel last Friday, another big drop was seen when prices reset this morning in Nova Scotia. Regular unleaded gasoline dropped by six cents per litre, to a minimum of one dollar, 2.8 cents, reaching a new low since August, 2010. Diesel prices also fell, but not quite as sharply. Diesel dropped by three cents per litre, to one dollar, 15.7 cents per litre. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday at 12:01am.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 11 *UPDATED*
Friday 12th December 2014

The three game winning streak for the Weeks Jr A Crushers came to an end last night as they fell 3-2 to the Yarmouth Mariners in MHL action at the Wellness Centre. For the sixth consecutive game the Crushers were trailing after 20 minutes, as the Mariners struck twice in the opening frame. Cole Murphy pulled the Crushers to within one, but the Mariners regained the two goal lead before the end of the second period. Mike Lyle scored on the power play to bring the game back to within one, but that was as close as the Crushers would get, and there would be no comeback victory. The Crushers are right back on the ice tonight as they make the road trip to Campbellton to face the Tigers. Tomorrow night they will face the Miramichi Timberwolves, and that game will be on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm. One other game last night in the MHL saw Dieppe hand the Woodstock Slammers just their fourth loss of the season, 3-1.

North Nova Boys High School hockey game v. Dalbrae at 7pm Friday Dec 12 at the Wellness Centre is cancelled.

The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club played a pair of games this past weekend against league foes. Saturday saw the Selects and the visiting ProCresting Penguins battle to a 3-3 tie at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Rachelle Hinkley, Katie Pentz and Hilary Taylor scored goals for the Selects with assists from Megan Stewart, Hannah Richards and Taylor Perry. Katie Henderson picked up the tie in goal for the Subway Crew. On Sunday the Selects travelled to Truro’s Rath Eastlink Centre for a game against Metro Boston Pizza. The Selects opened the scoring early in the first period with a goal from Julia Scammell assisted by defensive partner Hannah Richards. The Metro team tied the score midway through the second and scored the eventual winner late in the third to come away with the 2-1 victory. Adi Small played a strong game in goal for the Selects stopping 27 or 29 shots in taking the loss. With the loss the Selects dropped to second in the standings one point behind Metro Boston Pizza. The Selects final game of 2014 takes place Sunday December 14th when they travel to Cheticamp to play the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers travelled to PEI this past weekend for the Markan Hardwood Pownal AA Tournament. The first game was against the Woodstock Slammers. Crushers were defeated 9-1 with Cameron MacKinnon scoring the only goal, assisted by Peyton Clements. Reese Smith received Player of the Game and Lane Lochead was named Most Sportsmanlike. Later the same day, the Crushers faced off against Pownal Team 2. Peyton Clements scored in the first period for the Crushers, but the Mustangs scored three unanswered goals to take the game, 3-1. Player of the Game was Nikos Bonvie and Brennan Dalton received Most Sportsmanlike. The Crushers won their third game of the tournament on Saturday, defeating the Morell Mustangs 6-1. Scoring for the Crushers was Lochead and Seth Gallant, both with two goals, and singles from Ben Wallace and Reese Smith. Assists went to MacKinnon, Dylan Kontuk and Adam Farrell. Brent Chapman was the Player of the Game and Most Sportsmanlike went to Conrad Robertson. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts. The Atom A Crushers play two league games at home this week-end against the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which is used to purchase gas cards that are then given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations will be accepted of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages - birth to 16 years. Smaller sized toys are perfect, i.e. dinkies, action figures, barbies, movies, video games, etc.). These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need able to be easily cleaned.  They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will host a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to receive coaching on the skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning session followed by an afternoon of team games. There will be camp prizes and each participant will receive a camp T-shirt! Cost is $40 per child(or $70 per family). The camp is the team's main fundraiser and 100% of the profit goes to help with travel expenses & fees for tournaments and referees. Clinic registration forms can be picked up at all Pictou County Elementary Schools or by emailing hamptons@ccrsb.ca. For more information, please contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or check out the event Facebook page: Holiday Hoop Clinic.

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

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20-YEAR-OLD MAN CHARGED FOLLOWING PICTOU ACADEMY THREAT
Thursday 11th December 2014
A man from Pinetree has been charged following threats against Pictou Academy. 20-year-old David Nicholas Cummings is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in Pictou on February 2nd to face charges of uttering threats and mischief. RCMP received a report from the school Tuesday morning that a threat involving a firearm had been received by social media. Classes continued as the school was placed into a Hold and Secure situation while police investigated.


PROVINCE RELEASES FISCAL UPDATE
Thursday 11th December 2014
The Nova Scotia government issued a financial update today that forecasts lower spending and a $54−million reduction in the projected deficit. The second fiscal update for the 2014−15 budget forecasts a deficit of $220.6 million, down from the $274.5 million that was estimated in September. Finance Minister Diana Whalen says total revenues are forecast to be $9.7 billion, an increase of close to $100 million since the last fiscal update. Whalen says the increase is due mostly to higher corporate income tax and petroleum royalty revenues. In August, she introduced a mid−year spending reduction in a bid to meet budget goals.


DOWNTOWN TRAFFIC DISRUPTED BY DEMOLITION UNTIL 6PM
Thursday 11th December 2014
The Town of New Glasgow wishes to advise the motorists that Provost Street, from MacLean to Forbes, as well as MacLean Street, from Riverside Parkway to Provost, will be closed to traffic until 6:00 pm today to facilitate the demolition work at the Maritime Building. The Engineering and Public Works Department apologizes for any inconvenience.


LOTS OF INPUT IN SHAPING FIRST SEXUAL VIOLENCE STRATEGY FOR NOVA SCOTIA
Thursday 11th December 2014
Over 800 Nova Scotians shared their perspectives to help shape an action plan for the province's first sexual violence strategy.  Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard says she is committed to continuing to talk with the community to develop a provincewide response. The goal is for victims and survivors, and their families, to get the help they need and ensure society works to prevent sexual violence. If you are interested in the findings – there is a link at the end of this story at ecfm.ca http://novascotia.ca/coms/svs/what-we-heard/


STATUS QUO CONFIRMED FOR TRENTON COUNCIL
Thursday 11th December 2014
The Utility and Review Board issued a decision yesterday on the composition of the Trenton Town Council following a hearing last month, and there will be no change. The Council will remain composed of a mayor and four councillors elected at-large. The Town put that forward as the preferred option following a review that is required under the Municipal Government Act. All municipal units in the province are going through a review process this year.


OIL TANKER THAT LOST STEERING BEING TOWED TO HALIFAX *UPDATED*
Thursday 11th December 2014
The oil tanker that was adrift off the coast of Nova Scotia is being towed to Halifax 36 hours after losing its steering about 70 kilometres southeast of Halifax. The coast guard is monitoring the situation - The Australian Spirit is carrying 90 000 tonnes of crude oil, and the crew aboard is safe. The 250-metre ship was en route to New York from Placentia, NL with a crew of nearly two dozen on board. Canadian Coast Guard officials say the vessel still has power and engines, which means tugs will be able to steer it to safety.


ANOTHER BIG DROP IN NEW BRUNSWICK GAS PRICES
Thursday 11th December 2014
If the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board follows the lead of New Brunswick, you may not want to put any gas in the tank today. New prices came into effect in New Brunswick this morning, and regular unleaded self serve gas fell by almost 8 cents per litre, while diesel was down by more than 8 cents. New prices in Nova Scotia will take effect as of midnight tonight, and while the URB does not always follow the lead of our western neighbors, their shift in prices is usually an indicator of what to expect.


SCHOOL BOARD APPOINTS NEW MEMBER
Thursday 11th December 2014
There is a new member of the Chignecto Central Regional School Board. Anne Beaver was appointed to represent the town of New Glasgow. She was sworn in by Justice of the Peace Lisa Brenton at last night's meeting.


HUNTER FOUND SAFE AFTER REPORTING HIMSELF MISSING
Thursday 11th December 2014
A 74-year old hunter who phoned 911 to report himself missing yesterday evening was found roughly 3.5 hours later in good health. The man reported that he got lost in the Mattatal Lake area when he could not find his way back to his vehicle after darkness set in. RCMP used GPS coordinates from the man's cellphone to help find him about 1.5 kilometres from his vehicle. Ground Search and Rescue teams from Springhill and Pugwash helped with the search.


NO CHARGES AS OF YET IN THREAT TO SCHOOL
Thursday 11th December 2014
RCMP say there may be charges laid against a 20-year old man arrested in relation to a threat sent to Pictou Academy earlier this week that resulted in the school going into Hold and Secure mode. However, Sergeant Alain LeBlanc says that decision has not yet been made. On Tuesday morning, the school received a threat through social media of a potential incident involving a firearm. Police were notified, and less than an hour later a 20 year old man was arrested in Thorburn and brought in for questioning. The suspect, whose name has not been made public, had not been on school property.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 11 *UPDATED*
Thursday 11th December 2014

It is game night for the Weeks Jr A Crushers as they prepare to host the Yarmouth Mariners at the Pictou County Wellness Centre tonight at 7pm. These teams met back on Saturday in the Fish Tank, a game the Crushers won by a score of 7-5. The Crushers come into the game on a three game winning streak, and are starting a string of three games in three nights. Tomorrow they will be in Campbellton to face the Tigers, before hitting Miramichi on Saturday night. We will have the Saturday game live on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

One game last night in the NSMMHL saw Cole Harbour skate to a comfortable 7-2 win over the Halifax MacDonalds. The Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of home games this weekend, with Halifax coming to the Wellness Centre Saturday night at 7pm, followed by Newbridge on Sunday afternoon at 1pm.

The Pictou County Female Midget Selects squad won their last 3 games.  The first match the Selects visited the the Colchester Cyclones in Truro -winning 4-2. Paige MacDonald led the way for the Selects with 2 goals - singles went to Lindsay Feit and Rachel Brown.  The Selects hosted the Cape Breton County Female Islanders on December 7 to a 2-game match-up.The first game in Thorburn, the Selects played with a short bench but came out on top taking the game 6-1. Caitlyn Taylor, Lindsay Cheek and Kourtney Barker each scored 2 goals. Kara Mason took the win in nets. The second game was played in Pictou with the Selects defeating Cape Breton by a 3-1 score.  Scoring for the Selects were Lauren Quann, Brae Henderson and Lindsay Feit.  Brittany Duff earned her 2nd win of the weekend in nets. The Selects travel to Port Hawkesbury to face the Pirates on Saturday December and then host the Colchester Cyclones at 2pm on Sunday at the Trenton Arena.

