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Showing news for the month of June , 2017

SCHOOL BOARD SETS NEW BUDGET
Thursday 22nd June 2017
The Chignecto Central Regional School Board has written up a draft budget for the coming school year. The operating budget will be $230.8 million dollars, an increase of $3.3 million. However, due to rising costs, the Board did have to make more than $1.3 million in cuts to balance the books. The final budget will be passed after the province passes its own budget during the fall session.


SCHOOL BOARD PRIORITIZES TEN SCHOOLS FOR EXTRA HELP
Thursday 22nd June 2017
CCRSB is using a new approach to identify schools that require more help. To allocate support, board staff identified 10 priority schools based on student performance and school data. Amoung the schools identified for support are New Glasgow Academy and Pictou Elementary. In addition, Frank H. MacDonald is one of four schools that will get a $50,000 grant from the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions. The Board will receive an update on how the priority schools are performing midway through the next school year.


PICTOU SCHOOLS GET TWO FEWER CLASS DAYS TO HELP PREPARE FOR BIG MOVE
Thursday 22nd June 2017
As schools in Pictou are preparing to re-arrange themselves for the new school year, CCRSB is giving them some extra time for the move. The Board approved June 26 and 27 as closure days for Dr. Thomas McCulloch and Pictou Academy. As per provincial law, Dr. Thomas McCulloch has been renamed Pictou Academy. Pictou Elementary, which will be a P-8 school beginning in the fall, has also received a new name. The Board approved a motion to change it to McCulloch Education Centre.


LAST CALL: UCT NO LONGER HOLDING TV BINGO
Thursday 22nd June 2017
After nearly 19 years, UCT TV Bingo has come to an end. Henry Walsh, chairman of the UCT Pictonian Council 879, tells NG News that sales have dropped to the point that it wasn't feasible to continue, as bingo faced increased competition from other community fundraisers such as Chase the Ace. Over the years, UCT Bingo raised $1.4 Million for more than 140 organizations and causes including LORDA, VON, United Way Bikes For Kids, the Pictou County Christmas Fund, Summer Street Industries and Special Olympics.


DRIVERS, SLOW DOWN FOR ROAD CREWS: PROVINCE
Thursday 22nd June 2017
Summer is the perfect time for construction crews to maintain, renew and beautify our roads. However, it is up to motorists to be aware and slow down when near construction sites. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines says a provincial ad campaign is underway to remind drivers to slow down and be considerate of workers in construction zones when passing them. For road safety tips go to the department's website.


FEDS SAY REMEMBRANCE DAY IS A LEGAL HOLIDAY, BUT IT'S STILL UP TO THE PROVINCES
Thursday 22nd June 2017
The House of Commons has passed legislation giving Remembrance Day the same legal status as Canada Day and Victoria Day. It is mainly a symbolic move, as the Commons can’t make Nov. 11 a statutory holiday across the country, because that is up to the provinces. Currently, Remembrance Day is a holiday in all provinces and territories except for Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Federal employees also get the day off. The legislation, introduced by Nova Scotia Liberal MP Colin Fraser, followed a number of failed efforts to single out Remembrance Day. One problem is that the Royal Canadian Legion has worried that making Nov. 11 a legal holiday would change people’s attitudes and they might not bother making the effort to attend local ceremonies. In debate this week, Fraser said his bill would affirm Parliament’s commitment to Nov. 11 as a solemn day of remembrance.


REPORT SHOWS ALCOHOL LEADS TO MORE HOSPITALIZATIONS THAN HEART ATTACKS
Thursday 22nd June 2017
A new report shows there were more hospital admissions in Canada last year for alcohol-related conditions than for heart attacks. Alcohol poisoning, alcohol withdrawal, liver disease, chronic alcohol abuse and other conditions that are "100 per cent caused by the harmful consumption of alcohol" accounted for about 77,000 admissions, according to a report released Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). That's 212 each day, on average, not including those who were treated in emergency departments and released. To put the number in context, the number of admissions for heart attacks in the same period was 75,000. The majority of alcohol-related hospitalizations were linked to mental health and addictions. On average, there were more alcohol-related hospitalizations in the territories than in the provinces, and more in the west than in the east, with the exception of Nova Scotia. Excessive drinking carries a number of known health risks, including illnesses such as pancreatitis, liver cirrhosis, diabetes and cardiovascular disease — not to mention the risk of death. CIHI found wide variations in alcohol policy and pricing across Canada that showed no one factor can account for the differences in hospitalization rates. For instance, in Quebec, where beer and wine have been available in corner stores for years, there were fewer alcohol-related hospitalizations.


SPORTS JUNE 22 *CORRECTION*
Thursday 22nd June 2017
The Weeks Junior A Crushers have picked up a new sponsor, or is that an old sponsor? The Town of New Glasgow will be featured on players' jerseys this fall, at a cost of $7,500. Crushers team president Wade Sullivan tells NG News the Maritime Hockey League will approach Pictou County’s six other municipal units about funding opportunities. Sullivan said that while the Crushers are in no danger of relocating the franchise, the organization wants to be on sounder financial footing and that moving the team could be a necessity at some point. New Glasgow had been a sponsor of the Crushers prior to the team moving from John Brother MacDonald Stadium to the Pictou County Wellness Centre at the end of 2012.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering Summer Rec classes, Gymnastics Day Camps and Preschool Camps.  The Club will be open for registration for all summer programs: Thursday 4:30-8-30, Friday 4-8 and Saturday 2-6.  No experience necessary. For more information on times and dates please call 902-695-3699 or search "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" on Facebook.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Darwin Barney's two-run homer capped a six-run first inning and the Toronto Blue Jays held on for a 7-5 win over the Texas Rangers.
Kansas City 6 Boston 4
Cleveland 5 Baltimore 1
N.Y. Yankees 8 L.A. Angels 4
Minnesota 4 Chicago White Sox 2
Houston 5 Oakland 1
Seattle 7 Detroit 5
National League
Miami 2 Washington 1
San Diego 3 Chicago Cubs 2
St. Louis 7 Philadelphia 6 (10 innings)
Milwaukee 4 Pittsburgh 3
Atlanta 5 San Francisco 3 (11 innings)
Arizona 16 Colorado 5
L.A. Dodgers 8 N.Y. Mets 2
Interleague
Tampa Bay 8 Cincinnati 3
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Major League Soccer
D.C. United 2 Atlanta United FC 1
Minnesota United 3 Portland 2
Los Angeles 3 Colorado 1
Orlando City 1 Seattle 1


NSTU WINS ABRITRATION OVER CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES
Wednesday 21st June 2017
NSTU members have expressed their pleasure with a decision by arbitrator Eric K. Slone over a grievance surrounding teacher upgrades completed through courses offered at Drake University. The government argued that teachers should not be upgraded on the pay scale for advancing their education through these courses because they were not considered challenging or strenuous enough. The extra salary paid out to teachers who completed the program in question amounted to thousands of dollars. In 2015, after telling teachers that those already enrolled in the program would receive the bump in salary, but no new enrollments would be recognized, then-Education Minister Karen Casey withdrew that statement and told teachers enrolled in the program they would not receive recognition from the Department for having furthered their professional development. In the 59-page decision released today, Slone cited the long-standing reputation of Drake University, and granted the additional certification to the teachers in question.


MARIJUANA GROW-OPS DISMANTLED IN WELSFORD & WITTENBURG
Wednesday 21st June 2017
One man and a youth have been arrested after police raided a marijuana grow op in Welsford. Early Tuesday morning, the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of Pictou County District RCMP, and the RCMP Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant at a residence on West Branch Road. Police seized a quantity of marijuana, as well as a number of firearms, ammunition, and restricted weapons. A 52-year-old man faces one count of production of a controlled substance. Both the 52-year-old and a 17-year-old male are facing multiple firearms-related charges including unsafe storage, carless use, possession for a dangerous purpose, unauthorized possession and possession while prohibited. Both accused have been released from custody and will appear in Provincial and Youth Justice Court, respectively, at later dates.
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Colchester District RCMP say a 54-year-old man from Wittenburg has been charged following the dismantling of a marijuana grow op in the community east of Stewiacke. Police were called to a disturbance outside the home around 3 o'clock Monday afternoon and say they located a sophisticated marijuana growing system and 116 mature, pre-bud marijuana plants. The operation was dismantled and seized by police. The accused, whose name has not been released, is facing charges in relation to possession for the purpose of trafficking, and further charges may be laid.


JUNE 21: NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY
Wednesday 21st June 2017
Communities in Pictou County are marking National Aboriginal Day. Chief Andrea Paul of the Pictou Landing First Nation will join New Glasgow Mayor Nancy Dicks to raise the Mi’kmaq flag at 10am at the New Glasgow Riverfront Gazebo. Pictou Landing First Nation is inviting the community to come out for a celebration of National Aboriginal Day as well as the grand opening of their new fire hall, beginning at Noon. National Aboriginal Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.


CAPE BRETON SCHOOL BOARD ASKING FOR PROVINCIAL HELP FOLLOWING THIRD STUDENT SUICIDE
Wednesday 21st June 2017
Students in the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board are trying to cope with the third suicide in six months. A girl from North Sydney took her own life over the weekend. Two students at Sherwood Park Education Centre in Sydney also took their own lives recently. At its final meeting of the school year on Monday night, the board voted to write a letter of concern to Education Minister Zach Churchill and Premier Stephen McNeil. Chair Darren Googoo said the letter will ask for support services to be available after the school year ends next week. Googoo said he does not believe the suicides have caused a crisis for the board. He said some students are in crisis, but he feels the board has adequate supports in place.


PROVINCE TO CONSULT WITH PUBLIC OVER MARIJUANA SALES
Wednesday 21st June 2017
The new minister of finance says it's time for Nova Scotians to have their say on how the province should handle legal marijuana. Karen Casey was in Ottawa earlier this week to meet with other finance ministers to share ideas and talk about how prepared each province is to handle marijuana sales, distribution and taxes. Casey admitted she didn't know much about the subject before her new cabinet appointment last week. The issue has been kicked around inside government for months — most notably by officials in the departments of finance, health and justice — but Casey said that discussion should move outside the bureaucracy to include the public. Casey's not sure if Nova Scotia would hold public meetings or follow the example of neighbouring Newfoundland and Labrador by offering an online survey.  She hopes the consultation can start as early as late summer or early fall.


MORE FLOUR BRANDS INCLUDED IN NATIONAL RECALL
Wednesday 21st June 2017
Canada is getting hit with more flour recalls following an E. coli outbreak. In the latest, Robin Hood's Super Keynote Strong Bakers Flour and Italian Style Flour are being recalled due to possible E. coli O121 contamination. The items were sold at various retailers in Ontario and possibly across Canada. The news comes on the heels of a recall issued last week for other flour products including cookie dough sold nationally through fundraisers and Apple Valley pie shell products. The spate of national flour recalls has been ongoing since March.  The recalls were triggered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as part of its investigation into the E. coli outbreak. So far, there have been 30 reported illnesses across the country. The outbreak has been linked to a flour mill in Saskatoon owned by Ardent Mills, which makes its own products and supplies other brands such as Robin Hood flour. But the actual source remains a mystery. The CFIA believes the wheat was contaminated in the field.


SPORTS JUNE 21
Wednesday 21st June 2017
Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering Summer Rec classes, Gymnastics Day Camps and Preschool Camps.  The Club will be open for registration for all summer programs: Monday 4-9, Thursday 4:30-8-30, Friday 4-8 and Saturday 2-6.  No experience necessary. For more information on times and dates please call 902-695-3699 or search "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" on Facebook.
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Halifax council has signed off on a pop-up downtown soccer stadium, bringing the city closer to capturing a coveted new FIFA-sanctioned professional soccer team franchise. Councillors unanimously approved a motion on Tuesday that gives municipal staff the green light to draw up a rental agreement with Sports Entertainment Atlantic. The company has pitched a temporary soccer facility with up to 7,000 seats for a team that would be part of the new Canadian Premier League. Sports Entertainment Atlantic president Derek Martin says the team, which might be called the Halifax Football Club, would host 10 regular season games during the league's first season in 2018. The team's home field would be at the Wanderers Grounds, a four-hectare natural turf sports field on the Halifax Commons. The fledgling professional soccer league has awarded franchises to Hamilton and Winnipeg and is expected to have six to eight teams confirmed before the first season kicks off.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Carlos Gomez homered in a four-run first inning, Nick Martinez allowed two hits while taking a shutout into the 7th and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1.
Baltimore 6 Cleveland 5
L.A. Angels 8 N.Y. Yankees 3
Minnesota 9 Chicago White Sox 7
Boston 8 Kansas City 3
Houston 8 Oakland 4
Seattle 5 Detroit 4 (10 innings)
National League
St. Louis 8 Philadelphia 1 (11 innings)
Washington 12 Miami 3
San Francisco 6 Atlanta 3
Pittsburgh 7 Milwaukee 3
Chicago Cubs 4 San Diego 0
Colorado 4 Arizona 3
L.A. Dodgers 12 N.Y. Mets 0
Interleague
Tampa Bay 6 Cincinnati 5
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The PGA Tour is beefing up its anti-doping policy by adding blood testing and bringing its list of banned substances in line with the World Anti-Doping Association. The revised policy takes effect in October, at the start of next season. Blood testing will allow the tour to detect any use of human growth hormone, which is on the list of banned substances but cannot be detected through urine. However, the tour still plans to use urine samples for the majority of its drug testing next season. Under the revised policy, the tour is adding to its banned list three categories of substances that WADA already prohibits — asthma medications, allergy and anti-inflammatory medications, and pseudoephedrine over a certain threshold. He said the process for therapeutic use exemptions (TUE) involving some of those additional substances would be adjusted to make the response time quicker. And in a slight move toward more transparency, the tour would start reporting suspensions for drugs of abuse.


MISSING CAPE BRETON MAN FOUND IN WOODS
Tuesday 20th June 2017
A search for a missing 67-year old man who got lost in heavy woods near River Ryan yesterday had a happy ending, as the man was located by a Department of Natural Resources helicopter. The New Waterford man, whose name was not released for privacy concerns, called 911 after he realized he could not find his way out of the woods. Staff Sergeant Ken O'Neill of the Cape Breton Regional Police told the CBC that they were able to get general co-ordinates from the man's cell phone, but the search was still difficult. O'Neill told the CBC that the man was possibly dehydrated when he was found, but is expected to make a full recovery.


PRO SOCCER TO RETURN TO HALIFAX?
Tuesday 20th June 2017
There may be a new soccer stadium going up in Halifax. Regional council is debating today over whether a temporary soccer stadium with up to 7-thousand seats could be pitched on the Wanderers Grounds at the Halifax Commons. If council gives the green light, the stadium could become home to a new professional soccer team in Halifax that would be part of the proposed Canadian Premier League set to begin play next year. The team would have a 10-game home schedule.


BIKERS STAND UP FOR VICTIM OF BULLYING
Tuesday 20th June 2017
Hundreds of bikers from around the Maritimes plan to be in Sydney, Cape Breton on Wednesday to escort a victim of bullying to his school. Ten-year-old Xander Rose has always wanted to be a biker, but says bullies are making fun of his weight, and for wearing a leather jacket to school. His mother says the boy has been subject to racial slurs, has gotten jumped on the bus and been told to go die in a hole, but nothing has been done to help even though she's contacted the school, the school board and other parents. But biker Mike Basso says Xander's love for motorcycles makes him one of biking community's brothers, and members will show their support by driving him to school Wednesday, forming two lines on either side of the boy and walking him to the door.


FORMER ASSOCIATE PASTOR TO GO TO COURT ON SEX ASSAULT CHARGE
Tuesday 20th June 2017
A former associate Pastor is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court next month to answer to allegations of sexual exploitation and sexual assault dating back nearly a decade. Michael Oliver Fisher of Antigonish was an associate Pastor in Upper Hammonds Plains when the offenses are said to have occurred in 2008. RCMP say the victim in the case was a 17-year old girl, who brought the complaint forward in August 2016 to the Sexual Assault Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division. The 38-year old accused has continued to work with youth throughout other parts of the province since the alleged offense.


BOAT HARBOUR DREDGE TEST PROMISING, BUT CLEANUP COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE
Tuesday 20th June 2017
Some good news from Boat Harbour. A test project that surfaced some of the pulp mill sediment sitting on the bottom of the wastewater lagoon showed they would not would react with the air and cause a strong smell. Until now, no one was sure how the sediment would react, as it contains many chemicals including zinc, cadmium, mercury and small amounts of dioxins and furans. The cleanup of the area will involve draining the many coves and basins, dredging the sediment and removing an estimated 350,000 cubic metres of contaminated material. After that, a dam separating the lagoon from the Northumberland Strait will be removed and the area will be returned to a tidal estuary and turned over to the Pictou Landing First Nation. The cleanup will begin in earnest in 2020, when Northern Pulp must have a new waste treatment facility. The estimated cost for the cleanup has steadily risen from $52 million in 2015 to $133 million. Northern Pulp general manager Bruce Chapman tells CBC it's likely a new wastewater facility will be built on its property close to the mill. He said a design and costing study is underway right now and will be completed in the next few months.


MISSING NEW GLASGOW TEEN FOUND *UPDATED 8:50 AM*
Tuesday 20th June 2017
A missing 15 year old has been found safe and sound. Calen Lucas MacDonald of New Glasgow had last been seen late Sunday night at the Needs Convenience Store on Marsh Street and East River Road. New Glasgow Regional Police thanks the public for their help.


TRURO TO TALK DEER TONIGHT
Tuesday 20th June 2017
A public information session is being held tonight as the Town of Truro discusses ways to deal with nuisance deer. Options include stronger enforcement of no-feeding bylaws, a contraception program to reduce the deer population over several years, or a potential cull. Tonight's session runs from 5:30 to 7pm in the community room of the Truro Fire Hall.


HEALTH AUTHORITY WILL MEET WITH DESMOND FAMILY
Tuesday 20th June 2017
The provincial health authority has agreed to meet with Lionel Desmond's immediate family next week, almost six months after the former Canadian soldier fatally shot his mother, wife, daughter and himself in a murder-suicide that attracted national attention. One of Desmond's sisters, Chantel, confirmed that the authority has scheduled a June 28 meeting at St. Martha's Hospital in Antigonish, a half-hour drive from Lionel Desmond's home in Upper Big Tracadie. The meeting will be important to the family because it will focus on the authority's confidential review of how the health-care system dealt with Desmond before the killings on or about Jan. 3. Chantel Desmond and her sister Cassandra recently joined a growing list of advocacy groups in calling for a broader fatality inquiry, saying they have yet to receive any useful information from public officials, including the Defence Department, Veterans Affairs Canada and the provincial government. Chantel Desmond has said the family's priority is to have the province's medical examiner, Dr. Matthew Bowes, order a judicial fatality inquiry, though the provincial justice minister also has the power to do so.


FALL RIVER QUARRY GIVEN GREEN LIGHT
Tuesday 20th June 2017
A controversial quarry near Halifax has been given industrial approval by the provincial Environment Department. The Scotian Materials Ltd. aggregate quarry will be about four hectares in size on Perrin Drive near Fall River. Liberal backbencher Bill Horne, who represents the riding of Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank, expressed disappointment with the decision and said in a news release he will work to ensure Scotian Materials is in "full compliance" with the terms and conditions of the approval. The department says its 10-year approval includes requirements for the company to monitor dust, noise, ground and surface water, and there are also limitations on blasting in the area. A community liaison committee must also be struck with representatives from the area. Those opposed have a deadline of July 19 to appeal the approval. Many residents in the area have voiced opposition to the project, which has been the subject of court appeals, since 2011.


TIDAL TURBINE TAKEN FROM MINAS PASSAGE FOR REPAIRS
Tuesday 20th June 2017
The Cape Sharp Tidal turbine has been removed from the Minas Passage for repairs and upgrades. A news release from the company says it took over an hour to raise the turbine before being taken to West Bay for a preliminary inspection. From there, the turbine was to be sent to Saint John for upgrades to its turbine control centre, which the company says turns raw power from the generator into grid-compatible AC power. It also sends operational and environmental sensor data to shore in real-time through a subsea cable. Cape Sharp Tidal says the turbine will be re-deployed to the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) site once the work is complete, and a second turbine will be deployed later this year.


