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Showing news for the month of July , 2016

PAROLE GRANTED TO MAN CONVICTED OF IMPAIRED DRIVING CAUSING DEATH
Wednesday 27th July 2016
An Antigonish man convicted in a car crash that killed two teens has been released from prison. Thirty-five-year-old William Byron Fogarty of was sentenced to six years after being convicted of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving in the 2011 accident. Sixteen-year-old Kory Mattie and 17-year-old Nico Landry were killed in the crash. The Parole Board of Canada gave Fogarty six months of day parole in a community based facility.


CAR VS PEDESTRIAN COLLISION INJURES SENIOR
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Halifax police are investigating an accident that injured an 89-year-old woman who was struck in a marked crosswalk. They say that just after three yesterday afternoon the woman was crossing at Chebucto Road and Harvard Street. Police say one car was stopped at the intersection when it was struck from behind by another vehicle and pushed into the woman. The woman was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


JOURNALIST CHARGED FOR VIOLATING PUBLICATION BAN
Wednesday 27th July 2016
A Nova Scotia magazine journalist has gotten himself into legal hot water for crossing a line in the coverage of the preliminary inquiry of a murder case. The 39-year old writer for Frank Magazine, Andrew Douglas, included information that was subject to a publication ban in an article related to the death of Stellarton native and Truro Police Officer Catherine Campbell. The information was included in the preliminary inquiry of 28-year old Calvin Garnier for second-degree murder in the case. The information made it onto the Frank Magazine website, and was also in a printed issue of the magazine earlier this month. Douglas is due to appear in court at a later date.


MISSING SENIOR FOUND ALIVE ***UPDATED***
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Few details are available at this time, but an 80-year old man from Tatamagouche who had been missing for nearly a week has been found alive. Willard McKay's daughter-in-law Tammy says he is dehydrated and confused, but is being transported to Springhill Hospital for treatment. There is no indication of where he was found, or what led to him going missing after leaving the Ocean Lanes Bowling and Sports Bar in Tatamagouche on Friday evening.


ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE FUNDS LEAD TO RESEARCH BREAKTHOUGH
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Those who were called ridiculous for dumping buckets of ice water over their heads two summers ago have some vindication today - their stunt has paid off. Project MinE, a research project from the University of Massachusetts, has discovered the gene responsible for the development of ALS, thanks in part to one million dollars in funding received through the Ice Bucket Challenge. The identified gene is NEK1, and the variants of that gene could provide clues to understanding and potentially treating familial and sporadic ALS.


DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE TO MAKE SECOND CANADIAN VISIT
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Governor General David Johnston announced today that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be returning to Canada for the second time since their wedding. Prince William and Princess Kate will be spending time in British Columbia and Yukon. The exact dates and locations have not been released, nor was it announced whether the couple’s children, George and Charlotte, would accompany them on the tour. The couple first visited Canada not long after their marriage in 2011.


FAILED REAGAN ASSASSIN TO BE RELEASED AFTER 35 YEARS
Wednesday 27th July 2016
The man who shot Ronald Reagan in 1981 will soon be set free. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman said today that John Hinckley Junior no longer posed a danger to himself or others. The judge ruled that Hinkley will be released to live with his mother after 35 years in a psychiatric hospital.


FISHERMEN HEADED TO COURT TO STOP TIDAL TURBINES
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Fishermen from the Bay of Fundy are taking the province to court over the deployment of tidal turbines. The Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association filed a formal application Monday asking the Nova Scotia Supreme Court to review and quash a decision by the environment minister. The government approved a monitoring program for tidal projects, allowing the installation of two tidal turbines in the Minas Passage. Fisherman Colin Sproul says there is a lack of baseline scientific data to monitor how the turbines affect marine life.


PEI PREMIER WANTS ACTION ON THE CARIBOU TO WOOD ISLANDS FERRY RUN
Wednesday 27th July 2016
P-E-I's premier says Ottawa isn't doing enough to help with ferry service between the Island and Nova Scotia. Wade MacLauchlan says Transport Canada and the company running the ferries have shown little initiative in dealing with the problem. One of the two ferries that runs between Wood Islands and Caribou has been taken out of service for repairs. MacLauchlan says the reduced service is affecting tourism and trade.


TOURIST NUMBERS DOWN IN PICTOU COUNTY: FERRY PROBLEMS A BIG FACTOR
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Issues with the Caribou Ferry are affecting the numbers this year at the Pictou visitor information centre. Cindy MacKinnon, managing director of Destination Eastern and Northumberland Shores, tells NG News that there are a number of reasons why visitor numbers are down, but the fact that only the MV Confederation is operating is a major one. MacKinnon says that due to the problems with the ferry, people are often taking the bridge to New Brunswick instead.


MOUNTIE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT
Wednesday 27th July 2016
The R-C-M-P have charged a Nova Scotia Mountie with sexual assault. Investigators say they were dealing with an unrelated matter in July 2015, when information came forward about an alleged assault of a woman in Auburn in 1995. Police allege the constable touched the woman in a sexual manner without her consent while he was posted to the detachment in Bridgetown.  Charles Quartey has been charged with one count of sexual assault, and he is expected to appear in provincial court in Kentville on September 27th.


REPORT SAYS SOCIAL MEDIA COULD CHANGE LEGAL SYSTEM
Wednesday 27th July 2016
A law conference in Halifax has heard that social media might have the power to change how the legal system handles sexual assault claims. In presenting her findings, Dalhousie University law student Mary Rolf said the high-profile case against former C-B-C radio host Jian Ghomeshi gave social media spectators a rare glimpse into how the justice system works. During the February trial, social media sites lit up with hashtags like #Ghomeshi and #IBelieveLucy, spurring a fractious debate about the case and Canada's sexual assault laws. Many media outlets live-tweeted the case, with people inside the courtroom responding to social media users' questions as the trial unfolded online. Rolf says platforms like Twitter and Facebook take the discussion about reform out of cloistered legal circles and into the public square.


FISH KILL IN PEI
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Government officials are investigating a fish kill in P-E-I. A provincial spokesman says a local watershed group reported the fish kill on the Clyde River on Monday afternoon. Public Safety spokesman Wade MacKinnon says it could take at a month to determine what killed the brook trout in the river. The investigation area includes the Clyde River and its tributaries near Bannockburn Road and Colville Road.


FEDS STILL PAYING FOR F-35 PROGRAM
Wednesday 27th July 2016
The Trudeau government is continuing to make payments on the F-35 fighter jet development program, despite saying it's going to scrap plans of buying the plane. The most recent instalment was made June 24th, when the Liberal government quietly paid 32.9 million to the U-S program office overseeing development of the warplane. But there's a reason for the continued payments. They keep Canada at the table as one of the nine partners in the project for the next year. Partners get a discount when purchasing the stealth fighter -- but also have access to billions of dollars in contracts associated with producing the plane. U-S defence giant Lockheed Martin, which makes the F-35, warned last month that future work would be directed to other countries if Canada chooses not to buy the stealth fighter. During the election campaign, the Liberals promised not to buy the F-35 and to hold a competition to replace the existing fleet of aging CF-18 fighters.


SPORTS JULY 27
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Coed Volleyball is being played at Outdoor Grass Court Monday Evenings from 6pm to 8pm at Albion Ball Field Grass Parking Lot, Stellarton. It's free, but some team experience required. Drop-ins welcomed. Teams made from those who show up.
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Baseball Nova Scotia will be offering the following coaching courses at the West Side Community Centre: Strategies Aug 2, Pitching and Catching Aug 3, Initiation Aug 4, Teaching and Learning Aug 5. All courses are from 6:00pm-10:00pm. Cost of each course is $50.00. Registration and information can be found on the Baseball Nova Scotia and NCCP websites. Coaches can also register the evening of each course.
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YMCA is holding a Standard First Aid Course on Wednesday, July 27th and Wednesday, Aug 3rd from 9 - 5 p.m. Cost: Members: $86.25, Non-Members: $97.75. You must pre-register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross: Friday, Aug 5th 12 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th 12 - 4 p.m., Monday, Aug 8th 12 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 9th 12 - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 10th 12 - 4 p.m., Extra day if needed Thursday Aug 11th, 12 - 4 p.m., Exam Friday, Aug 12th 12 - 4 p.m. Cost: Members $140.00, Non-Members $160.00 Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
National Lifeguard Course: Thursday, Aug 4th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 5th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th  10 - 4 p.m., Monday Aug 8th 1 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug 11th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 12th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 13th 10 - 5 p.m. Standard First Aid and Bronze Cross are a pre-requisite for the National Lifeguard Course. Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
Babysitting Course: Saturday, July 30th 9-5 p.m. Cost:  $40.00 Member, $45.00 Non-member Bring a lunch and a doll (if possible) Pre-register and pay by July 28th 2016 at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
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Fundy Highland Female Hockey is now accepting coaching applications for the coming season. Anyone interested in coaching female hockey in Pictou County at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam or Midget levels can obtain application forms at www.pcmha.com by clicking on the forms and policies tab on the left. Fundy Highland Female Hockey oversees the administration of female hockey programs for the Pictou County Female Hockey Association (Subway Selects), Colchester Female Minor Hockey (Wilsons Fuels Cyclones) and the Antigonish Bulldogs. Deadline to apply this Friday. Application forms can be sent to coaching coordinator Lesley Heighton at Lesley.heighton@nshealth.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Devon Travis scored the winning run on a wild pitch, and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for three runs in the 12th inning to beat the San Diego Padres 7-6. Matt Kemp put the Padres in front with a two-run homer off Jesse Chavez in the top of the 12th, but San Diego's bullpen couldn't hold the lead. After the game the Jays announced they had traded Drew Storen to Seattle for Joaquin Benoit.
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Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Tyler Collins each had a pair of R-B-I's and the Detroit Tigers roughed up knuckleballer Steven Wright to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-8. Boston is now in third place in the A-L East, a half-game behind Toronto and two-and-a-half back of the Orioles, who lost 6-3 to Colorado tonight.
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The drought continues for Canada's horse racing Triple Crown. Amis Gizmo cruised to victory at the 500,000-dollar Prince of Wales Stakes in Fort Erie, Ontario. Queen's Plate champion Sir Dudley Digges was sixth in the eight-horse field, leaving Wando as the last Triple Crown winner in 2003.
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Anquan Boldin is joining the Detroit Lions, according to messages on the free-agent receiver's Twitter account. Boldin tweeted that he's excited to reunite with Detroit coach Jim Caldwell, and he hopes he can help the Lions reach the post-season. Boldin played the past three seasons for the San Francisco 49ers and was with Baltimore for three seasons before that.
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While Rio Olympic organizers are under immense pressure to finish preparations before Aug. 5, their Tokyo counterparts are already facing skyrocketing costs for an event four years away. Tokyo 2020 organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori acknowledged at an executive board meeting this week the cost of building seven temporary venues for the Olympics has surged to an estimated $2.6 billion, up from an initial estimate of $690 million. Mori said the original figures were the result of sloppy calculations which he blamed on the Tokyo metropolitan government and the Japanese Olympic Committee. The organizing committee hasn't disclosed an official estimate of the overall costs but has acknowledged it will be considerably higher than the $3.5 billion that was forecast in the bid.


WESTVILLE CONSOLIDATED SURPLUS APPROACHES 600-THOUSAND DOLLARS
Tuesday 26th July 2016
The Town of Westville finished the 2015-16 fiscal year with a consolidated surplus of just under 580-thousand dollars. This comes from the audited financial statements received at Monday night's council meeting. The numbers come in roughly 330-thousand better than budgeted. The General Operating and Water Utility funds both ended up in the black. At the same time, the town was able to reduce net debt to 1.5 million dollars, and increase reserves by 683-thousand.


