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Showing news for the month of December , 2016

DRUGS SEIZED IN NEW BRUNSWICK PRISON
Friday 9th December 2016
Corrections officials say they seized a large quantity of marijuana at the Atlantic Institution in New Brunswick. In a statement today, Correctional Service Canada says officials found a package with 65 grams of marijuana at the maximum security institution on November 29th. It doesn't reveal how the contraband was seized, saying only that it uses scanners and drug-detector dogs.


SPIKE IN GAS & DIESEL PRICES
Friday 9th December 2016
The price at the pumps is up for a third straight week. Both gas and diesel went up by almost a nickel: regular self-serve is $1.101 per litre, and diesel is $1.087 per litre.


OPERATION CHRISTMAS IN NEW GLASGOW TODAY
Friday 9th December 2016
Today, New Glasgow Regional Police are reminding everyone not to drink and drive this holiday season. The Police will host Pictou County Operation Christmas in conjunction with partners from Stellarton, Westville Police and Pictou County RCMP along with Fire Departments, EHS, MADD, and Crime Prevention Crime Stoppers. All partners will be set up on Westville Road today from 11am to Noon as an information checkpoint passing out Operation Christmas cards that point out the dangers of impaired driving by drugs and or alcohol.  


PROVINCES WANT CURRENT HEALTH DEAL EXTENDED
Friday 9th December 2016
Provincial and territorial leaders are seeking a one-year extension of the health accord with Ottawa, as they prepare to meet with the prime minister today. The Liberal government has said it will cut annual increases in federal health care transfers starting next year. The provinces unanimously agree they can't afford that, and they want to see the current deal extended. Today's first ministers meeting is focused on climate change, but the leaders will discuss health care over dinner tonight.


QUEBEC FIRST NATION SAYS IT HAS LAND TITLE OVER DOWNTOWN OTTAWA
Friday 9th December 2016
A Quebec First Nation has filed suit in Ontario Superior Court, seeking aboriginal title over much of downtown Ottawa. The Algonquin Anishinabe Nation says it has never surrendered title over what it calls the Kichi Sibi lands. The area includes Parliament, the Supreme Court, the National Library and the Canadian War Museum. It also covers the proposed site for a new hockey arena, which the band says was the catalyst behind the claim.


SPORTS DECEMBER 9
Friday 9th December 2016
It was another physical, penalty-filled affair as The Weeks Junior A Crushers faced their archrivals, the Truro Bearcats, at the Wellness Centre. In the end, the Crushers got the win 4-2. Scoring for the Crushers were Alexis Roy with 2 goals, and singles from Keven Larouche and Alex Bonaparte. With the win, the Crushers are 3 points ahead of Yarmouth for the lead in the Eastlink South Division. The return match will go Saturday at the RECC.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have one more game before they break for University exams and the Christmas season. On Friday they will visit the Cumberland County Blues in Springhill. The Scotians are currently 3 points back on the Blues for the final playoff spot. However, the NSJHL uses the IIHF 3 point system for games, so a regulation win on Friday would pull the Scotians into a tie with the Blues going into the break.
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Active Pictou County is offering an Afterschool Soccer program with a Grades 3-4 Division and a Grades 5-6 Division.  Program will run Mondays & Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm at the Sobeys Sports Complex in Stellarton, program fully funded by Active Pictou County.  Pre-season starts Dec 12 & 13 while league play begins in January.  For more info or to Register please contact Shawn George at georgeshawn@hotmail.com
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The 7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is will be Thursday Dec. 22 and Fri. Dec. 23 at the Trenton Rink. Again this year, donations will be collected, either monetary, or of toys (Wipeable, NON-Stuffed, and suitable for newborns to age 16). All monetary donations will be used to purchase gas and grocery cards that will be given to families of sick children on the 6-Link floor of the IWK and at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. Oliver's Express t-shirts will also be on sale leading up to and during the tournament. For more information, search: "7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Make it five straight wins for the Calgary Flames. Dougie Hamilton scored just over a minute into overtime to lift Calgary to a 2-1 victory over the Coyotes in Arizona. Mark Giordano scored in regulation for the Flames and Max Domi had the lone goal for Arizona before leaving the game with an upper body injury.
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Carey Price stopped 19 shots and got a four-minute penalty for roughing in the first period as Montreal topped the New Jersey Devils 5-2. Price jumped on Kyle Palmieri and started pounding him with his blocker after Palmieri slid into his knees. Also, Vancouver beat the Lightning 5-1, Philadelphia edged the Oilers 6-5 and Winnipeg fell 2-1 to the Rangers. 
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Canadian Andrew Wiggins poured in 25 points but it wasn't enough to lift the struggling Timberwolves over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Kyle Lowry scored 25 points with 11 assists as Toronto spoiled Wiggins' northern homecoming with a 124-110 win. Wiggins grew up in nearby Vaughan, Ontario.
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Steph Curry scored 26 points and the Golden State Warriors controlled the Utah Jazz from start to finish in a 106-99 victory. Curry scored 14 points during a 29-1 run that made it 29-5. The Jazz's only lead of the game was 4-2. Kevin Durant added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State.
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The Kansas City Chiefs have taken control over the A-F-C West Division. Tyreek Hill had touchdowns receiving and on a punt return as Kansas City beat the Raiders 21-13 to tie Oakland at 10-and-3. The Chiefs hold the tiebreaker with two wins over their longtime divisional rival.
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Ottawa's Rachel Homan remained undefeated in round-robin play at the National with a 10-2 victory over Caledon, Ontario's Allison Flaxey. Homan is coming off a loss to Jennifer Jones at last week's Canada Cup final. Edmonton's Val Sweeting joins Homan at the top of the women's standings at 3-and-0.


INFORMATION ON THANKSGIVING FLOOD COMPENSATION NOW AVAILABLE
Thursday 8th December 2016
People in Nova Scotia whose homes were damaged in recent floods are getting information to help them decide what to do with their houses. The government says it is handing out compensation details and meeting with people so they can decide whether to repair their homes or sell them to the province. The Emergency Management Office will provide assessments and test results to those most affected by the Thanksgiving Day floods. Homes bought by the province will be demolished.


LAWSUIT AGAINST ARMED FORCES OVER DISCRIMINATION FORMALLY FILED
Thursday 8th December 2016
A former member of the Canadian Forces is suing the federal government for alleged discrimination based on her sexual orientation. Halifax lawyer John McKiggan says in the statement of claim that between the 1950s and 1990s the Canadian government identified, harassed and purged lesbians and gays from the Armed Forces. The lawsuit spans the years 1969 to 1995 and applies to anyone who served in Atlantic Canada. It names Nova Scotia resident Alida Satalic as the representative plaintiff in the class action, saying the former postal clerk who is a lesbian was mistreated and harassed.


CHARGE LAID IN DECADE OLD MURDER OF WORLD WAR II VETERAN
Thursday 8th December 2016
A 49-year-old Cape Breton man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Nova Scotia man 10 years ago. Police say Raymond Glenn Farrow of Glace Bay was arrested yesterday in the death of Harold "Buster" Slaunwhite. Slaunwhite was found dead in his Dominion home by a relative on September 10th, 2006. Police say the murder charge is the result of a lengthy investigation.


LAWYER WHO AUTHORED "CONQUERED PERSONS" BRIEF TAKEN OFF ALTON CASE
Thursday 8th December 2016
The Nova Scotia government says it has taken the lawyer behind a controversial legal brief implying members of a First Nation band are a conquered people off the case. Acting Attorney General Michel Samson says Alex Cameron has been removed from the Alton Gas case, and replaced by Ed Gores. Samson wouldn't say whether any other disciplinary action had been taken against Cameron. He also says a review of how the brief made it to court is still ongoing and he wouldn't say whether the province is applying to have it withdrawn before the judge rules on the appeal in the Alton Gas case, expected in January. The Indian Brook band appealed the natural gas storage project last month, saying the province had a duty to consult. Premier Stephen McNeil subsequently apologized to Mi'kmaq chiefs and distanced himself from the legal position in the case, saying it doesn't reflect the government's view that it has a duty to consult on issues of importance to First Nations.


LIFEFLIGHT TO GET NEW HELICOPTERS
Thursday 8th December 2016
The province is adding two helicopters to the E-H-S LifeFlight service. The province has chosen the Sikorsky S-76 C-plus, the same model used in British Columbia. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says the province intends to add the helicopters through an amended contract with Canadian Helicopters Limited. One helicopter will be in service at all times. Nova Scotia currently has a single Sikorsky S-76 A helicopter operating EHS LifeFlight service. While it has an excellent safety record, it has not been able to land on helipads in Halifax and Digby since April due to a change in the application of Transport Canada regulations. The new choppers fall within those guidelines.


VIOLA DESMOND TO BE FEATURED ON THE NEW TEN DOLLAR BILL
Thursday 8th December 2016
A woman who was fined for refusing to move from the whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre in 1946 will be the next woman to be featured on our money. This morning, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that Viola Desmond will be on the $10 bill beginning in 2018. The announcement capped a nine-month selection process that was whittled down from over 26,000 submissions collected earlier this year. Desmond passed away in 1965. Her sister, Wanda Robson, was on hand for the announcement in Ottawa.


RCMP IDENTIFY FATALITY IN ABERCROMBIE ROAD ACCIDENT
Thursday 8th December 2016
An 85-year old New Glasgow woman has died following a collision between a car and a dump truck yesterday afternoon at the intersection of Abercrombie Road and the Trenton Connector. RCMP are not releasing the woman's name, citing new family privacy rules. The driver of the truck, a 71-year old Pictou County man, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The RCMP continues to investigate the cause of the accident – the intersection was closed until late last night.


APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR FRENCH IMMERSION
Thursday 8th December 2016
The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is now accepting applications for students interested in enrolling in Early or Middle French Immersion. In Pictou County, Early French Immersion begins in grade Primary at AG Baillie Memorial School. Middle French Immersion begins in Grade 4 entry and is offered at AG Baillie, Frank H. MacDonald Elementary and West Pictou Consolidated. Information packages (including application forms) are available at all elementary schools, at each Family of Schools Office and daycares throughout the School Board area. Information can also be downloaded from the CCRSB website. The deadline to apply is 3 February.


SPRINGHILL PRISON IN LOCKDOWN FOLLOWING ASSAULT
Thursday 8th December 2016
R-C-M-P and prison officials are investigating an inmate assault at Springhill Institution. Corrections Canada says the assault occurred Tuesday. The injured inmate was taken to hospital for treatment. The warden has ordered a lockdown and search of the prison and says normal operations will resume when it's considered safe to do so.


OTTAWA TO ANNOUNCE REPLACEMENTS FOR SEARCH & RESCUE PLANES
Thursday 8th December 2016
The federal government will announce today a replacement for the military's ancient search-and-rescue planes. The decision has been a long time coming -- 14 years after the Chretien government first launched plans to replace the air force's Buffalo and Hercules aircraft. Some of those planes have been flying since the 1960's. Public Procurement Minister Judy Foote and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will announce the winning bid at C-F-B Trenton in eastern Ontario, alongside Air Force commander Lieutenant-General Mike Hood. Industry sources say Europe's Airbus has won with its C-295 design.


FIRST MINISTERS LIKELY TO CLASH OVER HEALTH SPENDING
Thursday 8th December 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with the premiers to finalize a long-awaited national plan on climate change, but they will also have a heated debate over health care funding. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says even if it's only shoe-horned into the agenda, they want some discussion about what's going to be taking place in health care funding. That discussion is expected to take place at a working dinner tomorrow evening after the official meeting on climate change is through. The only topic anyone is expecting to come up, however, is health care spending, and whether the Liberals are willing to budge on cutting the annual increase to the Canada Health Transfer from six per cent to three per cent. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she and her fellow premiers are agreed that a three-per-cent annual increase is not enough.


TORONTO HIGH SCHOOL ATTACK PREVENTED AFTER INTERNET TIPOFF
Thursday 8th December 2016
Police in Toronto say a tip from the U-S West Coast helped prevent an attack at a high school on the anniversary of the Montreal massacre. Detective Len Nicholson says someone called the department about a threat they saw on a blogging site. Police later identified the Toronto school that was targeted, and on Tuesday, arrested a 17-year-old boy after a search of a home netted a machete, a hatchet, two swords, four knives and some arrows. The teen is charged with uttering threats of bodily harm and death. Police say the attack was meant to happen later Tuesday – the 27th anniversary of a gunman's attack on Montreal's Polytechnique school that claimed the lives of 14 women.


WHO WILL BE THE NEXT WOMAN ON OUR MONEY?
Thursday 8th December 2016
The Bank of Canada and the federal finance minister will announce later today which Canadian woman will grace the front of the country's next banknote. The five women in contention for the honour are activist Viola Desmond, poet Emily Pauline Johnson, engineer Elizabeth (Elsie) MacGill, athlete Fanny (Bobbie) Rosenfeld and suffragette Idola Saint-Jean. There were more than 26,000 submissions from the public, which was later whittled down to 461 eligible nominees who had Canadian citizenship and had been dead for at least 25 years. An advisory council that included Merna Forster, the woman who spearheaded the call to feature a woman on the front of Canada's currency, later reduced that to a long list of 12 before coming up with the short list. The selected woman will be featured on the front of the next note in the Bank of Canada's new series of bills in 2018.


SPORTS DECEMBER 8
Thursday 8th December 2016
The Pictou County Bantam A Red Crushers continued their rivalry with the Antigonish Bulldogs in Highland Bantam A League play last weekend. In their home game at the Wellness Center on Saturday afternoon the Crushers fell behind by three goals early and despite a strong third period of play gave up the loss 6 to 3. Scoring were Ben MacGillivray, Lucas Bernard and Brody Bowering. On Sunday at the Antigonish Arena the Crushers got some revenge shutting out the Bulldogs three to nothing.  Aidan Hahn opened the scoring followed by a pair of goals from Ryan Denny. Xander Vohs recorded the shutout in goal for the Crushers.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers are back in action tonight, when they host the Truro Bearcats in the first half of a home-and-home set. The return match will go Saturday at the RECC.
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The Weeks Major Midgets fell behind early, as the Halifax MacDonalds scored the first three goals of the game last night at the Halifax Civic Centre. The team battled back, but couldn't seal the deal and lost 3 – 2. G Blackmore scored both goals for Weeks unassisted.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have one more game before they break for University exams and the Christmas season. On Friday they will visit the Cumberland County Blues in Springhill. The Scotians are currently 3 points back on the Blues for the final playoff spot. However, the NSJHL uses the IIHF 3 point system for games, so a regulation win on Friday would pull the Scotians into a tie with the Blues going into the break.
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Another female Nova Scotia hockey player has drawn the attention of Hockey Canada, and will get the chance to play for a World Championship next month.  Brette Pettet of Kentville is the lone Nova Scotian on the 23-player roster for Team Canada at next month's IIHF Under-18 World Women Hockey Championships in Czech Republic. The team has a Crusher connection, as well: the head coach is former Crusher coach Troy Ryan.
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The YMCA of Pictou County's Ugly Sweater 4K Run is on Saturday. Run, walk or jingle into the holiday spirit with your friends, family and dogs. The event will start at the YMCA at 10am. $10.00 entrance. Donations to the Strong Kids Campaign accepted. 
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Active Pictou County is offering an Afterschool Soccer program with a Grades 3-4 Division and a Grades 5-6 Division.  Program will run Mondays & Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm at the Sobeys Sports Complex in Stellarton, program fully funded by Active Pictou County.  Pre-season starts Dec 12 & 13 while league play begins in January.  For more info or to Register please contact Shawn George at georgeshawn@hotmail.com
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The 7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is will be Thursday Dec. 22 and Fri. Dec. 23 at the Trenton Rink. Again this year, donations will be collected, either monetary, or of toys (Wipeable, NON-Stuffed, and suitable for newborns to age 16). All monetary donations will be used to purchase gas and grocery cards that will be given to families of sick children on the 6-Link floor of the IWK and at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. Oliver's Express t-shirts will also be on sale leading up to and during the tournament. For more information, search: "7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Chris Kelly scored the go-ahead goal with just over one minute left on the clock and Jean-Gabriel Pageau added an empty-net goal as the Ottawa Senators doubled up the Sharks 4-2 in San Jose. Mark Stone and Erik Karlsson also scored for the Senators, who have won three straight in San Jose for the first time ever.
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Eric Staal can't stop scoring against the Maple Leafs. Staal scored the eventual winner to lead the visiting Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over Toronto. Staal has 47 points in 43 career games against the Leafs, and three of his six goals this season have come against Toronto.
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Klay Thompson scored 24 points, Draymond Green added 22 points and the Golden State Warriors routed the Clippers 115-98 for their seventh straight win over Los Angeles. Stephen Curry had 19 points for Golden State and failed to make a 3-pointer for just the second time this season.
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Aroldis Chapman is reportedly heading back to New York. A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the free agent closer and the Yankees have reached agreement on an 86-million dollar, five-year deal. Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last off-season, then was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July.
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A good day for Canada at the world short-course swimming championships in Windsor, Ontario. Kylie Masse raced to a silver medal in the women's 100-metre backstroke. She won bronze in that distance at the Rio Olympics. Canada also earned bronze in the mixed 4-by-50 freestyle relay.
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China's highest court has ruled in favour of basketball legend Michael Jordan at the culmination of a years-long case over use of the Chinese rendering of his globally-known name and trademark. The former N-B-A star has been in dispute with a sportswear company based in southern China since 2012.


TRENTON HOSTING CHRISTMAS SOCIAL IN LIEU OF NEW YEAR'S LEVEE
Wednesday 7th December 2016
The Town of Trenton has decided to hold a Christmas Social this year instead of the traditional New Year's Levee. Mayor Shannon MacInnis issued an invitation to the public today to attend the event that will take place in the Trenton Rink Annex on Wednesday 21, December. The event will take place from 6pm until 8pm that evening, and light refreshments will be served.


TRENTON CONNECTOR AND ABERCROMBIE ROAD CLOSED DUE TO FATAL COLLISION ***UPDATED 2:05PM***
Wednesday 7th December 2016
Police are now confirming that the two-vehicle collision resulting in a fatality just off the intersection of Abercrombie Rd and the Trenton Connector included a car and a dump truck. The female driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The intersection is currently closed to traffic in all directions while a collision reconstructionist is on the scene, and police are indicating that the roads may be closed for several hours. Police say the investigation is ongoing. The name and age of the victim are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.


STEELE ADDS VOICE TO CALLS FOR CASEY RESIGNATION
Wednesday 7th December 2016
Former Cabinet Minister Graham Steele, writing an opinion piece for the CBC, has added his voice to the many that are calling for the resignation of Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. Steele says it is possible for Casey to resign with honour, despite the fact that recent perception has linked resignation solely with failure and blame. Steele says if Casey were to announce her resignation as a way to move negotiations forward under new leadership, he believes that she can retain or even regain credibility. Steele says the cracks in the education system have been developing for decades, and says that he deserves some of the responsibility, because he was part of a government that also did not recognize or act on the issues at hand.