SENATE PLAN TO SPLIT INFRASTRUCTURE BANK FROM BUDGET BILL NARROWLY DEFEATED
Tuesday 20th June 2017
The Senate won't split the Trudeau government's budget bill to hive off the portion dealing with creation of a new infrastructure bank. Senators rejected by the narrowest of margins a motion to split the bill, defeating it on a tie vote of 38-38 late Monday. The motion from independent Senator Andre Pratte would have carved out the infrastructure bank provisions into a separate bill that could be examined at greater length. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau had both urged senators to leave the bill intact and pass it before the summer parliamentary break. And while Trudeau has encouraged senators to behave in a more independent, non-partisan manner, he had also warned that the government expects unelected senators to bow to the will of the elected House of Commons on budget matters. The government maintains the $35-billion infrastructure bank is an integral part of its economic plan to boost the economy and create jobs. The bank is to be launched with $15 billion in direct federal investments and another $20 billion in repayable contributions, loans and loan guarantees. Pratte and other senators have objected to the bank's governance structure, which they fear could allow political interference in the choice of projects that get funded. They've also expressed concern that taxpayers will wind up on the hook for projects that go over-budget or flop.


OTTAWA TO LIMIT PRISONERS' TIME IN SOLITARY
Tuesday 20th June 2017
Ottawa is imposing a cap of 15 days on holding prisoners in solitary confinement, but some say the move is not enough to meet the international bar for human rights. Under a new bill tabled in the House of Commons Monday, Correctional Service Canada will have an 18-month transition period, during which time the cap will be set at 21 days, after it passes in to law. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the bill is part of an overall move by the government to address issues related to inmates with mental illness, the over-representation of Indigenous people behind bars and the overuse of segregation with policy, legal reforms, and budgetary spending. Proposed time limits are subject to safety and security requirements, as well as ensuring reasonable alternatives are available. Calls for tighter restrictions over solitary confinement grew louder after the high-profile inquest into the death of teen prisoner Ashley Smith. Smith died in a segregated prison cell at the Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener, Ontario a decade ago. A coroner's jury ruled that her self-inflicted choking death was a homicide and made 104 recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future. Some critics and prisoners' advocates have demanded a total ban on segregation, calling it cruel and unusual punishment.


SPORTS JUNE 20 *UPDATED 8:10 AM*
Tuesday 20th June 2017
Pictou County Ultimate's summer league starts tonight, and is still welcoming players for registration. Only $30 to play in the 10-week co-ed league, including your jersey, or $40 including an official frisbee. All are welcome, tonight at 6:30 at Parkdale field. 
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Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be offering Summer Rec classes, Gymnastics Day Camps and Preschool Camps.  The Club will be open for registration for all summer programs: Monday 4-9, Thursday 4:30-8-30, Friday 4-8 and Saturday 2-6.  No experience necessary. For more information on times and dates please call 902-695-3699 or search "Pictou County Gymnastics Club" on Facebook.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Kendrys Morales hit a go-ahead single after a tying single by Josh Donaldson in the ninth inning, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 7-6 in a matchup of AL Division Series opponents the past two seasons.
Cleveland 12 Baltimore 0
Kansas City 4 Boston 2
Houston 4 Oakland 1
Seattle 6 Detroit 2
National League
Miami 8 Washington 7
Atlanta 9 San Francisco 0
Pittsburgh 8 Milwaukee 1
Chicago Cubs 3 San Diego 2
L.A. Dodgers 10 N.Y. Mets 6
Interleague
Cincinnati 7 Tampa Bay 3
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David Griffin's run with the Cleveland Cavaliers is over after one championship and three straight trips to the NBA Finals. The general manager and team mutually parted ways on Monday when owner Dan Gilbert said Griffin's contract will not be extended once it expires June 30. Griffin's departure comes on the anniversary of the Cavs' dramatic Game 7 win over Golden State, capping a historic comeback that gave Cleveland its first major professional sports championship since 1964. He's also leaving three days before the draft — the Cavs are currently without a pick — and on the eve of free agency. Cleveland could have a busy summer as it looks to revamp its roster after losing to the Warriors in five games in this year's Finals.
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It isn't written in stone that all new curlers at clubs in Canada have to wear helmets, but Curling Canada is certainly recommending it. Following its annual meeting on the weekend, Curling Canada announced its policy encouraging curling clubs to ask new players to wear a helmet in their house. The groups says its also "strongly" recommending that curlers under 12 wear protective headgear. So far, many clubs have been quick to embrace the the new recommendations, several having already implemented similar policies.


MEN CHARGED AFTER THREATENING TO ATTACK MAN IN CUSTODY
Monday 19th June 2017
Liverpool District RCMP have arrested two men and charged them with multiple offenses after they allegedly attempted to gain access to a third man who had already been arrested in an effort to assault him. A 46-year old man was arrested early Sunday morning as they responded to a complaint in Milton. Before leaving the area, RCMP members were confronted by a 49-year-old man and a 45-year-old man who attempted to gain access to the police car and displayed threatening behaviour towards the arrested man. After arriving at the Liverpool Detachment, RCMP were again confronted by the two men from the original scene. The men made threats of violence towards the male in custody and violence towards police, including threats to drive a vehicle into the detachment to gain access to the prisoner. Both men left the detachment and were arrested later that morning without incident. Both men have been remanded in to custody and were to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court today to answer these charges.


ACCUSED EXTRADITED FROM VENEZUELA APPEARS IN COURT ON MURDER CHARGE
Monday 19th June 2017
A man accused of second degree murder made a brief appearance in a Halifax-area courtroom today after being extradited from Venezuela. Forty-four year old Steven Skinner is charged in the death of 20-year old Stacey Adams in Lake Echo in April, 2011. RCMP had been working with Venezuelan authorities for over a year to have Skinner extradited, and he was finally brought to Halifax on Saturday. After a brief appearance this morning, Skinner was remanded into custody, pending another court appearance in early July.


BAILLIE NAMES PC CRITICS
Monday 19th June 2017
After last week's announcement of the provincial Liberal cabinet, PC Leader Jamie Baillie announced the Official Opposition critic responsibilities. Deputy Leader and Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn is the Critic for the Public Service Commission and African Nova Scotian Affairs. Pictou West's Karla MacFarlane is Justice Critic and Caucus Chair. Tim Houston remains the PC Finance Critic, as well as being critic for the NSLC, Regulatory Affairs, and Service Effectiveness.


NEW GLASGOW TEEN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF METH
Monday 19th June 2017
A teenage girl is facing charges after police seized crystal methamphetamine in New Glasgow. The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit searched a residence on Muir's Lane around 3 Friday afternoon. They say a 16-year-old New Glasgow girl was arrested as a result of the investigation. The youth is facing a charge of possession of a controlled substance, and has been released from custody pending a court appearance. Police say charges are also pending against a man from New Glasgow.


SANDESON GUILTY OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER
Monday 19th June 2017
William Sandeson has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Taylor Samson. Sandeson was charged with the first-degree murder of Samson, a fellow Dalhousie University student whose body has never been found. The 12-member jury handed down the guilty verdict Sunday afternoon – three days after deliberations began. People in the gallery cheered as the jury announced its verdict. The trial heard Samson was last seen alive on video walking into Sandeson's apartment shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 15, 2015. Court heard Samson went to Sandeson's apartment that night to sell him nine kilograms of marijuana for $40,000. First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. Victim impact statements will be filed, and Sandeson will return to court for sentencing on July 11.


TWO CHARGED IN DARTMOUTH HOMICIDE
Monday 19th June 2017
Two people have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a suspicious death in Dartmouth. Halifax Regional Police say they responded to an assault in progress on Hastings Drive around 7:40 p.m. Friday. They say an unresponsive woman was found inside a building, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have since identified the woman as Nadia Gonzales, 35, of Dartmouth, and say her death has been ruled a homicide. A man who was discovered outside a building was taken to hospital with what are believed to be life-threatening injuries. Police say Calvin Maynard Sparks, 23, of Dartmouth and Samanda Rose Ritch, 19, of Halifax are both charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder. Sparks is also charged with breach of probation, while Ritch is charged with breach of recognizance. Three other men were also arrested, but were later released without charges. Police have said they don't believe the incident was a random act. The accused are scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court Monday morning.


FEDS ANNOUNCE BILLS ON INFO ACCESS AND SECURITY - BUT THEY WON'T BE PASSED BEFORE SUMMER BREAK
Monday 19th June 2017
The Trudeau government plans to cap the spring sitting of Parliament with long-awaited legislation on Access to Information and national security — bills unlikely to be debated by MPs in a serious way until the fall. With just days left before MPs are slated to retreat to their ridings for the summer, the bills will — at the very least — signal the government's intention to fulfil key promises. The government had promised an initial wave of changes to the Access to Information Act by the end of winter. The planned amendments included giving the information commissioner the power to order release of government records and ensuring the access law applies to the offices of the prime minister, cabinet members and administrative institutions that support Parliament and the courts. The government has also promised mandatory reviews of the law every five years beginning in 2018. The Access to Information Act allows people who pay $5 to ask for everything from internal federal audits and meeting minutes to correspondence and studies. Departments are supposed to answer within 30 days or provide valid reasons why they need more time. However, the system has been almost universally criticized as slow, out of date and beset by loopholes that allow agencies to cling to information, including files more than half-a-century old. On Tuesday, the government plans to remodel several Conservative anti-terrorism measures and introduce new provisions with a bill from Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. The extensive package of legislation will include more robust oversight of Canada's border agency, and changes to ensure existing security watchdogs can exchange information and collaborate more easily on reviews.


CAR STRIKES PEDESTRIANS OUTSIDE LONDON MOSQUE
Monday 19th June 2017
A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morning, killing one man and injuring 10 other people in what police are investigating as a terrorist incident. Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the car has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution. He will be given a mental health evaluation. The crash occurred at a time when the multiethnic neighbourhood was crowded with Muslims leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after Ramadan prayers. Muslim leaders called it a hate crime and asked the public to stay calm. Police said the driver was detained by the crowd until police arrived. The crash occurred shortly after midnight, when police received reports of a collision between a van and pedestrians. Police said eight of the injured were hospitalized; the other two had minor injuries and were treated at the scene. The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9-11 attacks in the United States, but was shut down and reorganized. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.


SPORTS JUNE 19
Monday 19th June 2017
Dave MacLennan came up just short of winning his 12th Johnny Miles Marathon. The Scotsburn runner recorded a time of 2:53.03 on Sunday, just 27 seconds slower than Yarmouth’s Bryan Hipson. MacLennan told NG News that Hipson passed him somewhere along Stellarton Road and he was unable to catch up, but he had no regrets. Other locals with strong finishes included Dave Hood, who finished fourth and Scott Langille, who was seventh. Here are the winners and top locals from Sunday's events:
MEN'S MARATHON:
1. Brian Hipson (Yarmouth)
2. Dave MacLennan (Scotsburn)
4. Dave Hood (Stellarton)
7. Scott Langille (New Glasgow)
WOMEN'S MARATHON:
1. Nancy Alexander (Timberlea)
HALF MARATHON
1. Donald Rasmusssen (Antigonish)
3. Matt Fraser (New Glasgow)
8. Kevin Tulloch (New Glasgow)
10. Darrell Spears (New Glasgow)
10K CLASSIC
1. James Van De Sande (Antigonish)
9. Mac Murray (Pictou)
11. Allister Mason (New Glasgow)
12. Brian MacDouall (New Glasgow)
5K
1. Raymond Simpson (Pictou County)
2. Joseph McCarron (New Glasgow)
3. Jonah MacEachern (Caribou River)
STUDENT CHALLENGE 5K
1. Maximilian Van Syl (New Glasgow)
2. Ross Bennett (Riverton)
3. Liam Berthiaume (Stellarton)
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The salary cap is going up after all in the National Hockey League. The NHL and NHLPA announced an upper limit of $75 million US for the 2017-18 season — up from $73 million last season. Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning thought the establishment of the cap would help clubs prepare to make moves ahead of Wednesday's expansion draft. Protection lists were submitted to the NHL and NHLPA on Saturday and released to the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday morning. Rosters are frozen for trade until Thursday morning — unless the trade is with the Knights. Vegas has expressed a willingness to deal with clubs that want to keep those players that couldn't be protected. Teams could only safeguard seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender or eight skaters and a goalie. First and second-year pros were exempt. The lower limit for the salary cap will be $55.4 million.
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Baseball
American League

Russell Martin hit a fluky two-run homer to tie the game and Kendrys Morales followed that up with a two-run blast as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied past the Chicago White Sox 7-3.
Tampa Bay 9 Detroit 1
Cleveland 5 Minnesota 2
Seattle 7 Texas 3
Kansas City 7 L.A. Angels 3
Oakland 4 N.Y. Yankees 3
Boston 6 Houston 5
National League
L.A. Dodgers 8 Cincinnati 7
N.Y. Mets 5 Washington 1
Arizona 5 Philadelphia 4 (10 innings)
Atlanta 5 Miami 4
Chicago Cubs 7 Pittsburgh 1
Milwaukee 2 San Diego 1
Colorado 7 San Francisco 5
Interleague
Baltimore 8 St. Louis 5

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Major League Soccer
New York 2 Philadelphia 0


FORMER GERMAN CHANCELLOR HELMUT KOHL DIES AT AGE 87
Friday 16th June 2017
A major newspaper in Germany is reporting that former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl passed away today at the age of 87. Bild is indicating in its online edition that Kohl died this morning in his home in Ludwigshafen, in western Germany. Germany's longest serving post-war chancellor from 1982 to 1998, Kohl oversaw the reunification of the country during his term. He was a driving force behind the introduction of the euro currency, convincing skeptical Germans to give up their cherished deutschemark. An imposing figure who formed a close relationship with then French President Franç​ois Mitterrand in pushing for closer European integration, Kohl had been frail and wheelchair-bound since suffering a bad fall in 2008.


MOCK CRASH AT NRHS TEACHES RESPONSIBILITY TO GRADUATING CLASS
Friday 16th June 2017
An annual event that works to help prepare graduating high school students to make responsible decisions took place today at Northumberland Regional High School. MADD Pictou County helped coordinate a mock crash this morning to bring home the dangers of impaired driving. EHS, RCMP, several volunteer fire crews, and student actors worked together to create the scenario, and make it as realistic as possible.


TWO-LANE BRIDGE OPENS OVER ST. PETERS CANAL
Friday 16th June 2017
For those who regularly drive to Cape Breton, you can save a few minutes on your trip. The one-lane swing bridge that crosses the St. Peters Canal has been replaced with a $16-million, two-lane bridge. The bridge is found on Route 4, the heavily travelled highway between Port Hawkesbury and Sydney. Drivers will still be delayed by 10 or 15 minutes each time the bridge swings open for a boat to travel the canal. That happens about 1,000 times during the boating season. Parks Canada plans a grand opening of the bridge later in the summer.


FUEL PRICES DOWN AGAIN
Friday 16th June 2017
Another big drop at the pumps: regular self-serve gas is down nearly a nickel to $1.02 per litre. Diesel has also gone down, to 94 cents per litre.


MURDER SUSPECT STILL TRYING TO GET LEGAL REPRESENTATION
Friday 16th June 2017
Jason Robert MacKenzie is still looking for a lawyer. The 37 year old New Glasgow man is charged with the second-degree murder of 33-year-old Nicole Campbell, who was found in a New Glasgow apartment Dec. 30, 2015. MacKenzie also faces charges that he allegedly stole prescription medication in a separate incident while armed with a knife. He was expected to be arraigned on charges of second degree murder, robbery and possession of a weapon during an appearance in Pictou Supreme Court yesterday. However, he told Justice Denise Boudreau that Legal Aid was in the process of determining if it would grant him a certificate. If it is granted, he had spoken with a lawyer willing to take his case, but he didn’t have the dates as to when she would be available for trial. MacKenzie was represented by Legal Aid in the past, but just before a preliminary inquiry was set to start in June, he fired his lawyer and requested time to find a new one. Meanwhile, the Crown has chosen to proceed by direct indictment in the case meaning trial dates will be set. MacKenzie will return to Court on July 6 for arraignment.


VETERAN'S FAMILY UPSET WITH LACK OF PROGRESS, DEMAND INQUIRY
Friday 16th June 2017
The twin sisters of a former Canadian soldier who fatally shot his mother, wife, daughter and himself are calling for a fatality inquiry, saying they have yet to receive any useful information from public officials, nearly six months after the tragedy. Cassandra and Chantel Desmond say they have been asking for records and reports to help them understand why Lionel Desmond killed himself and his family in their rural Nova Scotia home in January. While still grieving the four deaths, the sisters are making it clear they are furious about what they say is a lack of disclosure from the RCMP, Veterans Affairs Canada, National Defence and the province's health authority. Chantel Desmond says the family is considering legal action, but she says their priority is to have the province's medical examiner, Dr. Matthew Bowes, call for a judicial fatality inquiry. Bowes has said he is waiting to see a so-called quality review from the Nova Scotia Health Authority, but he has also said he will take into consideration the views of immediate family members.


OTTAWA TO SPEND $2.5 BILLION TO KEEP SUBS IN THE WATER
Friday 16th June 2017
The Trudeau government plans to sink another couple billion dollars into Canada's four wayward submarines to keep them operating into the 2030s. The plan to extend the lives of the troubled vessels is included in the new Liberal defence policy, but not the price tag, which sources tell The Canadian Press will reach upwards of $2.5 billion. The decision to upgrade the submarines follows calls from senior naval officers to save the controversial vessels from the scrap heap. Without the upgrades, the submarines would have to start retiring in 2022. Some have questioned the wisdom of spending more money on the navy's four used submarines, which have been plagued with problems since Canada bought them from Britain in 1998. But the Liberal government has emphasized that the underwater vessels are necessary for protecting Canadian security and sovereignty.


RUSSIA CLAIMS THEY HAVE TAKEN OUT ISIS LEADER
Friday 16th June 2017
Russia claims it killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike on a meeting of IS leaders just outside their de facto capital in Syria. The Russian Defence Ministry said Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a Russian strike in late May along with other senior group commanders. If confirmed, it would mark a major military success for Russia, which has conducted a military campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad since September 2015. The ministry said the air raid on May 28 that targeted an IS meeting held on the southern outskirts of Raqqa in Syria also killed about 30 mid-level militant leaders and about 300 other fighters. The ministry said the strike came as IS leaders gathered to discuss the group’s withdrawal from Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital. The ministry added that it had warned the U.S. of the coming strike.