TATAMAGOUCHE MAN STILL MISSING
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Cochester RCMP are asking for help from the public as they continue to search for a missing 80-year old Tatamagouche man. Willard McKay was last seen leaving the Ocean Lanes Bowling and Sports Bar in Tatamagouche Friday evening. McKay reportedly has several medical conditions and the RCMP said they and his family are concerned for his safety. He was driving a grey, 2008 Dodge Caravan with Nova Scotia licence plate CAV 017. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of McKay is asked to call the nearest police department or the Colchester District RCMP at 902-893-6820. Should you wish to remain anonymous, citizens can also call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by secure online tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.


HALIFAX FIRM GETS MONEY FROM FEDS FOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Halifax-based design and engineering firm is getting more than $2.9 million in federal funding to develop software to assist engineers without early stage designs. The money for QRA Corp. is conditionally repayable and comes from a pool of $7.1 million for four projects under the federal government's Atlantic Innovation Fund. The QVtrace is a software tool that will help engineers with verifications required for early-stage designs and can be used in fields such as defence and aeronautics. The software will allow engineers to test all aspects of their designs to find any limitations before the product is made. QRA Corp. plans to collaborate with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics on the project. The company plans to create 13 new research and development positions through the project.


FATAL CRASH BETWEEN TRUCK AND BICYCLIST IN ANNAPOLIS VALLEY
Tuesday 26th July 2016
RCMP say a Halifax cyclist out for a day ride in the Annapolis Valley was killed after colliding with a pickup truck. Const. Kelli Gaudet says the man was dressed in full biking gear and riding a racing bike alone Monday afternoon outside Wolfville. Gaudet says conditions were sunny and clear at the time. The cyclist was taken to the Valley Regional Hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries. She says the investigation is ongoing but charges are not expected against the female driver of the truck, who was not injured. Gaudet says the driver did nothing wrong, and obeyed all the rules of the road.


BLAZE IN DOWNTOWN WOODSTOCK ***UPDATED 4:50P.M.***
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Twenty-two people, including two children, have been displaced by a fire that gutted a building in the downtown of Woodstock, New Brunswick. The fire, which was reported shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, also resulted in smoke and water damage to two adjacent buildings on the 600 block of Main Street. Dan Bedell, communications director with the Red Cross, says the building had three upstairs apartments, plus a sporting goods store and a natural foods store on the ground level. He says tenants were also evacuated from six apartments in the adjacent buildings, and the Red Cross is providing them with meals, hotels and clothing. Bedell says local veterinarians offered to examine a number of pets that were rescued from the fire. The Woodstock Fire Department received help from fire crews in a number of nearby communities including Houlton, Maine.


BARRISTERS' SOCIETY APPEAL AGAINST TRINITY WESTERN GRADS DENIED
Tuesday 26th July 2016
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal from the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society of a decision that allows graduates of a private Christian university to practice in the province. Trinity Western University's plans to open a law school in Langley, B.C., has drawn criticism because students will be required to sign a so-called community covenant that forbids sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman. In April 2014, the Nova Scotia law society amended its regulations to say the requirement represents unlawful discrimination against gays and lesbians. As a result, graduates of the law school would not be allowed to article or practise law in Nova Scotia. In January, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge decided the law society exceeded its jurisdiction and said the move also amounted to an infringement on religious freedom. Law societies in Ontario and B.C. have also opposed granting accreditation to Trinity law school graduates.


MAN DROWNS IN RIVER
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Police say a man who did not know how to swim drowned when he was trying to anchor a boat in P-E-I. R-C-M-P say they were called to Indian River at about nine last night after the 47-year-old man slipped under the water. They say the Kensington man was boating with friends when he dropped them off and then went offshore to anchor the boat. The man's friends and family pulled him from the water, but paramedics were not able to revive him.


PIGEONS GETTING KILLED IN CHARLOTTETOWN
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Someone trying to scare away pigeons may be killing them in P-E-I. As of Monday, people had dropped off 13 pigeons to the Atlantic Veterinary College after seeing the birds acting strangely. Of those, nine died from ingesting what vet college staff think is a chemical called Avitrol that is meant to scare away other birds. Staff say people have been seeing pigeons acting ill, flapping around, convulsing and having seizures in Charlottetown's downtown.


ENVIROIMENT CANADA INVESTIGATE DEAD FISH IN P.E.I. RIVER
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Officials in P-E-I are investigating a report of dead fish in the Clyde River. Environment Canada visited the site last night, along with officials from other government departments. They say the affected area extends from the Bannockburn Road to the Colville Road. Water, soil, vegetation and fish samples have been collected and sent for testing.


HAWAIIAN CANOE COMING TO NOVA SCOTIA
Tuesday 26th July 2016
The port of Yarmouth will host an unusual visitor this weekend. A traditional Hawaiian canoe will arrive in the area after sailing more than 26-thousand nautical miles over the last two years from Hawaii. It is the first time the canoe has been in Canada and is the farthest point north it has travelled in her 41-year history. It is scheduled to arrive in Yarmouth on Sunday, and crew will meet with First Nations and learn about the province's natural resources and conservation efforts.


REPORT: NEW PIPELINE WILL INCREASE TANKER TRAFFIC, CHANCE OF MARINE SPILLS
Tuesday 26th July 2016
A new report says the proposed Energy East pipeline would drive a huge increase in crude tanker traffic, jeopardizing the environment and marine life between New Brunswick and the U.S. Gulf Coast. The report, prepared by the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defence Council in partnership with groups such as Greenpeace and the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, says the pipeline would result in a 300 to 500 per cent increase in tankers delivering western crude to refineries in the southern United States. The proposed $15.7 billion pipeline would move 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan through Quebec and into New Brunswick to supply Eastern Canada refineries and for overseas shipping. The group has launched a petition calling for a moratorium on tankers carrying tar sands bitumen in U.S. waters.


NB ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT TURNS HERSELF IN
Tuesday 26th July 2016
R-C-M-P in New Brunswick say they have arrested a woman wanted for seven recent armed robberies. They say 31-year-old Shila LeBlanc of Moncton turned herself in last night after a warrant had been issued for her arrest. She is accused of robbing pizza joints, convenience stores and gas stations in the Moncton area. In each case, the suspect was armed with a weapon.


THEFTS AND VANDALISM REPORTED IN PICTOU
Tuesday 26th July 2016
RCMP is asking for assistance in identifying people responsible for the recent rash of vandalism and thefts from vehicles in the Town of Pictou. On Monday, Pictou District RCMP received reports of several thefts from vehicles in the Town of Pictou overnight sometime between July 24 and July 25. Several items had been taken from the vehicles including binoculars, money, tools, backpacks and electronics. All vehicles that had been targeted were left unlocked.  Pictou District RCMP are reminding the public that when leaving your vehicle unattended, remember to lock the doors of the vehicle with windows up and please do not leave any valuables inside the vehicle. On July 25 Pictou District RCMP also received a report that someone had spray painted derogatory words on Ross Street. Pictou District RCMP is asking anyone who has information about these crimes or the suspects to call the RCMP at 902-755-4141. Should you wish to remain anonymous, citizens can also call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by secure online tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. 


QUESTIONS RAISED AS THE DESCRIPTION FOR A PROVINCIAL GOV'T JOB WAS PARTIALLY WRITTEN BY ITS ONLY APPLICANT
Tuesday 26th July 2016
The Premier is taking heat for allowing the only applicant for a government post to help write the job description for it. Marilla Stephenson was recently hired as managing director of corporate and external relations to the executive council office, after working with the province’s Office of Planning and Priorities. A provincial spokesperson says internal postings are a common practice in organizations, but Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie tells the Chronicle Herald that having Stephenson help write what the six-figure job entails before hiring her is a conflict of interest.


THREE MEN FACE DRUG CHARGES IN NEW GLASGOW
Tuesday 26th July 2016
As a result of an ongoing investigation, Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of New Glasgow Regional Police, arrested two adult males and one male youth for several drug offences.  Police executed a search warrant on a Temperance Street residence where a quantity of MDMA (ecstasy), psilocybin (mushrooms), and marijuana were seized. The subjects involved have been released from police custody, to appear in Provincial Court at a later date.  Police have laid several charges against the men for trafficking, possession, and possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance.


HFX POLICE OFFERING SAFETY TIPS FOR WOMEN TAKING CABS *UPDATED 8:50 AM*
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Police in Halifax are offering advice to women to keep them safe following a string of alleged sexual assaults by cab drivers. The force says there have been a dozen similar cases in the past five years. Of those, five were reported to police in the past three months alone. Charges have been laid in five cases, but three others have been closed due to lack of what police call "solvability," while three more remain under investigation and the last one closed at the request of the alleged victim. Police say women should call a taxi instead of hailing one, take note or a photograph of the taxi's company name and make sure the cab displays its licence, driver photo and meter. They also say women should sit in the back seat on the passenger side of the taxi and have a cellphone handy.


SENATE CLAWING BACK DUFFY'S PAY
Tuesday 26th July 2016
The Senate will start clawing back the salary of P-E-I Senator Mike Duffy after he refused to repay about 17-thousand dollars in disputed expense claims before a weekend deadline. Duffy -- who also chose not to have an outside arbitrator hear arguments in the case -- was not immediately available for comment. The claims range from 10-thousand dollars for a personal trainer to eight dollars for personal photos. Duffy's lawyer told the Senate that his spending was given the all-clear by an Ontario Court judge earlier this year when Duffy was acquitted of 31 criminal charges.


ANOTHER FORD FAMILY MEMBER ELECTED TO TORONTO CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Ford Nation is still a political force in Toronto's west end, where the nephew of the late Rob Ford will soon take a seat at city council. Michael Ford easily defeated 11 other candidates yesterday to become city councillor for Ward 2. The byelection was triggered when his uncle, the former Toronto mayor, died in March from a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Ford opened a big lead early and finished with 69.5 per cent of the vote compared with 20.5 per cent for second-place Jeff Canning, a small business owner. The 22-year-old campaigned on the same themes as his uncles Rob and Doug -- customer service and lower taxes -- and said he would emulate them by returning constituent phone calls and showing up at their doors if necessary.


DNC RALLIES AROUND CLINTON IN PHILLY
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Seeking to bridge deep Democratic divides, Bernie Sanders robustly embraced his former rival Monday night as a champion for the same economic causes that enlivened his supporters. He signalled it was time for them, too, to rally behind Hillary Clinton in the campaign against Republican Donald Trump. Sanders got a thunderous ovation from his supporters at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, telling them Clinton must become the next president of the United States, and that she will be "outstanding.'' Earlier, Michelle Obama offered a strong endorsement of Clinton in her prime-time speech. Without mentioning Donald Trump by name, the U-S First Lady said she wants a president who knows issues "cannot be boiled down to 140 characters."