UNITED WAY OPENS APPLICATION PERIOD FOR 2017 FUNDING
Wednesday 7th December 2016
The United Way of Pictou County is now accepting applications for the 2017 funding period from local charitable organizations. The United Way has a primary focus of encouraging initiatives that create positive change within the community. Organizations applying for funding must demonstrate need in the community, efficient management, effectiveness, and accountability. Deadline for applications is Friday, January 6, 2017 and applications can be obtained by contacting the Executive Director, Jessica Smith at jessica@PictouCountyUnitedWay.ca


CALLS FOR CASEY RESIGNATION CONTINUE AT RALLY OUTSIDE PROVINCE HOUSE
Wednesday 7th December 2016
A crowd full of teachers, parents, students, and their supporters gathered outside Province House yesterday to voice their displeasure with the the Liberal government's handling of the NSTU labour dispute. Chants calling for the ouster of Education Minister Karen Casey in particular rang out throughout the rally. This falls on the heels of the closure of schools to students on Monday, as the government announced on Saturday that there were concerns over student safety, despite the NSTU saying they addressed those concerns to the government last Friday. Teachers remain in a work-to-rule stance as they have been without a contract since July 2015. Two tentative agreements had since been reached between the province and NSTU executive, but both were voted down by the membership at-large.


ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS CHIEF SUGGESTS LINK BETWEEN SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SUICIDE ON RESERVES
Wednesday 7th December 2016
An Ontario native leader has told an Assembly of First Nations meeting near Ottawa that there appears to be a direct link between alleged sexual abuse on northern Ontario reserves and some recent suicides involving young girls. Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler says high rates of abuse are also being reported to police in his territory, and they’ve seen girls as young as 10 or 11 take their own lives. The crisis prompted Fiddler to seek a meeting Monday with A−F−N national chief Perry Bellegarde, as well as three federal cabinet ministers. Fiddler says current police and mental health supports are not adequate to cope with the problem.


VETERAN ARRESTED IN IRAQ RELEASED FROM PRISON
Wednesday 7th December 2016
The mother of a military veteran from Newfoundland who was arrested in northern Iraq last week says her son has been released from prison. Kay Kennedy told V-O-C-M radio that her son, Michael, was let go yesterday. Her son had been arrested in Erbil in northern Iraq while taking part in what she called a humanitarian mission. She says he will be back in Newfoundland for Christmas.


NEW WATCHDOG POSITION CREATED IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Wednesday 7th December 2016
The New Brunswick government is creating a new integrity commissioner. It will table legislation today that combines a number of legislative watchdog roles into one. The commissioner will be responsible for the Members' Conflict of Interest Act and the Personal Health Information Privacy and Access Act. The new commissioner will also be responsible for the Lobbyists' Registration Act.


NEW BRUNSWICK HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY TEAM SUSPENDED FOR SEASON
Wednesday 7th December 2016
The high school hockey team in Woodstock, New Brunswick has been suspended for the rest of the season. Principal Bill Hogan isn't revealing details behind the move. Hogan will only say there was an incident involving most of the players on the team known as the Thunder. He says the team will be reinstated next school year.


PALLISTER ASKS FOR DELAY IN LEGALIZATION OF POT
Wednesday 7th December 2016
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister wants the federal government to postpone legislation to legalize marijuana. The federal Liberals have promised the law in the spring, but Pallister says he and some other premiers have concerns that there are still many details to work out. Pallister says issues such as the minimum age for users, maximum strength of the pot and proper distribution are still up in the air. The Progressive Conservative premier also says there needs to be a large public awareness campaign about the dangers of driving while high. Pallister says he wants the provinces to have a common set of rules on marijuana. The issue is expected to be discussed at a first ministers meeting on Friday in Ottawa.


DEADLY WAREHOUSE FIRE POSSIBLY ACCIDENTAL
Wednesday 7th December 2016
Investigators now believe Friday night's warehouse fire in Oakland, California that killed 36 people did not appear to have been set intentionally. It may have been caused by a refrigerator or other electrical appliance. Tearful family members visited the scene on Tuesday and exchanged hugs hours after the founder of the arts collective that used the converted warehouse stood near the gutted building and said he was "incredibly sorry."


POTENTIAL CONSERVATIVE LEADERS DEBATE IN MONCTON
Wednesday 7th December 2016
It was debate night in Moncton, New Brunswick, where 14 candidates vying to next lead the federal Conservative party crowded a stage and verbally duked it out in a bilingual forum. It was their second of five planned debates before the May leadership vote. The hopefuls tackled questions about improving the criminal justice system, infrastructure, job creation, and pipelines. Ontario M-P Lisa Raitt said the proposed Energy East pipeline from Alberta to New Brunswick should already be under construction, and blamed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for the delays. Stephen Blaney stopped the show at one point when he brandished what looked like a fuel bundle for a nuclear power plant while promoting his plan to develop and expand Canada's nuclear energy industry.


NEW MARINE-TECH PRODUCTION FACILITY TO OPEN ON P.E.I.
Wednesday 7th December 2016
Marine-tech firm Nautican Research and Development says it will open a production facility on P-E-I. The company says it plans to create 21 new full time jobs over the next three years at the facility in Slemon Park. Nautican makes propulsion units for many types and sizes of vessels. The province says it will help Nautican establish the new facility by providing labour rebates for new positions and a lease rebate.


McNEIL DEFENDS SCHOOL CLOSURES
Wednesday 7th December 2016
The premier is defending the one-day closure of the province's public school system, saying it was the "only option" without guarantees around student safety as teachers began a work-to-rule campaign. Stephen McNeil says he is aware of the public backlash after a chaotic day at the legislature Monday that also saw the government drop plans to impose a wage settlement on teachers. But he says the government did the right thing. McNeil says the house was adjourned after the government got the assurance it needed around safety and it has shelved the legislation known as Bill 75 for now. The move allowed students to return to classes yesterday. In a draft copy of the bill released by the N-D-P, the government declares the September 2nd tentative agreement rejected by union members as the new contract. McNeil says there is currently no intention to bring the bill back and he is encouraging the union to return to negotiations.


NEW SUPPORT GROUPS TO BE CREATED FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
Wednesday 7th December 2016
The Pictou County Support Network has announced that a series of support groups will be created starting next month for survivors of sexual assaults. The creation of these groups is being funded through a Community Support Network Breaking the Silence grant. The primary focus will be for survivors, although there will be groups offered for loved ones of survivors as well. Anyone interested in joining one of these groups is asked to contact group facilitator, Nakita Archibald, at 902-755-4647 or email facilitator@morphpictoucounty.ca by 3 January. There will then be one-on-one sessions scheduled to determine which group would best suit, and the groups will begin meeting by late January.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 7 DECEMBER
Wednesday 7th December 2016
There is one game tonight in the MHL. The Amherst Ramblers will hit the road to western New Brunswick to visit the Woodstock Slammers. The Crushers are back in action tomorrow night, when they host the Truro Bearcats in the first half of a home-and-home set. The return match will go Saturday at the RECC.
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In Atom B action Pictou County Steelers defeated Pictou Maripacs 7-3 last night in Trenton. Derrick MacKay led the Steelers with 2 goals, Ethan MacKay, Robbie Wilkinson, Landon Martin, Nicholas Duff and Jake Maloney all added singles. Assists came from Broady MacKenzie, Ethan Foote, Ethan MacKay, Maloney and Martin.  Pictou goals came from Ryan Galway, Robert Hollis and Jesse Mansour. Assists from Leland Tobin, Nathan Horne and Mansour. Winning goalies were Caden MacDonald and Austin Earle.
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There is one game on the schedule tonight in the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League. At 8pm in the Stellarton Rink - C.F. Construction   vs  Connor's Transfer LTD.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are on the road tonight to face the Halifax MacDonalds. The Weeks come into the game in fourth place in the NSMMHL, 4 points ahead of Halifax.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have one more game before they break for University exams and the Christmas season. On Friday they will visit the Cumberland County Blues in Springhill. The Scotians are currently 3 points back on the Blues for the final playoff spot. However, the NSJHL uses the IIHF 3 point system for games, so a regulation win on Friday would pull the Scotians into a tie with the Blues going into the break.
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Another female Nova Scotia hockey player has drawn the attention of Hockey Canada, and will get the chance to play for a World Championship next month.  Brette Pettet of Kentville is the lone Nova Scotian on the 23-player roster for Team Canada at next month's IIHF Under-18 World Women Hockey Championships in Czech Republic. The team has a Crusher connection, as well: the head coach is former Crusher coach Troy Ryan.
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The YMCA of Pictou County's Ugly Sweater 4K Run is on Saturday. Run, walk or jingle into the holiday spirit with your friends, family and dogs. The event will start at the YMCA at 10am. $10.00 entrance. Donations to the Strong Kids Campaign accepted. 
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Active Pictou County is offering an Afterschool Soccer program with a Grades 3-4 Division and a Grades 5-6 Division.  Program will run Mondays & Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm at the Sobeys Sports Complex in Stellarton, program fully funded by Active Pictou County.  Pre-season starts Dec 12 & 13 while league play begins in January.  For more info or to Register please contact Shawn George at georgeshawn@hotmail.com
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The 7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is will be Thursday Dec. 22 and Fri. Dec. 23 at the Trenton Rink. Again this year, donations will be collected, either monetary, or of toys (Wipeable, NON-Stuffed, and suitable for newborns to age 16). All monetary donations will be used to purchase gas and grocery cards that will be given to families of sick children on the 6-Link floor of the IWK and at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. Oliver's Express t-shirts will also be on sale leading up to and during the tournament. For more information, search: "7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Flames are putting together quite the streak. Johnny Gaudreau scored, then assisted on Sean Monahan's winner as Calgary beat the Stars in Dallas 2-1. The Flames won their fourth straight and are 6-1-and-1 in the last eight games. Chad Johnson made 29 saves for the win.
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Rookie Patrik Laine keeps scoring goals. Laine scored his 17th goal of the season and added an assist, but it wasn't enough as his Jets fell 4-3 to Detroit in a shootout. Laine has four goals and a pair of assists in his past six games. He's also tied with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby for the N-H-L lead in goals.
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Jaden Schwartz got his second goal of the game in overtime, leading the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Canadiens. Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist as New Jersey beat Vancouver 3-2. And Evander Kane scored twice in Buffalo's 4-3 overtime win against Edmonton.
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Gordon Hayward scored 28 points and Utah made it seven wins in its last eight games by topping Phoenix, 112-105. Rudy Gobert added a career-high 22 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the Jazz, who blew a 20-point, halftime lead before improving to 14-and-9.
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Skip Brad Gushue has returned to action with a victory at the National. Gushue has had to watch his rink from St. John's play without him this year because of a hip injury, but made his season debut last night and picked up a 9-4 win against Tanner Horgan to open the third Grand Slam of Curling event of the season.
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Former world Number 1 Novak Djokovic says he and coach Boris Becker are splitting up after three seasons together. Djokovic won six of his 12 career Grand Slam singles titles with Becker in his corner. Only Roger Federer, Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal have won more men's Grand Slam crowns.
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DIANA WHALEN ON LEAVE AFTER BEING HOSPITALIZED
Tuesday 6th December 2016
After being hospitalized yesterday with what the Chronicle Herald was reporting as a heart attack or suspected heart attack, provincial Justice Minister Diana Whalen will be on a leave of absence while she recovers. Premier Stephen MacNeil announced today that Energy Minister Michel Samson will temporarily take over the portfolios of Justice Minister and Attorney General, as well as Deputy Premier. Whalen is expected to make a full recovery.