SPORTS JUNE 16
Friday 16th June 2017
Congratulations to the AG Baillie Bears Girls Softball team. They are the champions of the Pictou County Grammar School Softball Tournament. Great work by the team and their coaches: Stephen Alexander and Jason MacKinnon.
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Thirty Pictou County athletes will be in Antigonish this weekend competing in the Nova Scotia Special Olympics Summer Games. Pictou County will look for personal bests and medal hopefuls in swimming, track, bocce, golf, and  rhythmic gymnastics. This summer's Games are a trial run in preparation  for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games, as Antigonish was selected as the host town.
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As New Glasgow gets ready to host the Johnny Miles Weekend, awards were handed out Thursday night at Glasgow Square. Matt Fraser, Mike Brown and Trevor Redmond received the Danny MacLeod Inspiration Award, while the Glenn Chenell “Big Dog” Hall of Fame welcomed five new inductees: Tom Hahn, Henderson Paris, Jim Lays, and Cheryl & Fred Lays.
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Saturday Soccer is postponed in Stellarton this weekend, so players, parents and volunteer coaches can participate in the Johnny Miles Weekend Running Events. A make-up day will be announced for July.
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The first race of the Season at Riverside Speed World in James River will be on Saturday. The Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 will be held at 6pm, preceded by the Sportsman 75. Local racers Donald Chisholm, George Koszkulics and King Freight Lines – driven by Cassius Clark, will be part of the pack.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Johnathan Drouin. In exchange, the Tampa Bay Lightning get big, mobile Windsor Spitfires defenceman Mikhail Sergachev — and a conditional 2018 draft pick for Drouin and a conditional pick. The deal had been in the works for some time. No sooner had Drouin arrived at a Bell Centre news conference and donned a Canadiens jersey than it was announced the potential restricted free agent had agreed to a six-year contract extension, reportedly worth US$5.5 million per season. The deal allows the Lightning to protect one more player ahead of next Wednesday's expansion draft. Protection lists are due for submission on Saturday.
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MLB
American League

Minnesota 6 Seattle 2
Chicago White Sox 5 Baltimore 2
Detroit 5 Tampa Bay 3
Oakland 8 N.Y. Yankees 7 (10 innings)
Kansas City 7 L.A. Angels 2
National League
Washington 8 N.Y. Mets 3
Milwaukee 6 St. Louis 4
Colorado 10 San Francisco 9
Interleague
Cleveland 12 L.A. Dodgers 5
Philadelphia 1 Boston 0


CAPE BRETON MATH TEACHER CHARGED WITH CHILD LURING
Thursday 15th June 2017
A high school math teacher at Sydney Academy has been out of the classroom all week, and today students were told why. Forty-year old Jason David Pentecost is facing three counts of child luring for offenses alleged to have taken place since late February. Pentecost is not allowed to be within 150 metres of any high school in the province, and not allowed to make any contact with the alleged victims. CTV is reporting that students expressed shock at the allegations.


SANDESON MURDER TRIAL IN THE HANDS OF THE JURY
Thursday 15th June 2017
Deliberations have begun in the first degree murder case against William Sandeson, as the judge wrapped up his final instructions earlier this afternoon. The former Dalhousie medical student is charged in the death of Taylor Samson, a 22-year-old student who also attended Dalhousie. Justice Josh Arnold told jury members their verdict must be unanimous, although they do not have to arrive at a conclusion in the same way. Arnold reminded the jury that Sandeson is presumed to be innocent unless the Crown has proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. He said if jury members are not completely sure of his guilt, they must find him not guilty. During the instructions, Arnold also went over some of the key points of evidence, and some of the key legal definitions involved in arriving at a first-degree murder verdict – such as “planned and deliberate”.


WIND TURBINES TO BE DISCUSSED AT COUNTY COUNCIL
Thursday 15th June 2017
The debate over wind turbines is returning to Pictou County Council at their meeting this coming Monday, as residents express concerns over a lack of regulations over what is refered to as “small wind”. Ward Brubacher of Millsville will be leading a group that will be looking to have similar setbacks in place for “domestic turbines”, those which produce 200 kilowatts, or .2 megawatts, of electricity. Under current rules, turbines of this size must only be set back from a property line by a distance equal to their height. Brubacher says while he is not against wind energy in principle, having these turbines this close to property lines can have an adverse effect on people living nearby. He says he wants County Council to look into changes to the by-laws that would see the setback for these turbines increased. County Council will discuss this in a public meeting this Monday at 7pm.


SUPPLY LEVELS CRITICAL DURING NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR WEEK
Thursday 15th June 2017
National Blood Donor Week is being recognized this week by Canadian Blood Services, however here in Pictou County, the collection clinics will be here next week. And with the clinics coming to the County, Canadian Blood Services says they are reaching a critical level when it comes to supply. Mark Donnison, Vice President of Donor Relations for the CBS, says they are currently short of their goal to reach 150-thousand donations nationwide by Canada Day. Donnison says half of all Canadians will be recipients of blood at some point in their lives, so the need is there for more donors to step up. Clinics will be taking place in Pictou next Monday, and in New Glasgow on Tuesday and Wednesday. To book an appointment, call 1-888-236-6283.


NEW CABINET SWORN IN
Thursday 15th June 2017
Premier Stephen McNeil and the new cabinet were sworn in during a ceremony this morning. Three new cabinet ministers were sworn in, replacing Michel Samson and Joanne Bernard who lost their reelection bids, and Diana Whalen who did not re-offer. Patricia Arab, Iain Rankin, and Derek Mombourquette join the Premier and 13 other previous cabinet members to form the new Executive Council. While many of the faces are the same almost all of the portfolios have been shifted. The full list is below:
Hon. Premier Stephen McNeil
Remains President of the Executive Council
Remains Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Remains Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
Remains Minister of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness
Remains Minister responsible for Military Relations
Adds Minister responsible for Youth.

Hon. Karen Casey (former Minister of Education)
Becomes Deputy Premier
Becomes Minister of Finance and Treasury Board
Retains Chair of the Treasury and Policy Board
Becomes Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp.

Hon. Keith Colwell
Remains Minister of Agriculture
Remains Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Hon. Leo Glavine (former Minister of Health)
Becomes Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Remains Minister of Seniors

Hon. Kelly Regan (Former Minister of Labour and Advanced Education)
Becomes Community Services Minister
Becomes Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Hon. Geoff MacLellan (former Minister of Transportation and Infrastucture Renewal)
Becomes Minister of Business
Becomes Minister of Energy
Becomes Minister of Service Nova Scotia
Becomes Minister of Trade
Becomes Minister Responsible for Tourism Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc., and Innovacorp
Becomes Government House leader

Hon. Zach Churchill (former Minister of Municipal Affairs and Minister of Communications Nova Scotia)
Becomes Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

Hon. Randy Delorey (former Minister of Finance and Treasury Board)
Becomes Minister of Health and Wellness
Remains Minister of Gaelic Affairs

Hon. Tony Ince (former Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage)
Becomes Minister of the Public Service Commission
Remains Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs

Hon. Lena Metlege Diab
Remains Minister of Immigration
Adds Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie

Hon. Labi Kousoulis (former Minister of Internal Services and Minister of Public Service Commission)
Becomes Minister of Labour and Advanced Education

Hon. Mark Furey (Former Minister of Business and Minister of Service Nova Scotia)
Becomes Attorney General and Minister of Justice
Becomes Minister of Labour Relations, a new cabinet responsibility that will focus on contract negotiations and government's relationship with public sector unions

Hon. Lloyd Hines (former Minister of Natural Resources)
Becomes Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Hon. Margaret Miller (former Environment Minister)
Becomes Minister of Natural Resources

New Ministers
Hon. Patricia Arab
Becomes Minister of Internal Services
Becomes Minister of Communications Nova Scotia

Hon. Iain Rankin
Becomes Environment Minister

Hon. Derek Mombourquette
Becomes Minister of Municipal Affairs
Becomes Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office

Premier McNeil also announced that Kevin Murphy, who served as Speaker in the last General Assembly, will be nominated for House Speaker during a special sitting of the House of Assembly on Friday, June 16.


TATMAGOUCHE ER CLOSED ON FRIDAY
Thursday 15th June 2017
There is yet another Emergency Department closure in Tatamagouche this week. The Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC will be closed on Friday from 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811.


STELLARTON HIRES NEW TOWN ENGINEER
Thursday 15th June 2017
Stellarton will soon have a permanent town engineer. Blaine Murray has been the public works director for the Town of Trenton for about two years, and before that worked nearly 10 years for private consulting firms as a civil engineer. Murray will take over July 4 from Bob Funke, the former New Glasgow town engineer who served in Stellarton for three years on a contract basis. Stellarton Mayor Danny MacGillivray tells NG News that the previous council didn’t feel it was appropriate to hire a permanent engineer while there was the possiblity of amalgamation with other towns and the county. That idea was defeated in a plebiscite last May. With the election of the new council in October, it was decided to hire an engineer on a permanent basis.


TRURO CONSIDERING NUISANCE DEER CULL
Thursday 15th June 2017
The Town of Truro is considering an unorthodox approach to deal with its deer population. Town officials say they have become such a nuisance that they are thinking of bringing in hunters to shoot the animals with bow and arrows. Many people in the town have been feeding deer even though it's against local bylaws, and officials say that's encouraging the deer to stick around. Town CAO Mike Dolter said if Truro decides to do a cull, it would be set up with a small number of licenced hunters using bows only. In order to bring the population down, Dolter said the cull would have to be conducted over several years. The town is holding a public meeting next Tuesday at 5:30 at the Truro fire hall to discuss the deer problem.


NO CHARGES IN DEATH OF SENIOR AT CARE FACILITY
Thursday 15th June 2017
The RCMP say the death of a resident at a continuing care facility in Beaver Bank, N.S. has been ruled a homicide, but charges won’t be laid in the case. Police responded to an assault call at The Ivy Meadows home on Oct. 26 after a 79-year-old man was pushed by a female resident. Police say the man sustained a head injury and was found lying on the floor. Gordon Birchell died three days later, on Oct. 29. An autopsy was conducted and the case was handed over to the RCMP’s homicide unit. Police confirmed Wednesday that his death has been ruled a homicide, but no charges will be laid due to the “cognitive impairment of the suspect.”


NEW LT.-GOV. NAMED
Thursday 15th June 2017
Premier Stephen McNeil welcomes the appointment of the Honourable Arthur Joseph LeBlanc as the next lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia. The appointment was announced Wednesday by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Justice LeBlanc has made numerous contributions to the Acadian community throughout his distinguished career. LeBlanc will replace Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant, who has held the position since 2012. No date has been set for the swearing in ceremony.


NS SENATOR SAYS 'WHY NOT CREATE A SEAT FOR MI'KMAQ?'
Thursday 15th June 2017
As the Premier and his new cabinet are sworn in today, a Nova Scotia member of the Senate says the time may be right to re-examine the possibility of creating a Mi'kmaq seat in the provincial legislature. Dan Christmas, who was appointed to Ottawa's Upper Chamber as a non-partisan senator last fall, said he thinks relations between the provincial government and Mik'maq First Nations have improved since the idea was first brought forward in the late 1980s. The Liberal government announced prior to the election that it formed an independent commission to consult Acadians and African Nova Scotians on effective electoral representation and pledged to create a separate electoral boundary commission next January. Christmas believes the process could provide an opportunity if there is support for the idea by the Mi'kmaq. Last month's provincial election saw a bid by Eskasoni First Nation member Trevor Sanipass to become the first Mi'kmaq elected to the legislature. The NDP candidate placed third in the riding of Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank. Sanipass said he hopes his candidacy inspires other members of the Mi'kmaq community to run for political office.


ANOTHER MEMBER OF ABORIGINAL INQUIRY GROUP RESIGNS
Thursday 15th June 2017
One of the higher-profile staff members at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has resigned her post, but has not publicly indicated why. Community Relations Manager Tanya Kappo, who is also one of the founders of Idle No More, announced the resignation through a post on her Facebook page earlier this week. The resignation is effective today. Kappo resigned after the first of the public hearings took place in Whitehorse late last month. Other hearings, which are intended to allow family members of victims to share their stories, have been delayed until fall. This is the third resignation from the inquiry, after Michael Hutchinson left the group in February and Sue Montgomery resigned in May.


NEW UNICEF REPORT PUTS CANADA NEAR BOTTOM OF RICH COUNTRIES FOR CHILDREN'S WELFARE
Thursday 15th June 2017
A UNICEF report says Canada ranks 37th on a list of 41 rich countries when it comes to children having access to enough nutritious food. It says Canada is also near the bottom on child homicide and teen suicide and more than one in five kids live in poverty. The report says most issues related to child well-being showed no improvement or worsened in Canada during the last decade while countries such as Korea, Japan and Slovenia are doing better. UNICEF Canada president David Morley says those countries, and the Nordic nations at the top of the list, have one thing in common, they've invested in early child development. Morley says Canada's tax-free child benefit introduced last year is a positive move, but it's too early to tell what kind of effect it will have. He says it's a myth that Canada is a great country to grow up in and has good air quality because that's been improving in almost all rich countries, except for Canada and Turkey.


LIBERALS TO INTRODUCE A BORDER SECURITY WATCHDOG
Thursday 15th June 2017
The Liberal government plans to introduce wide-ranging national security legislation next week that will include more robust oversight of Canada's border agency. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has consistently said his government has a responsibility to give security agencies the tools they need to keep Canadians safe, while preserving the rights and freedoms people cherish. The extensive set of measures will also follow through on Liberal promises during the last election to deal with "problematic elements" of omnibus security legislation ushered in by the previous Conservative government after a gunman stormed Parliament Hill. The Conservatives created a new offence of promoting the commission of terrorist offences and broadened the government's no-fly list powers.  They also gave the Canadian Security Intelligence Service explicit authority to derail terrorist threats, not just gather information about them. However, many Canadians have expressed concerns that such disruption activities could violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


SPORTS JUNE 15
Thursday 15th June 2017
Thirty Pictou County athletes will be in Antigonish this weekend competing in the Nova Scotia Special Olympics Summer Games. Pictou County will look for personal bests and medal hopefuls in swimming, track, bocce, golf, and  rhythmic gymnastics. This summer's Games are a trial run in preparation  for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada National Summer Games, as Antigonish was selected as the host town.
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Ahead of the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, Glasgow Square is hosting the annual Special Recognition Awards and Glenn "Big Dog" Chenell Hall of Fame inductees tonight at 7.
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The first race of the Season at Riverside Speed World in James River will be on Saturday. The Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 will be held at 6pm, preceded by the Sportsman 75. Local racers Donald Chisholm, George Koszkulics and King Freight Lines – driven by Cassius Clark, will be part of the pack.
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A Pictou County athlete will be representing Canada at the Junior Pan-American Games in Argentina this summer. Maddox Fields of the New Glasgow Karate Club will be competing in the Age 12-13 category this August. He participated in a selection training camp recently, and was announced as a member of the 2017 National Team this past weekend. 
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. will come out of retirement to meet UFC star Conor McGregor in an Aug. 26 boxing match that will feature two of the top fighters in the world. The two fighters announced the bout Wednesday, after months of speculation about whether Mayweather would be lured back to the ring at the age of 40 to face a mixed martial arts fighter who has never had a pro boxing fight. Oddsmakers immediately made Mayweather an 11-1 favourite in a fight that will take place in a boxing ring and be governed by boxing rules. The cost of tickets and the price of the pay-per-view has not been decided, though the pay-per-view is expected to be at or near the $99.95 US charged for Mayweather's 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao that drew a record 4.4 million pay-per-view buys.


TWO INCIDENTS OF MULTIPLE SHOOTINGS ON SAME DAY IN U.S. ***UPDATED 3:20PM***
Wednesday 14th June 2017
For the second time today in the United States, police have responded to shootings that have sent multiple people to hospital. After the incident this morning in Virginia which resulted in five people being hospitalized, including Congress Majority Whip Steve Scalise, police in San Francisco say a shooter at a UPS warehouse and customer service centre killed four people, including himself. UPS has said the shooter was an employee. Reports are now indicating that the shooter in the Alexandria, Virginia incident, identified as James T. Hodgkinson of Illinois was also killed. Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says Hodgkinson was a volunteer on his campaign team, and called the attack “sickening”.


LIGHTHOUSE FROM 1869 DESTROYED BY FIRE
Wednesday 14th June 2017
One of the oldest lighthouses in New Brunswick was destroyed by a fire late last night. The Swift Point Lighthouse, also known as the Green Bay Lighthouse, had collapsed by the time fire crews were able to get to it. The lighthouse, one of six built in 1869 on the St. John River between Fredericton and Saint John, was in a remote location and difficult to reach. Saint John Fire Department Division Chief Mark Wilson says firefighters had to walk through at least two kilometres of woods with their gear before they could begin battling the blaze. The call was received around 10:00p.m last night. Wilson says the cause of the fire is still being investigated.


NEW TRIAL ORDERED FOR MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING GIRLFRIEND
Wednesday 14th June 2017
A man who was found guilty by a jury of second degree murder in the death of his girlfriend will get a new trial after the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruled that the judge erred in the instructions given to the jury. The majority decision of the court was issued this afternoon in the case of Paul Trevor Calnen related to the 2013 death of Reita Louise Jordan. Calnen denied he killed Jordan and told police they'd been fighting at his home in Timberlea the day she died, that she took a swing at him, missed, and fell down a flight of stairs. Calnen said he'd been using crack cocaine, panicked and decided to dispose of her body. He pleaded guilty to two charges of indecently interfering with human remains but maintained he did not murder Jordan.


PICTOU COUNTY LOTTERY WINNER PRESENTED WITH MILLION DOLLAR CHECK
Wednesday 14th June 2017
A Pictou County resident has become an instant millionaire after winning the big prize in the Atlantic 49 draw over the weekend. Martin Pitts of Salt Springs was honoured with a check presentation at the West River Fire Hall. When Pitts was asked what he would do with the money, he replied, “whatever my wife and I want to do.”


CHARGES LAID IN HALIFAX HOME INVASION
Wednesday 14th June 2017
Police say a man injured in a home invasion yesterday morning in Halifax was not the intended target. Halifax Regional Police say they received a call yesterday just before 2:00 a.m. about two men forcing their way into a home. Police say the men had their faces covered and one was armed with a knife. After the men fled the scene, the vehicle they left in was stopped and all four occupants in the vehicle were arrested. Police say the investigation has revealed that the victim and suspects are not known to each other, and the victim was not the intended target. All four men, who range in age from 19 to 31 years old, have been charged with one count each of break and enter, assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. The youngest of the men, Anthony Alfrado Corradini, is facing additional charges of disguise with intent and three counts of breach of probation. All four men remained in custody pending an appearance today in Halifax Provincial Court.


POLICE DEEM SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE NOT TO BE A THREAT
Wednesday 14th June 2017
A package that police had first deemed to be suspicious turned out not be a threat, after officers with the Explosive Disposal Unit concluded their investigation in Halifax this morning. Miller Waste Systems reported the package to Halifax Regional Police shortly before 9:30 a.m. The business was evacuated and streets in the area closed off as a precaution while police attended the scene. Streets in the area have since been re-opened.


BRIDGEWATER POLICE CHIEF RETURNS TO COURT NEXT MONTH ON SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES
Wednesday 14th June 2017
Suspended Bridgewater police chief John Collyer had a lawyer appear on his behalf in provincial court this morning. Collyer is charged with sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation of a 17-year-old girl. The Crown alleges Collyer was in a position of trust or authority towards the girl and used his hand to touch her body in a sexual way. A second sexual exploitation charge alleges Collyer invited or counseled the girl to touch his body sexually. The offences are alleged to have happened between April 1 and July 31 of 2016 in Bridgewater. The case will return to Bridgewater provincial court on July 27. When the charges were announced in early May, Collyer was suspended with pay for 60 days by the Bridgewater Board of Police Commissioners. He'd been on administrative leave since August, when an investigation was launched by the Serious Incident Response Team — the independent provincial police watchdog.


NEW EXHIBIT MARKS 100 YEARS SINCE HALIFAX EXPLOSION
Wednesday 14th June 2017
A new exhibit will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion and reflect on what the disaster meant for those involved in it and for the world today. Award-winning textile artist and author, Laurie Swim, will also unveil a monumental community art project, Hope and Survival: The Halifax Explosion Memorial Quilt. The exhibit will open on Thursday, June 15that the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax. More information can be found here.


COUNTY SIGNS NEW CONTRACT WITH UNION STAFF
Wednesday 14th June 2017
Unionized staff working for the Municipality of the County of Pictou have a new contract. Council approved a contract Monday that covers employees of Local 60 of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union. It will be in effect until March 31, 2021.


BODY OF MISSING SWIMMER FOUND *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Wednesday 14th June 2017
Halifax Regional Police have recovered a body from a lake in Dartmouth. Police say they pulled the body of 20-year-old man from Penhorn Lake at around 9 o'clock this morning. Police were on scene Tuesday night and Wednesday morning after a report of a man going underwater and not resurfacing while swimming. Police say the identity of the victim will not be released.