SPORTS JULY 26 *UPDATED 7:55 AM*
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Big congratulations to Pictou County Athletics, winning the Atlantic Championships for the second straight year. The meet was held in Saint John, NB. 43 athletes competed with many achieving personal bests. Click the link for full results.
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Pictou County Gymnastics Summer Day Camp Week 4 will discounted to $115 for those who register today. Week 5 - August 2nd to 5th will be $115. Road to Rio Olympics theme. Come learn about Ellie Black and Canada's Olympic Gymnastics Team (all crafts and activities will be gymnastics themed! No previous gymnastics experience required)
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YMCA is holding a Standard First Aid Course on Wednesday, July 27th and Wednesday, Aug 3rd from 9 - 5 p.m. Cost: Members: $86.25, Non-Members: $97.75. You must pre-register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
Bronze Medallion/Bronze Cross: Friday, Aug 5th 12 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th 12 - 4 p.m., Monday, Aug 8th 12 - 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug 9th 12 - 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug 10th 12 - 4 p.m., Extra day if needed Thursday Aug 11th, 12 - 4 p.m., Exam Friday, Aug 12th 12 - 4 p.m. Cost: Members $140.00, Non-Members $160.00 Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
National Lifeguard Course: Thursday, Aug 4th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 5th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 6th  10 - 4 p.m., Monday Aug 8th 1 - 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug 11th 10 - 3 p.m., Friday, Aug 12th 10 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug 13th 10 - 5 p.m. Standard First Aid and Bronze Cross are a pre-requisite for the National Lifeguard Course. Register at the YMCA Welcome Desk.
Babysitting Course: Saturday, July 30th 9-5 p.m. Cost:  $40.00 Member, $45.00 Non-member Bring a lunch and a doll (if possible) Pre-register and pay by July 28th 2016 at the YMCA Welcome Desk
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Fundy Highland Female Hockey is now accepting coaching applications for the coming season. Anyone interested in coaching female hockey in Pictou County at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam or Midget levels can obtain application forms at www.pcmha.com by clicking on the forms and policies tab on the left. Fundy Highland Female Hockey oversees the administration of female hockey programs for the Pictou County Female Hockey Association (Subway Selects), Colchester Female Minor Hockey (Wilsons Fuels Cyclones) and the Antigonish Bulldogs. Deadline to apply this Friday. Application forms can be sent to coaching coordinator Lesley Heighton at Lesley.heighton@nshealth.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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There's word this morning that five Russian canoeists, including Olympic gold medallist Alexander Dyachenko, have been banned from next month's Rio Olympic Games over doping. The International Canoe Federation says they were all in World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren's report last week, which detailed how Russian state officials allegedly intervened to cover up hundreds of failed drug tests. Separately, World Rowing said today that three Russian rowers would be barred from competing. The decisions come just days after the International Olympic Committee decided against a complete ban on Russians in Rio and left the matter up to individual federations for each sport.
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The Olympic team of Belarus has branded the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil unsanitary, a day after Australia refused to check its athletes in yet over concerns about water leaks and electrical problems. It has complained about having no hot water and a failing sewage system. Alongside pictures on its website of dirty windows and a filthy shower, the Belarus Olympic Committee says "there remains much for the Rio organizing committee to do" to ensure the living conditions meet sanitary requirements.
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The Toronto Argonauts have their first regular-season win on home soil.  Ricky Ray threw three touchdown strikes as the Argos downed the Montreal Alouettes 30-17 at BMO Field.  Toronto had dropped its first two games at its new stadium. The Argos became the first East Division team to win at home this season and moved into a second-place tie with Hamilton.
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Aaron Sanchez is in elite company.  Sanchez pitched seven shutout innings to win his 10th consecutive decision as Toronto topped the San Diego Padres 4-2 at Rogers Centre. Sanchez became the first Blue Jays pitcher to win 10 straight since Roy Halladay won 15 decisions in a row in 2003.
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The N-F-L and the players association have announced a new policy regarding game-day concussion protocol and discipline for clubs that violate the procedure.  Under the new policy, the league and N-F-L-P-A "will follow a strict and fair process to investigate incidents and determine appropriate discipline, including club fines and possible forfeiture of draft picks."


DECK COLLAPSE IN HALIFAX DEEMED NOT CRIMINAL
Monday 25th July 2016
Mounties say no charges are being laid in the collapse of a deck at a Halifax−area home that left six people injured. A Halifax Regional Fire Service spokesman says about 15 people were on the deck when it collapsed and fell about three metres. Division commander Brad Connors says those who were injured sustained lacerations to their legs and arms. A spokesman for the municipality says no further action will be taken because the deck was estimated to be 10 to 15 years old and therefore was not covered under a municipal permit.


POLICE RELEASE STATS AROUND TAXI SEXUAL ASSAULTS
Monday 25th July 2016
Halifax police are confirming there have been 12 alleged sexual assaults by cab drivers in the past five years. Five were reported to police in the past three months, but only two are heading to the courts, prompting a heated debate over taxi safety. The suspects are described as men between the ages 30 and 50 who spoke with an accent. 


SHEET HARBOUR HOSPITAL CLOSED DUE TO FIRE
Monday 25th July 2016
An electrical fire in the Eastern Shore Memorial Hospital over the weekend has resulted in the only emergency room in the Sheet Harbour area being closed for at least the rest of this week. The fire started around 10:00a.m. Saturday. Crews were able to keep the fire contained to the electrical closet where it started, and no damage occurred anywhere else in the building. However, the Nova Scotia Health Authority says the hospital will have to remain closed until testing on the electrical systems and proper clean up can both be completed. In the meantime, residents of the area are without an emergency room, as the nearest one is at the Twin Oaks Memorial Hospital in Musquodoboit Harbour, which is about an hour-long drive away.


SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE DEEMED NO THREAT IN HALIFAX
Monday 25th July 2016
A section of Brunswick Street in Halifax was blocked off to vehicle and pedestrian traffic this morning after a report of a suspicious package. Halifax Regional Police, along with the Explosive Disposal Unit, responded to the scene, and following a brief investigation, determined that it was a “cooler-style bag” with nothing inside. Police have deemed that there was no actual threat, and the area has since been reopened to all traffic.


SHOOTING IN NORTH PRESTON
Monday 25th July 2016
Halifax R-C-M-P are investigating a shooting in the community of North Preston. Police say a man was driving in his vehicle just before midnight when several shots were fired from another vehicle behind him. The man's vehicle was hit several times, but he wasn't injured. Police say the suspect vehicle left the area quickly.


POLICE WATCHDOG INVESTIGATING WEEKEND CAR CRASH
Monday 25th July 2016
The Serious Incident Response Team is investigating a weekend crash that injured two people. R-C-M-P say they tried to stop a car that was driving erratically near Aylesford on Sunday, but broke off the chase after a "short period of time." Police say they were later called to a single-vehicle crash involving the suspect vehicle in Weston. Two people were taken to hospital with injuries — and the Mounties have referred the investigation to the watchdog agency.


TIDAL POWER GROUP MEETING WITH VALLEY FISHERMEN
Monday 25th July 2016
Fishery groups will sit down with members of the energy sector this evening to discuss the plan to deploy two massive turbines in the Bay of Fundy. The Gaspereau River Square-Net Fisherman's Association is holding a public meeting with Cape Sharp Tidal in a community hall near Wolfville. Representatives from other fishers' groups are expected to attend. Cape Sharp Tidal has indefinitely delayed the project to install two one-thousand-tonne turbines in the Minas Passage. The company, a partnership between Emera and OpenHydro, says it's using this time to consult with fishers who oppose the project.


CYBERCRIME CONFERENCE IN HALIFAX
Monday 25th July 2016
Judges, lawyers, legislators and law enforcement officials from around the globe are gathering in Halifax today to discuss the challenges of delivering justice in a digital age. The International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law will tackle cyber-crime at its 29th annual conference in the World Trade and Convention Centre. This year's theme is finding the delicate balance between the individual right to privacy and society's collective security. The conference will run through July 28th.


FAMILY REUNION FAILS TO SET NEW WORLD RECORD
Monday 25th July 2016
A New Brunswick family's attempt at a record-breaking reunion has fallen short of its goal. Around 19-hundred members of the Steeves family filled the Moncton Coliseum on Saturday. But the gathering was 552 people shy of the one-thousand-489 necessary to set the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of individuals with the same last name. Susan Steeves says many relatives were disqualified from the official count because their last names had changed in the 250 years since the family first arrived.


CALGARY MAN HELD IN TURKEY, CHARGED WITH PLOTTING FAILED COUP
Monday 25th July 2016
The family of a Calgary man says he's being held in Turkey on accusations he was a leader of the failed bloody military coup on July 15th. Selman Durmus of Toronto says he was on the phone with his sister on Sunday when her husband -- Davud Hanci -- was arrested while the Hanci family was on vacation in Turkey. Durmus says his sister is not being held, but the family is concerned for the safety of her and her two young sons and want them brought back to Canada. Hanci lives in Calgary and works as an imam for Correctional Service Canada and Alberta correctional services.


SEARCH FOR MISSING BOY IN BC BEING SCALED BACK
Monday 25th July 2016
Parks Canada is scaling back the recovery operation for an 11-year-old Calgary boy who fell into the Yoho River in southeastern B-C. Two boys fell into the river near the Takkakaw Falls Friday evening while visiting Yoho National Park with their family. Parks Canada said one boy was quickly rescued, but the other was swept downstream. An extensive aerial and ground search involving police and emergency agencies continued through the weekend without success, and the search is now being handled by the Golden-Field R-C-M-P as a missing persons case.


NEW ZEALAND SETS GOAL TO REMOVE ALL RATS BY 2050
Monday 25th July 2016
With their ability to travel, multiply and spread disease, rats have long been one of mankind's greatest pests. Now New Zealand says it's time to wipe them out. Every last one of them. Prime Minister John Key on Monday announced an ambitious plan to completely rid the South Pacific nation of rats and other nuisance animals including possums and stoats by the year 2050. The government is hoping a rat-free countryside will give a boost to native birds, including the iconic kiwi. Many native bird species are threatened with extinction because rats and other pests feast on their eggs. New Zealand is hoping to build on its success in eradicating rats from several of its smaller islands. Some scientists caution the goal, while laudable, will be extremely difficult to achieve.


SPORTS - JULY 25 *UPDATED 10:55 AM*
Monday 25th July 2016
Big congratulations to Pictou County Athletics, winning the Atlantic Championships for the second straight year. The meet was held in Saint John, NB. 43 athletes competed with many achieving personal bests. Click the link for full results.
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Cape Breton's Corey Deveaux was the winner in his distance at the Melmerby Triathlon on Sunday at a time of 2:03:22. Shawn Noftall of New Glasgow came in second with a time of 2:16:28. Approximately 140 triathletes took part in the event, with more than 60 from Pictou County.
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In weekend action in the AGR league, the Guysborough Broadhorns defeated the Arisaig Blues in both games of a doubleheader. Game 1 was an 8-4 victory for the Broadhorns, with Cory Avery getting the win and Pat Laffin taking the loss for Arisaig. Guysborough's Geoff Cook hit a 3 run homer and a double, while Aaron & Shawn Long each hit a single, double and triple. In Game 2, Rene D'Entremont pitched a shutout as Guyborough triumphed 12-0. Aaron Long had 4 RBI's with a single, two doubles and a solo home run.
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Fundy Highland Female Hockey is now accepting coaching applications for the coming season. Anyone interested in coaching female hockey in Pictou County at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam or Midget levels can obtain application forms at www.pcmha.com by clicking on the forms and policies tab on the left. Fundy Highland Female Hockey oversees the administration of female hockey programs for the Pictou County Female Hockey Association (Subway Selects), Colchester Female Minor Hockey (Wilsons Fuels Cyclones) and the Antigonish Bulldogs. Deadline to apply this Friday. Application forms can be sent to coaching coordinator Lesley Heighton at Lesley.heighton@nshealth.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Jhonattan Vegas earned his second career P-G-A Tour win at the 2016 R-B-C Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club. The Venezuelan had nine birdies en route to a final round 8-under 64 and a one stroke victory. Amateur Jared du Toit of Kimberly, B-C. was the top Canadian. He finished in ninth place. 
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In the 99th game of the season, Toronto's J.A. Happ reached a career high in wins. Happ and three relievers combined on a one-hitter, and the Blue Jays beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 to avoid a three-game sweep. Happ won his seventh straight decision and surpassed the 12 wins he had for Philadelphia in 2009. He's 13-and-3.
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Toronto finds itself in third place and three games back of the A-L East-leading Orioles after Baltimore beat Cleveland 5-3 for a three-game sweep. Baltimore maintained its game and a-half lead over second-place Boston in the closest division race in baseball. The Red Sox beat the Twins 8-7.
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New York is discussing a trade that would send closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs as part of a swap that would bring 19-year-old shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres to the Yankees, a source told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the A-P on condition of anonymity because talks were ongoing and New York owner Hal Steinbrenner had not made any final decision.
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Canadian hockey star Hayley Wickenheiser said the International Olympic Committee missed an opportunity to take a stand against corruption in sport by delegating the decision on banning Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics to individual sport federations. Wickenheiser, a six-time Olympian and a member of the I-O-C Athletes' Commission, expressed her disappointment with the decision on her Twitter account.
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Serena Williams had to pull out of the Rogers Cup in Montreal because of shoulder inflammation. The three-time Rogers Cup champion was seeded first in the hard-court tournament and was set to have a bye in the first round. Williams is coming off her seventh Wimbledon title earlier this month. The win tied Steffi Graf's record of 22 Grand Slam titles.