STELLARTON POLICE SEEK ASSISTANCE FROM PUBLIC IN IDENTIFYING THEFT SUSPECT
Tuesday 6th December 2016
Stellarton Police are asking for assistance from the public regarding a recent theft from Central Supplies Ltd. They have posted a photo of the man suspected of being involved in the incident on their Facebook page. Anyone with information about the man in the photo, or this incident, is asked to please call the Stellarton Police at (902)752-6161 OR Crime Stoppers 1(800) 222 TIPS (8477).


ADAMSON CONFIRMED AS DISTRICT 11 BOARD MEMBER
Tuesday 6th December 2016
Scott Adamson, the winner of the seat for District 11 of the Chignecto Central Regional School Board in the October election, will be sworn it at the next Commitee of the Whole meeting next week. Adamson was not sworn in with the rest of his colleagues last month because he had not resigned from his position as a substitute teacher prior to filing his nomination papers earlier in the fall. A special election was called to fill the seat, and after Adamson was the only nominee at the 29 November deadline, he can now be confirmed as the winner of the seat, and the 17 December vote will not need to take place.


BILL 75 CONSISTS OF JUST THREE CLAUSES
Tuesday 6th December 2016
Opposition New Democrats in the Nova Scotia Legislature have released the contents of Bill 75 - An Act Respecting a Teachers' Professional Agreement. The Bill only consists of three clauses, one referencing the shorter title, one referencing definitions, and one which would have imposed the tentative agreement from September which was later voted down by teachers. The agreement would have remained in effect until July, 2019. The Bill was going to be introduced in the legislature yesterday, but the Liberals backed down from that move after saying that there were changes to the NSTU stance on issues around student safety. The NSTU insists that the changes in question were in fact requested by teachers and implemented prior to Saturday's announcement that schools were to remain closed to students yesterday.


WANT TO HELP STOP CAR THEFTS? TAKE YOUR KEYS WITH YOU
Tuesday 6th December 2016
The Insurance Bureau of Canada today published its annual Top 10 Most Frequently Stolen Vehicles list. This year, IBC has also published a list for each of its regional offices. Older large and small vehicles dominate the list for Atlantic Canada. While auto thefts are up 6 percent nationwide from last year, reports of stolen vehicles went down in all Atlantic provinces except PEI. The report also noted that in most cases, vehicles stolen in the region still had the keys inside them. This year's 10 most frequently stolen vehicles in IBC's Atlantic region are:
1. 2004 Cadillac DeVille sedan
2. 2012 MINI Cooper 2-door coupe
3. 2001 Acura 1.7EL sedan
4. 2013 Ford Mustang GT/Boss 302 2-door coupe
5. 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 4WD pickup
6. 2004 Nissan Maxima sedan
7. 2002 Jeep TJ 4WD SUV
8. 2012 Nissan Maxima sedan
9. 2002 Ford Mustang 2-door convertible
10. 2000 Chevrolet Impala sedan


PREPARE TO PAY MORE FOR YOUR GROCERIES, SAY RESEARCHERS
Tuesday 6th December 2016
A new report estimates the typical Canadian family will spend up to 420 dollars more on food next year. Researchers at Halifax's Dalhousie University expect food prices will rise between three and five per cent on average, with meat, vegetables and seafood expected to see the biggest hikes. Restaurant costs are also expected to jump by two to four per cent. The study suggests the two biggest factors pushing up prices are a lower Canadian dollar and the incoming policies of U-S president-elect Donald Trump, including the possible deportation of illegal, seasonal farm workers.


HALIFAX MARKS EXPLOSION ANNIVERSARY
Tuesday 6th December 2016
Halifax is marking the 99th anniversary of an event that devastated a large sweep of the coastal city. People will gather at various sites today to pay tribute to those lost in the Halifax Explosion. Parks Canada will fire a cannon from the ramparts at the Halifax Citadel national historic site at around 9:05 this morning — the time of the devastating blast. Two warships collided in the narrows of the Halifax harbour in December 6th, 1917, causing a massive explosion that left part of the Nova Scotia capital in ruins. The French cargo ship S-S Mont-Blanc was loaded with explosives when it struck the Norwegian vessel S-S Imo. It created the largest man-made explosion prior to the development of nuclear weapons. The blast wave also created a three-metre tsunami that further damaged Halifax's shoreline. It left roughly half the city's population — 25-thousand people — dead, injured or homeless. About two-thousand people were killed and nine-thousand injured.


BACK TO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS AS PROVINCE DECLINES TO GO AHEAD WITH CONTRACT LEGISLATION
Tuesday 6th December 2016
After one unscheduled day off, Nova Scotia public-school students return to class today after the provincial government backed off its plans to impose a contract settlement on teachers. Schools were closed yesterday in anticipation of a week-long emergency session needed to pass the legislation. Education Minister Karen Casey now says the government will not move on Bill 75 after receiving assurances about student safety during the teachers' work-to-rule campaign. Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Liette Doucet says students were never at risk. Opposition P-C Leader Jamie Baillie says Casey should resign for closing schools on the pretext of a "lie."


NAVY SAILOR LAUNCHING CLASS ACTION SUIT OVER HARRASSMENT
Tuesday 6th December 2016
A proposed class-action lawsuit is being launched by a former Canadian Navy sailor, alleging a culture of fear, sexual harassment and abuse against female, gay, bisexual and transgender members of the military. Thirty-four-year-old Nicola Peffers served on frigates based near Victoria and had served nine years in the navy before leaving in 2012. She alleges her complaints of harassment and unwanted sexual advances fell on deaf ears. Her lawyers expect hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of military members to join the class action.


NATIONAL CHIEF TO TALK ABOUT CRISIS OF SEXUAL ABUSE WITH FEDERAL MINISTERS
Tuesday 6th December 2016
The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations will meet three federal cabinet ministers to discuss the crisis of sexual abuse in indigenous communities after a months-long investigation by The Canadian Press. Perry Bellegarde will meet with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu. First Nations leaders, set to attend an annual meeting today in Gatineau, Quebec, have also faced pressure from Bellegarde to have the courage to publicly confront sexual abuse and incest on reserves. A number of leading indigenous experts have flagged alarming levels of sexual abuse in some communities.


PANEL RECOMMENDS NATIONAL PHARMACARE PLAN
Tuesday 6th December 2016
A panel tasked with examining access to prescription drugs across the country is recommending a national, publicly funded pharmacare plan. Representatives of the Citizens' Reference Panel on Pharmacare in Canada will deliver their recommendations today to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health. The panel, comprised of 35 people from across the country, will tell the committee that immediate action is needed to address a current patchwork of public and private drug plans. Currently, about 20 per cent of Canadians have little or no coverage for prescription medications. Panel chairman Peter MacLeod says they believe the government should create a national pharmacare system that is equitable and cost-effective. As a first step, members are calling on Ottawa to immediately implement public coverage for a short list of frequently prescribed drugs -- such as those for treating high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma. Canada stands alone as the only developed nation in the world with a universal health-care system that does not also provide nationally-funded coverage of prescription drugs.


NO SIGNALS FROM TRUMP OVER DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE
Tuesday 6th December 2016
A spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump isn't offering many clues about how the incoming administration will act regarding the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline. Spokesman Jason Miller told The Associated Press on Monday that Trump supports construction of the pipeline. But Miller wouldn't say whether Trump would reverse the Army's decision on Sunday to decline to issue a permit for the $3.8 billion pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Miller said the Trump administration will review the situation "and make the appropriate determination." Protesters, who describe themselves as "water protectors," say they have no plans to leave despite the Army's decision and recent wintry storms. The pipeline is largely complete except for the section under Lake Oahe.