The Panthers Volleyball club will be holding an open tryout for its girl's U16 team on Sunday, December 14th at the New Glasgow Academy gymnasium from 5pm to 7 pm. This is open to any player born in 1999 or after.  There will be a $10.00 tryout fee payable at the door. There will be a second tryout at another time to be determined later. Any inquiries can be made to panthersvolleyball2014@gmail.com

The Northern Subway Selects Female Midget AAA Hockey Club played a pair of games this past weekend against league foes. Saturday saw the Selects and the visiting ProCresting Penguins battle to a 3-3 tie at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Rachelle Hinkley, Katie Pentz and Hilary Taylor scored goals for the Selects with assists from Megan Stewart, Hannah Richards and Taylor Perry. Katie Henderson picked up the tie in goal for the Subway Crew. On Sunday the Selects travelled to Truro’s Rath Eastlink Centre for a game against Metro Boston Pizza. The Selects opened the scoring early in the first period with a goal from Julia Scammell assisted by defensive partner Hannah Richards. The Metro team tied the score midway through the second and scored the eventual winner late in the third to come away with the 2-1 victory. Adi Small played a strong game in goal for the Selects stopping 27 or 29 shots in taking the loss. With the loss the Selects dropped to second in the standings one point behind Metro Boston Pizza. The Selects final game of 2014 takes place Sunday December 14th when they travel to Cheticamp to play the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers.

The 5th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial “Cancer Sucks Cup” is coming up December 27, 2014 at Trenton Rink.  Monetary donations will be collected, which is used to purchase gas cards that are then given to families of sick children at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax and on the 6-Link floor of the IWK. In addition, donations will be accepted of NEW, unwrapped toys (wipeable, non-stuffed and suitable for ages - birth to 16 years. Smaller sized toys are perfect, i.e. dinkies, action figures, barbies, movies, video games, etc.). These toys go to children with little to no immune system which means they need able to be easily cleaned.  They will also be selling Official Member of Oli's Express t-shirts on the day of the tournament.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will host a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching indribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Individual skills during the mornings will be followed by team games in the afternoon. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) & includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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



PROVINCE RELEASES GUIDELINES TO PROTECT GENDER-IDENTITY RIGHTS OF STUDENTS
Wednesday 10th December 2014
Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey released guidelines today to support schools and school boards in protecting and respecting students as they assert their gender identity and right to gender expression. The guidelines complement the amendments made to the Human Rights Act in December 2012 that protect transgender people from discrimination. They will help schools and school boards to create a culture that is safe, respectful and supportive of transgender and gender non-conforming students. Ms. Casey says the department and its partners are committed to implementing guidelines that respect the needs and the dignity of our transgender students, and all of our students. The department will work with school boards' Race Relations,Cross Cultural Understanding coordinators to implement the guidelines, which identify seven areas of support.


PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT IN PICTOU TO LOOK AT CURRENT ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES *NOTE: 6:30PM START, NOT 7PM!*
Wednesday 10th December 2014
The Town of Pictou is holding a public meeting to discuss it's electoral process this evening. The town currently has 2 wards with 2 Councillors elected in each - the options are to remain the same or change to the open ward system. Town CAO Scott Conrod says an open ward system is currently used it Amherst, which has a population nearly three times that of Pictou. Deputy Mayor for Pictou Alta Munroe thinks Pictou is too small a town to have it's current system, regular council meeting that they feel their role is to serve the entire town. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board requires all municipal units to hold an Electoral boundary review every 8 years. Residents are invited to share their opinions at Pictou Council Chambers starting at 6:30pm.


DOUBLE MURDER PRELIMINARY INQUIRY CONCLUDES, DECISION RESERVED
Wednesday 10th December 2014
Testimony wrapped up yesterday in the preliminary hearing of a 48-year old man accused of murdering a mother and daughter last December in Colchester County. Gerald Ashley Rushton's inquiry heard from a total of 21 witnesses, although the nature of the evidence is banned from publication. Judge Warren Zimmer has reserved decision on whether there is enough evidence to bring Rushton to trial until the case returns to court December 30. Rushton is accused of killing 53-year-old Elizabeth MacPherson and her daughter, 24-year-old Brittany MacPherson, whose bodies were discovered in a Pictou Road home on 27 December, 2013.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 10
Wednesday 10th December 2014

One game last night in the NSJHL saw the Valley Maple Leafs hit the road and earn a 4-2 win over the Brookfield Elks to move into sole possession of first place in the very tight Fred Fox Division, just one point ahead of Liverpool and two points up on the Sackville Blazers. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians, who currently sit in second place in the Sid Rowe Division, will visit the Sid Rowe leading Glace Bay Miners on Saturday night, before hosting the last place Cumberland County Blues in Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm.

The North Nova Education Centre girls hockey team came out on the winning end of a 7-3 decision last week over the Cobequid Education Centre Cougars in Thorburn. Scoring for the Gryphons were Katie Pentz and Meagan Stewart with a hattrick each, and a single from Meaghan Fox. The Lady Gryphons play their next game on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Thorburn against the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals.

Yesterday, Britain defeated Denmark 4-3 and Sweden defeated Russia 5-3 in the final two games of this season’s  Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League

The Bruins and Rangers played to a 4-4 tie in Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action on Sunday evening at the Westville Miners Sports Center.

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers travelled to Springhill this past weekend to participate in the 49th Annual “Bluenose Annual Invitational Hockey Tournament”. After a shutout for goalie Tyler Watters, and a hat-trick for Ben Macdonald with a score of 7-0 against the Riverview Blues the Crushers next faced the Truro Bearcats. Noah Teed netted 2, while Bryce Thomsen found one to beat the Cats 3-1. The team came away with the silver medal after narrowly conceding the championship game to the Sackville Flyers with a score of 4-2. Lucas LeBlanc and Monroe MacKay scored for the Crushers. Cairan Boone was awarded the ‘Game Changer’ medal for his offensive and defensive plays.

Busy weekend for the Peewee AA Crushers as they travelled to Western Valley and played back to back games this past weekend.  In the first game they were defeated 4-2, but certainly made the Ramblers work for the win.  Kyle Reim scored both Crusher goals.  Vaughn MacEachern was in nets.  With only a short break in between games, the Crushers rested well and came out strong surprising the Ramblers with a tough lead on the score board.  Skyler Earle had the first goal.  Nolan MacDonald swiped another.  Luke Young also scored.  Crushers were not finished as Brycen MacDonald and Brody Bowering added 2 more goal.  Cody MacDougall played strong and determined as goaltender in the second game, which the Crushers won 5-3. After two games played against the Ramblers on Saturday, Crushers met at the wellness center to play the Truro Bearcats on Sunday.  Throughout the whole game it was neck and neck.  Crushers scored with Matthew Carson swiping the first goal. Near the end of the second period, Truro were up 3-1.  Crushers never lost their drive and with less than one minute left of the second period, Brycen and Kyle Reim scored two goals.  It was tied 3-3 as the third period began.  Truro ended up defeating the Crushers with a close 4-3 match on a power play.  MacEachern played hard in nets.

The Pictou County Atom AA Crushers competed in the Moncton Challenge Cup this past weekend in the Hub city. The team had a successful tournament going undefeated in the round robin and cross-over games before falling to the eventual champions from the host city. The Crushers won their opening contest 2-1 on Friday, defeating a tenacious Halifax Hawks squad. Later on in the day Pictou County took on the scrappy Kent-Sud Flames, and came away with another hard fought 2-1 victory. On Saturday the team played the Sherwood Falcons, and they were able to hold off the PEI squad 3-2. At the end of round robin play the Crushers were a perfect 3-0, earning themselves home ice in the cross-over game on Sunday morning. Pictou County then faced off with the Riverview Blues, with Halifax facing Moncton in the other semi-final game. Pictou County started strong and never looked back, defeating a very good Riverview team 5-0 behind the shut-out goaltending of Michael Law. In the final game the Crushers struck first against Moncton, scoring early in the first period. Moncton responded with 2 quick goals, and the first period ended with the Crushers down 2-1. In the second frame Moncton notched 2 more goals to take a commanding 4-1 lead. In the final period the Crushers scored to make it 4-2, and gave themselves a chance for a comeback, but eventually fell short to the host team. The Crushers used their combination of aggressive fore-checking, dogged defending, and stingy goaltending to reach the finals. Tournament goal-scorers for Pictou County were: Lucas Canning, Landon Sim, Kiefer Avery, Liam Berthiaume, Blaise MacDonald, and Logan Crosby. Defensemen Cameron Young, Cale Archibald, Willem Fraser, Jack Noftall, Camden Kelly, and Cory MacGillivray anchored the blueline, and kept the scoring chances to a minimum. The Crusher goaltending tandem of Thomas Gariepy and Michael Law were dominant, surrendering just 8 goals in 5 games for a stingy 1.60 Goals Against Average for the tournament.

NNEC JV Boys Basketball team will host John Hugh Gillis JV team this evening at 7pm.

The Panthers Volleyball club will be holding an open tryout for its girl's U16 team on Sunday, December 14th at the New Glasgow Academy gymnasium from 5pm to 7 pm. This is open to any player born in 1999 or after.  There will be a $10.00 tryout fee payable at the door. There will be a second tryout at another time to be determined later. Any inquiries can be made to panthersvolleyball2014@gmail.com

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will host a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will receive coaching indribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Individual skills during the mornings will be followed by team games in the afternoon. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) & includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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

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PEI LEGISLATURE MEMBER ANNOUNCES INTENTION TO RUN FOR PC PARTY LEADER POSITION.
Tuesday 9th December 2014
Prince Edward Island Progressive Conservatives now have a candidate for the leadership for the party.

Stratford legislature member James Aylward announced his intention to run for the position yesterday.

If chosen, Aylward would be the first person in two years to be the permanent leader of the provincial PC's.



NEW GLASGOW WENDY'S WILL REMAIN OPEN AFTER BURGER KING ACQUIRES TIM HORTON'S.
Tuesday 9th December 2014
The Wendy's location in New Glasgow that's shared with Tim Horton's will remain open, despite the iconic Canadian institution's purchase by Burger King.

A Wendy's representative says it will be “business as usual,” and there will be no impact on the Westville Road location.

Shareholders voted in favour of the takeover this morning. The federal government signed off on the deal last week, following a review under the Investment Canada Act.

The Burger King takeover is said to be worth 12 billion dollars in stock and cash.



PUBLIC MEETING TONIGHT IN PICTOU TO LOOK AT CURRENT ELECTORAL BOUNDARIES *NOTE: 6:30PM, NOT 7PM!
Tuesday 9th December 2014
The Town of Pictou is holding a public meeting to discuss it's electoral process. The town currently has 2 wards with 2 Councillors elected in each - the options are to remain the same or change to the open ward system. Town CAO Scott Conrod says an open ward system is currently used it Amherst, which has a population nearly larger than Pictou. Deputy Mayor for Pictou Alta Munroe thinks Pictou is too small a town to have it's current system, and other councillors concurred at last weeks's council meeting, that they feel their role is to serve the entire town.  The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board requires all municipal units to hold an  Electoral boundary review this year. Residents are invited to share their opinions on Wednesday, December 10th at 6:30pm in Pictou Council Chambers.


PICTOU ACADEMY HOLD AND SECURE SITUATION UNDER CONTROL - ARREST MADE
Tuesday 9th December 2014
Pictou Academy High School was placed in a “Hold and Secure” situation this morning. Officials with the School Board have confirmed that the school received information from social media involving a firearm. School administration, along with the Family of Schools Supervisor, opted to enact the “Hold and Secure” as a purely precautionary measure. Students were able to move freely within the building and classes continued as normal. RCMP Sergeant Alain LeBlanc confirmed that the situation is now under control. A 20-year old man was arrested by RCMP in the Thorburn area without incident a short time later. He was taken into custody and is being interviewed in relation to this incident. RCMP can confirm that the suspect was not on school property. The investigation is continuing.