HALIFAX PRIDE PARADE DRAWS THOUSANDS OVER THE WEEKEND
Sunday 24th July 2016
Halifax burst with the colours of the rainbow as thousands turned out for the city's 29th annual Pride Parade on Saturday. The procession kicked off at the Halifax Dockyard, weaving its way through the downtown streets until making its final stop at Garrison Grounds along Ahern Avenue. The festivities paused for a moment of silence to commemorate victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando last month. Organizers say this year's parade had a record number of entries. (The Canadian Press)


LACK OF NURSES CLOSES SEVERAL NOVA SCOTIA EMERGENCY ROOMS
Sunday 24th July 2016
Three Nova Scotia hospitals unexpectedly closed their emergency departments this weekend because there weren't enough nurses to cover the shift. Fishermen's Memorial Hospital in Lunenberg is expected to reopen its emergency department this morning after shutting down services Saturday evening. Emergency departments at Glace Bay Hospital in Cape Breton and Soldier's Memorial Hospital in Middleton were closed yesterday and have since reopened. Digby General Hospital is slated to close its emergency department on Monday and Tuesday due to staffing shortages. (The Canadian Press)


$115,000 RAISED AT 15TH ANNUAL PICTOU COUNTY DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Sunday 24th July 2016
There was no sign of slowing down at this year's 15th anniversary of the Race on the River Pictou County Dragon Boat Festival. Festivities began at the opening ceremonies Friday and yesterday 38 teams took part in races throughout the morning and early afternoon. Festival Society President Bob Rogers was overwhelmed by the generosity of the community when announcing $115,000 had been raised this year. The funds are shared by Women Alike Breast Cancer Survivors Society, Special Olympics Northern Region and Pictou County Prostate Cancer Support Association. Online pledges will be accepted until the end of August at www.raceontheriver.com.

Top Team Pledge earners:
Crombie Crushers $35,630
Abreast a River $13,111

Top Corporate pledge earners:
Glen Hynes $25,500
Aaron Bryant $7250

Top community pledge earners:
Shirley Murray $2380
Freddy MacKay $2000

Top special Olympian pledge earner:
Terry MacLeod $1164

Cup Winners
Michelin Cup: Cobequid Fire Eaters
Grant Thornton Cup: NRHS Nighthawks
Race on the River Cup: Dartmouth Dragon Boat East
Town of NG Cup: Reef Knots
East Coast FM Cup: Riverview Rebels
Scotiabank Cup: RBC Dragon Warriors
Sobeys Cup: Michelin Defenders
Bruce F Murray Memorial Cup: Reef Knots
Advocate Cup: Breast A Mix


FIRE IN PICTOU RESTAURANT CAUSES MINOR DAMAGE
Sunday 24th July 2016
A small fire in "Not Your Mama's Kitchen" was quickly extinguished Saturday afternoon when Pictou Fire Department responded to a call of thick smoke in the basement of the building. Pictou Fire Chief Paul Janes says there is no structural damage, however there was some minor smoke and water damage. Owners were able to get out of the building without injury. When speaking to Hector Broadcasting News from the scene, Janes said that once some of the excess smoke had cleared, they would be going back inside to begin assessing for potential causes. We hope to have an update for you on the cause of the blaze later this morning.


SOBEY FOUNDATION DONATES $400,000 TO TRANS CANADA TRAIL
Saturday 23rd July 2016
The Sobey Foundation is donating $400,000 to build a 150 km portion of the Trans Canada Trail through Pictou County.
National Trail President and CEO Deborah Apps says the trail's completion in this area shows the Sobey Foundation's commitment to improving the lives of Pictou County residents and visitors, including Sobey's employees and their families who live and work near the Trail in the local area.
Next summer marks the 150th anniversary of confederation, and Apps is hoping the Pictou County segment will be open in time for those celebrations.


IMPORTANT SATURDAY TRAFFIC NOTE
Saturday 23rd July 2016
The Town of New Glasgow wishes to advise the community that Glasgow Square Parking lot will be closed for the Race on the River-Dragon Boat Festival, and will remain closed 6 o'clock this evening.
Traffic will also be reduced to one lane-east bound on the George Street Bridge and will include the closure of Riverside Parkway from George St. to MacLean Street.
The portion of Dalhousie Street from the Town Hall to Riverside Parkway will also be closed to traffic until 6:00 this evening.
Access to the Riverfront Marina is available southbound today....on a small portion of Riverside Parkway from the George Street Bridge.


***MASS SHOOTING IN MUNICH, GERMANY*** BREAKING *** UPDATED AT 4:40PM***
Friday 22nd July 2016
A major police operation is underway in Munich, Germany where shots have been fired at a shopping centre. The incident began at a McDonald's restaurant at the Olympia-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall in the northern part of Munich. German public broadcaster BR reports that six people have been killed, however police are not confirming that number. Police say some witnesses have reported seeing three gunmen involved in the attack. Munich police are still hunting for the shooter or shooters, saying "the suspects are still on the run." They are urging residents and visitors to stay home, seek safety inside buildings and avoid public places. The city has sent smartphone alerts to tell people to stay indoors. The German rail company Deutsche Bahn has stopped train traffic to Munich's main station and Munich public transit operator MVG has shut down all subway, bus and trolley cars because of the police operation to find the shooters. Police are ascribing no potential motive to the incident as of yet, nor have they given any indication as to a description of the shooter or shooters.


NEW BRUNSWICK HOMICIDE VICTIM IDENTIFIED
Friday 22nd July 2016
Police have identified the 43-year-old woman whose body was found behind a home in Saint John, N.B. They say Tammy Boratynec was unresponsive when she was discovered by a resident of the home on Melrose Street last Sunday. Days later, police said an autopsy determined it was a homicide but released no other details, including the cause of death. A Facebook profile describes Boratynec as a waitress who was originally from Saint Paul, Alberta. The tenant who found her body in the backyard said she was also a resident of the building. She was taken to hospital, but was pronounced dead.


ISLANDS TO BE PROTECTED BY CONSERVATION GROUP
Friday 22nd July 2016
Two islands off Nova Scotia are getting special protections through a conservation group. The Nova Scotia Nature Trust says Laybolt and Witchwood islands have been entrusted to the group by two families in the province. They are over an hour east of Halifax and are home to rare plants and over 30 species of birds. The islands are almost connected at low tide and encompass 140 acres of coastal forests and meadows.


POLICE INVESTIGATING HOME INVASION IN CAPE BRETON
Friday 22nd July 2016
Police in Cape Breton say a man was awoken in his home by two men who kicked in his door and beat him. They say the man called just before five this morning to report that two people had broken into his home in Louisbourg. Police say the men fled without taking anything. The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.


SHARK SIGHTED ALONG SOUTH SHORE
Friday 22nd July 2016
Fisheries officials say people in Liverpool should watch out for a shark roughly 1.5 metres in length that has been spotted swimming around the harbour this week. They say the shark has gone under a popular swimming bridge and into the estuary, grabbing mackerel right off their lines, along with their hooks. Lyndon Mooers was fishing Tuesday night when he says he watched the shark in disbelief as it bit the mackerel off people's hooks. The sightings have prompted the department to put up warnings on the dock where people fish and swim. Bill Wolfe of DFO says he has never heard of sharks coming that far up into the estuary or into the river, adding that it wasn't clear what type of shark it might be.


TATMAGOUCHE EMERGENCY DEPT CLOSURE MUCH SHORTER THAN ANTICIPATED
Friday 22nd July 2016
There has been a change in the closure at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC today, The Emergency Department in Tatamagouche will only be closed from 11am to 1pm today. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or the most appropriate emergency department for care.


GAS PRICE THE SAME, DIESEL DOWN
Friday 22nd July 2016
The price at the pumps is pretty much the same as last week. Regular self-serve gas is unchanged at 96.1 cents per litre, while diesel has dropped a penny to 90.2 cents per litre.


NEW GLASGOW MURDER SUSPECT RETURNS TO COURT NEXT MONTH
Friday 22nd July 2016
The man accused of murdering a woman in New Glasgow last December made a brief appearance in court yesterday. Thirty-six-year-old Robert Jason MacKenzie is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of 33-year-old Nicole Campbell. Campbell's body was found in a Temperance Street apartment on December 30. MacKenzie appeared in court via video link, at which time the defense asked for a brief adjournment to review additional disclosure from the Crown. His next court appearance will be 16 August.


ICE BREAKER HEADED TO NORTH POLE FOR RESEARCH MISSION
Friday 22nd July 2016
Canada's largest icebreaker is scheduled to leave Halifax harbour today on a mission to the North Pole. The Louis S. St-Laurent is carrying a team of international scientists and high-tech gear for mapping the ocean floor. Data collected will be used to define the outer limits of Canada's continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean. Once analyzed, a submission on an official claim to the pole is expected to be presented to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in 2018.


HELP FOR HASSELHOFF? UNB TEAM WORKING ON DRONE TO AID LIFEGUARDS
Friday 22nd July 2016
A development team at U-N-B is working on a drone it hopes could help prevent drownings off beaches around the world. The trio, from Iran, say the "Breeze Bird" is an easy to use device that can get safety equipment like a flotation ring to someone in distress faster than a lifeguard can by swimming. The drone can drop the ring with the push of a button. The developers stress the idea is to provide lifeguards with another tool and not to replace them.


POLICE CONDUCT LIKELY TO BE REVIEWED DURING INQUIRY INTO MURDERED ABORIGINAL WOMEN
Friday 22nd July 2016
Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says policing will have to be under the microscope in any inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. She tells The Canadian Press everything from the quality of police searches to investigations themselves will require review because outcomes seem to be affected if victims are indigenous women. The minister's remarks come a day after draft terms of reference for the inquiry were circulated online. They did not explicitly state the need to examine the role of police or their conduct. Issues with officer behaviour and investigations were raised by families of murdered and missing indigenous women during the government's pre-inquiry consultation period.


TRUMP'S COMMENTS ON NATO NOT HELPING: DEFENCE MINISTER
Friday 22nd July 2016
Canada's defence minister accuses Donald Trump of making some unhelpful comments about NATO. Trump told The New York Times this week that some members of the alliance aren't spending enough on defence, and if he's elected that would change. Trump's comments appeared to be aimed at European allies, although Canada is near the back of the NATO pack in defence spending. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canada can be proud of its contributions to the alliance, including a recent promise to lead a deployment to Latvia.


PREMIERS TO DISCUSS HEALTH FUNDING TODAY
Friday 22nd July 2016
Health funding from Ottawa will be the main topic of discussion today as the country's 13 premiers continue their meeting in Yukon. The premiers want the federal share of health funding to go up to 25 per cent from the current 20 per cent. However, some premiers are concerned whether new money would come with strings attached. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says they know what to do, they just need the means to do it better. B-C Premier Christy Clark says she's not so concerned, saying she'd be prepared to consider targeted federal funds for services such as mental health. Host Premier Darrell Pasloski of Yukon says the premiers agreed that funds for specific health-care goals need to be considered as part of the overall system. The meeting is scheduled to wrap up today.
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Premiers meeting in Whitehorse say a free trade deal between the provinces and territories remains elusive. Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard says a "small number of outstanding issues" are keeping him and his counterparts from reaching a deal. But he says he's not giving up on them coming to an agreement by the time their annual summer meeting wraps up on Friday.