IMMIGRANT WHO LOST HIS FINGERS TO FROSTBITE WINS REFUGEE BID
Wednesday 14th June 2017
Razak Iyal, a refugee who lost all his fingers to frostbite after walking into Canada on Christmas Eve, has won his bid to stay in Canada. Iyal and his friend, Seidu Mohammed, walked through snowy farmers' fields to get to Manitoba, fearing deportation in the United States, where they had been living. Both men are from Ghana and say they feared for their lives if they were sent back home.  Mohammed, an outed bisexual man, found out in May he had been granted refugee protection and would be allowed to stay in Canada but a verdict in Iyal's refugee case, originally scheduled for March, was put off until Tuesday. Iyal revealed Tuesday he feared death at the hands of his own siblings, who he says are trying to kill him over a dispute regarding his late father's estate. He expressed further concern after Ghanaian media falsely identified him as a gay man for being friends with Mohammed. Iyal and Mohammed's harrowing story of survival attracted international attention and shone a light on the wave of asylum seekers fleeing the United States. Since the story of the two men was published, hundreds of other asylum seekers, including children and parents with babies, have made the treacherous trek on foot through farmers' fields, usually in the dead of night, to cross into Manitoba near the Emerson border.


SENATORS LOOK TO SPLIT PROPOSED INFRASTRUCTURE BANK FROM BUDGET BILL
Wednesday 14th June 2017
In a sign that Independent senators are continuing to assert that independence, some in the Red Chamber are attempting to force the government to split off the infrastructure bank from the budget implementation bill, threatening to delay not only the creation of the bank but the government's budget plans. Independent Quebec Senator André Pratte, one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first Senate appointees, introduced a motion in the upper house Tuesday that would remove the bank from Bill C-44, the budget bill, in order to allow further study in the fall. The proposal, the latest example of the Senate defying the will of the Trudeau government, is strongly opposed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, who has said the bank is integral to ambitious infrastructure spending plans. While the government, and its point man in the Senate, Peter Harder, might be opposed to the move, Pratte said he is comfortable he has enough votes from his fellow Independents, and some Liberal and Conservative senators, to split the bill. Debate on the motion will begin tomorrow. The government could also challenge the motion on the grounds that the Senate does not have the right to alter a spending bill, which could prompt the Speaker to rule on whether Pratte's move is out of order.


AT LEAST SIX DEAD IN MAJOR LONDON APARTMENT TOWER FIRE *UPDATED 8:55 AM*
Wednesday 14th June 2017
Six people have been confirmed dead after a huge fire raged through the night at Grenfell Tower, an apartment highrise in west London, and police expect that number to rise. Firefighters rescued large numbers, but London Mayor Sadiq Khan said a lot of people were unaccounted for. The 24-storey block, which is still on fire, looks at risk of collapsing. Commander Stuart Cundy, of the Metropolitan Police said it was likely to be some time before police could identify the victims, adding that it was too early to speculate on the cause of the fire. More than 70 people have received treatment in hospital. By mid-morning, the building looked to be just smoking ruins but the fire has again taken hold, and cladding is falling to the ground. Prime Minister Theresa May said she is "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life".


SPORTS JUNE 14
Wednesday 14th June 2017
Ahead of the Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend, Glasgow Square is hosting the annual Special Recognition Awards and Glenn "Big Dog" Chenell Hall of Fame inductees tomorrow night at 7.
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A Pictou County athlete will be representing Canada at the Junior Pan-American Games in Argentina this summer. Maddox Fields of the New Glasgow Karate Club will be competing in the Age 12-13 category this August. He participated in a selection training camp recently, and was announced as a member of the 2017 National Team this past weekend. 
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
American League

Tampa Bay rookie Jacob Faria handcuffed the Blue Jays over 6 1/3 innings and the Rays tormented Toronto starter Marco Estrada early en route to an 8-1 victory.
Chicago White Sox 6 Baltimore 1
Minnesota 20 Seattle 7
Texas 4 Houston 2
L.A. Angels 3 N.Y. Yankees 2 (11 innings)
National League
St. Louis 6 Milwaukee 0 (1st game)
Milwaukee 8 St. Louis 5 (2nd game)
Washington 10 Atlanta 5
Pittsburgh 5 Colorado 2
Chicago Cubs 14 N.Y. Mets 3
San Diego 6 Cincinnati 2
Interleague
Miami 8 Oakland 1
Arizona 7 Detroit 6
L.A. Dodgers 7 Cleveland 5
Boston 4 Philadelphia 3 (12 innings)
Kansas City 8 San Francisco 1
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The Golden State Warriors say no decision has been made regarding a potential White House visit to celebrate their NBA title. The Warriors issued a statement Tuesday saying that "today is all about celebrating our championship" and that they have not received an invitation to the White House. The statement added the organization would make those decisions when and if necessary." The team issued the statement following multiple reports that the Warriors had voted unanimously against making a White House trip.


WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING SISTER MAKES COURT APPEARANCE
Tuesday 13th June 2017
A 26-year old woman who stands accused of manslaughter in the drug-related death of her sister was in Bridgewater Provincial Court for a brief appearance this morning. The appearance was to be a bail hearing for Meghan Nowe, however she has yet to find a lawyer, so the hearing was held over. Nowe's 22-year old sister Allison Nowe died of a drug overdose in Bridgewater in late April. The case from the Crown alleges that Meghan Nowe gave Allison methodone, which caused the latter's death. Meghan Nowe will remain in custody until 28 June, when the bail hearing is now expected to take place.


CYCLONE 'COPTERS BACK IN AIR ON LIMITED BASIS
Tuesday 13th June 2017
Cyclone helicopters owned by the Royal Canadian Air Force have been back in the air on a limited basis for almost a month after a software issue kept them grounded for nine weeks. Col. Peter Allan, commander of 12 Wing Shearwater, says the fleet resumed flying on 15 May. They were grounded on 12 March in response to a “severe bump” encountered by the Sikorsky-manufactured helicopters, which resulted in a sudden descent before the problem could self-correct. Allan says the software issue which was the root of the problem will take roughly six months to completely remedy. In the meantime, some limited operations can take place.


POLICE INVESTIGATE GUNSHOTS IN NORTH PRESTON
Tuesday 13th June 2017
RCMP in Halifax are investigating an incident of shots being fired in North Preston early this morning. A man was driving when shots were fired at his vehicle from a second vehicle around 5:00a.m. The man was not injured in the incident, however his vehicle did suffer undisclosed damage. Halifax District RCMP say no arrests have been made, and the investigation is continuing.


RECOVERY MISSION CONTINUES FOR MISSING FISHERMAN
Tuesday 13th June 2017
Police divers have returned to the Mira River today to continue their search for the body of a fisherman who went missing over a week ago. RCMP involvement in the search for the body of Murray Francis Reid was suspended yesterday in order to perform equipment maintenance, although local fire crews continued their efforts. There is still no sign of Reid's body.


POLICE ARREST FOUR IN ALLEGED HOME INVASION
Tuesday 13th June 2017
Halifax Regional Police have arrested four people after an armed home invasion in the early morning hours this morning. Police say they were called to a north end residence just before 2:00a.m. after a call about two men wearing black bandanas using a knife to force their way into the home. The suspects fled the scene before police arrived but the vehicle was spotted and the four people in the car were all taken into custody. Police say the victim was treated and released from hospital for undisclosed injuries. They say they do not believe this to be a random incident.


STELLARTON COUNCIL INCREASES THRESHOLD FOR TAX RELIEF
Tuesday 13th June 2017
A few more families in Stellarton may see a slight reduction in their tax bill after Council passed a motion yesterday to increase the threshold for municipal tax relief. Council voted to increase the net household income threshold from 20-thousand dollars in the previous year to 25-thousand. Those families who qualify will see their municipal tax bill for the year reduced by two hundred dollars. Town Clerk Joyce Eaton says basically every municipality in the province has a similar program in place.


NEW PROVINCIAL CABINET TO BE ANNOUNCED ON THURSDAY
Tuesday 13th June 2017
We will find out who is in Premier Stephen McNeil's new cabinet Thursday morning. That's when McNeil and other cabinet members will be sworn in by Lt.-Gov. J. J. Grant. The ceremony is being held at Pier 21 at 10:30 a.m. There will be a live webcast of the proceedings at novascotia.ca.


FEDS ANNOUNCE NEW CHILD CARE AGREEMENT WITH PROVINCES; WILL PROVIDE AID TO NEEDY FAMILIES FIRST
Tuesday 13th June 2017
Ottawa has announced a new framework to foster "fully inclusive" early education and child care services across the country. Under the agreement, the federal government will send billions of dollars to the provinces and territories to focus on creating new child-care spaces for families with greater needs, meaning families that are low-income, Indigenous, single-parent, living in underserved communities or with children who have disabilities. Funding will be also provided to help parents who work non-standard hours to obtain child care more easily. The plan commits Ottawa to a long-term partnership with provinces and territories, following the Liberals' budget commitment to invest $7.5 billion in child care and early learning over the next 11 years. The government said the plan could create up to 40,000 new spaces across Canada over the next three years. But NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said the funding announced by the Liberals won't be enough to help Canadian families cover the rising costs of child care. And some child care advocates say the government must recognize that the crisis in child care extends far beyond poor and needy families. Quebec, which has its own low-cost child-care program, did not have a minister at the meeting and did not sign the agreement, but will continue to negotiate a separate bilateral agreement with Ottawa. B.C. also did not send a minister due to uncertainty in the wake of the recent election.


PROGRAM FOR RECRUITING DOCTORS STILL LOOKING FOR ENOUGH CANDIDATES
Tuesday 13th June 2017
A long-promised program to bring doctors to underserved parts of the province has been delayed again, and there's no word when it may begin. The program, which would have doctors spend time working in three of four underserved areas during a year, in areas like Digby, Shelburne, Tatamagouche, Pictou and Cape Breton, was first talked about by Health Minister Leo Glavine in the spring of 2016. But with a minimum of four or five doctors required and only two signed on, the plan is on the shelf for the foreseeable future. While health authority officials have said the program would be open to any interested doctor, it believes the best opportunity is in signing newly available residents. The Health Department told CBC News in an e-mailed statement that the government would meet with the health authority and doctors in the coming weeks to discuss how the program will be changed and improved.


DEFENCE MAKES CLOSING ARGUMENT IN SANDESON CASE
Tuesday 13th June 2017
The Crown will begin its closing argument today in the first-degree murder trial of William Sandeson, the Halifax university student accused of killing 22-year-old Taylor Samson in 2015. Monday, defence lawyer Eugene Tan told the jury that his client is not a "criminal mastermind" and that the police and the Crown tried to make evidence fit their theory that Sandeson lured Samson to his south end Halifax apartment with a plan to shoot him and steal 20 pounds of marijuana. Tan concedes there was a "violent incident" at the apartment, but says Sandeson maintains there was someone else there.


CANADA AND US "QUITE FAR APART" ON SOFTWOOD TARIFFS: FREELAND
Tuesday 13th June 2017
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada and the US remain "quite far apart" on negotiating a softwood lumber settlement, suggesting that any hopes for a swift resolution may be dashed. Freeland offered the blunt assessment before meeting members of Quebec's forestry sector, who for nearly two months have been charged duties for shipping softwood south of the border. Her comments come after Raymond Chretien, Quebec's softwood lumber envoy, said earlier this month that he was optimistic the trade dispute could be resolved before NAFTA renegotiations get underway in mid-August. He also warned, however, that the softwood standoff could last for years if an agreement isn't reached prior to those NAFTA talks. There are "good grounds for reasonable parties" to strike a deal, Freeland said, pointing out the U.S. economy's dependence on Canadian lumber because it can't produce enough to satisfy its own needs. In late April, the U.S. set countervailing levies on Canadian softwood lumber producers ranging from three to 24 per cent on allegations that they are unfairly subsidized, accusations that Ottawa and the Canadian industry rejects. A decision on anti-dumping duties is set to be announced next Friday that could add another 10 per cent to those tariffs.


SENATOR'S BILL WOULD RESTRICT POLICE SPYING ON JOURNALISTS
Tuesday 13th June 2017
Federal legislation that could become law by the end of the summer will make it more difficult for police to place journalists under surveillance. The bill, drafted by Conservative Senator Claude Carignan, would effectively bring an end to police using the tactic to identify confidential sources of information that is embarrassing to politicians and other public officials. A public inquiry into the surveillance of journalists by Quebec police is currently underway in Montreal. Carignan's bill would ensure police could only spy on journalists if there was an overriding public interest in identifying their sources, and if they had no other means of discovering that information.


SPORTS JUNE 13
Tuesday 13th June 2017
A Pictou County athlete will be representing Canada at the Junior Pan-American Games in Argentina this summer. Maddox Fields of the New Glasgow Karate Club will be competing in the Age 12-13 category this August. He participated in a selection training camp recently, and was announced as a member of the 2017 National Team this past weekend.
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting a meet and greet and registration session for this year's summer league tonight at 411 Mountain Road at 6:30pm; more details at Pictou County Ultimate's facebook page.
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The MacDonald Cup is back with two events this year. The Par 3 Golf Tournament is Saturday, July 15 at Eagles Chance Golf Course. Entry is $40 per person, and includes clubs, golf balls, 18 holes, a steak dinner and admission to the Whitetail Pub fundraiser, which begins at 4 p.m. Entertainment: John Spyder Macdonald, Derek & Jesse and special guests. The MacDonald Cup at Glen Lovat is Sunday, July 16. The Entry is $100 per player, and includes 18 holes of golf(best ball format), carts and steak dinner. All funds raised in support of the Aberdeen Pallitiave Care. For registration and more information contact tournament co-ordinator Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com or Mike MacNaughton at macnaughtonmike27@gmail.com or call Mike at (902) 396-1483. You can also visit the 2017 MacDonald Cup Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
LeBron James scored 41 points and Kyrie Irving added 26 but the Cleveland Cavaliers could never dig out of a hole created by a second-quarter barrage in a 129-120 loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors won their second NBA title in 3 years.
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MLB
American League

Chicago White Sox 10 Baltimore 7
Seattle 14 Minnesota 3
Texas 6 Houston 1
N.Y. Yankees 5 L.A. Angels 3
National League
Atlanta 11 Washington 10
Pittsburgh 7 Colorado 2
N.Y. Mets 6 Chicago Cubs 1
San Diego 9 Cincinnati 3
Interleague
Boston 6 Philadelphia 5 (11 innings)


LIBERAL VICTORY CONFIRMED IN CHESTER-ST. MARGARET'S
Monday 12th June 2017
The news that Nova Scotians received in the early morning hours of 1 June of a small majority for the Liberals has been confirmed after the last of three recounts was held today, confirming another slim Liberal victory. The end result in the riding of Chester-St. Margaret's saw Liberal Hugh MacKay win by 91 votes, instead of 90 as initially reported. NDP candidate Denise Peterson-Rafuse saw one less vote in her total in the recount conducted by Justice James Chipman. This means that when the legislature reconvenes in the fall, the Liberals will hold a majority with 27 of the 51 seats, ahead of the Progressive Conservatives in the Official Opposition with 17 seats, and the NDP remaining in third party status with seven seats.


BURN RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE
Monday 12th June 2017
With the pleasant weather Nova Scotia has been experiencing the last few days, there is an impact on the potential risk for wildfires. As a result, the Department of Natural Resources has released its latest burning restrictions map this afternoon, showing the entire province as being in a restricted burn scenario. This means all domestic brush burning and campfires must take place only between the hours of 7pm and 8am the following morning. An updated status will be released tomorrow.


POSSIBLE BREAK ON POWER BILLS WHILE MUSKRAT FALLS IN DELAYS
Monday 12th June 2017
The ongoing delays with the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project, and the Maritime Link, could see customers of Nova Scotia Power getting a small break on their bills. Emera Inc., the parent company of NS Power, has responded to concerns over unfair charges to customers by having another subsidiary, Nova Scotia Power Maritime Link Inc. (NSPML), amend an application before the Utility and Review Board seeking less recovery from customers. The hearings are set to begin today, and just ahead of the session, NSPML proposed to defer recovery of $51 million per year in depreciation costs in 2018 and 2019 until its partner, Nalcor Energy, begins to deliver hydroelectricity from the Muskrat Falls project in 2020. The company has indicated that customers would see a one-time credit on bills in March/April of 2018 and 2019.


COVFEFE BECOMES A POTENTIAL PIECE OF LEGISLATION
Monday 12th June 2017
A member of Congress has planted his tongue firmly into his cheek, while at the same time introducing a bill that could have real significance on how history will be recorded. Representative Mike Quigley has introduced the COVFEFE Act which would amend the Presidential Records Act to include social media posts. Quigley titled the potential legislation The Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement  in part to prove the point that President Donald Trump's tweets from his personal account should be archived in the same manner as the official @POTUS account. Quigley's legislation would also ensure that deleted tweets are kept. The Democratic congressman from Illinois described Trump's use of his personal Twitter account as a means of official communication as unprecedented. He says since he uses social media to make public policy statements, they must be documented and preserved for future reference.


WALK THE WALK FOR AUTISM RAISES 75-THOUSAND DOLLARS
Monday 12th June 2017
GR Saunders School in Stellarton was the site of the sixth annual Walk the Walk for Autism in Pictou County on Saturday, and it turned out to be another huge success. Autism Pictou County raised 75-thousand dollars at this year's event, which will all go directly into programming and support for children, youth, and adults on the autism spectrum. This brings the six year total for the event over 250-thousand, which walk organizer Colin Wood called an incredible and gratifying milestone. Over 600 people participated in the walk in Stellarton, which is a new record for the event. Autism Pictou County was also the most successful chapter in all of Nova Scotia, raising more money than any of the other eight walks.


BLUENOSE II SCHEDULE ONLINE
Monday 12th June 2017
The Bluenose II sailing schedule has been released, including public harbour cruises and the popular Deckhand for a Day program. The season began in Lunenburg on June 10 and the vessel is headed to Massachusetts today to take part in Sail Boston. Upon her return, Bluenose II will spend Canada Day in Nova Scotia before sailing to Quebec City to represent the province in Canada 150 celebrations. She will return home and spend the remainder of the sailing season visiting Nova Scotia ports. As part of the province's Canada 150 celebrations, Bluenose II will lead the Tall Ships Parade of Sail during the Halifax Tall Ships event and visit ports from Digby to Sydney until Sept. 30. Click here for the full 2017 schedule.


DO YOU HAVE A MILLION DOLLAR TICKET?
Monday 12th June 2017
A million dollar lottery ticket was sold in Pictou County. Atlantic Lottery says a ticket for Saturday night's Atlantic 49 draw matched all six digits and is worth $1 million. The unofficial winning numbers are 04-19-20-21-32-38. Details on the winner will be released as soon as they come forward to claim their prize.


DARTMOUTH MOTORCYCLIST IN SERIOUS CRASH
Monday 12th June 2017
A 27-year-old man from Dartmouth is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a motorcycle crash Sunday evening. Halifax Regional Police say he was one of two drivers on sport bikes going north in Windmill Road last night at about 8 o'clock. They say the man lost control through a turn, struck a fire hydrant and sheered it off. Investigators say they believe speed was a factor. Police now want to speak to the other driver, who did not stay with the badly injured man. They believe he stopped, briefly, to look at the scene before driving away.


CLOSING ARGUMENTS TODAY IN SANDESON TRIAL
Monday 12th June 2017
Court is expected to hear closing arguments today in the first-degree murder trial of a Halifax medical student. William Sandeson is accused of killing 22-year-old Dalhousie University student Taylor Samson, whose body has never been found. The defence wrapped up its case last week, and a lawyer representing Sandeson says his client remains ``confident'' after weeks of testimony. The judge is expected to instruct the jury tomorrow.


DEFENCE MINISTER IN HFX TO SPEAK ON DEFENCE PLAN
Monday 12th June 2017
The federal defence minister will speak about Canada's new defence policy in Halifax on Monday. Harjit Sajjan is expected to appear at the Halifax Dockyard to highlight investments in the Royal Canadian Navy. Sajjan has been holding events across the country to promote the Liberals' proposed increase in defence spending. The plan includes an extra 62 billion dollars for the military over the next two decades. 