POLICE SEARCHING FOR MISSING PERSON
Tuesday 9th December 2014
RCMP are searching for a missing 20-year-old man from the Potlotek First Nation in Cape Breton. Police said Robert Kenny George has not been seen since last Wednesday evening as he was leaving his home. He was reported missing to police on Saturday by his family when they still had not heard from him. RCMP and George's family have been actively searching for him and a wooded area was recently searched with the help of the K-9 unit with no sign of him. RCMP describe George as a first nations person, approximately five feet seven inches tall, weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. It is thought he is wearing insulated rubber boots, a green or pink hoodie sweater and sweat pants. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Robert George is asked to contact the Richmond County RCMP at (902) 535-2120 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS ( 8477 ).


ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE LAID IN GUYSBOROUGH SHOOTING
Tuesday 9th December 2014
An 18-year old suspected in a weekend shooting in Guysborough County remains in custody pending a show cause hearing today. Charles James MacPherson of North Riverside made a brief appearance in court yesterday on charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault, and was ordered to be held until today. Police indicate further charges may be laid as the investigation continues. RCMP say the preliminary investigation concludes that MacPherson and another 18-year old man got into an altercation, leading to the victim being shot in the shoulder. The Boylston man was taken to the St. Martha's Hospital in Antigonish and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.


STELLARTON VOTES NOT TO RUN ADS FOR VACANT COMMITTEE POSITIONS
Tuesday 9th December 2014
A motion to advertise opportunities for appointments to town committees was denied by Stellarton Town Council last night. Councillor Denise Taylor made the motion, and was seconded by Councillor Judith MacLellan. Councillor Ken Francis and Mayor Joe Gennoe voted against the motion, therefore, the standard practice will remain in effect.


PROVINCE SAYS POLICE REVIEW FOR STELLARTON UNNECESSARY
Tuesday 9th December 2014
The provincial justice minister has denied the town of Stellarton a police review. The town of Stellarton had accepted a recommendation from the Police Review Committee to make the request. Minister Lena Diab explained a review was recently conducted, but decided another review would not result in a revised or improved policing system.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 9 *UPDATED*
Tuesday 9th December 2014

The North Nova Education Centre girls hockey team came out on the winning end of a 7-3 decision last week over the Cobequid Education Centre Cougars in Thorburn. Scoring for the Gryphons were Katie Pentz and Meagan Stewart with a hattrick each, and a single from Meaghan Fox. Assists were marked by Katelyn Dunn with three, Sophia Wornell and Camryn Halliday with two apiece, and Lindsay Feit, Kourtney Barker and Taylor Perry with one each. The Lady Gryphons play their next game on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Thorburn against the Dr. J.H. Gillis Royals.

The Panthers Volleyball club will be holding an open tryout for its girl's U16 team on Sunday, December 14th at the New Glasgow Academy gymnasium from 5pm to 7 pm.

This is open to any player born in 1999 or after. There will be a $10.00 tryout fee payable at the door. There will be a second tryout at another time to be determined later.

Any inquiries can be made to panthersvolleyball2014@gmail.com

Three wins in three games over the weekend have moved the Weeks Jr A Crushers back into the top 20 in the national rankings released yesterday. The Crushers re-enter the list in the 20th spot after wins over Summerside, South Shore, and Yarmouth to open up a 4 point lead in the Eastlink Division. Woodstock continues to lead the way for MHL teams, although they fell from 2nd to 4th after a loss Sunday afternoon in Summerside. The Crushers have three games in three nights again this weekend, with Yarmouth coming to the Wellness Centre on Thursday. The Crushers then hit the road for the northern New Brunswick swing through Campbellton and Miramichi. Classic Rock 97.9 will carry the game from Miramichi on Saturday night with the pregame show beginning at 6:45pm.

More good news for the Crushers, as Regan Spears was named the first star of the week in the MHL. In three games, the 19 year old from Port Hood scored three goals and added three assists as the Crushers went undefeated on the week. On Thursday night at home, Spears assisted on the insurance goal as Pictou County defeated the Summerside Western Capitals 4-2. The following night in Bridgewater, he scored once, assisted on the eventual game winner and was named first star of the contest as the Crushers downed the South Shore Lumberjacks 5-4. Finally on Saturday night in Yarmouth, the second year MHLer scored twice and added an assist in Pictou County’s 7-5 win over the Mariners. After 25 games heading into this week’s action, Spears has already eclipsed his numbers from last year. He currently stands with 11 goals and 30 points after scoring 10 goals and 19 points in 49 games last season. Jacob Fancy of Truro and Lindon Bekcwith of Dieppe were the second and third stars respectively.

The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers travelled to Springhill this past weekend to participate in the 49th Annual “Bluenose Annual Invitational Hockey Tournament”. After a shutout for goalie Tyler Watters, and a hat-trick for Ben Macdonald with a score of 7-0 against the Riverview Blues the Crushers next faced the Truro Bearcats. Noah Teed netted 2, while Bryce Thomsen found one to beat the cats 3-1. The Team came away with the silver medal after narrowly conceding the championship game to the Sackville Flyers with a score of 4-2. Lucas LeBlanc and Monroe MacKay scored for the Crushers assisted by Max Mackinnon, Tyler Foote, Seth Marcipont, and Bryce Thomsen. Cairan Boone was awarded the ‘Game Changer’ medal for his offensive and defensive plays.

There was one game last night in the NSJHL, which saw the host Sackville Blazers dominate the Cole Harbour Colts 10-3. The Blazers move into a tie with the Valley Maple Leafs for second place in the Fred Fox Division, one point behind the Liverpool Privateers. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are off until Saturday when they visit the Glace Bay Miners. The Scotians next home game will be Sunday when they host the Cumberland County Blues.

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects lost a home and home this weekend with the Colchester Cyclones.   The Selects were defeated  2-1 to the Cyclones on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  Biancia Bourgeois scored the only goal for Pictou County and it was assisted by Hannah Fraser. On Sunday, the Selects travelled to Colchester County where they defeated 3-1. MacKenzie Ells scored an unassisted goal for Pictou County.  Selects goaltender Leigha MacDonald was strong in nets for both games.

On Saturday, the Ballantyne Fuel Pee Wee AAA Crushers traveled to the KMC to play the Antigonish Bulldogs. The local squad had numerous opportunities but couldn't capitalize and we're defeated 2-1. Scoring the lone goal unassisted was Scott Long. Keegan Walker played a solid game in net making many tough saves to keep his team within striking distance. Next action will see the crew travel to Bridgewater to face off against the South Shore Sharks.

Braeshore's Joey MacDonald improved his record to 6-4-1 on the AHL season with a 4-2 win over the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night. MacDonald stopped 28 of 30 shots in the win, bringing his goals against average down to 2.70 and his save percentage up to .900. The Hamilton Bulldogs next game will be tomorrow night when they visit the Adirondack Flames.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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GUILTY PLEA ENTERED ON CHARGE OF TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA
Monday 8th December 2014
A Stellarton man will be sentenced in March for trafficking marijuana as well as possessing unstamped tobacco.  63-year-old John Francis Earl  was charged following an incident on August 12th, 2014 in Stelllarton. A lesser drug charge of marijuana possession was dropped. Co-accused Sylvia Joanne MacKenzie , who was facing identical charges, had all three withdrawn by the crown this morning. Earl will be sentenced on March 10th, 2015.


MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY FOR LEADING POLICE ON PURSUIT
Monday 8th December 2014
Daniel William Jordan of the Ponds appeared in Pictou Provincial court this morning. The 40-year-old man entered not guilty pleas to two impaired driving charges, as well as one charge of failing to stop a vehicle when pursued by a peace officer. The charges stem from an incident on Sept 5th in Lower Barneys River. Jordan had a half-day trial set for March 23rd, 2015.


ACCUSED IN TRUCK THEFT CHANGES PLEA TO GUILTY
Monday 8th December 2014
One of two Pictou County men charged with the theft of a truck which later crashed into a Dartmouth hotel appeared in Pictou Provincial Court this morning. 26-year-old Dale Kass McInnis of Stellarton had pleaded not-guilty to the theft, but changed his plea to guilty on a lesser charge of occupying a motor vehicle as a passenger knowing the vehicle was taken without the consent of the owner. The truck was stolen from a Stellarton business on December 23rd, 2013. McInnis also pleaded guilty to mischief in relation to property, and his sentencing was set for February 12th, 2015. Co-accused 20-year-old Brett Edward Hennessey of New Glasgow will be sentenced on January 13th, 2015 for the truck theft as well as three breaches of probation.


MAN ARRESTED FOR CARRYING LOADED SHOTGUN ON A BUS
Monday 8th December 2014
A 19 year old man from Preston is facing multiple weapons charges after carrying a sawed off shotgun on a bus.

The man was arrested Sunday night after police received reports of a man carrying a weapon on a bus to Preston.

Halifax Regional Police and RCMP responded, arrested the man, and seized the loaded weapon.



SCOTSBURN TO CENTRALIZE OPERATIONS IN TRURO
Monday 8th December 2014
Scotsburn Co−operative Limited says it is centralizing jobs at its ice cream and novelty production facility in Truro, Nova Scotia. The company sold its milk division to Saputo earlier this year. Scotsburn C−E−O Doug Ettinger says the plan now is to bring together as many employees as possible around its ice cream production facility. Once about 18 transfers are complete from St. John’s and Halifax, about 230 Scotsburn employees will be working in Truro.


IMPAIRED DRIVERS ARRESTED AS HOLIDAY CRACKDOWN BEGINS
Monday 8th December 2014
With the Christmas season getting into full swing, the police across Pictou County will be out in full force over the next several weeks to keep the roads safe from impaired drivers. This past weekend New Glagsow Regional Police made a pair of arrests just minutes apart. A 42-year old man has been charged with impaired care and control of a motor vehicle and driving without a licence, while a 34 year old was charged with impaired care and control, driving wihtout insurance, and driving while licence is revoked. Both will appear in Pictou Provincial Court at a later date.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 8
Monday 8th December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have won three games in three nights. On Thursday night, they earned a 4-2 win over the Summerside Western Capitals at home, and followed that up with a 5-4 win Friday night in Bridgewater against the South Shore Lumberjacks. The Crushers were down 4-2 going into the second period but scored three unanswered for the come from behind victory. They wrapped up their schedule Saturday night in the Fish Tank against the Yarmouth Mariners, winning 7-5. Cole Murphy led the Crushers with 3 goals and an assist , and Regan Spears added 2 goals and an assist. This week, the Crushers host Yarmouth for a return match on Thursday before heading to Campbellton and Miramichi for another set of three games in three nights. We will have the Miramichi game on Classic Rock 97.9 beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

Five members of the Kanokai Judo Club were named to Team Nova Scotia for the upcoming Canada Winter Games Judo team at the selection event held at Northumberland Regional High School on Saturday. Megan Constable of New Glasgow, Maddy Fitt and Marshall Fitt of Egerton, Kyle Sutherland of Scotsburn and Cody Angevine of Merigomish will make up fully half of Team Nova Scotia in Prince George, BC in February. Along with the Canada Games selection event, the provincial championships were held on Saturday, with fourteen competitors from the host club medalling. Ryan Hislop earned an LTAD in the Recreational Category. Kaden MacDonald and Omar Alsaidan won gold. Megan Constable, Brittany Lodge, Maddy Fitt, Cody Angevine, Peter MacGrath, and Cory Odo all earned silvers, while Grayson Hislop, Ari Hislop, Kieran Hislop, Luke Perrin, and Lagan Horton took home bronze.