SPORTS DECEMBER 6
Tuesday 6th December 2016
Kanokai Judo Club had 9 participants attend the Provincial Judo Championships at the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus in Truro on the weekend.  Congratulations going out to medal winners:
Gold - Kyle Sutherland
Silver - Landon MacPherson
Bronze - Mya Cameron & Kaden MacDonald
LTAD (recreational) participants - Seth Cormier, Paige Landru, Liam MacPherson, Kian Martin & Mekhi Reddick
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The YMCA of Pictou County's Ugly Sweater 4K Run is on Saturday. Run, walk or jingle into the holiday spirit with your friends, family and dogs. The event will start at the YMCA at 10am. $10.00 entrance. Donations to the Strong Kids Campaign accepted. 
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Active Pictou County is offering an Afterschool Soccer program with a Grades 3-4 Division and a Grades 5-6 Division.  Program will run Mondays & Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm at the Sobeys Sports Complex in Stellarton, program fully funded by Active Pictou County.  Pre-season starts Dec 12 & 13 while league play begins in January.  For more info or to Register please contact Shawn George at georgeshawn@hotmail.com
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The 7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is will be Thursday Dec. 22 and Fri. Dec. 23 at the Trenton Rink. Again this year, donations will be collected, either monetary, or of toys (Wipeable, NON-Stuffed, and suitable for newborns to age 16). All monetary donations will be used to purchase gas and grocery cards that will be given to families of sick children on the 6-Link floor of the IWK and at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. Oliver's Express t-shirts will also be on sale leading up to and during the tournament. For more information, search: "7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Usually five goals in hockey gets you the two points. Ottawa scored five times and chased Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury from the net, but wasn't able to hold on and lost 8-5. Bryan Rust had his first career hat trick as the Penguins erased a 4-2 Senators lead. Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists for the Pens.
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Cleveland is still the top team in the N-B-A's Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers' three-game losing streak is over after LeBron James poured in 34 points to lead a 116-112 triumph in Toronto. DeMar DeRozan scored 31 as the Raptors dropped a game behind the Cavs in the standings. Cleveland finished the game without J-R Smith after he sustained a left knee injury in the first quarter.
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Klay Thompson has a new career high, and he did it in only 29 minutes of floor time. Thompson scored 60 points for the highest-scoring performance by a Golden State player in more than 42 years, and the Warriors whipped the Pacers 142-106. He had 40 by half and sat down with 1:22 left in the third quarter as fans jumped to their feet for an extended standing ovation.
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Andrew Luck was nearly perfect in his return from a concussion, throwing for four touchdowns in the Colts' 41-10 romp of the Jets. Three of those were to Dwayne Allen. Luck missed last week's loss to Pittsburgh, but cleared the N-F-L's concussion protocol and came back with a prime-time performance. He lifted Indianapolis into a tie for the lead in the A-F-C South with Tennessee and Houston.
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The Blue Jays have signed utility player Steve Pearce to a two-year contract worth $12-point-5 million U-S dollars. He hit .288 with 13 home runs in 85 games for Tampa Bay and Baltimore last season. The right-handed hitter can play first base, second base and left and right field.
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Tickets for Saturday's M-L-S Cup final sold out three minutes after going on sale to the general public today. BMO Field will have a capacity of 36,000 for the championship game between Toronto F-C and the Seattle Sounders. BMO Field will have temporary seats in the south stand left over from the recent Grey Cup.


DELAY IN HEARING TO SET NEW TRIAL DATE FOR DENNIS OLAND
Monday 5th December 2016
A hearing to set a new trial date for Dennis Oland in the death of his father has been postponed for a month. Oland was convicted of second degree murder a year ago, but that verdict was overturned by the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, which ruled the trial judge erred in his instructions to the jury. A new trial date was expected to be set today in Saint John, but the matter has been set aside until January 3rd. His father -- prominent New Brunswick businessman Richard Oland -- was bludgeoned to death in his office in July 2011.


SCHOOLS TO REOPEN TO STUDENTS ON TUESDAY
Monday 5th December 2016
Students will be back in class tomorrow. A press conference by Karen Casey within the last hour has indicated that the Nova Scotia Teachers Union issued a modification to its directive to teachers and administrators on Friday that means student safety is no longer threatened. When asked why it was announced on Saturday that schools would be closed today, even though the NSTU had already addressed the student safety issues, Casey said that board superintendents had not had a chance to look over the new directives and make a decision in time to open the schools today. Casey also indicated that the legislation that was to be introduced today forcing through a new contract will not be tabled today, however, she would not say whether it would be tabled tomorrow, or any time in the future. Meanwhile NSTU President Liette Doucet says nothing has changed since Friday, and all of the actions taken by the government since then were completely unnecessary.


PROVINCE TAKING BIDS ON BOAT HARBOUR PROJECT
Monday 5th December 2016
The province is moving forward on its commitment to close the Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility in 2020, and return Boat Harbour to its natural state. A request for proposals for expertise in project management and technical services for the planning and design of a major Crown remediation project was issued last Friday. A meeting with bidders, including a site visit, will take place Wednesday 14 December at the Pictou Landing Fire Hall. Anyone interested in bidding on this project must attend the meeting. The deadline for project bids is February 3rd, 2017.
Details of the request for proposals are available here.


VOYEUR DOCTOR RETURNS TO COURT IN JANUARY
Monday 5th December 2016
The court case involving a New Glasgow doctor charged with voyeurism has been adjourned, so that the Crown can provide more disclosure. Doctor Rafid Al-Nassar is alleged to have recorded video in the staff washroom at Westside Medical Centre. He's due back in court on 23 January.


PROVINCE SHOULD COMPENSATE PARENTS FOR EXTRA CHILDCARE EXPENSES: BAILLIE
Monday 5th December 2016
Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie says parents who have been put out by the government’s decision to lockout students deserve extra help as they seek emergency childcare options. The Progressive Conservative leader is demanding Premier Stephen McNeil create a special relief fund to provide parents with financial assistance for childcare expenses due to the Liberals’ decision to shut down schools. Baillie says there’s precedent for his proposal. During the BC teachers’ dispute in 2014, the government offered parents $40 per day as part of a Temporary Education Support Program. Baillie says it's not a replacement for lost classroom time, but it will help ease the burden on families.


NS LEGISLATURE DELAYING INTRODUCTION OF TEACHER BILL *UPDATED 10:35 AM*
Monday 5th December 2016
The province has delayed introduction of its bill imposing a contract on public school teachers. Liberal House leader Michel Samson says the delay is to allow for talks about safety concerns around student supervision during teachers' work-to-rule action to take place. A union source confirms talks are taking place. Teachers are being allowed into the schools, but students are being kept out after the provincial Liberals announced the closures Saturday. Education Minister Karen Casey said Sunday that schools could be closed for up to a week, depending on the passage of a bill that would impose a contract on the union representing 9,300 educators in the province. Casey says she can only give a rough estimate of how long it will take for the bill to become law, but it will be at least a couple of days due to legislative procedure. The Pictou Local of the NSTU will be holding a rally this afternoon at 4PM along East River Road, New Glasgow. 


NB PREMIER HOPES ENERGY EAST GETS APPROVAL
Monday 5th December 2016
On the heels of the federal government's approval of two pipeline projects in Western Canada, New Brunswick's premier says there's still a strong need for the proposed Energy East pipeline. Brian Gallant says it would help eastern refineries reduce their dependence on foreign oil, and provide a safe mode to get oil from Alberta to New Brunswick. The National Energy Board's review of the 15.7-billion-dollar TransCanada pipeline was put on hold this fall after the three panellists hearing the bid stepped down. Ottawa has said new panellists will be appointed soon.


PROTESTERS SUCCEED IN STOPPING DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE
Monday 5th December 2016
It's a victory for protesters, but a North Dakota Congressman says the decision by the U-S Army Corps of Engineers not to grant an easement permit for the Dakota Access oil pipeline is "a very chilling signal" for the future of infrastructure in the U-S. Republican Kevin Cramer says it will be hard to build when -- quote -- "criminal behaviour is rewarded this way." He was apparently referring to the large protest camp on federal land and clashes between demonstrators and police after months of protests by members and supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. They argued the four-state, 3.8-billion-dollar pipeline would threaten the tribe's water source and cultural sites.