MORE SAILORS IN TRANSATLANTIC RACE RESCUED OFF NEWFOUNDLAND
Monday 12th June 2017
Canadian military aircraft were sent Sunday to help another sailor who ran into trouble during a transatlantic race on the weekend. Two aircraft were sent to rescue the sailor off the southeast coast of Newfoundland. The lone crew member of a sailboat was hoisted into a Cormorant helicopter and flown to St. John's. At least four sailboats ran into trouble in the mid Atlantic on Friday and Saturday, and crews on board three of the boats had to be rescued. The vessels were sailing in a race from Plymouth, England to Newport, Rhode Island when they encountered stormy waters and had to call for help. The Royal Western Yacht Club of England, which organized the race, said 13 boats had dropped out as of Sunday evening. The remaining eight boats continue to cruise ahead, organizers said, and a vessel is expected to cross the finish line by the middle of the week. Race director John Lewis said he believes the worst of the swells has passed, but competitors should brace themselves for strong winds as the abnormally intense weather system tracks across the Atlantic.


GOVERNOR GENERAL TO HONOUR SERVICE & HEROISM OF MARITIMERS
Monday 12th June 2017
Governor General David Johnston is in Moncton today for a ceremony to recognize the courage, professional valour and voluntary service of dozens of maritimers. Among the honourees are citizens who ran headlong in to danger to rescue people from fires, drowning, frozen waters, oncoming traffic and suicide. The late Anne Michelle Curtis, who died in 2015 while saving a group of children from a riptide off Dunvegan, Nova Scotia, will be awarded a medal of bravery to be accepted by her husband. Liam Bernard will receive a star of courage for rescuing two passengers trapped inside a burning truck near Milford on Cape Breton last September. Constables Stephanie Pelley and Charley Torres of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary will be honoured for saving a woman at risk of drowning in the crashing surf off Flat Rock. Corporal Patrick Button of Oromoncto, New Brunswick, is to receive a medal for military merit in his response to the October 2014 shootings at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Others will be awarded medals for dedicated volunteer service in their communities and beyond, recognizing efforts spanning from weekly bingo games to rescue missions in Haiti.


CANADA'S DRUG COSTS AMONG THE HIGHEST IN THE WORLD: STUDY
Monday 12th June 2017
A new study finds that Canada had the second-highest medication costs for common conditions such as high blood pressure and cholesterol in 2015 compared to nine other affluent countries with universal health-care systems. Lead author Steven Morgan, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s Public School of Health, said the analysis looked at the volume and daily cost of drugs in Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia. The study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, analyzed data involving medications to treat six conditions — high blood pressure, high cholesterol, depression, diabetes, pain, and gastrointestinal issues such as ulcers. Annual expenditures per capita ranged from $23 in New Zealand to $171 in Switzerland. In Canada, the cost was $158. Canada was the only country in the study that lacked universal coverage of outpatient prescription medications as part of its hospital and medical care. Morgan said the prices paid in Canada for generic drugs are among the highest in the world and lower volumes of purchases compared to other countries is oftentimes a factor.


SPORTS JUNE 12
Monday 12th June 2017
The New Glasgow Atom C Bombers have a special treat today. Olympic Gold Medallist Tessa Bonhomme, and McDonald’s New Glasgow Owner Operator, Larry Swenson, are hosting a ball hockey game and team party to celebrate the Bombers' win of the atoMc Hockey Golden Moments contest. The team will have their ball hockey game at the Trenton Sports Centre at 5 tonight, followed by a team meal at the East River Road McD's.
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There will definitely be a Crushers feel with one of the teams in the Nova Scotia Major Bantam League this season - besides the team based out of Pictou County. The ACA Rangers, who play out of Berwick, have named their coaching staff for the upcoming season, and two of the men behind the bench played their junior hockey in Pictou County. Ryan Fortune, who played for the Crushers from 2008-11, and captained the 2010-11 team, is the Head Coach and GM of the squad. One of Fortune's assistants on the bench will be Trent MacDonald, who was a Crusher from 2006-11, and one of Fortune's assistant captains in 2010-11.
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The MHL conducted its 2017 Entry Draft in Miramichi, New Brunswick on Saturday. The Pictou County Weeks Crushers made their first selection at pick number 24, the final one of the second round. They used it to select defenseman Aiden Hickey of the Halifax Macs. In 38 regular season games, Hickey, a native of Bedford, recorded 32 points. He also added a pair of assists in five playoff games during what was his final season of midget hockey. In total, the Crushers picked up eight players to add to their 45 player protected list.
Jaden Mason (Territorial Pick) - Forward - Weeks Major Midgets (NSMMHL)
Mason Hawley (Territorial Pick) - Forward - Weeks Major Midgets (NSMMHL)
Aiden Hickey (Rd 2, 24 overall) - Defense - Halifax MacDonalds (NSMMHL)
Matthew Normore (Rd 3, 36 overall) - Goalie - Rothesay Netherwood Varsity U18 (HS)
Isaac Chapman (Rd 5, 60 overall) - Forward - Valley Wildcats (NSMMHL)
Brayden Ryan (Rd 6, 69 overall) - Forward - Western Kings (NLMMHL)
Andrew MacLeod (Rd 8, 93 overall) - Goalie - Weeks Major Midgets (NSMMHL)
Chad Wilson (Rd 8, 96 overall) - Forward - Millwood (HS)
The Crushers also made a few trades on draft day, the most significant being the trading of Drew Packman to Valley for Donovan Rehill. Future draft picks and future considerations were also moved in the deal. Other trades saw the team trade players off of their protected list who had not played any games as Crushers.
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Maritime Hockey League President Brian Whitehead says he's pleased with the board's decision to retain the MHL's Showcase Event for another year. The two-day event will feature all 12 teams participating in two games each. The games will be based on two, 25-minute periods and will count towards the regular season standings. No word yet on where or when the event will take place. The league also announced it will once again take part in the Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge. The Ontario Junior A Hockey League is hosting in November, but the host city has yet to be determined. Next year's AGM and Entry Draft weekend will be hosted by the Valley Wildcats.
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting a meet and greet and registration session for this year's summer league on Tuesday, June 13 at 411 Mountain Road at 6:30pm; more details at Pictou County Ultimate's Facebook page.
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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$75,000 RAISED AT PICTOU COUNTY WALK THE WALK FOR AUTISM ON SATURDAY
Sunday 11th June 2017
The 6th annual Walk the Walk for Autism was held yesterday in Stellarton raising an incredible $75,000 for Autism Pictou County. Money from this event, goes directly toward programming and support for local children, youth, and adults on the Autism spectrum, as well as their families. In a facebook post, The Walk Committee in Stellarton sent along a special thanks to all of the families who were so active in supporting and promoting the event this year, as well as the many sponsors who made this great success possible. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Autism Pictou County.


ALL 5 SAILORS RESCUED OFF COAST OF NEWFOUNDLAND
Sunday 11th June 2017
Five people aboard three sailing boats that were stranded after running into hurricane-force winds during a transatlantic race on Friday have been rescued. The sailboats encountered stormy weather early Friday morning about 1,600 kilometres off Newfoundland. Crews were facing seas swelling 15 metres high and winds up to 130 kilometres an hour. Despite the storm and damage to the boats, no one was hurt beyond cuts and bruises. An oil and gas supply ship, a tugboat and the U.K. ocean liner Queen Mary 2 all helped with the rescue, which was organized out of Halifax.


MILLION DOLLAR LOTTERY TICKET SOLD IN PICTOU COUNTY
Sunday 11th June 2017
If you purchased a ticket for this weekend's Atlantic lottery, you may want to check your numbers. A ticket sold in Pictou County for Saturday night's Atlantic 49 matched all six digits and is worth $1 million. The unofficial winning numbers are 04-19-20-21-32-38. Atlantic Lottery says details on the winner will be released as soon as they come forward to collect their prize.


THUNDERSTORMS KNOCK OUT POWER WITH LIGHTNING STRIKES, WHILE WINDS PUT A TEMPORARY DELAY IN FRIDAY FERRY SERVICE
Saturday 10th June 2017
Friday night's thunderstorms that danced across mainland Nova Scotia produced some driving issues for motorists and the strong winds that preceded most of that thunder and lightning held up the Ferries for a couple of hours between Wood Islands, PEI and Caribou. But the Ferries are back to normal this morning.(Saturday)
For householders, the issue overnight was power outages with Nova Scotia Power crews working on more than 55 small outages across the province. The largest of those local power outages had clean-up crews working in the Chance Harbour, Abercrombie and Scotsburn-West Branch Areas on Saturday morning.


FRIDAY NIGHT'S RAIN AND WIND LEAVES MORE THAN 55 POWER OUTAGES IN THE PROVINCE (UPDATED SATURDAY MORNING)
Saturday 10th June 2017
Nova Scotia Power crews have been busy over the past 12 hour or so, as the cold front that ushered in this weekend's sunny weather produced thunder, lightning strikes and high winds that played havoc with the provincial power grid overnight Friday.
The largest localized power issues Saturday morning were in the Chance Harbour, Abercombie and Scotsburn-West Branch areas.
In addition, the Ferries between Wood Islands and Caribou had to be delayed for a couple of hours Friday afternoon, but the boats to PEI are now back to normal.


SHIP BETSEY CELEBRATIONS THIS WEEKEND IN LYON'S BROOK
Saturday 10th June 2017
There's a big event happening in Lyon's Brook this weekend with the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Ship Betsey’s arrival. Events include the unveiling of a new kiosk behind the Lyons Brook Community Hall that tells the story of The Betsey, the community and businesses in the area. Others activities include a pancake breakfast, a special luncheon and genealogy sessions with people who are descendants of the Betsey pioneers. A variety concert will take place this evening featuring local talent as well as a church service tomorrow morning focusing on the Betsey. The Betsey left Philadelphia on May 4, 1767, and arrived in Pictou Harbour on June 10, 1767, but its passengers didn’t actually make it to shore until June 11th. Seven families were on board, including the Harris and Patterson families, who later played a significant role in the establishment of the Town of Pictou. Schedule of events: Saturday, June 10: 8 a.m-10 a.m.: Community pancake breakfast at Lyons Brook hall 10 a.m.-noon: Traditional craft demonstrations at Lyons Brook hall 1-3p.m.: Betsey genealogy – Lyons Brook hall 3 p.m.: Official ribbon cutting ceremony for the kiosk-behind the Lyon's Brook Hall 3:45 p.m.: Community barbecue at Lyons Brook hall 7 p.m.: Variety concert featuring Dave Gunning, John Sypder Macdonald, Karen and Cheryl Corbin, etc Sunday, June 11 11 a.m,: Betsey 250 Commemorative Church Service, Lyons Brook United Church Noon: Anniversary Cake, Lyons Brook hall 2 p.m.: Guest lecture by Bruce MacLean at the McCulloch House Museum and Genealogy Centre. Topic is “It started with the Betsey.” More information can be found on the Facebook page: Betsey 250 Celebrations


ANOTHER CASE OF STUNTING IN PICTOU COUNTY
Friday 9th June 2017
Yet another case of a person driving at a dangerous rate of speed through Pictou County on Highway 104. RCMP today released information about a 29-year old man driving through French River on Wednesday afternoon this week at a speed of 164 kilometres per hour. The man, whose name was not released, had his license suspended for 7 days, had his SUV impounded, and is facing a fine of over 24-hundred dollars. Police once again remind the motoring public that speed is one of the major causes of serious injury and fatal collisions on our roads. Road Safety is a priority for the RCMP, and drivers are reminded to make it their priority as well. If you see someone driving unsafely on our roads, report it by calling RCMP at 800 803 RCMP (7267) or 911.


NOVA SCOTIA SAILOR HONOURED BY FRANCE FOR SERVICE IN WAR
Friday 9th June 2017
A Nova Scotia man is receiving France's highest honour for his wartime service more than seven decades ago. Fred Turnbull was 19 when he was a gunner in a Royal Canadian Navy flotilla that transported thousands of soldiers to the beaches in designated landing areas during the Second World War. It was a dangerous job with little protection from enemy snipers, aircraft and minefields. Turnbull also served in France in 1944 and is being given the Legion of Honour at a service at CFB Halifax for his work in helping liberate the country during the war.


POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN HALIFAX STABBING
Friday 9th June 2017
Halifax Regional Police are searching for a suspect in a stabbing that occurred on Barrington Street late Thursday night. Police say a person fled the scene before they arrived after they were called with a report of a man being stabbed. Upon their arrival, they found the 21-year old victim suffering from serious injuries to his upper body, and transported him to the QEII Health Sciences Centre for treatment. Police say the General Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are continuing the investigation and attempting to locate the suspect.


RECOUNTS COMPLETED - CONFIRMS LIBERAL VICTORIES ***UPDATED***
Friday 9th June 2017
They have finished counting in the two judicial recounts today into the results of the election for the Nova Scotia Legislature that took place 30 May. The Liberal candidate who won Waverley-Fall River-Beaver Bank, Bill Horne, has been confirmed as the winner over Dan McNaughton of the Progressive Conservatives. The only change was the margin of victory, which dropped from 66 to 65, after one ballot originally counted for Horne was rejected. The recount in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie confirmed the victory for Liberal Lloyd Hines over Rob Wolf of the PC Party, and the margin of victory of 71 votes remained unchanged. A third recount, initiated by the NDP in Chester-St. Margaret's where Denise Peterson-Rafuse lost by 90 votes to Liberal Hugh MacKay, will take place on Monday. With these results, even if the seat to be contested on Monday changes to the NDP, the Liberals will maintain a majority in the Legislature.


LOCAL BUSINESS IN RUNNING FOR PROVINCIAL AWARD
Friday 9th June 2017
Global Courseware Inc., New Glasgow is one of eleven Nova Scotia companies that will be honoured for their success in exporting at the 33rd annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards on Wednesday, June 14th. The companies have already been recognized by their regional chambers of commerce and one will be named the 2017 Exporter of the Year during the event at Pier 21 in Halifax. The awards luncheon is from noon to 2 p.m. Four free business workshops, open to the public, are also available starting at 8:30 a.m.


FILL 'ER UP! PUMP PRICES DOWN
Friday 9th June 2017
A big dip in fuel prices this week: regular self-serve gas is down more than three and a half cents to $1.068 per litre, while diesel went down four and a half cents to 96.3 cents per litre.


STELLARTON MARKS DAVIS DAY ON SUNDAY
Friday 9th June 2017
On Sunday, people will gather in Stellarton to remember coal miners who died in major accidents in the community’s mines, and mines around the province. This Sunday's events will be especially important, as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Westray Mining Disaster. William Davis Miners’ Memorial Day, an annual day of remembrance, is observed on June 11. The day originated in memory of Davis, a coal miner killed during a protest near New Waterford in Cape Breton in 1925. This year's service begins at 1 p.m., at the Miners’ Monument on Foord Street. A reception will follow the service at Christ Anglican Church on Bridge Avenue, known as the Miners’ Church.


LITTLE DYKE RESIDENTS URGE REJECTION OF PROPOSED GRAVEL PIT
Friday 9th June 2017
Worried residents in West Colchester’s Little Dyke say the provincial Environment Department appears incapable of dealing with the submission by Irving-owned OSCO for a more than 75-acre gravel pit near their homes. OSCO plans to extract more than 1-million tons of sand and gravel in a mega-pit that would be central to both roads leading to Little Dyke Lake.  But residents say the plan should be immediately rejected by the Environment Department. They’ve compiled 15 pages of evidence detailing their precise reasons for that demand. Homeowners say OSCO’s method for keeping tabs on the water table are flawed, and could result in Little Dyke Lake being completely drained. The property owners say whoever the Premier names as his new Environment Minister cannot possibly take the OSCO plan seriously, with their consultant saying the project’s registration document is “riddled with holes.”


MEDICAL EXAMINER SAYS HE COULD CALL INQUIRY IN LIONEL DESMOND CASE
Friday 9th June 2017
The province's medical examiner says he'll consider ordering a public inquiry into the death of a former Canadian soldier who fatally shot his family if a provincial review of the man's mental health treatment doesn't lead to changes. Dr. Matthew Bowes had decided against ordering a judicial inquiry into the death of Lionel Desmond, a 33-year-old veteran of the war in Afghanistan who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. But Bowes clarified Thursday that if he concludes a hospital review of Desmond's treatment was incomplete, he'd consider using his rarely exercised power to call for a judicial inquiry under the province's Fatality Inquiries Act. Bowes said he hasn't contacted the families, but would take their views into consideration if he does speak to them. Following the deaths, Premier Stephen McNeil said the province's health authority will review what services were provided and what protocols were followed. However, that review is kept confidential, though next of kin are eligible to receive a list of recommendations.


REPORT SHOWS COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEMS IN EARLY DAYS OF FORT MAC FIRE
Friday 9th June 2017
A report into the Fort McMurray wildfire cites critical communications breakdowns as the fire swept into the municipality and forced thousands to flee. Independent consultants that produced the report for the province noted that in the early days of the fire in May 2016, the two crews battling the blazes were operating through different command centres. Communication broke down when one crew chief realized the fire would enter Fort McMurray, but failed to inform crews in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The municipality had to learn from social media that the fire was entering the community. Municipal Affairs Minister Shaye Anderson says the province has already begun working to ensure a unified communications structure for future disasters. The fire damaged thousands of homes and force more than 80,000 residents to seek safe ground.


CONSERVATIVES LOSE MAJORITY IN BRITISH ELECTION; CALLS FOR PM MAY TO RESIGN
Friday 9th June 2017
Britain's Conservatives have lost their majority in a snap general election. With just a handful of seats left to declare, Thursday's poll shows big gains for the opposition Labour Party. This is seen as a humiliation for Prime Minister Theresa May, who chose to call the election to try to strengthen her hand in talks with the EU on Brexit. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged her to resign, but she said her party would "ensure" stability in the UK. EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger told German radio he was unsure Brexit talks could start later this month as scheduled. He said discussions with a weak UK negotiating partner could lead to a poor outcome. Final election results are expected by Friday lunchtime. Over 45 million people were eligible to vote.


SPORTS JUNE 9
Friday 9th June 2017
As part of Pictou County Bike Week, all are invited to join in a pair of bike rides. On Friday at 6pm, meet at Glasgow Square for a ride to Trenton Park where you can feed the ducks, before returning via the same route. 10K total. The Braeshore Ride is on Saturday, meeting at the RCMP parking lot in Pictou at 10 am, riding out to Caribou Beach via Braeshore, before returning via Bayview Road.  A scenic ride on quiet roads, 16 km total.
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1.
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The Subway Stingers will be holding their final registration on Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm upstairs at the field clubhouse. Registration form and additional information can be found on the Stingers website in the document section. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/ 
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Try-outs for the male and female 18 and under Nova Scotia provincial junior ultimate frisbee teams are this Sunday from 10am-noon at the Northumberland Regional High School field in Alma. All high school Ultimate players are encouraged to attend for the chance to attend Nationals this summer. Email ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com for more information.
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Sidney Crosby set up three goals as Pittsburgh stomped Nashville 6-0 in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final. Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel were among the six different goal-scorers for the Penguins, who are now one win away from becoming the first repeat Cup winner in almost 20 years.
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MLB
American League

L.A. Angels 11 Detroit 4
N.Y. Yankees 9 Boston 1
Tampa Bay 7 Chicago White Sox 5
Houston 6 Kansas City 1
Minnesota 2 Seattle 1
National League
Cincinnati 5 St. Louis 2
San Francisco 9 Milwaukee 5 (10 innings)
Arizona 15 San Diego 3
Miami 7 Pittsburgh 1
Atlanta 3 Philadelphia 1
Colorado 4 Chicago Cubs 1
Interleague
Washington 6 Baltimore 1


MAN INJURED IN FALL AFTER BEING TASED - SIRT TO INVESTIGATE
Thursday 8th June 2017
An incident which required Lunenburg District RCMP to use a Conducted Energy Weapon, more commonly known as a Taser, is under investigation by the Serious Incident Response Team. On Saturday, RCMP were called to a home in Pleasantville where a man armed with a knife was threatening to harm himself. Two officers attended the scene, and police say that the man was physically and verbally abusive to them, requiring them to use the CEW as they took him into custody. In a follow-up conversation with police on Monday, the man indicated that he injured his arm as he fell after receiving the jolt. Since an injury was reported, police had turned the incident over to SIRT for further investigation.