The Antigonish Bulldogs took advantage of a very short Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians bench to earn a 4-2 win last night at Trenton Arena. The Scotians had just 9 regulars in the lineup, with 6 affiliated players dressed to flesh out the roster. With the loss, the Scotians remain 11 points out of first place in the Sid Rowe Division, but hold 5 games in hand on the Glace Bay Miners. The Scotians and Miners will face off against each other Saturday in Glace Bay, before the Blues come to Trenton Arena this coming Sunday.

The North Nova Boys hockey team played three games this weekend, earning victories in all three games despite having several injured players and requiring some call-up players.  On Thursday, the Gryphons travelled to Truro to play the CEC Cougars at the Colchester Legion Stadium.  Colin Holmes, Jacob Pentz (2), and Taylor Publicover scored for NNEC while Matt Murray was solid in the nets for the 4-2 win. On Friday night at the Pictou county Wellness Centre, NNEC hosted a return exhibition match against the Tantramar Titans from Sackville, NB and skated to a 5-0 win. Matt Murray and Kieran Mac Gillivray shared netminding duties for the shut out. The Gryphons got goals from Austin Mason, Duncan Byrne, Colin Holmes, Campbell Burrows and Taylor Publicover. Saturday night at the Trenton Arena, the Gryphons faced off against the Dr. JH Gillis Royals in a regular season game. There was no scoring in the first period but the floodgates opened in the second frame. Sean Duggan scored thirty seconds into the second assisted by Austin Mason and Ryan MacDonald. The Royals evened the score only to have Cody Haas put the Gryphons ahead 20 seconds later. He was assisted by Jacob Pentz and Carson Dunbar. Antigonish scored the next two goals and that seemed to light a fire for the Gryphons who scored four unanswered goals to round out the period. Jacob Pentz had two, Ryan MacDonald and Colin Holmes had one each. Chris Brooker scored the only Gryphon goal in the third assisted by Duggan. Antigonish scored late in the third but could not mount enough offense to catch NNEC as they won 7-4. Kieran MacGillvray got the win in nets. The Gryphons will host the Dalbrae Dragons on Friday night at 7:00pm at their new home- the Pictou County Wellness Centre, in their only game next weekend.  

The Weeks Major Midgets had an offensive outbreak this weekend, scoring 12 goals in earning a pair of victories in interleague play against opponents from Prince Edward Island at the Wellness Centre. On Saturday, the Weeks beat the Charlottetown Islanders 6-2, then yesterday afternoon they shut out the Kensington Wild 6-0. Thirteen different players earned at least one point over the weekend. The Weeks play another pair of home games this weekend, with Halifax and Newbridge visiting on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The battle between the top two teams in the NSFMHL went to Metro Boston Pizza yesterday afternoon in Truro, as they got past the Subway Northern Selects 2-1. The Selects also played on Saturday, skating to a 3-3 tie against the Penguins. Metro now has a 1 point lead in the standings, and holds a game in hand on the Selects. The Selects will only play once this coming weekend, when they visit the Cape Breton Panthers Sunday afternoon in Cheticamp.

The Pictou County Bantam AA Selects grabbed four huge points after defeating Halifax in a home and home series this past weekend. On Saturday the teams met at the Hector Arena where the Selects gave up a 1-0 lead to Halifax  late in the second period. Pictou County bounced back a minute and a half later when Hannah Porter batted home an Eva Wornell rebound. The Selects spotted another one goal lead when Halifax scored a power play goal early in the third period. Camryn Halliday knotted it at two when she took a nice feed from Mariah Linehan and smoked a one timer past a stunned Halifax netminder. Taylor Mackenzie was the hero when she scored a power play marker with just over two minutes to play in the third to make the final 3-2. Lindsey Smith had the only assist on the goal and Victoria Dunn got the win between the pipes. The return match in Halifax on Sunday saw a penalty filled affair which seemed to kill offensive momentum on the part of both teams. The Selects struck first, however, when Taylor MacKenzie scored mid way through the third period to put the Selects ahead 1-0. Chloe MacDonald secured the 2-0 win on a scramble play as Halifax was pulling their goalie for the extra attacker. Jenna Landry was slid in nets for the Selects in getting the win. The Selects are now tied for third with the Bedford Blues in the Provincial League. Pictou County plays host to Cape Breton next Saturday and then travels to Cole Harbour on Sunday as league play continues.

The Picotu County Lightning Girls Mini A basketball played a pair of close games in Antigonish over the weekend. In the first game, the Lightning fell just short against the hosts by a score of 26-23, but followed that up with a 27-25 win against Truro.

There were three games last night in Stellarton in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League. The opener saw Dewtie's Excavating defeat the Pictou Landing Falcons 10-3. Whitey's Vikings then got past the Elk's Club 13-8. The night wrapped up with Nat Pro Gas winning 8-3 over Can-Connect.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 7
Sunday 7th December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers have won three games in three nights. On Thursday night, they earned a 4-2 win over the Summerside Western Capitals at home, and followed that up with a 5-4 win Friday night in Bridgewater against the South Shore Lumberjacks. The Crushers were down 4-2 going into the second period but scored three unanswered for the come from behind victory. They wrapped up their schedule last night in the Fish Tank against the Yarmouth Mariners, winning 7-5. Cole Murphy led the Crushers with 3 goals and an assist , and Regan Spears added 2 goals and an assist.

In Junior A Hockey League action, The Glace Bay Jr. Miners hosted the Strait Pirates last night at the Northside Emera Centre, beating the visiting team 3-2.

The Weeks Major Midgets picked up a win over The Charlottetown Islanders last night at the Wellness Centre. They took the interleague game with a 6-2 decision. Julian Makary and Matt Warner each picked up two points for the Weeks. The Major Midgets take on the Kensington Wild today at 1pm.

The Subway Northern Selects have a home game in Truro today, where they host Metro Boston Pizza at 1:00pm. At this time, the result of yesterday's game against the Procresting Penguins has not been made available.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 6
Saturday 6th December 2014
The Weeks Jr A Crushers have won the first two of their three games in three nights this week. Back on Thursday night, the Crushers earned a 4-2 win over the Summerside Western Capitals at home, and followed that up with a 5-4 win last night in Bridgewater against the South Shore Lumberjacks. The Crushers were down 4-2 going into the second period but scored three unanswered for the come from behind victory. They wrap up their schedule tonight in the Fish Tank against the Yarmouth Mariners.

The North Nova boys hockey team next league game is today at 5 pm at the Trenton arena when they take on the Dr. JH Gillis Royals from Antigonish. Admission is $4.00 for adults and. $2.00 for students and seniors.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are in action tomorrow night at 7pm. They're playing at the Trenton Arena, where they will host the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be hosting a pair of games against teams from PEI this weekend as the NSMMHL plays part of its interleague schedule. The Charlottetown Islanders will visit the Wellness Centre Saturday at 7pm, followed by the Kensington Wild Sunday at 1pm.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will play this afternoon at 4pm and Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at 12:15pm.

The Subway Northern Selects of the NSMFHL have a pair of home games this weekend, starting with a 12:30pm game at the Wellness Centre today against the Penguins. Then tomorrow at 1pm, the Selects will play a rare home game in Truro when they host Metro Boston Pizza.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls volleyball team lost both of their matches on the opening day of the NSSAF Division 2 Championships. They will wrap up pool play this morning against the hosts from JL Ilsley. The winner of that match will go to the 5th place game against the winner of Yarmouth and Sydney Academy, while the losers of those matches will play for 7th place.

The Kanokai Judo Club will be hosting the Provincial Judo Championships at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma today. It will also be the final selections for the NS Judo Team for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The Canada Winter Games team selections will start at 8:00 am, with the regular tournament getting underway at 10:00 am. The event will run into the afternoon and it's free for spectators!! The public is welcome to attend!

The third of five 9-ball, Cue Sports Nova Scotia, ranking tournaments for Northern Nova Scotia Region is scheduled for today.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE MASSACRE ANNIVERSARY
Saturday 6th December 2014
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

On December 6th, 1989, gunman Mark Lepine went into a classroom at the Ecole Polytechnique, separated the men and women, and killed all of the women in the class.

Lepine killed 5 more women, and injured several other people before committing suicide.

In a note he left, Lepine says his attack was politically motivated against feminism, because he felt the movement ruined his life.

Since the incident, today's date has been designated as the National day of remembrance and action on violence against women.

A candlelight vigil will be taking place tonight at the Glasgow Square gazebo in remembrance of the event, and to end violence against women.



SCOTSBURN CO-OP WILL LEAVE SCOTSBURN; STAFF RE-LOCATING TO TRURO FACILITY
Friday 5th December 2014
No job losses, but a nostalgic farewell, as Scotsburn Co-op will no longer have a base in Scotsburn. The company announced today that management and administration will move to their production facility in Truro. Earlier this year, the company sold it's fluid milk division to Saputo to focus on its growing ice cream and novelty business. The remaining 11 employees in Scotsburn will be transferred, bringing the workforce at the Truro facility to approximately 230. Scotsburn Creamery was founded in the spring of 1900 by a small group of farmers in the village of Scotsburn.


TOWN OF NEW GLASGOW HOLDS PROMOTION TO DRAW BUSINESS DOWNTOWN AS MARTIME BUILDING DEMOLITION IS COMPLETED
Friday 5th December 2014
As the demolition of the Maritime Building takes longer than originally estimated, the Town of New Glasgow has launched a special promotion to provide support to the Downtown businesses during the holiday shopping season. Every receipt valued at $25 or more before taxes, of goods, services, or food purchased Downtown will qualify for a ballot to win a prize including two gift certificates, valued at $250 each, from a Downtown business of the winners choice.  The ballots will be provided by the qualifying businesses and must be dropped off to Town Hall on Provost Street- Monday to Friday between 8:30am-4:30pm. The draw will take place on December 24 at 9:00am at Town Hall. New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan wants to assure members of the public that it is safe to drive, walk and park in Downtown New Glasgowas the demolition is completed. Local company Verhaghen Demolition is doing the removal job, at a cost to the town of one million dollars.