SPORTS - JULY 22
Friday 22nd July 2016
The Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 7-6 and the Orioles defeated the Cardinals 9-8 in games played this week in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Softball League at the Albion Field in Stellarton. Top hitters included  Claudette Wolfe and Vanessa Heighton each hitting   a double and two singles: Laura Turner and Christa Webber both connected  for a triple and single: while  Stacey Ferguson and Samantha Williams stroked  three singles each.
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A total of 43 athletes with the Pictou County Athletics program – some of them part of the coaching staff – are travelling to Moncton tomorrow for the Atlantic track and field championships. The group will be looking to defend its 2015 club championship.
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For the first time since 2002, the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals returns to the Truro area at Pleasant Valley Raceway this weekend. There are a handful of local connections this year, with Tyler Medaglia, Mitchell Cooke on their home track and Logan Gallant to race in MX1, along with Halifax’s Davey Fraser competing in MX2. The action kicks off Saturday with the amateur races, while the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley on Sunday.
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Fundy Highland Female Hockey is now accepting coaching applications for the coming season. Anyone interested in coaching female hockey in Pictou County at the Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam or Midget levels can obtain application forms at www.pcmha.com by clicking on the forms and policies tab on the left. Fundy Highland Female Hockey oversees the administration of female hockey programs for the Pictou County Female Hockey Association (Subway Selects), Colchester Female Minor Hockey (Wilsons Fuels Cyclones) and the Antigonish Bulldogs. Deadline to apply is 29 July. Application forms can be sent to coaching coordinator Lesley Heighton at Lesley.heighton@nshealth.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Calgary sure takes advantage of its time off. Bo Levi Mitchell threw three touchdown passes as the Stampeders beat the host Blue Bombers 33-18. That's Calgary's 14th win in a row after a bye week. The Stamps have also won eight straight in Winnipeg.
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Dustin Johnson waited until the final hole to make his move. Johnson eagled the 18th to jump into a tie with fellow American Luke List in first-round play at the Canadian Open. Both players finished the day 6-under 66 at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario. Amateur Jared du Toit of Kimberly, B-C shot a 5 under.
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Another victory for the Red Sox. They once took sole possession of first place in the A-L East with a 13-2 win over the visiting Twins. The Orioles had pulled even with the Red Sox earlier in the day when they beat the Yankees 4-1. Boston's win put the Red Sox back on top by a half-game.
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A person familiar with J-J Watt's condition said the Houston Texans' star defensive end has had back surgery and will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. A source spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't confirmed the surgery or Watts' roster status. Watts is the two-time reigning defensive player of the year.
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A lawyer for Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green says a misdemeanour assault-and-battery charge from a confrontation near the Michigan State campus could be resolved before the U-S basketball team competes in the Rio Olympics. The U-S team starts play in Rio on August 6th.
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The Spanish basketball federation says that centre Marc Gasol will miss the Olympics in Rio after failing to recover from a broken foot in time. Gasol has not played since he broke his right foot in February while playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. Spain won silver medals in men's basketball at the last two Olympics, losing the finals to the United States.


APARTMENT BUILDING IN HALIFAX LOSING BRICKS
Thursday 21st July 2016
It was raining bricks in Halifax this afternoon, as a south-end apartment building lost a significant amount of its outer layer. The Sherwood, on Rhuland Street, has a large section on the seventh storey without any bricks, and a major pile laying on the sidewalk below. Halifax Police have the road in front of the building closed as a precaution. It is still unclear what caused the bricks to fall off the face of the building. CBC News is reporting that another panel of bricks look loose and ready to fall, as they appear to be peeling away from the wall.


NO COMPENSATION FOR LOST REVENUE ON SHRIMP QUOTA REDUCTION
Thursday 21st July 2016
The federal fisheries minister says Ottawa will not compensate fishermen in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick who are facing reductions in their northern shrimp quotas. During a news conference in Halifax on Thursday, Dominic LeBlanc said the fishery is still viable for those fishermen, so compensation is not needed. LeBlanc recently scrapped the last-in, first-out (LIFO) policy and replaced it with a system of proportional sharing. Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell has said scrapping LIFO could spell disaster for Nova Scotia fishermen, the pioneers of the fishery, who have invested heavily in the northern shrimp based on the protections of the policy. LeBlanc says his decision on LIFO was based on science and is in the best interest of the shrimp stocks. He says proportional sharing is the most fair and equitable way to manage the fishery.


POLICE INVESTIGATE ALLEGED FIFTH SEXUAL ASSUALT BY TAXI DRIVER IN HALIFAX AREA
Thursday 21st July 2016
Halifax police are investigating another sexual assault involving a cab driver, and suggest it may be linked to other recent attacks. Police say a woman was picked up by a cab between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. on July 15 in Halifax. When the woman asked how much she owed for the ride, the driver said he was having problems with the meter that would take a few minutes to fix. While waiting, police say the man tried to kiss the woman, locked her door and touched her in a "sexual manner" over her clothing without her consent. Police say the man spoke with an accent, and was about five-feet-seven-inches, with short dark hair and pronounced nose. It's the fifth assault involving a cab driver in recent months, and police are investigating the possibility that it is related to some of the earlier incidents.


PROVINCE HAS ELIMINATED HOME CARE WAITLISTS IN MANY AREAS: GLAVINE
Thursday 21st July 2016
The province says that government and its partners have eliminated home care waitlists in many communities. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says Nova Scotians want, and are getting, faster access to home care. Glavine says the waitlist eliminations, in places like the Annapolis Valley, Pictou, Shelburne, Digby, Clare, and Antigonish, are due to the province working with home support agencies, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and the N-S-G-E-U to improve communication and scheduling. On any given day, more than 14 thousand Nova Scotians receive home care services such as personal care, meal preparation, respite care, housekeeping and nursing. 


EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IN TATAMAGOUCHE CLOSED FOR PART OF FRIDAY
Thursday 21st July 2016
Nova Scotia Health Authority is advising the public of a temporary Emergency Department closure at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC in Tatamagouche on Friday. The CEC will be closed between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. due to an unexpected lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre or the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to 811 where callers can receive around the clock advice and information from a registered nurse.


RACE ON THE RIVER CLOSURES BEGIN TOMORROW
Thursday 21st July 2016
With the Race on the River coming this weekend, there will be street closures in New Glasgow. The Glasgow Square Parking lot will be closed as of 6am Friday morning for site set up and preparations, and will remain closed until Saturday at 6pm. Traffic will be reduced to one lane eastbound on the George Street Bridge and will include the closure of Riverside Parkway from George to MacLean Streets beginning 6pm Friday until 6pm Saturday. Dalhousie  Street from the Town Hall to Riverside Parkway will also be closed to traffic from 6pm Friday to 6pm Saturday. Access to the Riverfront Marina is available southbound, both Friday and Saturday on a small portion of Riverside Parkway from the George Street Bridge.


15 YEAR OLD CHARGED IN MURDER OF JOSEPH CAMERON
Thursday 21st July 2016
Halifax Regional Police have charged a 15-year-old boy with first-degree murder in the death of Joseph Douglas Cameron. Cameron's body was found on a Dartmouth sidewalk on March 29. A 17-year-old boy also faces a first-degree murder charge in his death. Police say the 15-year-old was arrested Wednesday morning and will appear in Halifax provincial youth court today.


VIDA CANNABIS WINS ASSESSMENT APPEAL
Thursday 21st July 2016
A proposed medical marijuana production facility in Stellarton has won an appeal of its assessment. Vida Cannabis was originally assessed at $3.5 Million for its 315,000-square-foot facility. The company appealed to the Utility and Review Board, saying there was not enough depreciation allowance for the building. The Board agreed to set a lower assessment, as judged by an outside assessor, of just under $2.4 Million.


NOVA SCOTIA MP HELPED IN RESCUE OF TEEN BOYS IN TIDNISH
Thursday 21st July 2016
A woman is thanking a local politician for helping rescue her son, who had abandoned his drifting canoe and was bobbing in the Northumberland Strait. The woman, who didn't want to use her name, says Liberal MP Bill Casey raced to the waters off Tidnish when a neighbour alerted him to two teens who were getting in trouble in their canoe. The member for Cumberland-Colchester was at his cottage when someone yelled for him to get his boat to help them about a kilometre off shore last weekend. He and a neighbour raced to the scene and found an empty canoe, prompting them to begin scanning the waters in the area for the teens, who were not wearing life-jackets. Casey used a rope to pull one teen on his boat while a boat hook was used to reach the other. Neither was injured.


HALIFAX POLICE ACCUSED OF PERPETUATING STEREOTYPES IN CAB ASSAULT CASES
Thursday 21st July 2016
Critics say police in Halifax are perpetuating damaging stereotypes in their descriptions of drivers suspected of sexual assault. Three of the four suspects in a recent spate of alleged sexual assaults by cab drivers were described in police reports as "Middle Eastern." The head of the Toronto-based Canadian Arab Institute is calling for police to stop using that term, saying it encourages negative stereotypes. Halifax police say they're willing to discuss changing their language.


CRIME FIGURES DOWN IN NS, PEI
Thursday 21st July 2016
New Statistics Canada figures show while the national crime rate went up three per cent, two Atlantic provinces experienced a decline last year. P-E-I and Nova Scotia bucked the national trend in 2015 registering 12 and nine per cent decreases respectively. But rate increases were recorded in the remaining Atlantic provinces. Newfoundland and Labrador posted a four per cent increase, while New Brunswick saw a 10 per cent rise in crime. 


EMERA REPLACES MARITIME LINK CONTRACTOR
Thursday 21st July 2016
The Spanish company hired to build the Maritime Link power transmission line between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland has been replaced. Emera, says work on the project designed to transport power from Muskrat Falls in Labrador, has been turned over to E-U-S Rokstad Power, a company based in Alberta and B.C. The firm that had been working on the overhead lines, Abengoa S-A, filed for creditor protection in November. Rick Janega, CEO of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador, says the goal is to complete the link on budget by later 2017.


RAINBOW FLAGS HEADED TO MONTAGUE AFTER COUNCIL DECISION
Thursday 21st July 2016
A rush delivery of rainbow flags and signs is on its way to Montague, P-E-I after the town council's refusal to raise the pride flag. Provincial pride chair Tyler Murnaghan says members of the pride events organizing committee will travel to the community today to hand out rainbow pride flags to businesses. Mayor Richard Collins says town council decided last year it would cease flying flags in support of groups, whatever their merits, as each request was taking time at council meetings.


WAR OF WORDS OVER CANADA-US SOFTWOOD LUMBER DISPUTE
Thursday 21st July 2016
Canada's ambassador to the United States is countering comments made by a group of American senators who have signed a public letter against softwood lumber exports. Earlier this week, 25 senators sent a letter to U-S Trade Representative Michael Froman that alleged Canadian lumber is subsidized, unfairly traded and has had decades worth of well-documented adverse economic impacts in the U-S. Ambassador David MacNaughton shot back, saying Canada is committed to working with the United States to find a "durable solution" that makes the share of Canadian imports in the American market more predictable.  He added that despite repeated investigations and litigation over the past 35 years, there have never been findings of a countervailing subsidy or of an adverse impact that has survived legal challenge.