SPORTS DECEMBER 5
Monday 5th December 2016
It was a win and a loss on the road for the Weeks Junior A Crushers over the weekend. On Friday, the Crushers were topped 3 – 1 by the Yarmouth Mariners, but came back big on Sunday with an 8 – 1 victory over Dieppe. Scoring on Sunday for the Crushers were Michael Dill and Dylan Riley with 2 each, Andrew Murphy, Ethan Marsh, Benji Curtis and Nick Fewer. The Crushers still hold the lead in the Eastlink South Division, one point ahead of Yarmouth.
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The Weeks Major Midgets also had a win and loss over the weekend, defeating the Halifax MacDonald's 4 – 3 Saturday night, then losing by the same score (4 – 3) to Cole Harbour on Sunday.
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In Junior B Hockey, the Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians lost a 3 – 2 squeaker to Antigonish at the Trenton Arena Sunday night. Gaetan Tremblay and Blair Dewtie scored for the Scotians.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers were held to only one goal over the weekend. After getting shut out 3 – 0 by Bedford on Saturday at the Wellness Centre, the team was defeated 4 – 1 by the Cole Harbour Storm Sunday morning.
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In the NS Female Midget AAA League, the Northern Subway Selects thumped the Panthers 6 – 2 at the Rath Eastlink Centre. Scoring for the Selects were Mariah Linehan, K. J. Emery, Maddie Quinn with 2, Patti-Ann Tracey, and Taylor MacKenzie.
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Sunday in Trenton the Pictou County Peewee B Steelers defeated East Hants 5-1. Scoring for the Steelers were Dawson MacKay with 2, Carter Dauphinee, Aidan Tobin, and Olan DeYoung all adding singles. Assists came from Tanner Murphy, Dauphinee and Tobin. East Hants goal came from Jacob Ross. Winning goalie was Carter MacLean.
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In Atom B, the Pictou County Steelers and Antigonish Bulldogs skated to a 6-6 tie on Saturday in Trenton. Scoring for Steelers was Ethan MacKay with 2, Derrick MacKay with 2 , Gavin Wong and Nicholas Duff both added singles. Antigonish goals came from Dallas Boyle 3, Charlie Gillis 2, and Zach Kelly 1.
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Recreation New Glasgow's  Multi Sport after school program held Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30pm at New Glasgow Academy is cancelled due to the current labour situation. The after school Cross Fit programming will continue as usual at the Clan Cross Fit Gym on Westville Road.
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Pictou County Gymnastics club is offering day camp child care for families needing a fun, safe place for their children during days the public schools are closed to students.  Bring lunches, snacks and comfy clothes.  The Gymnastics Club, at 558 South Frederick St, will be open for registration and drop off from 8:30 - 4:00, beginning Monday.  $35/day.  No experience necessary.  A variety of games and activities will be provided.
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The YMCA of Pictou County's Ugly Sweater 4K Run is coming Saturday, December 10. Run, walk or jingle into the holiday spirit with your friends, family and dogs. The event will start at the YMCA at 10am. $10.00 entrance. Donations to the Strong Kids Campaign accepted. 
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The 7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is will be Thursday Dec. 22 and Fri. Dec. 23 at the Trenton Rink. Again this year, donations will be collected, either monetary, or of toys (Wipeable, NON-Stuffed, and suitable for newborns to age 16). All monetary donations will be used to purchase gas and grocery cards that will be given to families of sick children on the 6-Link floor of the IWK and at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. Oliver's Express t-shirts will also be on sale leading up to and during the tournament. For more information, search: "7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Johnny Gaudreau didn't miss a beat. Gaudreau had a goal and an assist in his return from a broken finger and the Flames scored five goals in a six-minute span in the second period to beat Anaheim 8-3. Gaudreau missed 10 games with the injury. Sam Bennett, Matt Stajan and Alex Chiasson also had big nights offensively with a goal and two assists apiece.
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Mikko Koivu did a lot of stuff right for Minnesota. The 33-year-old Finn capped a fine outing by scoring 3:11 into overtime as the Wild emerged with a 2-1 victory over the Oilers — improving to 12-and-1 in their last 13 games in Edmonton. Koivu also won an impressive 21-of-23 faceoffs. Patrick Maroon had Edmonton's goal.
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Connor Hellebuyck came up big for the Winnipeg Jets. The goaltender finished with 25 saves in his team's 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Andrew Copp had the winner late in the third period. In Los Angeles, Paul Byron scored the clinching goal in the fourth round of the shootout as Montreal edged the Kings 5-4.
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A missing necktie led to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton getting benched for the opening series tonight against the Seahawks. Carolina's miserable night was capped by a 40-7 loss to Seattle following the most awkward of starts. With Newton being punished for not having a necktie for the team flight to Seattle, the Panthers' starting Q-B watched backup Derek Anderson throw an interception on the first play of the game.
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Thaddeus Young scored 17 points and the Pacers rallied from 15 points down to beat the Clippers 111-102. Indiana swept the season series for the first time since 2013-14 with just its second road win of the season. Pacers all-star Paul George scored 16 points in his return after missing four of the last five games with a sore left ankle and back.
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Reid Carruthers is the men's 2016 Canada Cup champion. The Winnipeg skip made scored three in the ninth end to defeat the Brad Gushue team from St. John's, Newfoundland — skipped by Mark Nichols — 8-5 to capture the title. Earlier in the day, Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones beat Ottawa's Rachel Homan for the women's crown. It's the third time Jones has won the Canada Cup.


SPORTS UPDATE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4/2016
Sunday 4th December 2016
Patrick Laine is keeping up with the game's best stars. The Jets rookie tied Sidney Crosby for the league lead with his 16th goal, then set up Bryan Little's overtime winner as Winnipeg edged St. Louis 3-2 last night. Elsewhere, Vancouver beat Toronto 3-2 in a shootout, Ottawa blanked Florida 2-0, and Edmonton beat Anaheim 3-2 in overtime.
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The Calgary Flames will look to keep their recent momentum going as they host Anaheim tonight in one of seven games on the N-H-L schedule. Calgary is 4-1-and-1 over its last six games and heads into tonight's tilt on a two-game win streak. Elsewhere, the Montreal Canadiens play a matinee match in Los Angeles and the Oilers host Minnesota.
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The New England Patriots will be without tight end Rob Gronkowski when they host the L-A Rams at Gillette Stadium this afternoon. Gronkowski was placed on injured reserve yesterday after undergoing back surgery. The Patriots are 9-and-2 and on a two-game winning streak. Los Angeles is 4-and-7 and on a two-game slide.
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The Toronto Raptors soared to their sixth straight win with their largest margin of victory in franchise history last night. DeMar DeRozan had 21 points as Toronto routed the Atlanta Hawks 128-84. The Raptors have the day off before welcoming the Cleveland Cavaliers to Air Canada Centre tomorrow night. The teams head into that matchup tied for the lead in the Eastern Conference.
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Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEH'-kee maht-soo-YAH'-mah) will start the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in the Bahamas on top of the leaderboard. He stands 19-under after a 7-under-65 yesterday. Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson, are seven shots back at 12-under and Tiger Woods is 11 off the lead at 8-under.
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Rachel Homan will look to defend her Canada Cup title this afternoon in Brandon, Manitoba. The Ottawa skip is up against Olympic champion Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg. On the men's side, it'll be Reid Carruthers against Brad Gushue's team from St. John's, Newfoundland, which is skipped by Mark Nichols.
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INAUGURAL CATHERINE CAMPBELL WALK FOR AWARENESS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN BEING HELD TODAY IN STELLARTON
Sunday 4th December 2016
The inaugural Catherine Campbell Walk for Awareness of Violence Against Women is being held this afternoon in Stellarton. In recognition of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence, Catherine's family is hosting the walk in her memory. Catherine's aunt, Amanda Wong says the walk is being held because so many women, like Catherine, can never be home for Christmas and so many are terrified in their own homes during the holidays. Wong says Catherine's family wants those women to know that people care and want to help. Catherine Campbell, a Truro Police officer, was from Stellarton and served many years with the Stellarton Fire service. She was reported missing in September of last year and her remains were found days later, having been the victim of homicide. The walk in her memory begins at 2 pm at the NSCC in Stellarton, where food bank donations will be collected by her family. The walk ends at the Stellarton Fire Hall.


SPORTS UPDATE SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2016
Saturday 3rd December 2016
There are four afternoon games on the busy N-H-L schedule. The New York Rangers are home to Carolina and Boston visits Buffalo. Philadelphia welcomes Chicago and Nashville is home to New Jersey.
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Vancouver and Toronto will renew their rivalry tonight in B-C. The Canucks and Maple Leafs had a very physical game in their last meeting. Winnipeg visits St. Louis tonight and Ottawa is home to Florida. Edmonton will take on the visiting Anaheim Ducks.
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It's a back-to-back for the Toronto Raptors. They will continue their homestand this evening against the Atlanta Hawks. Toronto posted a comfortable victory over the L-A Lakers last night.
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Steve Laycock and Brad Jacobs are squaring off in the early tiebreaker at the Canada Cup in Brandon. The winner will play John Epping in the afternoon tiebreaker. Kerry Einarson is taking on Val Sweeting in the lone women's tiebreaker. The winner plays Rachel Homan in the semifinal.
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Tiger Woods heads into the third round of the Heroes Challenge six shots off the lead in his first tournament in 15 months. He'll be trying to chase down co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama heading into weekend play.
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Top-ranked Alabama will be trying to lock down a spot in the U-S College Football Playoff today when it faces 15th-ranked Florida in the S-E-C title game. The Crimson Tide have won all 12 of their games. The Gators are 8-and-3.
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ALL NOVA SCOTIA SCHOOLS CLOSED MONDAY; GOVERNMENT CITES STUDENT SAFETY CONCERNS RESULTING FROM WORK TO RULE AS REASON
Saturday 3rd December 2016
Education Minister Karen Casey announced late Saturday morning that as of Monday morning, Dec. 5, all public schools in Nova Scotia will be closed to students to ensure students' safety. The Nova Scotia's Teachers Union had directed teachers to "work to rule" as of Monday morning, meaning they would only participated in duties as laid out in their provincial contract. Casey says after consultation with school boards, the government believes the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) directive to teachers and administrators to "work to rule" would create unacceptable risk to students. Minister Casey says "The safety of all of our students is paramount," and "It is clear, after communicating with school board officials across Nova Scotia, that the job actions proposed by the NSTU could put our schools in an emergency situation. Superintendents could simply not guarantee student safety, and recommended schools be closed." Casey said more than 43,000 students are supervised at lunch and children could end up stranded in schoolyards, or unsupervised in classrooms, after arriving on buses more than 20 minutes before classes begin. "We were warned that educational assistants may not be there to meet students with special needs as they arrive by bus," said Ms. Casey. "If only one student is stranded by the action directed by the union, that would be one too many." The government's statement says while schools are closed to students, teachers and other staff are still expected to report to work. Casey says the government will bring forward legislation Monday, Dec. 5, that will get students back to school as quickly as possible and classes will resume when boards are assured safety concerns are addressed.  The Nova Scotia Teachers Union, which represents 9,300 public school teachers has yet to respond.