LOCH BROOM MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ASSAULT CAUSING BODILY HARM AND UTTERING DEATH THREATS
Friday 5th December 2014
This morning in Pictou Provincial Court, a twenty-four- year old man from Loch Broom man pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm and uttering death threats. Former realtor Darius Blinkhorn had been scheduled for trial on December 16th and 18th in Pictou. The crown dropped two additional charges of uttering threats as well as an assault charge this morning. At Blinkhorn’s last court appearance on May 12th, six further charges of uttering death threats were withdrawn. A pre-sentencing report will be completed before Blinkhorn is sentenced on April 7th.


SUMMER STREET HOLDS CHRISTMAS SOCIAL
Friday 5th December 2014
Over 200 donors, supporters, employers, partners, family and friends of Summer Street received Best Wishes and Christmas Greetings at the annual Summer Street Christmas Social last night. Over the evening guests were treated to an exhibition of original paintings, performances by the Summer Street Choir and sign language groups, a fashion show featuring gently worn quality used clothing from New Beginnings, and gourmet food items created in the catering department. Executive Director Bob Bennett says the opportunities created for people with intellectual disabilities would not be possible without support from the community. Summer Street Foundation President David Whittemore says this event is a way to thank the people who provide that support throughout the year.


GAS DROPS SIGNIFICANTLY
Friday 5th December 2014
A major break at the pumps for Nova Scotia motorists this week. The price of a litre of regular self serve unleaded gasoline fell by nearly seven cents, to a new minimum of one dollar 8.8 cents. That is the lowest price since November, 2010. Diesel also saw a major drop of about 7 cents, to a new minimum of one dollar, 18.7 cents, which is the lowest since June, 2012. These prices will remain in effect until next Friday at 12:01am.


GLEN HAVEN MANOR CLOSED TO VISITORS
Friday 5th December 2014
The administration of the Glen Haven Manor in New Glasgow have closed the facility to visitors temporarily while a possible flu virus is making the rounds. Administrator Lisa Smith says there are a high rate of flu-like symptoms being experienced among the residents, so the decision was made to implement the outbreak protocol. Smith says visits of an urgent nature will still be allowed, and asks potential visitors to call ahead before arriving to speak with the floor nurse. She says the protocol will stay in place until further notice, in order to protect the health and safety of the residents.


DECISION RESERVED IN APPEAL OF DANGEROUS DRIVING CONVICTION
Friday 5th December 2014
An Antigonish man convicted of two counts each of Impaired Driving by Drugs Causing Death and two counts of Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Death is seeking a new trial. William Edmund Byron Fogarty appeared before the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal earlier this week, and the court has reserved its decision. Fogarty was found guilty following a trial in July, 2013, and sentenced to serve six years in prison. The charges stem from a fatal two car collision in November, 2011 in Tracadie which killed 16-year-old Kory Mattie and 17-year-old Nicholas (Nico) Landry, both of whom were in the other vehicle. No date has been given for when the decision on the appeal will be handed down.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 5
Friday 5th December 2014
The Weeks Jr A Crushers won their first of three games in three days last night as they got past the visiting Summerside Western Capitals 4-2 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The game was a special “Blue in the Barn” event, as the Crushers celebrated the end of “Movember” was a fundraiser for the Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Association. The Crushers held a silent auction of five jerseys from last night's game, raising over 600 dollars. They are back in action on the road tonight in Bridgewater to face the South Shore Lumberjacks, a game you can catch on Classic Rock 97.9 with the pregame show starting at 6:45pm. Then tomorrow night they will visit the Yarmouth Mariners.

The North nova boys hockey team will host the Tantramar Titans tonight at 7:00pm at the Wellness Centre. Their next league game is Saturday at 5 pm at the Trenton arena when they take on the Dr. JH Gillis Royals from Antigonish. Admission is $4.00 for adults and. $2.00 for students and seniors.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians will play twice this weekend, starting with a game in Port Hawkesbury tonight. Then, on Sunday at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, the Scotians will host the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be hosting a pair of games against teams from PEI this weekend as the NSMMHL plays part of its interleague schedule. The Charlottetown Islanders will visit the Wellness Centre Saturday at 7pm, followed by the Kensington Wild Sunday at 1pm.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will play three games in three days this weekend, starting with a road game in Cole Harbour tonight. The Major Bantams will then host the Cougars Saturday afternoon at 4pm and Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at 12:15pm.

The Subway Northern Selects of the NSMFHL have a pair of home games this weekend, starting with a 12:30pm game at the Wellness Centre Saturday against the Penguins. Then on Sunday at 1pm, the Selects will play a rare home game in Truro when they host Metro Boston Pizza.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls volleyball team have advanced to the provincial championship tournament this coming weekend in Halifax. The Knighthawk girls are in a pool with Horton, Middleton, and the hosts JL Ilsley in the Division 2 tournament. Action begins with the Knighthawks facing the hosts this afternoon. They will play Horton later this evening, before wrapping up pool play tomorrow morning. The semi-finals and championship matches will be played tomorrow afternoon.

The Kanokai Judo Club will be hosting the Provincial Judo Championships at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma tomorrow. It will also be the final selections for the NS Judo Team for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The Canada Winter Games team selections will start at 8:00 am, with the regular tournament getting underway at 10:00 am. The event will run into the afternoon and it's free for spectators!! The public is welcome to attend!

The North nova boys hockey team will host the Tantramar Titans on Friday night at 7:00pm at the Wellness Centre. Their next league game is Saturday evening at 5 pm at the Trenton arena when they take on the Dr. JH Gillis Royals from Antigonish. Admission is $4.00 for adults and. $2.00 for students and seniors.

The third of five 9-ball, Cue Sports Nova Scotia, ranking tournaments for Northern Nova Scotia Region is scheduled for tomorrow.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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REPEATED DRIVING WHILE PROHIBITED NETS MAN JAIL-TIME
Thursday 4th December 2014
From Pictou Provincial court this morning: 65-year old  Wintford Ralph Mitchell was sentenced on  two charges of operating a motor vehicle while disqualified. The first charge stems from October, 2012, and the other from October, 2014.  Court heard that the second charge was laid because Mitchell entered his truck minutes after leaving court after being sentencing for impaired driving,  which included a driving ban. Crown prosecutor called the breach of the court order “blatant” and “outrageous”. Judge Del Atwood noted that Mitchell does not accept blame for his actions, and handed him 90 days incarceration on the 2012 charge, and 8 months on the 2014 charge. The sentences to be served consecutively, less 66 days served.  Following the jail term, Mitchell will be prohibitied from driving for 6 years, and was also given a $200 victim surcharge. 


PICTOU TRIAL AVERTED WHEN WOMAN CHANGES PLEAS
Thursday 4th December 2014
A trial for a 26-year old Pictou County woman was averted this afternoon when she changed her plea to guilty on two charges. Following an incident in June, 2012, Ashley Dawn Cooper's charges included Break & Enter, uttering threats and possession of a weapon. She pleaded guilty today to being unlawfully in a dwelling, and one count of uttering threats, and four additional charges were withdrawn. Judge Del Atwood had denied bail to Cooper on September 14th, 2014 citing that the woman had missed several court dates in the past two years. She will remain in custody until she is sentenced on January 22nd, 2015.


SENIOR RECEIVES JAIL TIME FOR INDECENT EXPOSURE
Thursday 4th December 2014
A 70 year-old New Glasgow man was sentenced for indecent exposure this morning in Pictou Provincial court. The man’s name, as well as the names of the three victims, girls aged 8, 10 & 12, are protected by a publication ban. Court heard the girls were guests in his apartment when he exposed his genitals. Judge Del Atwood gave the man 6 months in jail followed by 2 years of probation and a lifetime ban on being unaccompanied with persons under the age of 16. Additional penalties include staying away from playgrounds and schools, using the internet and volunteering as a person in a position of trust with minors. He will also be added to the sexual offender registry for 10 years, and was ordered to provide DNA.


NEW BRUNSWICK DROPS GAS AND DIESEL PRICES
Thursday 4th December 2014
More good news for New Brunswick drivers this week, and it could possibly mean good news here as well. The price of regular self−serve gas is down by more than a cent for our western neighbors. It’s now selling for about a−dollar−14 a litre. Diesel is down half a cent a litre this week and furnace oil has dropped six−tenths of a cent a litre. While Nova Scotia's Utility and Review Board does not always follow the lead of New Brunswick, the new price locally will be set effective midnight tonight.


WOMEN'S CENTRE TO HOST MEMORIAL VIGIL
Thursday 4th December 2014
This Saturday is the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, and the Pictou County Women's Centre is hosting a candlelight vigil to remember and honor the victims. The vigil will be held at 6pm at the Glasgow Square Gazebo, and will not only honor the women killed at L'Ecole Polytechnique, but also women killed at the hands of their partners. Donna MacGregor, a Board Member with the Pictou County Women's Centre says they are hoping for a huge crowd Saturday night.


SCHOOL BOARD RAISE CONCERNS OVER POTENTIAL COAL DUST AT GR SAUNDERS
Thursday 4th December 2014
Concerns were raised about dust from Pioneer Coal's Stellarton operation at last nights CCRSB meeting. The main concern is what adverse effects coal dust could have on students at the GR Saunders school. A letter from Health Minister Leo Glavine says the school is outside of the sampling location, and daily allowable limits are not exceeded. Glavine referred further questions about compliance to Minister of Environment Randy Delorey. Board member Ron Marks says the monitor that determines emissions is often blocked by trees that grow during the warmer months, and should be moved to get a better reading.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 4
Thursday 4th December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers host Summerside tonight, and will be auctioning off game worn jerseys along with other events around the Movember fundraising efforts with Blue in the Rink. Then on Friday and Saturday they will hit the road to face the recently purchased and renamed South Shore Lumberjacks and Yarmouth Mariners respectively. We will have the game from Bridgewater on Friday on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians will play twice this weekend, starting with a game in Port Hawkesbury on Friday night. Then, on Sunday at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, the Scotians will host the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The Weeks Major Midgets will be hosting a pair of games against teams from PEI this weekend as the NSMMHL plays part of its interleague schedule. The Charlottetown Islanders will visit the Wellness Centre Saturday at 7pm, followed by the Kensington Wild Sunday at 1pm.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers will play three games in three days this weekend, starting with a road game in Cole Harbour tomorrow night. The Major Bantams will then host the Cougars Saturday afternoon at 4pm and Dartmouth Sunday afternoon at 12:15pm.

The Subway Northern Selects of the NSMFHL have a pair of home games this weekend, starting with a 12:30pm game at the Wellness Centre Saturday against the Penguins. Then on Sunday at 1pm, the Selects will play a rare home game in Truro when they host Metro Boston Pizza.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls volleyball team have advanced to the provincial championship tournament this coming weekend in Halifax. The Knighthawk girls are in a pool with Horton, Middleton, and the hosts JL Ilsley in the Division 2 tournament. Action begins with the Knighthawks facing the hosts Friday afternoon. They will play Horton later that evening, before wrapping up pool play on Saturday morning. The semi-finals and championship matches will be played Saturday afternoon.

The Kanokai Judo Club will be hosting the Provincial Judo Championships at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma on Saturday. It will also be the final selections for the NS Judo Team for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. The Canada Winter Games team selections will start at 8:00 am, with the regular tournament getting underway at 10:00 am. The event will run into the afternoon and it's free for spectators!! The public is welcome to attend!