SPORTS - JULY 21 *UPDATED 7:55 AM*
Thursday 21st July 2016
For the first time since 2002, the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals returns to the Truro area at Pleasant Valley Raceway this weekend. There are a handful of local connections this year, with Tyler Medaglia, Mitchell Cooke on their home track and Logan Gallant to race in MX1, along with Halifax’s Davey Fraser competing in MX2. The action kicks off Saturday with the amateur races, while the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley on Sunday.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Russia has lost its appeal against the ban on its track and field athletes from the Rio Olympics. The Court of Arbitration for sport has rejected the appeal by 68 Russian athletes trying to overturn the ban imposed by the I-double-A-F. The ruling could have implications for Russia's entire Olympic team, whose participation in Rio is at risk over allegations of state-sponsored doping. The executive board of the International Olympic Committee will meet Sunday by teleconference to discuss the issue.
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Quite the day for Toronto's Darwin Barney. He made his first career start in left field and tripled in two runs as the Blue Jays beat the Diamondbacks 10-4. Barney also made two nice catches, including one up against the wall. Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers.
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Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista hasn't missed a beat. He hit a solo home run in his first at-bat with the class-A Dunedin Blue Jays while on a rehab assignment. He's been on the D-L with turf toe since June 17th. Bautista is expected to play three rehab games for triple-A Buffalo. He could rejoin the Blue Jays on Monday.
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The Boston Red Sox have leapfrogged Baltimore for control of the A-L East Division standings. Boston downed the San Francisco Giants 11-7 while the reeling Orioles fell into second place, a half-game back, after a 5-0 defeat to the Yankees. That was Baltimore's fourth straight loss. Toronto is one game back of Boston.
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Bryce Harper led an offensive outburst with a towering home run into the third deck in right field as the Washington Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1. Harper's 20th home run of the season travelled an estimated 451 feet off Bud Norris in the first inning. The reigning National League M-V-P later walked and scored a run.
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Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder is facing the prospect of season-ending neck surgery after an M-R-I revealed a herniated disk just above an area that was repaired two years ago.  Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo were both placed on the 15-day disabled list by the slumping A-L West leaders. Later, Texas lost its third straight, 7-4 to the Angels.
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Toronto F-C added some depth at forward by signing Canadian international Tosaint Ricketts. The move was expected since Ricketts has been training with the M-L-S team since late May. And the Vancouver Whitecaps acquired striker Fabian Espindola from D-C United in exchange for general allocation money.


FEDS SAY THEY CAN DO NOTHING ABOUT MISSING FERRY
Wednesday 20th July 2016
A federal cabinet minister says he hates feeling powerless to solve problems with a ferry between P-E-I and Nova Scotia. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay -- who is M-P for the P-E-I riding of Cardigan -- says he wishes he could use his influence around the cabinet table to solve the problems with the M-V Holiday Island. The ferry -- one of two that goes from Wood Islands, P-E-I to Caribou, Nova Scotia -- has been out of service all season after the need for extensive repairs was discovered at the last minute. The M-V Confederation has been making six round trips per day to take up the slack.


CRIME RATE UP NATIONALLY, DOWN PROVINCIALLY
Wednesday 20th July 2016
While Statistics Canada figures show the national crime rate went up three per cent in 2015 -- two of the Atlantic provinces showed a decline. Prince Edward Island bucked the rising-crime trend with a 12 per cent decrease in its crime rate. Nova Scotia also saw its crime rate go down, by nine per cent. On the other hand, Newfoundland and Labrador posted a four per cent increase in its crime rate, while New Brunswick saw a 10 per cent spike.


DALHOUSIE GROUP EXPLORING THE USE OF SCRAPPED TIRES FOR BUILDING PROJECTS
Wednesday 20th July 2016
An environmental engineer says research at Dalhousie University could make Nova Scotia a world leader in resolving the environmental and health issues related to scrap tires. A team of international students is investigating whether material from recycled tires can be used to strengthen soil for engineering projects like bridges, buildings and highways. A lot of soft soils in Nova Scotia are too weak to support infrastructure, but mixing the aggregate with it will reinforce the strength of the foundation soil, allowing it to be built on without any risk.


POLICE INVESTIGATING NG MARINA THEFTS
Wednesday 20th July 2016
New Glasgow Regional Police is seeking public assistance to solve a break and enter and theft at the New Glasgow Marina. Tuesday morning between 1 and 7:30am, an unknown number of suspects broke into fifteen boats at the marina, taking alcohol and a BBQ. New Glasgow Regional Police investigators and New Glasgow Regional Police Forensic Unit are in the preliminary stage of the investigation and continue to investigate. New Glasgow Regional Police is asking anyone who may have witnessed this crime, or has information about this crime or the suspect(s), to call the New Glasgow Regional Police at 902 852-1941 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637). You can also access Secure Web Tips here. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers could qualify for a cash reward of $50 - $2000.


SOME FEE INCREASES IN NEW GLASGOW BUDGET
Wednesday 20th July 2016
New Glasgow town council approved a balanced budget of $19.1 Million at their regular meeting, and while there is no rise in taxes, there are some increases in your municipal bill. The annual solid waste charge is going up $35 per residential unit. The town’s pollution control rate is increasing from $1.04 to $1.34 per cubic metre of water consumed, meaning an increase of about $72 per year for the average household. Capital budget costs are expected to total $4.3 million – $1 million of which is expected to go towards the purchase of land and construction of a new street for the Aberdeen Hospital access point to the new emergency department.


PEI GOV'T CRITICIZED OVER PRIVACY BREACH
Wednesday 20th July 2016
The P-E-I government is drawing criticism for its handling of a privacy breach involving photos taken of residents of a long term care home that were shared on social media. A C-B-C report says one photo shared on Snapchat in the spring of 2015 was a head shot of a deceased resident of the Margaret Stewart Ellis Home in O'Leary. The Opposition Tories want the immediate release of information about an incident the party alleges was "covered up" for more than a year. Health P-E-I confirms an "unfortunate incident involving the breach" occurred, but says it can't speak to details because of privacy concerns.


NEW CHILD BENEFIT BEGINS TODAY
Wednesday 20th July 2016
The federal government's new non-taxable, income-tested child benefit rolls out today. The average family will receive about 23-hundred dollars under the program, which was a key plank in the Liberals' election platform. The government predicts the benefit will cut the child poverty rate in Canada to 6.7 per cent from 11.2 per cent by this time next year. Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says the new, one-payment system is simpler than the three separate benefits it replaces.


PUBLIC SERVICE MINISTER PLEDGES TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT WITH PAY
Wednesday 20th July 2016
The minister responsible for the federal government's dysfunctional new pay system says civil servants who have had to max out credit cards will be compensated. Public Services Minister Judy Foote says her department will make things right for anyone who's been placed in dire circumstances because of errors with the Phoenix system. She says heads may roll after investigations into the system are complete. The government says 82-thousand public employees have had trouble getting compensation, including some who haven't been paid for months.


PREMIERS TALKING TRADE IN WHITEHORSE
Wednesday 20th July 2016
Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski says freer trade between the provinces and territories is a top issue at high-level meetings starting today in Whitehorse. The premiers are in the North for their annual gathering, which Pasloski says will focus on renewing a trade agreement to allow provinces and territories to do business with each other in the same way Canada free trades with other countries. The final touches on the elusive trade pact between the provinces, territories and the federal government are expected to be on the table during meetings of the Council of the Federation, which represents the 10 provinces and three territories. The premiers are meeting with aboriginal leaders today and continue talks Thursday and Friday. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says it's ridiculous that B-C wine can be bought overseas but barriers prevent its sale in Ontario. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not be at the meetings, but the federal presence will cast a long shadow as the premiers discuss health care, climate change, disaster relief and pension reform.


FORMER PRIEST GRANTED PAROLE
Wednesday 20th July 2016
The Parole Board of Canada has granted full parole to a former priest who abused more than a dozen boys over two decades. George Ansel Smith has served only a third of his 11-year sentence, but the board says he's a low risk to reoffend. Smith pleaded guilty to 41 offences from 1969 to 1989 in several communities in western Newfoundland. Now in his late 70's, he awaits placement in a seniors home in an undisclosed location.


COMEDY WRITER/DIRECTOR GARRY MARSHALL HAS DIED
Wednesday 20th July 2016
The man behind the T-V hits "Happy Days" and "Laverne & Shirley" has died. Garry Marshall was 81. His publicist says Marshall died Tuesday in Burbank, California, of complications from pneumonia after having a stroke. Marshall's career as a writer and director began in the 60's and also included such box-office hits as "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride."


SPORTS - JULY 20
Wednesday 20th July 2016
For the first time since 2002, the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals returns to the Truro area at Pleasant Valley Raceway this weekend. There are a handful of local connections this year, with Tyler Medaglia, Mitchell Cooke on their home track and Logan Gallant to race in MX1, along with Halifax’s Davey Fraser competing in MX2. The action kicks off Saturday with the amateur races, while the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley on Sunday.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Blue Jays continue to inch closer to first place in the A-L East. Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run shot and Aaron Sanchez threw seven strong innings as Toronto beat the Diamondbacks 5-1. The Jays pulled within 1 1/2 games of first-place Baltimore in the division with the win. Sanchez improved to 9-0 in his last 15 starts.
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Jose Bautista is on his way back. The Blue Jays slugger is expected to begin a rehab assignment today with Class A Dunedin. He could rejoin Toronto when it opens a three-game interleague series at home against San Diego on Monday. Jays manager John Gibbons said Bautista will be the designated hitter in some games as well as his customary position in right field.
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Melky Cabrera hit a tie-breaking homer leading off the seventh inning as the White Sox snapped a five-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Todd Frazier added a two-run shot in the ninth while Canadian Brett Lawrie also hit a solo home run. It was Chicago's first win since July 9.
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A wild second half in Vancouver. Kendall Waston scored in the 78th minute as the Whitecaps tied Crystal Palace of the English Premier League 2-2 in a friendly. David Edgar had the other goal for Vancouver, while Fraizer Campbell scored twice for Palace. Several top players for each side didn't play in the matchup.
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The U-F-C says heavyweight Brock Lesnar failed a second doping test in a sample taken on the night of his victory over Mark Hunt at U-F-C 200. The U-S Anti-Doping Agency notified Lesnar last week about his first potential violation of the U-F-C's policy. The U-F-C says Lesnar tested positive for the same unnamed substance in both tests.


TRURO POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING GIRL
Tuesday 19th July 2016
A 14-year old girl has been reported missing by Truro Police, after she has not been seen since July 8. Olivia Richard was last seen that day wearing black leggings with a tree pattern, a red and white Canada shirt and a grey hoodie. She is 5’4”, weighs 130 lbs and has brown shoulder-length hair. Police are not confirming if this is the same Olivia Richard who was reported missing in June of 2014 and again in January of 2015. Anyone with knowledge as to Richard's whereabouts is asked to contact Truro Police Service.


TRAILER PARK BOYS SEASON 11 TO GET PROVINCIAL SUPPORT
Tuesday 19th July 2016
The Trailer Park Boys T-V series and a documentary are getting funding through a Nova Scotia film fund. The money is coming from the Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. The documentary Hinchinbrook is receiving 145-thousand dollars. And, Trailer Park Boys Season 11 has been approved for 1.4 million dollars.


POLITICIANS LOOK FOR RETURN OF SECOND FERRY
Tuesday 19th July 2016
Politicians on both sides of the Northumberland Strait say delays with a ferry service are taking an economic toll. The M-V Holiday Island runs between P-E-I and Nova Scotia, but has been in drydock in Quebec waiting for repairs since May. Island M-L-A Darlene Compton and Pictou West M-L-A Karla MacFarlane travelled across the strait on another ferry today. They say the ferry service between Wood Islands and Caribou is key to provincial trade and transported almost 400-thousand passengers last year.


MAJOR GLOBAL SPORTING EVENT COMING TO HALIFAX
Tuesday 19th July 2016
Canada's Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against Chile will take place on an indoor hard court in Halifax. Tennis Canada made the announcement Tuesday. The tie will take place Sept. 16-18 at the Scotiabank Centre. Canada, looking to retain its World Group status for 2017, is ranked 12th in the world, while Chile is 23rd. This will be the ninth time the two countries have played each other in Davis Cup with the record standing at 4-4. The home country has won each previous matchup. The last time they met was in 2008, when Chile defeated Canada 3-2 in a zone group semifinal in Santiago. Canada started the season in the World Group for the fifth consecutive year. The team, missing top players Milos Raonic and Daniel Nestor, lost its first-round tie 5-0 against France in Guadeloupe. Chile has reached the World Group play-offs for the first time in four years after defeating Dominican Republic and Colombia in Americas Zone Group I competition. Canada must win in September to remain in the World Group for 2017. A loss would relegate the team back to Americas Zone Group I for next year where it has not played since 2011. "We are very happy to be awarded a home tie after two very tough back-to-back road ties in the last year," Canadian Davis Cup team captain Martin Laurendeau said in a statement. "We are also very excited to be heading back to Halifax as the World Group play-off there in 2014 was a huge success for us. The city, the venue and the crowd provided us with the ideal conditions to win and keep our spot in the World Group, and we will need that same support this time around against Chile as they will pose another big challenge for us."