POLICE SAY BODY OF MISSING ANTIGONISH MAN FOUND
Thursday 8th June 2017
The body of a 23-year old Antigonish-area man reported missing in February has been found. Antigonish RCMP received a report on the morning of 18 February that the vehicle of Craig Joseph Perry was found abandoned on a road in Monastery. After some investigation, police learned that Perry had last been seen leaving a residence in Linwood in the early hours of that morning. An extensive but unsuccessful search was launched in the area, with a K9 unit, ground search and rescue, an underwater dive team, and a Department of Natural Resources helicopter assisting the RCMP. Police say a family member found Perry’s body near East Tracadie Road earlier this week. A cause of death has not been released, but police say foul play is not suspected.


LOCAL ARTS GROUP HOLDING LAUNCH MEETING TONIGHT
Thursday 8th June 2017
A local non-profit arts organization is holding an information session and launch event tonight. Creative Pictou County is introducing their new website as well as inviting people to join the organization. Chair Troy Greencorn tells NG News that tonight's event is not only an introduction of sorts, but also an opportunity to have representatives from the province, including deputy minister Tracey Taweel of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, speak about the Culture Action Plan, which outlines government priorities over the next few years as it relates to the creative sector. Greencorn says one of the needs identified during community consultations for Creative Pictou County a few years ago was more information about funding and opportunities, adding that tonight's presentations are part of that. In addition, there will be details announced tonight on an educational initiative soon to be offered in Pictou County in partnership with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. The event begins at 6pm at Glasgow Square.


ER CLOSURE IN TATAMAGOUCHE
Thursday 8th June 2017
The ER in Tatamagouche is closed again today. The Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC is closed until 8pm due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care.


NO TIMELINE FOR DECISION ON TIRE-BURNING PLAN AT BROOKFIELD CEMENT PLANT
Thursday 8th June 2017
The deadline for judgment on a proposal to burn tires at a Brookfield cement plant has passed with no indication when the province will make a decision. The proposal by Lafarge Canada was to be ruled on by the end of May, but the provincial election seems to have changed that plan. Lafarge's proposal is to burn about 20 tonnes of locally sourced tires per day in its kiln rather than coal as part of a yearlong pilot project to reduce greenhouse emissions. The project would include a research component in partnership with Dalhousie University. Neighbours of the plant are concerned that if the kiln doesn't burn at a consistently hot temperature, it could release toxic chemicals into the air, such as dioxins and furans. Mark Butler, policy director at the Ecology Action Centre, said the province already has an effective recycling program for tires which creates jobs. Butler says it seems better to recycle tires than burn them.


DARTMOUTH TEEN'S DEATH RULED A HOMICIDE ***UPDATE***
Thursday 8th June 2017
Earlier today, Halifax Regional Police confirmed that the death of a teen earlier this week has been ruled a homicide. Now, volunteer crews are assisting police in the search for clues into the death of an 18-year old Halifax woman in Dartmouth earlier this week. Chelsie Probert was found wounded on a footpath between Albro Lake Road and Farrell Street in Dartmouth late Tuesday evening. She was taken to hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Police have had the area blocked off since Tuesday night, and today volunteers are assisting, under police supervision, in the search for clues. Police plan to end this phase of the search early this evening. They hope to remove the police tape and leave the area later today. Police ask that anyone with information about the homicide call them at 902-490-5020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


FISHING COMPANY FINED OVER $40K AFTER WORKPLACE ACCIDENT
Thursday 8th June 2017
Yarmouth Sea Products has been fined $41,500 for an accident that injured a crewman on one of its fishing boats a couple of years ago.  It will also have to hold seminars on workplace safety. The company pleaded guilty to Occupational Health and Safety violations after 43 year old Clayton Joudrey was hit in the head when a cable snapped aboard the scallop fishing boat Compass Rose II.  Joudrey had only been working for the company for a little over two weeks when it happened.  He suffered a broken neck, fractured skull and fractured eye socket.


FISHING BOATS STRANDED IN ARCTIC ICE
Thursday 8th June 2017
Dense Arctic pack ice has trapped multiple vessels and triggered a high-stakes rescue operation from a sinking ship off Newfoundland. Five fishermen were rescued on Wednesday from the Avalon Princess fishing boat, which started to take on water after getting caught in heavy sea ice near La Scie. Trevor Hodgson, the Canadian Coast Guard's superintendent of ice operations for the Atlantic region, says the heavy ice is more than two metres thick in some areas off Newfoundland's northeast coast. He says ice conditions are so bad, the Coast Guard has been unable to free trapped vessels with its icebreaker Amundsen.


DEFENCE SPENDING TO INCREASE OVER NEXT DECADE
Thursday 8th June 2017
Canada will increase defence spending by $13.9 billion over the next decade. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says the money will be used to put another 5,000 troops in uniform and add new modern capabilities, such as letting the military conduct cyberattacks and to buy armed drones for unmanned airstrikes. It will also go towards offsetting the skyrocketing financial — and political — cost of buying new warships and fighter jets. The government will also commit a large amount of money to better support Canada’s military personnel, particularly the ill and injured, as well as family members, Sajjan said. While some of the money will start flowing right away, the long-awaited defence policy document shows the taps aren’t expected to open all the way until after the next election. Officials say the delay is necessary to make sure money is available for when it’s needed. But the delay in major new funding is expected to raise concerns among those who wanted to see immediate spending increases as a hedge against future cost-cutting efforts aimed at fighting the deficit. The plan also comes as Canada and other NATO allies have faced pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to dramatically increase defence spending to reach two per cent of GDP. Canada currently spends about one per cent of GDP on defence, which puts it at the back of the pack among NATO members.


FORMER FBI HEAD COMEY TO TESTIFY TODAY
Thursday 8th June 2017
Ex-FBI chief James Comey will tell Congress that President Donald Trump wanted a "patronage relationship" and asked for his "loyalty". According to his opening statement, Comey will also testify the president asked him to drop an inquiry into fired National Security Adviser Mike Flynn. He says Trump called the Russian probe "a cloud" over him. Comey also says he had told Trump three times he was not under scrutiny, confirming the president's account. Two national security officials, NSA Director Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, earlier testified to senators that they never felt pressured by the White House to do anything illegal. But in Thursday's Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Comey will detail how Trump made him uncomfortable during a series of encounters leading up to the FBI director's firing on 9 May. It is one of several congressional panels that, along with the Justice Department, is investigating US intelligence assessments that Russian hackers meddled in last November's presidential election in an effort to help Trump beat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.


BRITONS GO TO THE POLLS
Thursday 8th June 2017
Voting in the UK general election is under way at more than 40,000 polling stations across the country. The counting will begin after the polls close at 10pm. Overall turnout in 2015, when the Conservatives won 331 out of 650 seats, was 66.4%, up from 2010. Police have increased security at polling stations, including patrols by armed officers in some areas, following the recent terror attacks. A handful of seats are expected to be declared by midnight, with the final results expected Friday afternoon.


SPORTS JUNE 8
Thursday 8th June 2017
As part of Pictou County Bike Week, all are invited to join in a pair of bike rides. On Friday at 6pm, meet at Glasgow Square for a ride to Trenton Park where you can feed the ducks, before returning via the same route. 10K total. The Braeshore Ride is on Saturday, meeting at the RCMP parking lot in Pictou at 10 am, riding out to Caribou Beach via Braeshore, before returning via Bayview Road.  A scenic ride on quiet roads, 16 km total.
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Coaching applications are now available for female hockey in the Fundy Highland zone which includes Antigonish, Colchester and Pictou counties. Anyone interested in coaching female teams in all female leagues at both the A and AA level are asked to contact Fundy Highland coaching coordinator for an application. The email is heightonlesley@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2017.
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The Subway Stingers will be holding their final registration on Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm upstairs at the field clubhouse. Registration form and additional information can be found on the Stingers website in the document section. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/ 
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
Kevin Durant made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 45 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 lead in the NBA Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113.
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MLB
American League

Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th inning against his former club, Justin Smoak also homered in the inning for his second long ball of the day, and the Toronto Blue Jays avoided a sweep by beating the Oakland Athletics 7-5.
N.Y. Yankees 8 Boston 0
Detroit 4 L.A. Angels 0
Tampa Bay 3 Chicago White Sox 1
Kansas City 7 Houston 5
Seattle 6 Minnesota 5
National League
L.A. Dodgers 2 Washington 1
Cincinnati 6 St. Louis 4
Atlanta 14 Philadelphia 1
Miami 6 Chicago Cubs 5
Milwaukee 6 San Francisco 3
Arizona 7 San Diego 4
Interleague
Colorado 8 Cleveland 1
Baltimore 9 Pittsburgh 6 (11 innings)
N.Y. Mets 4 Texas 3
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FRENCH OPEN
For the first time in history, a Canadian woman has won a title at a Grand Slam tennis event. Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa partnered with Rohan Bopanna of India to win the Mixed Doubles at the French Open this morning 2-6, 6-2, 12-10 over Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Robert Farah of Columbia.


DANGEROUS OFFENDER STATUS UPHELD FOR MAN CONVICTED OF SEX ASSAULTS
Wednesday 7th June 2017
A 47-year old man convicted of sexual assaults against young women has lost his appeal of a court ruling that labelled him a dangerous offender. The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal denied the appeal of Lloyd Eugene Bailey, who was asking to have a June 2014 decision overturned. Bailey has been in a wheelchair since a car crash when he was 20-years old, but has still been able to commit multiple offenses. His latest convictions resulted from a 2008 incident where he lured a woman into a hotel room under the pretext of doing a photo shoot for her modeling swimsuits. He then drugged the victim, choked her with a shoelace and sexually assaulted her. Bailey already had previous convictions for assaulting two other victims in two separate incidents, one involving a 12-year-old girl. The dangerous offender designation means his prison sentence is indefinite.


CALGARY POLICE BELIEVE FUGITIVE IS IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Wednesday 7th June 2017
The Calgary Police Service says a 28-year old man who skipped out on his probation in that city may now be in New Brunswick. William Kincade-Miller was not in his home when police went to check that he was complying with a probation curfew on the night of 25 March. They say that they have not seen him since, however they have reason to believe he may be in New Brunswick or Ontario. Kincade-Miller is wanted for the probation breach along with various weapons offences. Police believe he is travelling with a boxer dog. Kincade-Miller is described as a Caucasian man with blue eyes and short brown hair. He is six feet tall with a slim build. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.


PLANE FLIPS ONTO SIDE, PILOT UNINJURED
Wednesday 7th June 2017
A pilot in Woodstock, New Brunswick was not injured when he crashed a First World War Nieuport replica airplane, flipping it onto its side today. Woodstock Chief Administrative Officer, Ken Harding, told the CBC that the pilot lost directional control during the takeoff, and the plane ended up on the grass along the edge of the pavement. Harding went on to say that the ultra-light aircraft suffered moderate damage. The runway will be closed for the remainder of the day, as the plane will have to stay in place until Transport Canada officials arrive and determine whether an investigation is required.


MAN CHARGED AFTER DRIVING WRONG WAY ON HIGHWAY
Wednesday 7th June 2017
A 36-year old Wycocomagh man was arrested last weekend after he was caught driving west in the eastbound lanes of Highway 125 in Point Edward. Todd Malcolm Charles Miller is facing a multitude of charges, including taking the vehicle without permission, and theft under five-thousand dollars for driving away from a fuel pump in Sydney River without paying. Police say it is very fortunate that there were no injuries during the incidents. Miller was appeared in court yesterday and was released on a number of conditions.


GRADE FOUR STUDENTS GET TO CAMP FOR FREE THIS SUMMER
Wednesday 7th June 2017
The Department of Natural Resources is giving every Grade 4 student in the province two free nights in one of Nova Scotia's 20 provincial camping parks. The Grade 4s Outdoors program also gives the students a nature passport to encourage exploration of parks or other natural space. The program exposes young people to the benefits of camping in provincial parks. There will also be a Learn2Camp weekend in July to teach the essentials of camping. Details are on the Nova Scotia parks website.


OFFICIALS LOOK FOR PATIENT MISSING FROM HOSPITAL
Wednesday 7th June 2017
Officials with the Nova Scotia Health Authority are asking for help from the public in finding a missing 42-year old patient. An NSHA spokesperson says Mark Jason Murray was last seen Saturday in a Dartmouth hospital, but would not disclose which hospital. Health officials say the risk to Murray’s well-being increases the longer he is away from treatment. Murray is described as a Caucasian man who is about five-foot-ten inches tall and weighs 171 pounds. He has short light brown-grey hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue shorts, a blue shirt, a maroon jacket, and white sneakers. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police.


SEARCH STILL ON FOR MISSING CAPE BRETON FISHERMAN
Wednesday 7th June 2017
Police, firefighters, and the Department of National Defense are working together as they continue to search for a missing man in his late 50's who fell out of his fishing boat on Monday evening. The man, whose name is being withheld from publication, is from Albert Bridge in Cape Breton, not far from the Mira River, from where police say he disappeared. A DND helicopter from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre was added to the search resources this morning, after police divers, ground search and rescue crews, and water rescue teams were unable to locate him yesterday.


STELLARTON'S WATER SLIDE ONLY AVAILABLE AT HOMECOMING THIS SUMMER
Wednesday 7th June 2017
A weekly summer activity in Stellarton will be a special one-off this year. Town council voted on Monday that the waterslide at the Albion Ball Field will only be offered during Stellarton Homecoming celebrations. Amoung the reasons given by town Recreation Director Paul Corbin for the change are the work in setting up and tearing down the waterslide, the amount of water used, and the fact that there is a splash pad in the town square where children can cool off.


NB EXPERIENCES AFTERSHOCK OF DECADES-OLD QUAKE
Wednesday 7th June 2017
A remote part of northern New Brunswick was shaken by a mild earthquake in the exact location that served as the epicentre of the province's largest recorded earthquake 35 years ago.  The quake that happened in late May was an aftershock, said Karl Butler, a professor of geology at the University of New Brunswick. There were no reports from locals, or any recorded damage, from the magnitude 3.0 quake, which took place in the Island Lake area, a remote part of the province between Plaster Rock and Miramichi.  Butler says it occurred in the exact same location as the magnitude 5.7 quake in January 1982. He says it's not uncommon to have aftershocks continue decades after a large earthquake.


NEW FOREIGN POLICY A SHIFT TOWARDS "HARD POWER": FREELAND
Wednesday 7th June 2017
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s new foreign policy will involve spending billions on “hard power” military capability because the country can’t rely on an American ally that has turned inward. In a major foreign policy speech in the House of Commons, Freeland didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, but made an unabashed pitch for the international rules-based order that the U.S. president’s America First policy is attacking. The speech was meant to foreshadow the release of Wednesday’s defence policy review, when Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan is expected to make the case for billions in new military spending. Her emphasis on hard military power is a tougher expression of the country’s international interests than Canadians are used to hearing. In the 1990s, her Liberal predecessor, Lloyd Axworthy championed a “soft power” agenda that focused on protecting civilians in armed conflict at a time when the government of the day was cutting defence spending. The speech affirmed Canada’s support for multilateralism and rules-based international systems, human rights, gender equality, fighting climate change and spreading economic benefits more widely.


VETERANS AFFAIRS MUM ON LIONEL DESMOND CASE
Wednesday 7th June 2017
Veterans Affairs Canada is not saying what specific steps were taken after the murder-suicide of former Canadian soldier Lionel Desmond and his family. A department spokesman says suicide reviews are systematically carried out. But he says due to client privacy and confidentiality, the department cannot comment on any specific veteran's care. The comments from Veterans Affairs come a day after the province's medical examiner recommended against conducting a fatality inquiry in the high-profile case. The Department of National Defence said earlier this week it will not be investigating what happened, saying it has no authority ``to investigate the lives of retired members.'' Desmond was discharged from the military in July 2015 after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Family members have said the retired corporal did not receive the help he needed when he returned to his home in northern Nova Scotia.


OTTAWA SAYS ROADSIDE DRUG SCREENING TRIAL SUCCESSFUL, THOUGH THE COLD COULD BE AN ISSUE
Wednesday 7th June 2017
Ottawa says its testing of roadside saliva drug screening devices were a success despite lingering issues over how accurate the test results are in cold weather. A report released by Public Safety Canada examined the results of 1,141 saliva samples collected by police officers across the country between December 2016 and March 2017. Officers who used the devices reported them as "very easy" to use 62 per cent of the time, with another 29 per cent saying there were "easy" and only two per cent saying they found the devices difficult to use. For the purpose of the trial, police used the Securetec DrugRead and the Alere DDS-2 testing devices. A key objective of the trial was to see if the devices would work in the deep cold of a Canadian winter. The devices were also tested in rainy and sunny conditions ranging in temperature from –50 degrees to 26 degrees. The report notes that 65 per cent of tests were administered outside of the manufacturer's suggested temperature operating range. The results showed that while the devices worked, they were "more likely to produce drug-positive result" in the cold. The report notes that 80 per cent of all positive results were recorded when people were tested outside the temperature range recommended by the manufacturer, and calls for more research. The most common drugs found were marijuana at 61 per cent, followed by methamphetamines and amphetamines at 23 per cent each, cocaine  at 14 per cent, opiates at nine per cent and benzodiazepines at three per cent.


SPORTS JUNE 7
Wednesday 7th June 2017
As part of Pictou County Bike Week, all are invited to join in a pair of bike rides. On Friday at 6pm, meet at Glasgow Square for a ride to Trenton Park where you can feed the ducks, before returning via the same route. 10K total. The Braeshore Ride is on Saturday, meeting at the RCMP parking lot in Pictou at 10 am, riding out to Caribou Beach via Braeshore, before returning via Bayview Road.  A scenic ride on quiet roads, 16 km total.
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The Subway Stingers will be holding their final registration on Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm upstairs at the field clubhouse. Registration form and additional information can be found on the Stingers website in the document section. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/ 
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets are available now through the deCoste Centre.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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MLB
Jesse Hahn allowed an unearned run over six innings in his return from the disabled list, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1.


MAN SHOT BY PARIS POLICE AFTER ATTACKING OFFICER WITH HAMMER
Tuesday 6th June 2017
French Police are reporting that a man has been shot by police outside the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris after he attacked an officer with a hammer. Local media in Paris are reporting that the suspect was wounded in the chest while the officer has minor injuries. Officials say this is a "terrorist incident". Tourists fled for cover as the attack occurred. Hundreds of people were at the cathedral at the time. France remains in a state of emergency since attacks in Paris left 130 people dead in 2015. Police are describing the current situation as “under control”.


FORMER WESTVILLE DOCTOR NEW PRESIDENT OF DOCTORS NOVA SCOTIA
Tuesday 6th June 2017
A family physician who used to practice in Westville is the new President of Doctors Nova Scotia. Dr. Manoj Vohra was installed to the position over the weekend at the association's annual conference. Dr. Vohra worked in Pictou County in the early 2000's, including holding leadership positions at the Aberdeen Hospital, such as president and vice-president of medical staff and head of family practice. Between leaving Pictou County and the present he spent time in Ontario, then returned to work in Truro before moving to his current practice in Kennetcook. The association also chose the president-elect, Dr. Tim Holland, who practices family medicine in Indian Brook and Halifax, and emergency medicine in Truro, who will take over the presidency in 2018-19.


THREE RECOUNTS SOUGHT IN PROVINCIAL ELECTION
Tuesday 6th June 2017
Three defeated candidates in the provincial election have filed for a judicial recount. In the riding of Chester-St. Margaret's, New Democrat Denise Peterson-Rafuse lost by 90 votes to Liberal Hugh MacKay when votes from the last poll were counted. Progressive Conservative candidate Dan McNaughton was defeated by Liberal Bill Horne in Waverley-Fall River-Beaverbank by 66 votes. In Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, PC candidate Rob Wolf is also seeking a recount after losing by 71 votes to Liberal cabinet minister Lloyd Hines. Both the PCs and NDP said no dates have been set for the recounts. Meanwhile, longtime Liberal Cape Breton-Richmond MLA Michel Samson, who lost by the narrowest margin on election night, has chosen not to seek a recount. Samson represented the eastern Cape Breton riding since 1998 and was the longest continuously serving MLA in the legislature. Alana Paon of the PCs defeated Samson by just 21 votes.