BREAST CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM GETS FUNDING FOR NEW EQUIPMENT
Friday 2nd December 2016
The province is providing nearly 1.9-million dollars in funding to help improve breast cancer screening in the province. New mammography systems and work stations will be installed at seven locations in the Halifax area, Cape Breton and the Annapolis Valley. The new systems are a part of the provincial breast screening program, which celebrated its 25th anniversary yesterday. The equipment will replace older technology.


NOVA SCOTIA SEES MORE JOBS, BUT ALSO MORE JOBLESS
Friday 2nd December 2016
Nova Scotia was the only Atlantic province where the unemployment rate went up last month -- even though it gained 37-hundred jobs. Statistics Canada says a small loss of full-time work in November was offset by a big gain in part-time positions -- but Nova Scotia's unemployment rate increased to eight per cent from 7.6 per cent in October as more people joined the workforce. P-E-I and New Brunswick also had small job gains but their unemployment rates fell due to people giving up the search for work -- with New Brunswick seeing the biggest drop in its jobless rate to 8.7 per cent from 10 per cent the previous month. Newfoundland and Labrador had a small job loss, but a drop in its labour force pushed its unemployment rate down to 14.3 per cent from 14.9 in October.


MURDER CASE INVOLVING RAPPER WHO PLEADED FOR PEACE RETURNS TO COURT
Friday 2nd December 2016
The case of a Halifax rapper who appealed for an end to violence in the city and was then charged with murder is due in court today. Twenty-one-year-old Carvel Clayton is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Shakur Jefferies. The 21-year-old Jefferies was found dead near a suburban Halifax apartment building on the evening of November 12th. Clayton recently penned a song following the shooting deaths of several young black men that galvanized the city and prompted anti-violence marches. Police are continuing to investigate, but say Clayton was known to them.


TATAMAGOUCHE CEC CLOSED THIS AFTERNOON
Friday 2nd December 2016
Nova Scotia Health Authority wishes to advise the public that the Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Collaborative Emergency Centre in Tatamagouche  is temporary closed and will reopen this evening at 8 p.m.   This closure is necessary due to an unexpected lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or the most appropriate emergency department for care.  The overnight coverage (8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.) provided by the paramedic, registered nurse and oversight physician team will be available as usual.


STUDENTS WALKING OUT OF CLASS IN SUPPORT OF TEACHERS
Friday 2nd December 2016
As teachers prepare for work-to-rule on Monday, many students around the province are showing their support by walking out of class today. Students from North Nova Education Centre are expected to walk out at 12:45 pm, while Northumberland students plan to leave at 1:05. The Chignecto Central Regional School Board sent out a release advising against a walk-out, saying that all students who take part will be considered absent without excuse. Many students say the walk-out is to send a message to the province to take the issues seriously and resolve the dispute with teachers.


WALK IN MEMORY OF CATHERINE CAMPBELL THIS WEEKEND
Friday 2nd December 2016
This weekend will see people gathered in Stellarton to remember a fallen police officer. Sunday afternoon will mark the very first Catherine’s Walk for Awareness of Violence Against Women, in honor of Constable Catherine Campbell. The walk is part of the 16 Days of Activism, which began November 25 on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on International Human Rights Day on December 10. In Canada, the 16 Days of Activism also include the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6. Campbell's family will host the walk, beginning at 2pm Sunday at the Community College campus in Stellarton.


GAS, DIESEL COST A BIT MORE
Friday 2nd December 2016
Fuel prices continue to rise. A litre of regular self-serve gasoline is up almost two cents to $1.055, while diesel crept up to $1.039 per litre.


NEW AGREEMENT WILL SEE LONGER TRACTOR TRAILERS ON THE HIGHWAY
Friday 2nd December 2016
A new agreement among Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia allows drivers of long-combination vehicles -- known as L-C-V's -- to drive between all four provinces. L-C-Vs are multiple tandem trailers hauled by one tractor truck and they can be as long as 40 metres. Provincial officials say these longer vehicles offer shippers a more cost-effective option as they can move more goods at one time, reducing fuel consumption and gas emissions. New Brunswick's government says such vehicles are already in use on four-lane highways following a pilot project that confirmed the value and safety of having longer trucks on the road.


ARE THE LIBERALS BACKTRACKING ON ELECTORAL REFORM?
Friday 2nd December 2016
Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef says she hopes to introduce electoral reform legislation in the spring. But she is dismissing the long awaited report from a special all-party committee on the issue, which recommends the government design a new proportional voting system and hold a national referendum to gauge whether Canadians would support it. Monsef says the committee "took a pass" on suggesting a specific voting model, failing to do the job it was tasked to do. However, the mandate Monsef gave to the committee was to conduct a study of viable alternatives to replace the first-past-the-post system. She did not direct the committee to recommend a specific voting model. Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose accused Monsef of insulting the intelligence of Canadians and Green party Leader Elizabeth May accused her of disrespecting all committee members.


SPORTS DECEMBER 2 *UPDATED 10:35 AM*
Friday 2nd December 2016
After last night's postponement, the Weeks Junior A Crushers hope the weather is better as they travel for two games – tonight against the Yarmouth Mariners, then on Sunday afternoon it's the Commandos in Dieppe.
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The Weeks Major Midgets have a pair of games at the Wellness Centre this weekend: Saturday night at 8 they host the Halifax MacDonald's, followed by Cole Harbour Sunday at Noon.
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In Junior Hockey, the Pictou County Scotians host Antigonish at the Trenton Arena Sunday night at 7pm.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers have one home game and one away this weekend. It starts at the Wellness Centre Saturday at 5:30 against Bedford, then it's off to Cole Harbour to play the Storm Sunday morning.
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In the NS Female Midget AAA League, the Northern Subway Selects are in Truro to face the Panthers Sunday at 11am.
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The YMCA of Pictou County's Ugly Sweater 4K Run is coming Saturday, December 10. Run, walk or jingle into the holiday spirit with your friends, family and dogs. The event will start at the YMCA at 10am. $10.00 entrance. Donations to the Strong Kids Campaign accepted. 
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The 7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is will be Thursday Dec. 22 and Fri. Dec. 23 at the Trenton Rink. Again this year, donations will be collected, either monetary, or of toys (Wipeable, NON-Stuffed, and suitable for newborns to age 16). All monetary donations will be used to purchase gas and grocery cards that will be given to families of sick children on the 6-Link floor of the IWK and at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. Oliver's Express t-shirts will also be on sale leading up to and during the tournament. For more information, search: "7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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Active Pictou County is again offering free and low cost skating events at each rink in the county through March. Many rinks have also set aside their own times for senior skates, family skates, adult skates and more. Visit www.activepictoucounty.ca or ‘Like’ the Active Pictou County Facebook page for a full schedule. Active Pictou County and “Thrive” Nova Scotia have also set up free swim times at the Fisheries Training Pool in Pictou on Saturdays from 12:00-1:00pm and at the YMCA pool at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Sundays from 3:00-4:00pm. This program will run until the end of March and is open to everyone.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Montreal Canadiens continue their west coast road trip with a stop in San Jose to play the Sharks tonight. Montreal has lost six of its last 10 games but still sits atop the Atlantic Division with a 16-5-and-2 record. The Sharks top the Pacific at 14-5-and-1 and have won back-to-back games.
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The Calgary Flames host Minnesota in the only other game on the N-H-L schedule tonight. Calgary is coming off a 3-0 shutout of the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. The Wild are coming off a tough 5-4 loss to Vancouver, also on Wednesday.
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The Toronto Raptors will look to extend their winning streak to a season-best five games tonight as they welcome the L-A Lakers to Air Canada Centre. The Raptors are 12-and-6 to start the year, trailing Cleveland for the lead in the Eastern Conference by just one-and-a-half games. The Lakers, meanwhile, are 10-and-10, good for ninth place in the West.
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Canada's Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves aim to halt a three-game slide as they take on the Knicks in New York. Around the hardcourts, Boston is home to Sacramento, Cleveland visits the Chicago Bulls, the Clippers are in New Orleans and San Antonio entertains the Washington Wizards.
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Olympic champion Jennifer Jones gets the morning off before taking on Kelsey Rocque in round-robin play at the Canada Cup in Brandon, Manitoba. Jones leads the women's standings with a perfect 4-and-0 record through the first two days of competition. Jones will play Ottawa's Rachel Homan in the night draw.


SCHOOL INTO LOCKDOWN IN CAPE BRETON
Thursday 1st December 2016
Memorial High School in Sydney Mines was placed in a lockdown this afternoon after police say two men were spotted going into a wooded area near the school with rifles. Cape Breton Regional Police say neither the school nor any students were directly threatened in the incident. Police say the lockdown was put in place because of the close proximity of the men with guns to the actual location of the school.


ARABIC SPEAKING AID WORKER TO BE ADDED TO STAFF OF COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Thursday 1st December 2016
Nova Scotia's Community Services Minister says an Arabic speaking case worker will be hired in the coming weeks as her department readies for an expected influx of Syrian refugees requiring income assistance. Joanne Bernard says she has no indication yet how many refugees will be requiring assistance because their arrival in the province was staggered over several months, but she expects the initial group of people to begin seeking help in January. Bernard says the department has French and Mi'kmaq speaking case workers and made a decision about two months ago to be pro-active in anticipation of federal sponsorship support for refugees expiring after a 12-month period. She says it is much easier to help people when there is someone available who can speak their language. Bernard says while there are always strains on the income assistance budget, there are also fluctuations in the numbers of people getting help and new cases are dealt with when people qualify for assistance.