POWER RATES TO RISE IN 2017, 2018, & 2019
Tuesday 19th July 2016
Save some more space in your budget for your electricity bill. A decision released by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board today approves increases to residential consumers of 1.3 percent for the each of the next three years. The increases come after a consensus agreement Nova Scotia Power signed last month with the province's consumer advocate, small business advocate, industrial group and municipal electric utilities. A hearing in November will determine if there is an outstanding balance for this year's fuel costs and, if so, how it will be dealt with.


SECOND MAYORAL CANDIDATE COMING SOON IN NEW GLASGOW
Tuesday 19th July 2016
Another person will soon enter the race for New Glasgow mayor. While there has been no official announcement, Mark Firth did say on his Facebook page that he is preparing to run. This will be Firth's second mayoral campaign. He joins Henderson Paris on the ballot for the October 15th vote.


HALIFAX TAXI INDUSTRY "IN STATE OF CRISIS"
Tuesday 19th July 2016
The head of a group representing 400 taxi drivers in Halifax says the local industry is in a state of crisis. Dave Buffett made the comment after police said they were looking for a cab driver accused of groping a woman in his van. It was the fourth alleged sexual assault by a Halifax cab driver in three months. Buffett says more oversight is needed.


REVIEW OF PEI ABORTION LAWS REJECTED
Tuesday 19th July 2016
A P-E-I Supreme Court judge has rejected an application seeking a judicial review of the province's abortion policy and laws. Justice Nancy Key told Kevin Arsenault there must be a larger public interest than his personal objection to abortion. Arsenault argued abortions are not medically required and that the province was “acting outside its statutory authority.’’ Government lawyer Robert MacNevin countered that unborn fetuses have no legal standing in Canada.


NEW BUILDING FOR ST. FX PRESIDENT
Tuesday 19th July 2016
St. Francis Xavier University is the recipient of a new official residence for its president. The home, which won a provincial award for its design, was donated by Steve Smith, the president of the Central Group of Companies. Smith, a graduate of St. FX, says he hopes the home becomes an extension of the university, supporting its academic mission. The president's residence will be known as Smith House.


OTTAWA SAYS IT COULD TAKE MONTHS TO SOLVE PAYROLL PROBLEMS
Tuesday 19th July 2016
The federal government has apologized for a massive problem with its new pay system that affects more than one-quarter of its roughly 300-thousand employees. The problem is rooted in the new Phoenix pay program which was brought online several months ago. Since then, civil servants have complained about being short-changed on their pay stubs, not being paid enough, or in rare cases being paid more than they should. Some said they hadn't been paid in months, forcing them to max out credit cards, miss mortgage payments and default on student loans. The government says about 400 civil servants can expect emergency payments by the middle of next week but warn it could take months to fully correct the system. In the meantime, the government is exploring ways it can compensate employees for out-of-pocket expenses such as bank and credit card fees. The union representing most federal civil servants has already gone to court over the issue and is vowing to take "significant action" as early as next week if more urgent problems aren't fixed immediately.


FLORIDA GUNMAN WAS TAUNTED AT HIS JOB FOR BEING MUSLIM
Tuesday 19th July 2016
Newly released records show the gunman who opened fire at a Florida gay nightclub told his bosses he lied about having terrorist ties to get co-workers off his back about being Muslim. In records released by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office on Monday, Omar Mateen tells his employers he was repeatedly taunted for his religion in his job as a security guard at the county courthouse. His remarks prompted an FBI investigation in 2013 and caused enough concern that officials asked employer G4S Secure Solutions to have him reassigned, away from the courthouse. But the documents show the FBI didn't believe he was a terrorist and an agent told a sheriff's office major he didn't think Mateen "would go postal or anything like that." Mateen's rampage left 49 victims dead and 53 wounded at the Orlando club.


SPORTS - JULY 19
Tuesday 19th July 2016
The Northern Nova United Soccer Club won two bronze medals from the Gunn Baldursson Memorial Soccer Tournament over the weekend. Both the U14 and U16 Falcons teams finished third in the all-female tournament, hosted by Acadia University. Three other Falcons teams competed – the senior women’s blue team and two U10 teams. The U16 team advanced to the semi-finals with a record of two wins and a tie, for first place in their four-team division. The Falcons were edged out in their semi-final by the Yarmouth Pet Valu Clippers, who scored with minutes left in the game to break a tie for a final score of 3-2. Haley Ingemansen scored both goals for the local squad, and Eva Wornell was named player of the game. In the bronze medal game, the NNU team faced East Hants. Ingemansen scored early in the game, with East Hants tying it up before the first half ended. Ingemansen, who was named player of the game, netted another and then Olivia Fraser added an insurance goal for a final score of 3-1 to claim bronze.
The U14 team finished the round robin with one win and two ties to move onto the semi-final where they were defeated by East Hants 2-1. Sarah Higdon scored the only goal for the local girls. The bronze medal game against Dartmouth United resulted in a 4-1 win for the Falcons, with goals by Georgie Gunn, Cassie Clarke, Abby Lou MacDonald and Rebekah Lowther. The senior women’s blue team had a scoreless draw against Kings West, a 2-0 win over the Halifax Hotspurs and a 2-0 loss to the HDSC Storm, failing to proceed to the semi-final. The U10 division doesn’t keep score or track standings, in accordance with Soccer Nova Scotia policy.
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For the first time since 2002, the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals returns to the Truro area at Pleasant Valley Raceway this weekend, July 23rd and 24th. There are a handful of local connections this year, with Tyler Medaglia, Mitchell Cooke on their home track and Logan Gallant to race in MX1, along with Halifax’s Davey Fraser competing in MX2. The action kicks off next Saturday with the amateur races, while the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley on Sunday.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Yonder Alonso drove in three runs with a pair of two-out hits to back Kendall Graveman's fifth straight win, and the Athletics beat the Astros 7-4. Oakland's Khris Davis hit his fourth home run in three games
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.  Alex Rodriguez hit his 696th career homer and the Yankees' bullpen trio closed up shop for the second straight game to help New York beat the division-leading Orioles 2-1. Flame thrower Aroldis Chapman hit 105 miles-per-hour while locking down his 19th save. Toronto sits 2-and-a-half games back of Baltimore in the A-L East. 
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P-K Subban was a hit in his arrival in Music City. The Predators took their new All-Star defenceman on a trip around town that featured Subban jumping on stage at a renowned honky-tonk to belt out Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." Then the Predators introduced Subban to reporters and a few fans in their first chance to show off the man they picked up last month in Nashville's trade with Montreal.
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A federal judge in Houston has sentenced the former scouting director of the Cardinals to nearly four years in prison for hacking the Astros' player personnel database and email system. Christopher Correa had pleaded guilty in January to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014, the same year he was promoted to director of baseball development in St. Louis.
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Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre plans to make another trip back to Lambeau Field. Favre will appear at a halftime ceremony of Green Bay's game on October 16th against Dallas. The ceremony will honour Favre's induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Favre and the organization have mended their relationship following his bitter departure in 2008.


***UPDATE***MISSING NEW GLASGOW TEEN FOUND SAFE
Monday 18th July 2016
New Glasgow Regional Police have located Colby Ray Birks of New Glasgow who was reported missing earlier today. Police located him safe and sound.


ABORIGINAL LAWYERS SAY MORE RACIAL DIVERSITY NEEDED AMONG JUDGES
Monday 18th July 2016
A Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq lawyer says she and other advocates will be watching carefully over the next year to see how dozens of openings for federal and provincial judges are filled. Naiomi Metallic -- a chairwoman of aboriginal law and policy at Dalhousie University -- is among those suggesting Canada should seize the opportunity to increase racial diversity in what is now a "judiciary of whiteness." A recent Policy Options magazine report estimates just one per cent of the country's more than 21-hundred judges in the provincial superior and lower courts are aboriginal, while only three per cent are racial minorities. Nova Scotian social worker Robert Wright says there should be more minority judges in a province where the justice system sees an over-representation of black and aboriginal accused, and child welfare cases often require cultural sensitivity.


AMBULANCE WAIT TIMES DROP IN P.E.I.
Monday 18th July 2016
The P.E.I. government says it has reduced the average time people wait for ambulances and emergency health services on the Island. The province says that as of June 30, the average ambulance response time was eight minutes and 23 seconds — down from nine minutes and 12 seconds three months earlier. Health and Wellness Minister Robert Henderson says the addition of ambulances and a new dispatch technology have helped improve the response times even with a higher number of 911 calls for the period. Island EMS began using a new system that captures the geo-locations of all active ambulances in the province at any given time, allowing dispatchers to move ambulances where they are needed. The most common ambulance calls for that period were for general malaise, falls, breathing problems, chest pain and traffic collisions.


STUDY OF URBAN FOREST TO BE COMPLETED THIS SUMMER
Monday 18th July 2016
Researchers in Halifax are taking a close look at the city's urban forest. The municipality and Dalhousie University are teaming up to research everything from the percentage of tree cover and types of tree species to the height and width of trees in specific areas. This is the second study of its kind for the city, with the first being done in 2007. Researchers will go to 200 randomly selected plots across the urban core this summer, with results due in October.


BATON ROUGE GUNMAN IDENTIFIED
Monday 18th July 2016
The gunman who killed three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana has been positively identified as Gavin Long. The former U-S Marine from Kansas City, Missouri turned 29 yesterday. He died in a gun battle after he killed three officers and wounded three others. Louisiana State police say Long was seeking out police to kill. Several days ago, one of the officers who was killed had posted an emotional Facebook message about the challenges of police work following the deaths of two black men, then the killings of five Dallas police officers.


MISSING HORSE FROM COLCHESTER COUNTY RETURNED HOME
Monday 18th July 2016
After more than three weeks on the run, an Appaloosa horse who disappeared into the fields of rural Nova Scotia is coming home. Ashley McCormack was reunited with "Mac" on Monday morning after receiving a call that the horse was tied up in a yard around two kilometres away from the family's Belmont home, just outside of Truro. McCormack says she and her two daughters burst into tears when they spotted the brown, speckled horse, who greeted them with nuzzles. She says Mac has lost weight and has a few bug bites, but otherwise seems to be in good condition. McCormack says Mac has a barrell of hay waiting for him after an appointment with the vet and a quick hoof trimming. She says the horse turns 14 years old sometime this month, but the family does not know the exact date — so they have decided to declare July 18 his birthday.


CAB DRIVER ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING PASSENGER IN HALIFAX
Monday 18th July 2016
A Halifax woman says a cab driver sexually assaulted her while she was a passenger in his vehicle in Dartmouth early yesterday morning. The 22-year old hailed a taxi at roughly 4:00 yesterday morning near Salter Street. She told police that after letting her out of the vehicle, he touched her over her clothes in a sexual manner. The driver is described as a Middle-Eastern man, with a soft-spoken manner, roughly 5-feet, 8-inches tall, with a thin build, black hair, a scruffy beard and a large nose. According to CBC News, this is the fourth such incident in Halifax in roughly 10 weeks. There is no indication, however, as to whether the incidents are linked. Police asked people with relevant information to contact them via 902-490-5016, Crime Stoppers or text to Tip 202 + your message to 274637.


SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE FALSE ALARM
Monday 18th July 2016
A section of Halifax near CFB Stadacona was shut down to traffic this morning while officers investigated a suspicious package. The package, which turned out to be an empty briefcase, was found near the base this morning, causing police to shut down pedestrian and vehicle traffic. After an examination by the Explosive Disposal Unit, it was determined that there was no threat. All streets near the base have re-opened to traffic.