PEEWEE AA Crushers played Sunday in Amherst, defeating the Ramblers 7-3. Crushers had a slow start in the first period as the Ramblers were leading 1-0.  The game turned around as the Crushers scored 4 goals in the second period.  Scoring were Luke Young with an assist by Evan Reynolds; Jayden Hatchard unassisted; Nolan MacDonald with Brycen MacDonald assisting; and Landen MacDonald scoring unassisted.  Crushers stayed strong going into the third period adding three more goals by Brycen MacDonald with Thomas Devine assisting.  Nolan MacDonald added another goal assisted by Young and then Devine finished the game with the 7th goal.  Crushers have a busy weekend with two games this Saturday against Western Valley and then Sunday against Truro.

The Pictou County Atom A Crushers had a home and home this weekend with the Cumberland County Ramblers. The first game was in Springhill where the Crushers opened the game with a strong first period with goals netted by Lane Lochead (2), Reese Smith, Ben Wallace, and Cameron MacKinnon. Adam Farrell had two assists in the first, and Wallace, MacKinnon, Conrad Robertson, and Lochead tallied an assist each. Cumberland had one goal in the first period. Pictou County tallied three more in the second with Cumberland netting two. Scoring in the second for the Crushers were Wallace, Brent Chapman, and Peyton Clements. Seth Gallant picked up an assist. Crushers held the Ramblers back in the third while Clements (assisted by Smith) and Farrell added two more for the Crushers, for a final score of 10-3. At home on Sunday, the Crushers kept the Ramblers scoreless, winning 6-0. Scoring for the Crushers were Nikos Bonvie, Gallant, Ian Reynolds, MacKinnon, Wallace and Lochead. Chapman, Brennan Dalton and Farrell each earned two assists, and Clements had one assist. Cole Battist and Jacob MacLeod shared the games between the posts, both making outstanding saves and getting a shut-out in Sunday’s game. The Atom A Crushers travel to Prince Edward Island this week-end to participate in the Markan Hardwood Plus Memorial AA Tournament.

There are two games tonight in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League. Both games will be played in Thorburn. At 7pm, Whitey's Vikings face Dewtie's Excavating. Then at 8:20pm, Thistle Bar will take on Elk's Club.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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PICTOU COUNTY MLA CALLS FOR STRATEGY TO REDUCE SURGICAL WAIT TIMES IN NOVA SCOTIA
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Progressive Conservative MLA for Pictou East Tim Houston, is calling on Minister of Health Leo Glavine to address the lengthy wait times for operating rooms in Nova Scotia and to ensure they are being used efficiently. He says The 2013 Liberal platform included a commitment to create a provincial surgical strategy, yet today's report from Auditor General Michael Pickup says the province has no interim targets or plans to reach a one-year maximum wait. Houston calls the results alarming, saying some of the most vulnerable people in the province are being affected. Pickup's report says only 43 percent of knee surgeries and 58 percent of hip replacements met the six-month benchmark, which are the lowest rates in the country.


"SHARE THE LOVE" CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES NOVA SCOTIANS TO BUY LOCAL DURING HOLIDAY SEASON
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Nova Scotians are being encouraged to shift some of their holiday shopping to locally-owned businesses and local producers of food and other products. Communications Minister Andrew Younger and Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell were at the Lost Cod Clothing Co. pop-up shop on Spring Garden Road today to launch a buy-local campaign for the holiday season. The provincewide campaign runs until Dec. 24 and consists of radio, print and social media. Share the Love stickers and buttons will be given to local businesses and producers to display.


AUDITOR GENERAL CRITICAL OF WAIT TIMES, SCHOOL BOARD EFFICIENCY, SECURITY
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
In his first report as auditor general, Michael Pickup says the province does not have a plan to reach national wait times for elective surgeries. The auditor general says that only 43 per cent of knee replacements and 58 per cent of hip replacements met the six-month national target in 2013. These are the lowest results in the country. The other Atlantic provinces all have better results. The report also notes that the Tri-County Regional School Board is not addressing students' poor achievement. The board has some of the poorest results in the province in literacy and numeracy, yet it has no comprehensive strategy to address the poor performance. The case management system at the Department of Community Services has security issues. The audit found its servers are not fully secured against access from within government. Although this issue was corrected, other weaknesses still exist. The 68-page report contains 31 recommendations to government. In all instances, those named in the report agreed with the recommendations. The full report is available on the auditor general's website.


NEW GLASGOW SUPPORTS HOMETOWN PROUD CAMPAIGN
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is looking at the 2015 federal election as an opportunity to raise concerns for local governments to Ottawa. To that end, the FCM is launching the #HOMETOWNPROUD Campaign as part of an Election Readiness Strategy. Yesterday, New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan publicly endorsed the FCM campaign, saying that there is plenty to be proud of within the town, and the county as a whole. A website has been launched for the campaign at hometownproud.fcm.ca, and submissions can be made to the website between now and 13 January. From those submissions, a winner will be chosen with the prize including flight tickets to bring a loved one home.


NEW GLASGOW ENDORSES BID TO END SUNDAY HUNTING
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
The Forest Producers Association of Nova Scotia wrote the New Glasgow Town Council asking for their support in a bid to stop Sunday hunting in the province. The Association is asking for the support of land owners as well. Councillor Jack Lewis says since most of the hunting is done on land they own, one day of no hunting is not an unreasonable request. Council agreed to support the association in their bid to end Sunday hunting.


UTILITY COSTS AT WELLNESS CENTRE ADDRESSED AT NEW GLASGOW COUNCIL
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Concerns were raised about the costs of utilities at the Pictou County Wellness Centre during the Committee of the Whole meeting of New Glasgow Town Council last night. Town CAO Lisa MacDonald addressed those concerns by explaining the initial utility budgeted estimates were based on a model, and the actual costs are slightly different, although the building is being recommissioned to lower the current costs. MacDonald also says revenue could be increased with more ice rentals, however there is still a surplus of ice surfaces in use within the county at this time. Mayor Barrie MacMillan also pointed out it will take time to make more money from the Wellness Centre, given it's only been open for two years. MacMillan says revenue generated from the rental of the conference rooms continues to flourish.


TRENTON LOOKING TO CONFIRM STATUS QUO FOR COUNCIL
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
A hearing is being held this morning in Trenton to confirm the number of council seats that will be up for grabs in the next municipal election. The hearing will be conducted by the Utility and Review Board, as part of the process to review the composition of council every ten years. Council was required to bring forward various alternatives for its shape moving forward, and in Trenton's case the preferred alternative is to maintain the status quo. The hearing, which is open to the public, will take place at 10am in the Council Chambers.


NEXT STEP IN HERITAGE GAS DELIVERY APPROVED BY URB
Wednesday 3rd December 2014
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board granted approval yesterday for Heritage Gas to construct a District Regulating Station in Pictou County. The station will be part of the natural gas delivery system in the county, and will regulate the pressure of gas delivered to various types of pipelines. The application for construction was first brought to the URB two months ago. The approval includes a list of 16 conditions that Heritage must adhere to throughout the building process.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 3
Wednesday 3rd December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will be without Mike Lyle for their schedule of three games in three nights this weekend, as the forward has been invited to the selection camp for Team Canada East for the upcoming World Jr A Hockey Challenge. Lyle is one of five MHLers out of the 40 players invited to the camp in Toronto. From that list, 23 players will make up Team Canada East at the tournament later this month in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. The Crushers will be hosting Summerside on Thursday night, and will be auctioning off game worn jerseys along with other events around the Movember fundraising efforts. Then on Friday and Saturday they will hit the road to face the recently purchased and renamed South Shore Lumberjacks and Yarmouth Mariners respectively. We will have the game from Bridgewater on Friday on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The NSJHL saw action on just one front last night, with the Brookfield Elks earning a 3-1 win on home ice against the Cole Harbour Colts. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians will play twice this weekend, starting with a game in Port Hawkesbury on Friday night. Then, on Sunday at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, the Scotians will host the Antigonish Bulldogs.

The Kanokai Judo Club will be hosting the Provincial Judo Championships at Northumberland Regional High School in Alma on Saturday. It will also be the final selections for the NS Judo Team for the 2015 Canada Winter Games - selections will start at 8:00 am, with the regular tournament getting underway at 10:00 am. The event will run into the afternoon and it's free for spectators!! The public is welcome to attend!

PEEWEE AA Crushers played Sunday in Amherst defeating the Ramblers 7-3 for the win. Crushers had a slow start but the game turned around as the Crushers scored 4 goals in the second period. Scoring were Luke Young with an assist by Evan Reynolds; Jayden Hatchard unassisted; Nolan MacDonald with Brycen MacDonald assisting; and Landen MacDonald scoring unassisted. Crushers stayed strong going into the third period adding three more goals by Brycen MacDonald with Thomas Devine assisting. Nolan MacDonald added another goal assisted by Young and then Devine finished the game with the 7th goal. Crushers have a busy weekend with two games this Saturday against Western Valley and then Sunday against Truro.

The Pictou County Bantam A Subway Selects lost 3-0 to Cape Breton West Islanders Saturday during a morning game the Pictou County Wellness Centre.  The Bantam A girls hit the highway Sunday for two games in Glace Bay.  The Glace Bay Miners defeated the Selects 1-0 in the first game and the second game ended in a 1-1 tie.   Biancia Bourgeois scored the only goal for the Selects and it was assisted by Shalyn Bona.   The Bantam A Subway Selects have a home and home with the Colchester Cyclones this coming weekend.  

In Leo Fahey Twilight Hockey League action at the Westville Sports Center on Sunday evening, the Leafs and Bruins played to a 3-3 tie. Debbie MacLean led the Leafs with two goals and Satina Rushton picked up a single marker. Dawn MacKay, Amy cameron and Julie Anderson replied for the Bruins.

Two games were played yesterday in the Walter Duggan World Indoor Soccer League. Game one saw Ireland defeat Italy 3-1. Ireland: Brendan Avery 1, Joe Walsh 1, Kale Behie 1 Italy: Seth Foster 1 In Game 2, Mexico got past Portugal 4-3. Mexico: Braden Janes 2, Daniel Seymour 1, Ethen Gilmore 1 Portugal : Fox Irving 1, Megan Palmer 1, Ben Strickland 1

There was one game Monday night in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League, with Nat Pro Gas coming out on top of the Pictou Landing Falcons 9-3. One game last night had Can-Connect fall to the Elk's Club 10-5.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games. Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

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PREMIER MACNEIL HEADS TO BOSTON TO DRUM UP BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR NOVA SCOTIA
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Premier Stephen McNeil is leading a delegation to Boston looking to sell New England business leaders on opportunities in Nova Scotia. For the premier's two-day visit, beginning Thursday (December 4th) government has established a temporary office and public venue in downtown Boston, called Nova Scotia House. The premier will also promote Nova Scotia as a destination for post-secondary learning as well as Nova Scotia food and seafood to Boston area chefs, restaurants and food buyers. Premier McNeil's schedule includes nearly 20 events, including a speech to the New England-Canada Business Council. He will also speak at the Boston tree-lighting ceremony on Thursday evening.