FORMER SOLDIER DEMANDS INQUIRY INTO LIONEL DESMOND CASE
Tuesday 6th June 2017
A former Canadian soldier is furious that there'll be no fatality inquiry into the death of Lionel Desmond, an Afghan war veteran who committed suicide after killing his wife, mother and young daughter earlier this year. Gregory Swiatkowski, a former member of the Royal Canadian Navy, says other veterans who have struggled with PTSD want to know more about what happened in Desmond's case. Autopsy records have been provided to the family's nearest relatives. However, the medical examiner has decided not to conduct an investigation under the province's Fatality Investigations Act. National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada haven't committed to investigating the treatment Desmond received before and after his release from the military in July 2015. A spokeswoman for the provincial Health Authority says a review of Desmond's treatment will not be released to the public because it's a confidential process.


TRUDEAU REJECTS QUEBEC'S OFFER TO GET "BOGGED DOWN" IN CONSTITUTIONAL TALKS
Tuesday 6th June 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada faces a lot of challenges that won’t get addressed if the country gets “bogged down” in another round of constitutional haggling. The prime minister was expanding on his blunt rejection last week of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s plan to eventually secure recognition of his province’s distinctiveness in the Constitution. Trudeau’s father, Pierre, patriated the Constitution in 1982 over the objections of Quebec’s then-separatist government. Since then, successive Quebec premiers have reiterated their province’s conditions for formally signing onto the Constitution: recognition of Quebec as a distinct society or nation, limits on the federal spending power, guaranteed Quebec representation on the Supreme Court, increased provincial control over immigration and a veto over future constitutional changes — the same five conditions Couillard is asking for now. Efforts to remedy the province’s so-called exclusion from the Constitution in the Meech Lake and Charlottetown accords failed, exposing deep divisions in the country and triggering a national unity crisis that led to Quebecers coming within a hair of voting to separate from Canada in the 1995 referendum.


SAFETY PLANS IN PLACE FOR CANADA DAY: GOODALE
Tuesday 6th June 2017
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale is assuring Canadians that municipal, provincial and R-C-M-P officers from across the country will be involved in executing a plan to ensure Canadians are kept safe on July 1st. He says the threat to the country is constantly being examined and reassessed. He adds there is no known information that would prompt Canadian security officials to change the threat level from medium, where it has been since October 2014. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, however, says no amount of preparation can guarantee absolute safety on Canada's 150th birthday.


NEW SEARCH UNDERWAY IN LONDON ATTACK INVESTIGATION
Tuesday 6th June 2017
A new search is underway in a neighbourhood near the home of two of the London Bridge attackers, hours after police said they had freed everyone detained in the wake of the rampage that left seven dead and dozens wounded. The attack, the third in Britain in three months, has raised questions over the government's ability to protect Britain following cuts to police numbers in recent years. The issue has become a key one in the run-up to Thursday's general election. Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the snap election in hopes of strengthening her mandate for discussions over Britain's exit from the European Union, has come under fire for the cuts to police numbers over recent years. A string of opinion polls over the past couple of weeks have pointed to a narrowing in the gap between her Conservative Party and the main opposition Labour Party. London police said all 12 people held since the attack late Saturday from the Barking neighborhood in the east of the city, have been freed. A new search was underway in Ilford, just north of Barking, as authorities tried to determine whether the group had accomplices. One of the attackers, Khuram Shazad Butt, was known to investigators but police said he was not believed to be plotting an attack. The second man, Rachid Redouane, had not aroused any suspicions. Police have not released the identity of the third. A minute's silence is due to be observed in Britain at 11 a.m. local time in memory of the seven people who died during the attack late Saturday.


SPORTS JUNE 6
Tuesday 6th June 2017
Three members of the Weeks Major Midgets have been selected in the QMJHL draft held in Saint John this past weekend. Hunter Martin from Millbrook was taken in the 7th round by the Sherbrooke Phoenix, while Jaden Mason from Stellarton went to the Moncton Wildcats in the 8th round. Gavin Hart of Truro was a 12th round selection for the Halifax Mooseheads. 
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Maritime Hockey League teams announced their territorial selections yesterday, ahead of the draft this weekend in Miramichi. And for Jaden Mason, it was more good news. Just days after being selected by the Moncton Wildcats in the QMJHL draft, Mason was named as one of two territorial selections for the Pictou County Weeks Crushers. The Crushers also took Mason Hawley of Egerton.
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Pictou County Ultimate is holding registration tonight for their co-ed summer league that runs from mid-June to mid-August. Come by Parkdale field this evening at 6:30 to play in a pick-up game and sign up for the summer session. Check out Pictou County Ultimate on Facebook for more information. 
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Registration for Pictou County Athletics Track and Field program (ages 13+), Trailblazers Track and Field program (ages 10-12) and the Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel program (ages 5-9) on Tuesday from 9am-6pm at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field. 
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As part of Pictou County Bike Week, all are invited to join in a pair of bike rides. On Friday at 6pm, meet at Glasgow Square for a ride to Trenton Park where you can feed the ducks, before returning via the same route. 10K total. The Braeshore Ride is on Saturday, meeting at the RCMP parking lot in Pictou at 10 am, riding out to Caribou Beach via Braeshore, before returning via Bayview Road.  A scenic ride on quiet roads, 16 km total.
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The Subway Stingers will be holding their final registration on Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm upstairs at the field clubhouse. Registration form and additional information can be found on the Stingers website in the document section. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/ 
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Pekka Rinne was spectacular, Frederick Gaudreau scored a tiebreaking goal early in the second period and the Nashville Predators handed Pittsburgh a 4-1 loss to even the Stanley Cup final at two games apiece.

The Wayne Gretzky-led 1984-85 Edmonton Oilers have been chosen by fans as the greatest NHL team of all time. The league said in a statement that more than 3.6 million votes for the greatest team cast were over a six-week period beginning at the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs as part of the NHL's centennial celebration. The NHL's 96 Cup winners since the League's inaugural season in 1917-18 competed in head-to-head voting. The 1984-85 Oilers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in the Stanley Cup final to win their second straight championship. Along with Gretzky, the team's roster was stacked with Hall of Famers including Mark Messier, Jari Kurri, Paul Coffey and Grant Fuhr. The other teams in the top 10 were the 1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins, 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens, 1987-88 Oilers, 1986-87 Oilers, 1997-98 Detroit Red Wings, 1982-83 New York Islanders, 1977-78 Canadiens, 1983-84 Oilers and 2001-02 Detroit Red Wings.
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MLB
American League

Ryon Healy homered twice to drive in a career-high five runs, single-handedly backing Sean Manaea's fourth straight winning start as the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3.
Houston 7 Kansas City 3
National League
Cincinnati 4 St. Louis 2
Philadelphia 11 Atlanta 4
San Francisco 7 Milwaukee 2
Chicago Cubs 3 Miami 1
Washington 4 L.A. Dodgers 2


SAMSON DECLINES JUDICIAL RECOUNT
Monday 5th June 2017
Michel Samson has indicated he will not be asking for a judicial recount of the polls for Cape Breton-Richmond in last week's provincial election. The release from the Liberal Party this afternoon says that Samson has met with his campaign team, and they supported his decision not to ask for the recount. Samson had served as MLA for Cape Breton-Richmond for 19 years before being defeated by just 21 votes. In his statement, Samson went on to congratulate new MLA Alana Poan of the Progressive Conservatives on her victory.


CROWN RESTS IN SANDESON MURDER TRIAL
Monday 5th June 2017
The jury has seen the Crown close its case against William Sandeson in his first-degree murder trial related to the death of fellow Dalhousie University student Taylor Samson. The jury was excused for much of last week to allow for lawyers to hold legal arguments, the contents of which are currently subject to a publication ban. The jury heard details about three exhibits, including two agreed statements of facts. The defense is expected to begin its case as the afternoon continues.


GROCERY STORE DESTROYED BY FIRE
Monday 5th June 2017
The only grocery store in a small New Brunswick town was destroyed by a fire this morning. The fire at the Foodland in Minto started just before 7am, and by 90 minutes later was fully engulfed. Five fire departments responded to the blaze, and had the fire under control by noon. EMO officials say there were no injuries in the blaze, however they remain concerned about the possibility of smoke inhalation of those nearby. Over 30 people were employed at the store. There is no word at this time as to the cause of the fire.


PAQTNKEK FIRST NATION MAY REGAIN ACCESS TO LAND
Monday 5th June 2017
A vote next month will determine whether a First Nation near Antigonish gains access to reserve land that's sat unused for decades. The construction of the Trans-Canada Highway in the mid-60s split the Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation in half, isolating about 200 hectares on the south side. But a recent agreement between Paqtnkek and the federal and provincial governments could change that. The three parties have agreed to an estimated $15.3 million interchange project that band council hopes paves the way for a new era of economic growth. Band members will vote on July 13 to determine whether the Department of Transportation can begin work this fall. The vote requires a "double majority," which means 207 of the band's 413 registered members must cast a ballot, and 104 must vote yes for the project to proceed. If a double majority is reached, work could begin as early as the fall. It's expected to take about two and half years to build the overpass, connector roads, off-ramps and bridges.


POLICE INVESTIGATE THEFT OF ATV
Monday 5th June 2017
Colchester District RCMP are looking for help from the public in solving a theft of a side-by-side all terrain vehicle taken from a property last month. Police say the black and yellow 2013 Can Am 'Maverick 1000' was stolen from a property on Crowes Mills Road sometime between May 12 and 15. Colchester District RCMP is investigating this matter and is asking anyone with information about it to call them at 902 893 6820, or 1 800 803 RCMP (7267). Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


SMALL AIRPLANE CRASHES DURING TAKEOFF - NO INJURIES
Monday 5th June 2017
A small recreational airplane crashed during takeoff this afternoon at the South Shore Regional Airport in Queens County. RCMP say the pilot, who was alone in the aircraft was not injured in the incident. RCMP and firefighters from Greenfield and nearby Liverpool responded to the incident. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined.


NO INQUIRY INTO LIONEL DESMOND CASE, SAYS MEDICAL EXAMINER
Monday 5th June 2017
The province's medical examiner has ruled out conducting a fatality inquiry into a murder suicide involving Lionel Desmond, an Afghan war vet who killed his wife, mother and young daughter before taking his life in the family's rural home earlier this year. Autopsy records have since been handed to the family's nearest relatives, but medical examiner Dr. Matt Bowes has decided not to conduct an investigation under the Fatality Investigations Act. No reasons were given for the decision. Shanna Desmond's aunt Catherine Hartling has renewed her call for some sort of public inquiry, saying other family members want the same thing but are still too distraught to speak out. Hartling said it's a particularly difficult time for the Desmond side of the family because they are preparing for a burial service on June 24 for Lionel and his mother. Desmond served in Afghanistan in 2007, and had received treatment from a joint personnel support unit in New Brunswick for a year prior to his release from the military. Neither National Defence nor Veterans Affairs Canada have committed to investigating the treatment Desmond received before and after his release from the military in July 2015.


THOUSANDS RAISED FOR LOCAL CHARITIES
Monday 5th June 2017
The people of Pictou County dug deep in their pockets as several charities held big fundraisers this weekend. The Relay for Life, held Saturday at the Glasgow Square, raised $61,417 to fight cancer. In addition, $6,600 was raised by the Radio for Relay. The Gutsy Walk at Carmichael Park raised over $12,000 for Chron's and Colitis Canada. In Westville, the ALS Walk Strong for Pictou County raised $6,400. And many Pictou County residents donated to the annual IWK Telethon, which across Atlantic Canada raised $6.46 million.


NDP LEADERSHIP HOPEFUL SUING TO RUN
Monday 5th June 2017
A federal New Democrat is calling on the courts to order the party to let him run in its contest to replace Tom Mulcair as leader. In his application to Ontario Superior Court slated to be heard on Tuesday, Brian Graff accuses the party of violating its own rules when it repeatedly disallowed his candidacy. The party, however, maintains it would be "extraordinary and unprecedented" for the court to decide whether Graff would be suitable entrant and wants the application tossed. Graff, who ran unsuccessfully for a Toronto council seat in 2014, was a Liberal activist for most of his adult life. However, he says he became disillusioned with the Liberals after Justin Trudeau came to office in 2015. He joined the New Democrats in August last year. Graff maintains the party relied on "vague and highly subjective" factors in barring him from the race, which he first tried to enter in October. Those factors include whether a candidate's actions, beliefs or attitude could hurt the NDP's reputation. The party initially rejected Graff late last year without saying why. Among other things, internal NDP emails filed with the court note Graff's "history of litigious behaviour" and previous criticism of the NDP.


BRITISH POLICE SAY THEY KNOW WHO THE LONDON ATTACKERS ARE *UPDATED 10:45 AM*
Monday 5th June 2017
Police investigating Saturday night's terror attack in London say they know the identity of the three attackers who killed seven people and injured 48. The Met Police said their names would be released "as soon as operationally possible" as officers work to establish if they were part of a wider network. It comes as police have searched more addresses in east London. Eleven people are being held after police raids on Sunday. The three attackers were shot dead by police after driving into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbing people in Borough Market. NHS England said 36 people are still in hospital, 18 in critical condition.


TRUMP LOOKING FOR MAJOR U.S. INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT
Monday 5th June 2017
President Donald Trump is launching a major push for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation’s roads and bridges, a key item on his agenda that’s been stymied in Congress and overshadowed by White House controversies. Trump plans a series of events this coming week to highlight his effort to modernize American infrastructure — the highway, waterway, electrical and airway systems on which the nation operates. His campaign for public and private funding for the projects is expected to run from the White House, where he’ll speak about upgrading air traffic control, to Ohio on inland waterways and through meetings with mayors, governors and Transportation Department officials. The Trump administration has struggled to gain traction on many of its economic policies. Trump’s agenda has been overshadowed by ongoing probes into whether Trump campaign officials or associates colluded with Russian officials to influence the 2016 election, as well as scrutiny over Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey — who is scheduled to testify on Capitol Hill on Thursday.


SPORTS JUNE 5 ***UPDATED***
Monday 5th June 2017
Three members of the Weeks Major Midgets have been selected in the QMJHL draft held in Saint John this past weekend. Hunter Martin from Millbrook was taken in the 7th round by the Sherbrooke Phoenix, while Jaden Mason from Stellarton went to the Moncton Wildcats in the 8th round. Gavin Hart of Truro was a 12th round selection for the Halifax Mooseheads. 
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The Provincial Track and Field NSSAF Championships were held over the weekend, and Pictou County athletes performed incredibly well. The following students from Pictou County all came home with medals:
Myla Briand (PA) – Junior Girls 80m Hurdles – Gold
Brett Corbin (NRHS) – Intermediate Boys High Jump – Silver, Intermediate Boys Long Jump – Gold
Broaden Decoff (NNEC) – Intermediate Boys 400m – Silver
Eric Hughes (NRHS) – Senior Boys 100m Hurdles – Silver
Ryan MacLennan (NNEC) – Senior Boys 100m – Bronze
Tatum McLean (NRHS) – Senior Girls Shot Put – Gold; Senior Girls Discus – Silver
Heath Miller (NNEC) – Senior Girls Javelin – Bronze
Alex Moore (NNEC) – Senior Boys 400m – Bronze
Lauren Quann (PA) – Senior Girls 80m Hurdles – Silver; Senior Girls High Jump – Gold; Senior Girls Javelin – Silver
Jenna Reid (PA) – Intermediate Girls Javelin – Gold
Breanna Sandluck (NNEC) – Senior Girls 3000m – Bronze
Raymond Simpson (NNEC) – Senior Boys 3000m – Bronze
Parker Swain (NRHS) – Intermediate Boys Shot Put – Silver
Jake Temple (PA) – Senior Boys Javelin – Bronze
Boys Intermediate 4x400 Relay Team (NRHS – participants not listed) – Gold
Several other Pictou County athletes also performed well at the meet. The full results for the entire meet can be found HERE.
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Congratulations to the North Nova girls varsity fastball team, who captured their third straight provincial championship banner on the weekend in Windsor. The girls went undefeated in the 5 team round robin beating CEC in the final game. 
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Registration for Pictou County Athletics Track and Field program (ages 13+), Trailblazers Track and Field program (ages 10-12) and the Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel program (ages 5-9) on Tuesday from 9am-6pm at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field. 
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The Subway Stingers will be holding their final registration on Saturday June 10th from 9 am - 1 pm upstairs at the field clubhouse. Registration form and additional information can be found on the Stingers website in the document section. www.sport.ca/stellartonstingers/ 
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The online registry for female hockey is now open.  Any girl between the ages of nine and 18 wanting to play female hockey this coming season in either Pictou, Antigonish, Colchester or Cumberland counties must sign up on the registry by August 9.  There is no fee to sign up and zone that applies to these areas is Fundy-Highland.  Female teams in the Fundy Highland zone will be based on the registry numbers only.  The link to the registry can be found on the Hockey Nova Scotia website at hockeynovascotia.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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LATEST SPORTS SCORES - SATURDAY, JUNE 3/2017
Saturday 3rd June 2017
AHL
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Calder Cup final Grand Rapids 3 Syracuse 2 (Grand Rapids leads series 1-0)
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MLB
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American League
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Toronto 7 N.Y. Yankees 5 Baltimore 3 Boston 2 Detroit 15 Chicago White Sox 5 Kansas City 4 Cleveland 0 Houston 7 Texas 1 Minnesota 11 L.A. Angels 5 Seattle 12 Tampa Bay 4 National League Chicago Cubs 3 St. Louis 2 San Francisco 10 Philadelphia 0 Cincinnati 3 Atlanta 2 (10 innings) Miami 7 Arizona 5 Pittsburgh 12 NY Mets 7 L.A. Dodgers 2 Milwaukee 1 (12 innings) San Diego Colorado 5
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NOVA SCOTIA SPORTFISHING WEEKEND ON - FISH WITHOUT A LICENCE THIS WEEKEND ONLY
Saturday 3rd June 2017
Residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence during the annual Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend, June 3 to June 4. All bag limits and other regulations still apply. Information on sportfishing can be found at http://novascotia.ca/fish. The licence-free weekend will also include 20 fishing derbies. A list of those and other derbies happening this season can be found at www.novascotia.ca/fish/activities-and-events/. All anglers are reminded to put safety first and to use flotation devices when on the water.


MOUNTIES SAY GARAGE FIRE IN SOUTH RAWDON WAS A HOMICIDE
Friday 2nd June 2017
The Mounties say a structure fire which resulted in the death of a 27-year-old woman is part of a murder investigation. East Hants District RCMP were called to a garage fire on South Rawdon Rd. at the morning of April 3. Two young children were rescued from the home. The Nova Scotia Fire Marshal's Office believes the fire was intentionally set. An autopsy was conducted on April 4 by the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner's Service. Police have obtained warrants and have searched two homes in Lower Sackville. No charges have been laid, but the investigation continues. The RCMP asks anyone with information about the events on April 3 to contact the RCMP at 1 800 803 RCMP (7267). Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


PROVINCE APPROVES CAPITAL PROJECTS AHEAD OF FALL BUDGET
Friday 2nd June 2017
The province has approved special warrants for several big capital projects. The Finance Act allows departments and entities to spend up to 50 per cent of their previous year's approved budget until the next budget is passed, which is likely to be this fall. Special warrants grant an appropriation to allow expenses to be incurred if they are expected to exceed that amount. With this approval, $168 million in previously announced capital projects can proceed, including road and school construction projects and planned upgrades to the 911 system. Some projects have contractual obligations and others have required timelines to qualify for federal funds.


LOCAL CADETS VISIT WW I SITES IN EUROPE
Friday 2nd June 2017
Local army cadets have returned from Europe with a greater appreciation of Pictou County's role in the Great War. Fifteen young people from 219 New Glasgow Legion Army Cadet Corps were in France, Belgium and the Netherlands between May 12 to 18 visiting World War One historical sites, including the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and the monument of the Nova Scotia Highlanders in Belgium.