POLICE TO PROBE INTO DEATH OF MAN IN CARE FACILITY
Thursday 1st December 2016
A police probe has been launched into the nursing home death of a 79-year-old Halifax-area man, as his wife alleges he was pushed by another resident with severe dementia, fell and died several days later. RCMP Cpl. Jennifer Clarke confirmed that Gordon Birchell died at the Ivy Meadows home on Oct. 29 and that police have opened a suspicious death investigation, but declined to provide any details on what occurred. Joan Birchell, Gordon's wife, said in an interview that she was told by a staff member that Birchell was pushed on Oct. 24 at the home in the Halifax suburb of Beaver Bank by a female resident with severe dementia. The 79-year-old woman says her husband was hospitalized and returned to the home, where he later died. A spokeswoman for the privately owned home, operated by the Halifax-based Stevens Group, said an investigation is underway and declined further comment. The medical examiner, Dr. Matthew Bowes, said in an email that his office is still investigating the cause of death, while a Health Department spokeswoman said an investigation has been opened under its Protection of Persons in Care legislation into the incident.


ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS UNHAPPY WITH PROVINCIAL COAL EXTENSION
Thursday 1st December 2016
wo environmental groups are slamming last week's agreement allowing Nova Scotia to use coal-fired electrical plants beyond the new federal deadline to phase them out by 2030. The Margaree Environmental Association and the Sierra Club Canada-Atlantic say 80 per cent of the current coal burning capacity in the province can be shut down by 2020. The groups say that can be achieved through more wind and solar power projects, power from the Muskrat Falls project in Labrador, and by importing 500 megawatts of power from Quebec. Neal Livingston, co-chair of the Margaree association, says the Nova Scotia government has been setting itself up as an environmental leader when it actually will be one of the last jurisdictions in Canada to continue to burn coal. Gretchen Fitzgerald, of Sierra Club Canada-Atlantic, says her group remains opposed to the proposed development of Cape Breton's Donkin coal mine because of its implications for climate change and the local environment. Although proponents have said the goal is to export the mine's coal to foreign markets, Fitzgerald says its operations alone will have an adverse effect on provincial targets for reducing greenhouse gases.


PROVINCE AND U.S.-BASED UNIVERSITY SIGN DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT
Thursday 1st December 2016
Nova Scotia and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth are teaming up to develop new marine technology. Nova Scotia Premier Stephen O'Neil and UMass-Dartmouth signed a memorandum of understanding. Wednesday's agreement creates a partnership between UMass-Dartmouth's new Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Halifax-based Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship. The Standard-Times of New Bedford reports that both organizations will provide space for marine technology incubators. They'll also research and develop new commercially viable marine technologies, and engage in student exchange programs. UMass-Dartmouth assistant vice chancellor Toby Stapleton calls it "a significant step in solidifying a long-standing relationship." Wednesday's signing occurred at the fifth annual Maritime Innovations Conference in Fall River.


CCRSB PREPARES PARENTS FOR WORK-TO-RULE
Thursday 1st December 2016
The Chignecto Central Regional School Board has issued an information sheet for parents and guardians regarding the work-to-rule by the NSTU that is set to begin on Monday. The sheet includes important information for parents regarding drop-off and pick-up times for students, the impact on extra-curricular activities, including the much anticipated Christmas concerts in the coming weeks, and the impact this may have on other programs offered within the school building. To read the information sheet, including the FAQs, follow this link.


MLA PAT DUNN DECRIES "OLD-SCHOOL POLITICS" IN CHOICE OF BUILDING SCHOOLS
Thursday 1st December 2016
Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn says the Liberal government owes the families of Trenton an apology for playing dishonest old-school politics with their children's education. Auditor General Michael Pickup tabled his report yesterday regarding funding for upcoming school capital projects. Trenton is on the list to replace its two aging facilities, but was passed over for schools in the Minister of Education and Premier's ridings. Dunn calls it the sad, old way of doing things.


HATE THE WEATHER? COULD BE WORSE - YOU COULD BE IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 1st December 2016
People in New Brunswick are bracing for another round of messy, wet weather while thousands of residents are still without power following a storm earlier in the week. Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings for much of the province, saying central and northern parts of New Brunswick could expect up to 25 cm of snow today. The Fredericton area is expected to get a mix of snow and rain, making travel throughout the region dangerous due to reduced visibility and heavy snow. The latest system comes as NB Power works to restore thousand of outages mostly in the south of the province following Wednesday's pre-winter storm. Environment Canada is also warning of potential flooding from Lower Escuminac north to the Acadian peninsula and into the Bay of Chaleur.


POWER PROBLEMS STILL AFFECTING DOZENS: NSCC STELLARTON OPENING DELAYED *UPDATED 8:15 AM*
Thursday 1st December 2016
NSCC Campus in Stellarton has delayed their opening because of power issues. Classes will begin at 9:30am. There are still a couple hundred customers without power this morning according to the NS Power outage website, with restoration expected by 2:15 this afternoon.


MEETING ABOUT PICTOU SCHOOLS TONIGHT
Thursday 1st December 2016
The third public meeting in the review of Pictou-area schools is tonight at 7 at the Pictou Academy gym. The School Board's School Options Committee is making its recommendation in January. The Committee has said from the start it is in favor of a Primary to Grade 12 school in the town, but what configuration it will be is being determined through the process.


STUDY SAYS TOO MANY UNKNOWNS INVOLVED IN SHIPPING OILSANDS STUFF
Thursday 1st December 2016
A new study being published next month says it is impossible to carry out a complete risk assessment on the shipment of bitumen, because not enough is known on how the substance behaves in the ocean. The report -- which will be publicly released in the journal Frontiers in the Ecology and Environment -- examined date from more than nine-thousand papers on oil and the environment. The study authors say approving new oilsands products is "problematic, maybe even bordering on irresponsible" because saltwater studies on the effects of bitumen are almost non-existent. A mix of sand, clay and heavy oil, bitumen is mined and mixed with fluids to enable it to move through pipelines. The report's authors say their work underscores the need for more research on the matter before the Kinder Morgan pipeline from Alberta to Vancouver is due to enter service. The federal government gave its blessing to the project this week.


TRUMP'S WORK TO "SAVE" FACTORY NOT ALL IT'S CRACKED UP TO BE
Thursday 1st December 2016
As Donald Trump claims victory on behalf of factory workers in Indiana, the details of a deal between the U-S President-elect and an air conditioning company remain hazy. Carrier has agreed to keep its Indianapolis plant open, sparing about 800 union workers whose jobs were to be outsourced to Mexico. But that means hundreds are still likely to lose their jobs, as roughly 14-hundred people are slated to be laid off. Neither the company nor the incoming president has said what the remaining workers might have to give up, or what incentives Carrier was given to change its mind.


SPORTS DECEMBER 1 *IMPORTANT UPDATE 9:50 AM*
Thursday 1st December 2016
***Due to driving conditions in New Brunswick, tonight's Crushers game against the Woodstock Slammers has been postponed. Mother Nature has not been to the Slammers, as three of their last five games have been called off. ***
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The YMCA of Pictou County's Ugly Sweater 4K Run is coming Saturday, December 10. Run, walk or jingle into the holiday spirit with your friends, family and dogs. The event will start at the YMCA at 10am. $10.00 entrance. Donations to the Strong Kids Campaign accepted. 
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The 7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup is will be Thursday Dec. 22 and Fri. Dec. 23 at the Trenton Rink. Again this year, donations will be collected, either monetary, or of toys (Wipeable, NON-Stuffed, and suitable for newborns to age 16). All monetary donations will be used to purchase gas and grocery cards that will be given to families of sick children on the 6-Link floor of the IWK and at the Ronald McDonald House in Halifax. Oliver's Express t-shirts will also be on sale leading up to and during the tournament. For more information, search: "7th Annual Oliver Hudson Graham Memorial Cancer Sucks Cup" on Facebook.
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Tonight's games in the Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova hockey League at the Thorburn Rink have been cancelled.
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Active Pictou County is again offering free and low cost skating events at each rink in the county from November through March. Many rinks have also set aside their own times for senior skates, family skates, adult skates and more. Visit www.activepictoucounty.ca or ‘Like’ the Active Pictou County Facebook page for a full schedule. Active Pictou County and “Thrive” Nova Scotia have also set up free swim times at the Fisheries Training Pool in Pictou on Saturdays from 12:00-1:00pm and at the YMCA pool at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Sundays from 3:00-4:00pm. This program will run until the end of March and is open to everyone.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Toronto F-C will meet Seattle in the M-L-S championship game after beating Montreal 5-2 in extra time to take a 7-5 aggregate victory in the Eastern Conference final. Montreal had won the first leg 3-2 at home. Toronto will host the Sounders on December 10th in the M-L-S championship game, becoming the first Canadian team to play for the title.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs couldn't overcome a quick barrage from the Calgary Flames. Freddie Hamilton and Kris Versteeg scored in the opening minute of the game and the Flames went on to beat Toronto 3-0. Chad Johnson stopped 39 shots for his third shutout. Matt Stajan also scored for Calgary.
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Ryan Carpenter scored his first N-H-L goal as the San Jose Sharks beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1. Logan Couture had two goals and an assist and Kevin Labanc also scored for San Jose. Earlier, Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal with 27 seconds remaining to lift the Islanders to a 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh.
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It was a sloppy game but the Raptors still came out on top. Kyle Lowry poured in 29 points and Toronto overcame 20 team turnovers for a 120-105 win over the short-handed Memphis Grizzlies. DeMar DeRozan added 24 points and Patrick Patterson had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors.
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Russell Westbrook scored 14 of his 35 points in overtime and posted his fourth consecutive triple-double to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Washington Wizards 126-115. Westbrook added 14 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth triple-double this season and the 46th of his career.
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A person familiar with the negotiations says Major League Baseball and its players' union agreed to ban smokeless tobacco for all new big leaguers. The ban does not apply to any player who already has at least one day of major league service. Several cities have banned the use of smokeless tobacco in ballparks, including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.