PROVINCE TO PAY HALF OF COST OF STUDY TO IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY TO THE PICTOU COUNTY WELLNESS CENTRE
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Government is supporting a feasibility study that will identify how people can use sustainable transportation to better access the Pictou County Wellness Centre near New Glasgow. Minister of Energy Andrew Younger announced today that government is providing Twenty-five thousand dollars to the Municipality of Pictou County to conduct the study. The municipality wants to determine how routes near the centre, including routes from a nearby business development park in Stellarton and the Westville Road commercial district can better accommodate people travelling on foot or by bike to the centre. The study will include a public consultation and will be completed in March.


WALTER BORDEN TO BE GIVEN ORDER OF NOVA SCOTIA TOMORROW
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
One of our country's highest civilian honours will be bestowed upon a New Glasgow man tomorrow morning. Walter Marven Borden will be one of five Nova Scotians to be invested into the Order of Nova Scotia. Borden is an acclaimed poet, playwright, actor, community leader and social activist. In the late 1960s, at the height of the civil rights movement, Borden helped establish an interracial teen-oriented, drop-in and social education centre. He joined the Neptune Theatre Company in 1972 and his one-man show, Tightrope Time, was an autobiographical examination of the politics of being black, gay and raised in rural Nova Scotia. The ceremony will take place at Province House in Halifax on December 3rd, and you can watch the ceremony live on the web at novascotia.ca/stayinformed/webcast.


GLASGOW SQUARE PARKING LOT TO BE CLOSED FRIDAY
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Regular users of Glasgow Square for parking will need to park elsewhere on Friday morning. The lot will be closed that day until 1:00pm to accommodate school bus arrivals for a special performance at Glasgow Square Theatre. The lot at Bridgeview Square will remain available for parking that day, and Glasgow Square will reopen for public parking as of 1:00pm.


TRAFFIC LIGHTS TO BE BACK UP THIS WEEK
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
The traffic lights at the intersection of Foord Street and Bridge Avenue in Stellarton will be back up and running by the end of the week. This according to a report delivered by town engineer Bob Funke during a meeting of Town Council last night. Funke says the work to install the new light stands is already underway, and that they should be operational in the coming days. The lights have been out since the early summer when they were damaged in a motor vehicle collision.


TOWN FIRE CHIEF NOW DOUBLES AS FIRE INSPECTOR
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Pictou Mayor Joe Howes commended the town’s Fire Chief at last night’s council meeting.  Paul Janes has also become the town’s fire inspector, which required specialized training.  While delivering his Fire Report, Paul  Janes  revealed that he had  paid out-of-pocket for an additional 4-day course that  certified him as a level 2 fire inspector.  Janes told council that the extra training makes him confident he can serve the town to the best of his ability. 


COUNTY TO INCREASE CONTINGENT AT FEDERATION CONFERENCE
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
A motion was passed to increase the number of councillors from the County Municipality sent to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference. Councillor David Parker opposed the increase, saying he didn't feel it wasn't the best way to spend taxpayer dollars. In the end, 8 councillors passed the increase, beating out the 6 who opposed it.


RENEWED WARNINGS TO LOCK VEHICLES
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
At last nights regular town council meeting, Pictou councilors heard that the town continued to experience a rash of vehicle thefts during September and October.  In his Police Report, Constable Shaun Reynolds revealed that 6 new break-ins were also reported on Halloween night, and that while the RCMP have a suspect, they have not yet made an arrest. Reynolds reminds residents of Pictou to keep their vehicles locked at all times.


HIGHWAY 104 TWINNING TO BE PAID FOR WITH TOLL BOOTH?
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
County Councillor Robert Parker proposed adding tolls to Highway 104 to raise the funds needed for the twinning of the highway. This was in response to correspondence from the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Renewal discussed at the monthly meeting of Council last night. Minister Geoff MacLellan says a safety study will be conducted on the area west of Antigonish to identify opportunities for improvement. At this time the minister has not put a timeline on when twinning will be started. There have been 14 fatal accidents on this stretch of highway since 2009.


STELLARTON TO APPLY FOR FUNDING FOR WATER AND SEWER PROJECT
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Stellarton Town Engineer Bob Funke made a presentation to Council last night discussing three potential capital projects which could receive federal funding. Funke says the town can apply for funding on just one project, and council has opted for a project which would see improvements to the water main and sewer pipe replacement along Acadia Avenue. Funke listed that as the best of the three options, both for which would be most likely to win support in the highly competitive Building Canada Fund approval process, and for level of need. Other projects under consideration were a storm sewer expansion along Foord Street between Bridge Avenue and Acadia Avenue, and a similar storm sewer expansion from South Foord to Manhattan.


POWER OUTAGE IN BAILEY BROOK AREA
Tuesday 2nd December 2014
Roughly 300 Nova Scotia Power customers were without power for about two hours overnight thanks to a problem involving wildlife. Nova Scotia Power says the outage which included parts of Mason's, Dana's Lanes, Bailey Brook, Gussett Rds, and Factory Lane was caused by wildlife interfering with power transmission equipment. The outage was reported around 2:45am, and was restored just before 5:00am.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 2
Tuesday 2nd December 2014

The Weeks Jr A Crushers will be without Mike Lyle for their schedule of three games in three nights this weekend, as the forward has been invited to the selection camp for Team Canada East for the upcoming World Jr A Hockey Challenge. Lyle is one of five MHLers out of the 40 players invited to the camp in Toronto. From that list, 23 players will make up Team Canada East at the tournament later this month in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. The Crushers will be hosting Summerside on Thursday night, and will be auctioning off game worn jerseys along with other events around the Movember fundraising efforts. Then on Friday and Saturday they will hit the road to face the recently purchased and renamed South Shore Lumberjacks and Yarmouth Mariners respectively. We will have the game from Bridgewater on Friday on Classic Rock 97.9 starting with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

On Monday, December 29th the North Nova JV Girl’s basketball team will be hosting a basketball skills clinic. Girls and boys in grades 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to learn more about the game of basketball as they receive coaching instruction on the basic skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, footwork, and team play. Participants will be working on individual skill during the morning sessions followed by an afternoon of team games.  Cost for the clinic is $50 per child (or $75 per family) to attend, which includes a clinic t-shirt. This clinic is the main team fundraiser for the year and 100% of the profit generated will go directly back into the NNEC JV girl’s basketball program. Funds raised will help with travel expenses, tournament fees, and referee fees. For more information or to register your child, contact Shane Hampton at 331-1817 or via email: hamptons@ccrsb.ca.

The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers dropped two games in league play this past weekend.  The Crushers faced the Landworks Gulls November 29, and fell just short with a 2-0 loss.  An unlucky bounce put the Gulls on the scoreboard early in the first, and despite a strong effort from the Crushers, a goal midway through the third gave the Gulls the win.  The Crushers were assessed 20 minutes of penalties, but held the Gulls off and perfected their penalty kill, never giving up a goal to the Gulls while defending short handed.  Andrew MacLeod took the loss in nets. Sunday, November 30 saw the Crushers skating hard and matching the Truro Bearcats in shots, but the game ended in a 5-1 loss for the Crushers.  Wayne Denny held the only Crushers goal on a set up from Jake Martin early in the second period.  Mitchell Cummer took the loss in nets for the Crushers. The Crushers have three league games scheduled for this upcoming weekend.  They face off against the Pro Hockey Life Harbour Storm Friday, December 5, host the Joneljim Cougars at the Pictou County Wellness Center Saturday, December 6 at 4:00, then host the Dartmouth Whalers at home Sunday, December 7 at 12:15.  

One game last night in the NSJHL saw the Sackville Blazers continue their defense of back-to-back league championships with a 5-2 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs. The Blazers improved to 13-6 on the season, good for third place in the Fred Fox Division. The Aecon Atlantic Pictou County Scotians are back in action Friday when they visit the Strait Pirates in Port Hawkesbury. It is the back end of a home-and-home set, with the opener won 5-1 by Strait on Sunday night in Trenton.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls volleyball team have advanced to the provincial championship tournament this coming weekend in Halifax. The Knighthawk girls are in a pool with Horton, Middleton, and the hosts JL Ilsley in the Division 2 tournament. Action begins with the Knighthawks facing the hosts Friday afternoon. They will play Horton later that evening, before wrapping up pool play on Saturday morning. The semi-finals and championship matches will be played Saturday afternoon.

The past two weekends saw the Subway Selects win three of 4 games to remain in first place in the Nova Scotia Female AAA Hockey league. On Saturday November 22nd the Selects defeated the ProCresting Penguins 6-3 at the Wellness Centre. Annika Mason led the Selects with two goals with singles to Hannah Richards, Emily Doiron, Julia Scammell, Patti-Ann Tracey and Katie Pentz. Assists went to Megan Stewart with two, Hannah Richards, Julia Scammell and Emily Doiron added single helpers. Adi Small picked up the win in goal for the Selects. On Sunday November 23rd the Subway Selects traveled to Bedford to play the Metro Boston Pizza squad. The game featured the two top teams in the Nova Scotia league. Despite their recent success against the Metro squad the home team dominated from the opening faceoff to defeat the Selects. This past weekend had the Northern Subway Selects win a pair of games in a home and home series with the MacIntyre Chevy Panthers. Saturday’s game featured a natural hat trick from veteran blue liner Julia Scammell including the eventual winner in a 5-4 victory. Kaila and MacKenzie Reid also scored for the Selects. Megan Stewart added two assists with single helpers from Hannah Richards, Patti-Anne Tracey and Hilary Taylor. Katie Henderson picked up the win in goal for the Selects. The return match on Sunday at the Wellness Centre saw the Selects score a pair of power play goals from Patti-Anne Tracey and Megan Stewart in a chippy affair which saw a total of 19 penalties handed out. Tracey added her second goal of the game assisted by Amanda Dunning. Other helpers came from Kaila Reid, Kenzie Reid, Taylor Perry and Annika Mason. The game was suspended with 16:18 left in the third period when a Panthers player went awkwardly into the boards requiring medical attention and transport to the local emergency department. The injured player is resting comfortably and fortunately she suffered no major injuries and expects a full recovery. The Selects return to action this weekend when they face the ProCresting Penguins at Home at 12:30pm at the Wellness Centre and host the Metro Boston Pizza squad at the Rath Eastlink Arena in Truro on Sunday at 1pm.

The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers played a pair of games this past weekend vs the #1 team in the league, the South Shore Sharks. Game 1 went in Bridgewater on Saturday. The Crushers came out strong and took a 1 goal lead into the third period.  South Shore were able to take advantage of a Crusher mistake, potting a goal to tie it up. The game ended in a 1-1 tie. Scoring the lone goal for the Crushers was Kyle Walsh. Ryan Royles backstopped the Crushers to the tie. Game 2 went on Sunday at the Pictou County Welleness Centre. The Crushers came out flat, giving up 3 goals in the first and 1 goal in the second. The third period was a different story for the Crushers, as they came out aggressive, controlling most of the play. With less than 2 minutes remaining, Liam Fraser scored the Crushers first goal of the game. Assisting was Connor Boudreau and Matt Munroe. Less than a minute later, goalie Nick Laffin made a pass up ice that spung Nick Dykstra in for the Crushers who then potted the Crushers second goal of the game. Despite their hard work and determination for a comeback, the Crushers fell 4-2 to South Shore. The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers have the upcoming weekend off, and will resume action again when they participate in the 2014 Atlantic Classic AA Tournament in Antigonish from December 12-14.