TRAFFIC NOTES FOR RELAY FOR LIFE
Friday 2nd June 2017
The following notice was received from the Town of New Glasgow regarding traffic for the Relay for Life this weekend:
In order to support the Pictou County Relay For Life the following traffic notices and road closures are in place. On Saturday, June 3, Riverside Parkway will be closed from George Street to MacLean Street from 6am until 2:00am. MacLean Street will be remain open for traffic flow from Glasgow Street. Dalhousie Street will be closed around 2pm until 2:00am. Marina Parking can be accessed from George Street only. Access to the New Glasgow Farmers Market can be made through Victoria Street from East River Road or through Provost Street via Jury Street to Victoria Street. Thank you for your support of this signature hometown event.


PUMP PRICES DOWN
Friday 2nd June 2017
Fuel prices have taken a bit of a dip after a couple of weeks of increases. Regular self-serve gas is down to $1.105 per litre, with diesel dropping two and a half cents to $1.009 per litre.


LIBERALS PLAN TO HIRE MORE TEACHERS BEFORE NEW SCHOOL YEAR
Friday 2nd June 2017
While a budget has yet to be passed, Premier Stephen McNeil says he plans to hire almost 140 new public school teachers and begin the rollout of more pre-primary programs for four-year-old children will go ahead immediately. A budgetary provision allows school boards to spend up to 50 per cent equivalent to their allocation from the previous fiscal year as they wait for the budget to be passed. McNeil said the Liberals' majority status allows them to send a signal to school boards that things will go ahead as planned.


FORMER PROVINCIAL LIBERAL STAFFER SAYS PARTY TURNED ITS BACK ON HER AFTER ASSAULT
Friday 2nd June 2017
Stephen McNeil is staying mum after a former staffer said the Liberals turned their back on her when she was assaulted by another party staffer, her partner. In an interview with The Coast newspaper, Michelle Coffin spoke in detail about a 2014 assault at the hands of the premier's former communications director, Kyley Harris, her then-boyfriend. Once a Liberal insider who herself held the top communications job, Coffin says the party turned its back on her when the domestic violence case came to light. Harris pleaded guilty to assault and was fired from his post, but the premier said at the time he lost his job because he failed to disclose the assault, not because of the criminal charges stemming from the violent act. Coffin says when Harris was quietly rehired by the party she was at first relieved he found a job, but that relief turned to shock when she discovered his key role: party communications director during last month's provincial election campaign. Harris eventually stepped down, citing the controversy surrounding his presence, but Coffin said the incident prompted her to come forward and tell her side of the story and what she describes as the arrogance displayed by the Liberal party. Coffin says she was never once contacted by anyone from the party. Instead, she says she's been ignored, with former colleagues pretending she doesn't exist. A spokesman in the Premier's office says McNeil commented on the issue during the campaign and is declining to comment further.


BUDGET OFFICE WARNS THE WARSHIP PROGRAM WILL COST FAR MORE THAN ESTIMATED
Friday 2nd June 2017
Ottawa's budget watchdog warns in a new report that Ottawa's multibillion-dollar effort to replace the navy's warship fleet could cost taxpayers almost two and a half times more than first expected,. And the longer a process tripped up by delays drags out, the more it's going to hurt the public piggy bank. The parliamentary budget officer estimates Ottawa will have to spend nearly $61.8 billion to replace 15 ships -- more than twice the original budget of about $26.2 billion. Looking at a per-ship price tag, the cost is likely closer to $4.1 billion, rather than the $1.7-billion estimate released in 2008 by the then-Conservative government. At that higher rate, the office believes the government would only have enough cash to buy six ships, if it still expects to keep the program on budget. The PBO did acknowledge its calculations were based on assumptions it made about the specs of the future warships, which could differ from the blueprints that are ultimately selected by the government. The number-crunching models it employed also have a range that could mean the eventual price paid by taxpayers will be 20 per cent above or below the PBO estimate. The Trudeau government launched a competition last fall asking some of the world's largest defence and shipbuilding companies to design a potential replacement for the navy's 12 frigates and three destroyers. The chosen designs will be constructed by Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, and delivery of the new vessels is expected to start in the mid-2020s. The massive program has faced delays, including a recent announcement that gave competing firms another deadline extension to submit their designs.


GOV'T URGED TO PULL OUT OF DRUG TREATIES BEFORE LEGALIZING POT
Friday 2nd June 2017
Opposition parties and international legal experts are calling on Ottawa to say what it plans to do about three UN drug treaties that pose a problem for the Liberal government and its plans to legalize cannabis by the summer of next year. Conservative foreign affairs critic Peter Kent says Canada's international reputation is at stake, adding the government should pull out rather than violate the letter of the treaties. Canada is currently one of more than 185 parties to three United Nations drug-control conventions — the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and the 1988 Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. Steven Hoffman, director of a global strategy lab at the University of Ottawa centre for health law, policy and ethics, also believes Canada should withdraw from the out-of-date treaties, saying it would send a strong message about progressive Canadian drug policies. NDP justice critic Alistair MacGregor said his party has been calling for the federal government to indicate its plans for the treaties because Canada must give notice before next month if it still intends to legalize cannabis by July 2018.


SPORTS JUNE 2 ***CORRECTION***
Friday 2nd June 2017
Nova Scotia Keltics U23 and Pictou County RFC are kicking off their summer seasons with an exhibition match this Saturday in memory of the late Kale Mason, who played rugby for North Nova Education Centre. Donations will be taken in support of the Mason family.  Kick off will be at 5PM at the North Nova Education Centre (note Correction). Please come show your support for this great cause.
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The best high school rugby teams in Nova Scotia will converge on Pictou County this weekend to decide provincial champions in both the boys and girls divisions. The NRHS Nighthawks will host the boys provincial tournament, while the girls team at North Nova will hope to capture a title on their home turf.
Schedule for the 2017 Nova Scotia Boys High School Rugby Championship, being held this weekend at Northumberland Regional High School:
Pool A  NRHS, Sir John A, Dartmouth
Pool B King’s-Edgehill, NNEC, CP Allen
 FRIDAY
10 a.m.: NRHS vs. Avon View
11 a.m. King’s-Edgehill vs. CP Allen
12:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies
2 p.m.: NRHS vs. Sir John A
3 p.m.: NNEC vs. CP Allen
4 p.m.: Sir John A vs. Dartmouth
5 p.m.: King’s-Edgehill vs. NNEC
SATURDAY
10 a.m.: Pool A #1 vs. Pool B #2        
11 a.m.: Pool B #1 vs. Pool A #2
2 p.m.: Championship game
Schedule for the 2017 Nova Scotia Girls High School Rugby Championship, being held this weekend at Northumberland Regional High School:
Pool A King's-Edgehill, Citadel,SJA
Pool B North Nova, Avon View, Halifax West
FRIDAY
10 a.m.:  King’s-Edgehill vs. Sir John A
11 a.m.: NNEC vs. Halifax West
12:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies
2 p.m.:  Citadel vs. Sir John A
3 p.m.: Avon View vs. Halifax West
4 p.m.: King’s Edgehill vs. Citadel
5 p.m.: NNEC vs. Avon View
SATURDAY
10 a.m.: Pool A #1 vs. Pool B #2         
11 a.m.: Pool B #1 vs. Pool A #2
2 p.m.: Championship Game
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It's the annual Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. The licence-free weekend will also include 20 fishing derbies. A list of those and other derbies happening this season can be found at www.novascotia.ca/fish/activities-and-events/. Information on sportfishing can be found at http://novascotia.ca/fish. All anglers are reminded to put safety first and to use flotation devices when on the water.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.  
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card.
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NBA
Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks time and again, finishing with 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in his first NBA Finals for Golden State and leading the Warriors past LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-91.
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MLB
American

CC Sabathia pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Gary Sanchez hit two home runs as the New York Yankees roughed up Marco Estrada early in a 12-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Cleveland 8 Oakland 0
Baltimore 7 Boston 5
Minnesota 4 L.A. Angels 2
National
Milwaukee 2 N.Y. Mets 1
St. Louis 2 L.A. Dodgers 0
Arizona 3 Miami 2
Interleague
Colorado 6 Seattle 3


NOT GUILTY VERDICT FOR ENGINEER WHO OKAYED MALL THAT COLLAPSED
Thursday 1st June 2017
The former engineer who declared a mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario structurally sound just two months before the rooftop parking deck collapsed has been found not guilty of two counts of criminal negligence causing death. The verdict was handed down today in Sault Ste. Marie courtroom by Justice Edward Gareau. The Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake saw its roof collapse killing two women and injuring more than 20 others in June, 2012. The mall, which was the social and economic hub of the community, had to be torn down as a result.


KILLER NURSE HAD "GROWING RAGE INSIDE HER"
Thursday 1st June 2017
The nurse who killed eight of her patients entered guilty pleas this morning in a Woodstock, Ontario courtroom, and this afternoon the Crown presented a statement to the court describing her actions. Elizabeth Wettlaufer also entered guilty pleas to four counts of attempted murder, and two counts of aggravated assault, with all of her victims being patients at two long-term care facilities where she worked in southwestern Ontario. The 49-year old confirmed the guilty pleas this afternoon, and became the worst killer in the history of the Canadian health care system. The Crown told the court that Wettlaufer was filled with a growing rage over her job and her life, which built up until she felt an urge to kill. The agreed statement of facts says that she told police that she refrained from logging her use of insulin in order to avoid detection, as she brought the victims blood sugars down to the point that it killed them. Wettlaufer will be sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for a minimum of 25 years. The Crown has indicated that they are not seeking consecutive life terms, but will use her confession to police as part of their case when she comes up for parole at the age of 74.


ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER PERSON CAUGHT STUNTING
Thursday 1st June 2017
Halifax District RCMP have charged a 22-year-old man with stunting after he was seen driving 70 kilometres per hour above the speed limit. RCMP say they saw a car on Highway 102 going 170 km/h in a 100 zone at about noon on Thursday. The 22-year-old driver has been charged with stunting, his licence is suspended for seven days, his vehicle has been seized, and he’ll have to pay a $2,422.50 fine. This is the third case in roughly 24 hours, after a man was caught yesterday just before noon in Antigonish County, and another man was caught last night on the Cabot Trail.


BAILLIE HINTS AT POSSIBLE STEP DOWN FROM PC LEADERSHIP
Thursday 1st June 2017
Jamie Baillie may not be the leader of the opposition for too long in the new legislature. The Progressive Conservative leader who brought his party to a seven seat gain in the election this week told the CBC this morning that he will lead the party into the session which is expected to start in the fall, and then “we'll see”. Prior to the election on Tuesday, many names had been bandied about as possible replacements as leader if the PC's were not successful, including Pictou East's Tim Houston. Hector Broadcasting has spoken with Houston about his leadership aspirations, but he declined to comment.


POSSIBLE SMALL DROP IN GAS PRICE COMING TONIGHT
Thursday 1st June 2017
It was not much of a drop but a half-cent drop in the price of gasoline in New Brunswick last night has some experts predicting a small drop to come tonight in Nova Scotia as well. Some media outlets are indicating that they expect the drop to come from the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board to be closer to a full penny. However, keeping in mind that one cent per litre still means you only save one dollar if you are getting 100 litres, it may not be worth taxing your vehicle to wait until tomorrow if you really need gas tonight.


TRURO POLICE ASK FOR HELP ON MISSING PERSON CASE
Thursday 1st June 2017
Truro Police Service are asking for help from the public in finding a man who went missing on Tuesday morning. Police say James Patrick Beaton was last see around 7:00 that morning walking on Highway 4 toward Wentworth. They indicate that his family believes he may be headed to New Brunswick, but they are concerned for his well-being. Beaton is described as 5’6”, 140lbs, short brown hair, and a goatee. Beaton is missing 2 fingers from his left hand. He was last seen wearing jeans and a green t-shirt and a brown leather jacket, carrying a red kit bag. If you have any information on Beatons whereabouts please contact Truro Police Service at 902-895-5351.


BAYERS LAKE SITE FOR OUTPATIENT CLINIC A POOR CHOICE, SAYS REPORT
Thursday 1st June 2017
An internal report evaluating sites for a new outpatient centre in Halifax was released yesterday. The heavily redacted Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal report, released to The Canadian Press through a freedom of information request, offers a glimpse into the controversial site selection process for the new suburban health care facility. Before calling the election, Premier Stephen McNeil announced that the province paid $7.5 million for 15 acres in Bayers Lake. The new outpatients clinic will offer services including blood collection, X-rays and initial visits with specialists. The report shows government officials were aware of problems with traffic congestion and lack of transit associated with the Bayers Lake site. Meanwhile, an alternative site that municipal officials have pointed to as a preferable location lists public transit risks as "none." The municipally owned site near the Canada Games Centre is in an area of mixed retail and multi-unit residential development and is close to the Lacewood Transit Terminal, served by multiple routes including express routes to the peninsula. Bob Bjerke, HRM's chief planner, said his concerns over the Bayers Lake property went unheeded. He told The Canadian Press it would be "nearly impossible" to provide the business park location with adequate transit service, and that the area is not conducive to bike infrastructure.


KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR BUSES FLASHING THEIR RED LIGHTS
Thursday 1st June 2017
A reminder for drivers to watch for school buses... Paul from the bus garage called this morning to tell us there were 20 incidents of red light violations last month, 6 of them in the Merigomish Pond to Lismore area alone.


UNIONS WARY AS MCNEIL BEGINS SECOND TERM
Thursday 1st June 2017
The province's public sector unions are preparing for more battles with the province following a second majority win for the Liberals. Nova Scotia Teachers Union Liette Doucet said she was willing to give Stephen McNeil the benefit of the doubt as he embarks on a second mandate, but remained skeptical of a government that ultimately imposed a contract on the union's roughly 9,000 members. Doucet described teachers as being "very engaged" in Tuesday's provincial election, adding they were undoubtedly disheartened by the outcome. Doucet says the government will need to follow through on its promises of education reform and show a willingness to treat teachers fairly. Nova Scotia General Employees Union president Jason MacLean said while he would have preferred to a see a minority government, he's fine with a majority. The NSGEU, which represents 7,300 civil servants, announced in May it planned to seek arbitration with the province over a new contract. When asked about the NSGEU's outstanding contracts, McNeil said his government would continue to ``live within its means.'' MacLean said McNeil's smaller majority should be a wake up call.


CHINA & EU DRAFTING CLIMATE CHANGE STATEMENT AS U.S. PREPARES TO PULL OUT OF PARIS AGREEMENT
Thursday 1st June 2017
Chinese and EU leaders are to agree a joint statement on the Paris climate agreement saying it is "an imperative more important than ever". A draft of the document stresses the "highest political commitment" to implement the deal. It will be widely seen as a rebuff to the US, as President Trump prepares to announce today if the US is withdrawing from the accord. The joint statement will be published on Friday after a summit in Brussels. For more than a year, Chinese and EU officials have been working behind the scenes to agree a joint statement on climate change and clean energy. The document highlights the dangers posed by rising temperatures, "as a national security issue and multiplying factor of social and political fragility," while pointing out that the transition to clean energy creates jobs and economic growth. Significantly, both the EU and China agree that they will outline their long term low carbon strategies by 2020.


CUT DOWN ON SCREEN TIME FOR REALLY YOUNG CHILDREN, SAY DOCTORS
Thursday 1st June 2017
Parents and caregivers of children aged five and younger should not only minimize screen time at home but use it mindfully themselves, according to the Canadian Paediatric Society. In a position statement to physicians released on Thursday, the society said parents often ask about "screen time" — time spent with a screen whether it's a smartphone, TV, tablet, video game, or computer. The group recognizes how technology plays a valuable role in life. Based on a review of the medical literature, the advice for minimizing risk of potential negative effects is to avoid screen time for children under two, and less than one hour per day for kids three to five. The report also recommends avoiding screens at least one hour before bed.


SPORTS JUNE 1
Thursday 1st June 2017
A local sport group was a big winner at the Support4Sport Awards last Saturday. The Pictou County Recreation and Athletic Society shared Association of the Year honours with the Wentworth Ski Race Club. The Pioneer Coal Track and Field facility is slated to host the Atlantic championships in late July. All age groups, from the Run, Jump, Throw and Wheel program, all the way up to the Masters (35 and over) division, will be represented at Atlantics.
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The Westside Community Centre is looking for a few more teams to enter their 4-on-4 Ball Hockey Tournament which will take place June 10 and 11. Teams compete within their age group from Novice IP up to Bantam. There will be a registration session Thursday, 1 June from 6-7pm at the Westside Community Centre. 
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It's the annual Nova Scotia Sportfishing Weekend on Saturday and Sunday June 3 and 4. Residents and non-residents can fish without a general fishing licence, all bag limits and other regulations still apply. The licence-free weekend will also include 20 fishing derbies. A list of those and other derbies happening this season can be found here. Information on sportfishing can be found at http://novascotia.ca/fish. All anglers are reminded to put safety first and to use flotation devices when on the water.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club are hosting their 6th Annual Fun Meet Friday, June 16th 5pm to 8pm & Saturday, June 17th 9am to 5pm. This will be a chance for families, friends and the general public to come into the gym area as the audience. Rec classes, up to Competitive are working on routines to demonstrate the skills they have been working on throughout the year. Admission: $2.00 Children under 12 – Free!  Pictou County Gymnastics Club is located at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (at the old YMCA building).
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The 2017 High Five Hoops School will run July 3-7 at North Nova Education Centre. This year, coach Paul Butler and staff will offer a morning camp for boys and an afternoon camp for girls, with each camp three hours in duration. Early registration ends June 16. A T-shirt and basketball will be included with early registration and girls and boys entering Grades 4-10 are welcome. The boys camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., while the girls’ camp starts at 12:30 p.m. For more info, email butlerp@ccrsb.ca.
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The Johnny Miles Running Event Weekend will to take place June 17th & 18th - Limited Registration Available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km and 5Km. The Event Offers Participants a High Energy Finish-line, Free Kids Event, Carbo Loading Meal, Running Hat & Shirt, Finishing Medals, Free Race Photos, Post Race Lunch, Chipped Timing & Walkers are Welcome in all events. Register Today and Avoid Disappointed as this event does sell out. Visit www.johnnymiles.ca  to register!
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A Re-Connecting with Nature workshop will be offered through Hike Nova Scotia in Antigonish on June 21. This hands-on day will teach adults how to share an appreciation and understanding of nature with children and youth. The cost is $25 to $50. Register by June 16 at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
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A world-class athlete will be coming to Pictou for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu event this summer. Diego Sanchez, a seven time winner of the UFC fight-of-the-night bonus, will be competing in the main event of Chokes by the Ocean at the deCoste Centre on July 29. Sanchez, the first winner of The Ultimate Fighter, will face off against Mike Wacker to headline the card. Tickets for the card go on sale 2 July. 
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A Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Course will be held July 3 – 7 at the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool. Course time is 1 to 6pm each day. Participants must be at least 13 years old before the end of the course or hold a Bronze Star certification. Medallions learn tows, carry and releases for challenging rescues, first aid skills and stroke efficiency. This is the first step to becoming a National Lifeguard. Crosses continue with these skills to a more advanced training level including an introduction to safe supervision in aquatic facilities. Pre-Registration required. For further information or to register, call the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Jake Guentzel scored twice, including the eventual winner, as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final.
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MLB
Interleague

Devon Travis and Luke Maile hit two-run homers as the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep with a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
L.A. Angels 2 Atlanta 1
Seattle 5 Colorado 0
American League
Houston 17 Minnesota 6
Oakland 3 Cleveland 1
Baltimore 10 N.Y. Yankees 4
Tampa Bay 7 Texas 5 (10 innings)
Boston 4 Chicago White Sox 1
Detroit 6 Kansas City 5
National League
Arizona 6 Pittsburgh 5 (14 innings)
Miami 10 Philadelphia 2
San Diego 2 Chicago Cubs 1
Milwaukee 7 N.Y. Mets 1
St. Louis 2 L.A. Dodgers 1
Washington 3 San Francisco 1