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22 YEAR OLD FACING A NUMBER OF CHARGES WILL APPEAR IN COURT TOMORROW.
Monday 1st December 2014
A 22-year-old Stellarton man facing five charges from October and November of this year appeared in Pictou Provincial court this morning.

Keith Carl Spears is accused of obstructing justice by resisting arrest, as well as assault in Stellarton on October 24th.

Spears was additionally charged with uttering threats, mischief to property under 5000 dollars and theft under 5000 dollars stemming from another alleged incident in Stellarton on November 28th.

The man had his case adjourned until tomorrow, and remains in custody.



NOT-GUILTY PLEAS ENTERED ON ASSAULT AND CONFINEMENT CHARGES.
Monday 1st December 2014
29-year-old Larry Richard Reid of Braeshore entered not guilty pleas to three charges in Provincial court this morning.

Reid faces charges of assault, confinement and uttering death threats stemming from an incident in Braeshore last July 13th.

A half-day was set aside for his trial to be held March 10th, 2015.



INDUSTRIAL APPROVAL CHANGES DRAFTED FOR NORTHERN PULP
Monday 1st December 2014
The Department of Environment has posted a draft of the industrial approval being developed for Northern Pulp.

The draft includes tighter limits with reductions focusing on three key areas -- air emissions, water usage and wastewater discharge.  

The mill's existing approval expires on January 30th. The new draft can be seen at www.novascotia.ca/nse



BLOOD SUGAR TESTING RESULTS MAY BE INACCURATE (RECALL ISSUED).
Monday 1st December 2014
The Cumberland and Pictou Health Authorities are contacting patients after they received a recall notice from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

The recall is for a series of tests between December 2013 and May 2014 that may have people thinking their blood glucose levels are higher than they actually are.

There were about 10,000 tests done between that time using the specific testing equipment that has been recalled. It's not possible to determine any individual impact, which is why everyone tested is being contacted.

If you've been tested and no longer have a family doctor, messages can be left at the Pictou County Health Authority Feedback Line at 902-752-7600, ext. 6220 or patients in Cumberland County can call 902-667-3056 and leave a message. 



COLE HARBOUR SHOOTING UNDER INVESTIGATION
Monday 1st December 2014
A shooting in Cole Harbour is currently under police investigation.

Two men and a woman were hurt when four males wearing bandannas forced themselves into a home in Cole Harbour and fired shots.

Two of the victims suffered serious injuries and all three were sent to hospital.

A man and a male youth were arrested a short time after the incident, and police are canvassing the neighbourhood hoping residents can provide more information.

No charges have been laid.



HOMICIDE RATE DECLINES NATIONALLY AND PROVINCIALLY
Monday 1st December 2014
Statistics Canada says numbers of homicides across the country in 2013 are the lowest they have been in nearly 50 years. The national murder rate fell by approximately eight percent from 2012 to 2013 to the lowest number since 1966. Provincially, there were 13 homicide victims in 2013, down from 17 the year before. Halifax Regional Police Constable Pierre Bourdages says that so far in 2014, there have been six homicides, all of which have been solved. Bourdages says there were also 6 homicides in 2013, two of which have not been solved. There were 12 homicides in Halifax in 2012.


FATAL CRASH ON HIGHWAY 101
Monday 1st December 2014
RCMP say a New Jersey woman has been killed in a head-on crash on Highway 101 that closed the road for several hours this morning. Sgt. Al LeBlanc says the 24-year-old woman was the only occupant of a minivan that collided around with a large delivery truck near Falmouth. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the truck sustained minor injuries. LeBlanc says it appears the minivan was heading west when it collided with the truck, which was travelling in the opposition direction. He says the highway was wet at the time, but investigators do not believe road conditions were a factor in the crash.


PUGWASH COLLABORATIVE EMERGENCY CENTRE WITHOUT PHYSICIAN TODAY
Monday 1st December 2014
The Collaborative Emergency Centre in Pugwash will be without a physician during daytime hours today. The Cumberland Health Authority says the Centre will remain open, with a nurse practitioner available for non-emergency health issues between 9am and 4pm today. The overnight team, which includes a paramedic, registered nurse, and physician, will be available between 8pm tonight and 8am tomorrow morning as usual. Officials remind anyone with an emergent health situation to call 911, and for non-emergency concerns, a registered nurse can be reached by calling 811.


*UPDATED* ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE LAID IN NEW GLASGOW
Monday 1st December 2014
A new Glasgow man is facing charges of attempted murder after an incident that took place yesterday on Fraser St.

44 Year old Robin Clifford was arrested when New Glasgow Regional Police responded to a call about a disturbance on Fraser Street around 3:30 yesterday afternoon.

A 17-year old female was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital with undisclosed injuries.

Police say that the man and girl were known to each other, but she cannot be named because of a publication ban.

In an afternoon court appearance, Crown Attorney Patrick Young opposed Clifford's release, and he will remain in custody until his next court appearance on December 15th.



LAWAND WINS CLOSE BY-ELECTION FOR STELLARTON COUNCIL SEAT
Monday 1st December 2014
The tally could not have been much closer in the by-election held on Saturday in Stellarton for a seat on Town Council. Simon Lawand earned the victory by just five votes over Linda Muir in the race to replace the late Deputy Mayor George Megeney after his passing in August. Lawand received 257 votes while Muir had 252 with two spoiled ballots in a vote that saw roughly 33 percent of the eligible voters turn out. Lawand complimented Muir on the campaign, and says he hopes to represent those who voted for her as well as his own supporters. Muir has indicated that she will not ask for a recount, despite the small margin.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP DECEMBER 1
Monday 1st December 2014

The Pictou County Scotians suffered a loss at home last night in NSJHL action against the Strait Pirates. The Scotians fell by a score of 5-1 in the first half of a home-and-home set that will wrap up in Port Hawkesbury on Friday.

The Weeks Major Midgets earned a split in their double header against the Valley Wildcats this weekend in Berwick in NSMMHL action. On Saturday, Ben Higgins goal in the latter stages of the third period was the difference in a 3-2 win for the Weeks. Then yesterday the Wildcats bounced back with a 3-2 victory of their own. The Weeks will next be in action this weekend with a pair of home interleague games against two PEI teams. Charlottetown will visit the Wellness Centre Saturday night at 7pm, followed by Kensington Sunday afternoon at 1pm.

The Jr A Crushers were also in Berwick this weekend to face the Wildcats on Saturday night. The Crushers were outshot 20-6 in the first period but escaped the frame down by only a goal, 2-1. They gave up a pair in the second and another in the third on the way to a 5-2 loss. The Crushers will be back in action on Thursday when they host the Summerside Western Capitals. The special fundraising events scheduled for last Thursday to wrap up Movember will take place this week after the game against Woodstock was postponed.

Staying with the Weeks Crushers, some good news as Mike Lyle was named to the selection camp for Team Canada East for the upcoming World Junior A Hockey Challenge. The tournament takes place later this month in Kindersley, Saskatchewan after being played in Yarmouth the last two years. Lyle is one of 5 MHL players invited to the camp.

The North Nova Gryphons boys hockey team came up short in the championship game of the 15th annual Allan Cameron Memorial Tournament, falling 4-1 to Rothesay High School yesterday in Trenton. North Nova will see action again this Friday when they host an exhibition game against the Tantramar Titans at 7:00 pm at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. They are back to regular league action on Saturday evening at 5:00pm in Trenton where they will meet the Dr. JH Gillis Royals of Antigonish.

The Pictou County Peewee AA Subway Selects took home the gold medal at the Wickenheiser Female World Hockey Festival over the weekend in Calgary. The Selects went undefeated in the Pee Wee Tier 2B Division, winning their four round robin games by a total combined score of 44-5 before winning the Gold Medal Game 7-0 over the Heat.

The Pee Wee A Selects were also at a tournament this weekend, going 2-2 at the Source for Sports tournament in PEI. The Selects defeated the North River Flames Red in the opener 2-1, then lost to the host East Prince Wildcats 6-0. The Selects got another win against the North River Flames White team 1-0, and advanced to the semi-final where they fell to the eventual tournament champions, the Northumberland Bruins, by a score of 2-0.

The Pictou County Lightning Midget Boys Basketball team split a pair of games against Antigonish on Saturday. In the first game, the Lightning won 62-42 led by Tasean Clyke with 29 points followed by Chad Russell with nine. The Lightning also had a strong team defensive effort led by Ryan Power with 13 rebounds. In the second game, the Lightning fell to Antigonish 69-65. Tasean Clyke again paced the squad with 35 points, followed by Ryan Power with 8 and Ethan MacQuarrie with 5 points.

The Northumberland Regional High School girls volleyball team have advanced to the provincial championship tournament this coming weekend in Halifax. The Knighthawk girls went undefeated this past weekend at home in a round-robin against Yarmouth, Dr. JH Gillis, Millwood, and Citadel.

The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects took three of four points in a home and home series against the Valley Wild this past weekend. On Saturday The Selects opened the scoring five minutes into the game when Hannah Porter batted home a Camryn Halliday rebound. The Selects struck again early in the second period when Sophia Wornell broke down the right side and snapped a hard shot over the glove of the Valley net minder on a pass from Sarah MacNeil. Halliday padded the lead just 12 seconds later when she slid home a rebound in front to make it 3-0. The Wild got one back four minutes later but that's as close as they would get. Hannah Porter scored her second of the game with just 17 seconds to play in the middle frame. Lindsey Smith and Eva Wornell, with her fourth assist of the game, had helpers on the play. Neither team managed a goal in the third period making the final 4-1. Jenna Landry made several key saves for the Selects in getting the win. On Sunday the Subways travelled to Windsor for an afternoon tilt against the Wild. The Selects came out flat and got stung early in the first to fall behind 1-0. The Selects gave up another early in the second period to fall behind 2-0. Pictou County rallied, however, and turned momentum in their favour after the second goal against. Camryn Halliday got the Selects on the board with just over two minutes to play in the second to close within one before the intermission. The Subways came out flying in the third and took the game to the Valley for most of the period and then got a lift when Halliday scored her second of the game, a shorthanded marker, knotting it at two. with just over two minutes to play. The Subways hung on and earned a 2-2 tie in the hard fought affair. Victoria Dunn was solid in goal helping the Selects get a point. League play resumes again next weekend when the Selects play a home and home against Halifax. The Selects play host in Pictou, Saturday at 1PM.

Three games last night in the Chediac Furniture Nova Hockey League, all played in Stellarton. Nat Pro Gas got past Dewtie's Excavating 11-8, Thistle Bar defeated Pictou Landing 9-1, and Whitey's Vikings over Connor's Transfer 11-2.

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