SCHOOL BOARD TO DISCUSS BOUNDARY CHANGES TOMORROW NIGHT
Monday 18th July 2016
The Chignecto Central Regional School Board is holding a public meeting to discuss changes to the boundaries of its electoral districts. On June 24th, the Utility and Review Board approved the Board’s request to remain at 15 district-elected board members, plus a regionally-elected African-Nova Scotian member and a provincially appointed First Nations member. Based on changes in a number of municipalities and counties within the board’s regional boundaries, there will need to be adjustments to some of the electoral districts ahead of this fall's municipal elections. All three scenarios proposed by consulting firm Stantec will be available for viewing at the public meeting tomorrow night at the Board's headquarters on Lorne Street in Truro. They are currently available for viewing and feedback on the CCRSB website. (Click on “CCRSB Electoral Districts”). The meeting will be tomorrow night at 6:30 pm.


GROUP GOING CROSS COUNTRY TO TEACH CANADIANS MORE ABOUT ISLAM
Monday 18th July 2016
A Muslim group is taking its message about Islam to Halifax today as part of a cross-country educational tour. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama at Canada has launched a national campaign called #MobileMuslims. The tour began last week in St. John's, Newfoundland. The group is going coast-to-coast to inform people about the peaceful teachings of Islam and debunk misconceptions about the religion. Organizers say Muslims need to help people understand Islam at a time when extremism is gaining ground. The tour is expected to last about 40 days and visit more than 25 Canadian towns and cities.


SPORTS - JULY 18
Monday 18th July 2016
A special win for Donald Chisholm this weekend. Chisholm has been the victor five times during his career at his home track, but the prestigious IWK 250 and the John W. Chisholm Memorial Cup, named after his late father, had eluded him until Saturday. Craig Slaunwhite was second. Two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton had his best IWK 250 finish to date, coming third. Ron MacGillivray 150 winner Dylan Blenkhorn and Darren MacKinnon completed the top five. Competition got underway with five Heat Races for the 35 competitors vying to make the 31-car field. The heat races were won by George Koszkulics of Little Harbour, Cole Butcher, Jeff Fultz, Greg Proude and Donald Chisholm.
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Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Twilight Ladies Softball League over the week-end. In  the first game  the Cardinals rolled to an 9-4 win over the Yankees while the Blue Jays scored two runs in the top of the sixth to edge the Orioles 10-9. Top hitters were Lisa James, Christa Webber and  Debbie MacLean each hitting  a home run and double, Kelly Fraser with 4 singles and Cindy Osmond with 3 singles. This evening at the Albion Field in Stellarton, the Blue Jays host the Yankees at 6:30 followed at 7:30 with the Orioles hosting the Cardinals.
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For the first time since 2002, the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals returns to the Truro area at Pleasant Valley Raceway this weekend, July 23rd and 24th. There are a handful of local connections this year, with Tyler Medaglia, Mitchell Cooke on their home track and Logan Gallant to race in MX1, along with Halifax’s Davey Fraser competing in MX2. The action kicks off next Saturday with the amateur races, while the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley on Sunday.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Australia's Will Power lifted the Honda Indy Toronto trophy for the third time in his career. He captured the 85-lap race through Toronto's Exhibition Place by finishing 1-point-5-2-7-5 seconds ahead of Brazil's Helio Castroneves, Canada's James Hinchcliffe rounded out the podium. It was the Oakville, Ontario natives best result at his hometown race.
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The Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep with a 5-3 win over Oakland. Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking two-run double with two outs in the ninth against his former team. The winning hit came off Canadian reliever John Axford. Troy Tulowitzki homered while Russell Martin and Justin Smoak added two hits apiece for the Blue Jays.
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Tampa Bay had dropped 24 of 27 before Evan Longoria belted two of the Rays' four home runs in a 5-2 win over Baltimore. And Masahiro Tanaka outpitched David Price in their first matchup to win his fourth straight decision, and the Yankees ended Boston's six-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory. The A-L East leading Orioles are two games up on Boston and three on Toronto. 
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and forward Alex Killorn have avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a seven-year, $31-point-1-5 million dollar contract. The 26-year-old has 53 goals and 138 points in 272 regular-season games. In 47 playoff games, he has 15 goals and 33 points.
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The Montreal Impact saw their six-game unbeaten run come to an end with a loss to red-hot New York City F-C. David Villa and Jack Harrison scored in the first half and Frank Lampard added a late goal as N-Y-C-F-C topped the Impact 3-1 for its fifth win in six matches. Harry Shipp scored Montreal's only goal.
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It wasn't all bad news for the Montreal Impact. Three of their players were named to the M-L-S all-star roster. Laurent Ciman, Ignacio Piatti and Didier Drogba will suit up for the M-L-S all-stars when they play English club Arsenal in San Jose on July 28th. Toronto F-C's Sebastian Giovinco and Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston will join them.


POLICE INVESTIGATE TRENTON BREAK & ENTER
Monday 18th July 2016
New Glasgow Regional Police are investigating a break and enter into the Trenton Park Canteen over the weekend. A suspect or suspects smashed a window and entered the building. The break and enter took place between Saturday night July 16 and early Sunday morning July 17. Police are asking for the public’s assistance if they have any information on this incident, please contact the New Glasgow Regional Police at (902) 752-1941 or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers. Also at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by Secure Web Tips. 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.


MOTORCYCLE DRIVER IN HOSPITAL AFTER FLEEING POLICE
Monday 18th July 2016
The province’s Serious Incident Response Team is investigating the case of a 20-year-old man in hospital after a motorcycle crash in Dartmouth. On Saturday night, a Halifax Regional Police officer tried to pull over a motorcycle rider alleged to have been involved in an assault in Highfield Park earlier that night. But, instead of pulling over, SiRT says the bike accelerated, went out of control and crashed. The young man was taken to Dartmouth General Hospital with fractured ribs. Police say he faces a charge of driving while disqualified and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.


CAPE SPLIT HIKERS RESCUED
Monday 18th July 2016
Emergency workers in Nova Scotia have rescued a pair of hikers in Cape Split near the Bay of Fundy. R-C-M-P say a 23-year-old woman from New Brunswick and a 30-year-old man from Halifax strayed from the main trail on Saturday and became stranded. They say the two were treated on-scene for exhaustion. Earlier this month, a 26-year-old woman was rushed to hospital after falling off a cliff in the area while attempting to rescue her two dogs.


ANOTHER NL SITE DECLARED A WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Monday 18th July 2016
A wave-swept crag in Newfoundland and Labrador has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO -- the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture. Mistaken Point, on the southeastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula, is home to a 565-million-year-old sea floor containing the oldest-known evidence of early multicellular creatures. This will be the fourth world heritage site in Newfoundland and Labrador of 18 in Canada. Others include Gros Morne National Park, the L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site and the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station.


INVESTIGATION INTO BATON ROUGE POLICE SHOOTINGS CONTINUE
Monday 18th July 2016
Police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, say a former Marine dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition shot and killed three law enforcement officers on Sunday. Three other officers were wounded -- one of them critically -- and police say the gunman, Gavin Long, was killed at the scene. Although the 29-year-old was the only person who shot at the officers, police say they're "not ready to say he acted alone." Two people were detained for questioning in the nearby town of Addis, but were later released without charges.


CANADIANS CAN OFFICIALLY PLAY POKEMON GO
Monday 18th July 2016
Pokemon Go is now finally available in Canada. The augmented reality game became officially available yesterday -- previously Canadians had to find workarounds to play the game. It was launched in the U-S, Australia, New Zealand and Japan earlier this month. The game sends players into the real world to search for the mythical digital pocket monsters known as Pokemon. They appear onscreen when users hold up their smartphones in various locations at various times of the day. The Canadian rollout wasn't without its glitches. Yesterday afternoon the app's servers overloaded and players had to wait a little longer before they could register an account.


RECORD SETTING HIGH TEMPERATURES IN NS THIS WEEKEND
Sunday 17th July 2016
How hot has our record-setting heat been this weekend? The answer lies in the data put out by Environment Canada’s provincial weather stations yesterday. Kejimkujik National Park was the warmest place in Canada, with a temperature of 32.2 degrees Celsius. Its humidex readings came in at 39 degrees….and for any Americans vacationing this side of the border, that’s more than 100 degrees on the farenheit scale. Truro and Upper Stewiacke checked in with 31 degrees yesterday. Humidex readings in both those communities and here in Pictou County were measured in the high 30’s yesterday, which, depending on where you were, was either just slightly below or above 100 degrees farenheit.


LATEST SPORTS UPDATE SUNDAY, JULY 17
Sunday 17th July 2016
Another loss for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Jonathon Jennings threw three second-half touchdowns to rally the visiting B-C Lions to a 40-27 comeback victory over the Riders in Regina. Jennings also rushed for a touchdown as the Lions improved to 3-and-1 while keeping Saskatchewan winless at 0-and-3.
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The Toronto Blue Jays have gotten off to a rough start to the second half of the season. Khris Davis hit two home runs to help Sonny Gray snap a 12-game winless streak as the Oakland A's edged Toronto 5-4. The Blue Jays had won eight of nine prior to the all-star break and have dropped two straight since.
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A good night for Salvador Perez. The Royals catcher singled, doubled, scored a run and drew two walks as Kansas City eased to an 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. The Royals scored four runs in the first inning off Mike Pelfrey, who didn't make it out of the second.
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The youngest active player in M-L-S made his debut when Vancouver substituted recently signed 15-year-old Alphonso Davies in the 77th minute. The Whitecaps went on to play to a 2-2 draw with Orlando City. And Toronto F-C had a great chance on the road to earn three points, but lost 2-1 to San Jose. The Earthquakes were playing with just nine men after two red cards.
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Kyle Busch led all but a handful of laps and simply dominated in his latest NASCAR Xfinity Series victory at New Hampshire Motors Speedway. Busch raced to his sixth Xfinity victory of the season and record-extending 82nd of his career. And in Toronto, Canadian Alex Tagliani won the NASCAR Pinty's Series Grand Prix held on the Honda Indy track.
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Major League Baseball is telling managers to cool it on arguing balls and strikes, and warning them not to rely on replay help to bolster their beefs. M-L-B executive Joe Torre sent a memo to managers, G-M's and assistant G-M's that said: "This highly inappropriate conduct is detrimental to the game and must stop immediately."
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SPORTS UPDATE JULY 16/2016
Saturday 16th July 2016
The Tiger−Cats snapped a two−game slide and improved to 2−and−2 with a win over the Alouettes in Montreal. C−J Gable ran in a touchdown and Brandon Banks returned a punt 86 yards for another as Hamilton topped the Alouettes 31−7. Montreal is 1−and−2 on the season.
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An overturned call and a loss to start the second half of the season for the Blue Jays. Josh Reddick scored the tie−breaking run in the seventh inning on a play that was overturned by replay, and Oakland held on to beat Toronto 8−7. Plate umpire Mark Wegner initially called Reddick out at home but the call was reversed after a review of 2 minutes, 56 seconds.
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Canadian guard Kevin Pangos is heading to Lithuania for the 2016−17 basketball season. The 23−year−old from Holland Landing, Ontario has agreed to a contract with Zalgiris Kaunas of the Euro−League. The deal is for one year, with an option for a second.
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Canadian Olympian Melissa Bishop is rounding into Olympic form at just the right time. The 27−year−old broke her own Canadian record in winning the 800 metres at the Track−Town Classic in Edmonton. Bishop ran one minute 57−point−4−3 seconds, to dip below her previous mark of 1:57.52 that she set en route to winning silver at last summer’s world championships in Beijing.
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EDMONTON UNIVERSITY STUDENT MISSING AFTER NICE ATTACK
Friday 15th July 2016
An Edmonton university says one of its students is missing after a deadly truck attack in Nice, France. MacEwan University says five students and one faculty member were in the French city participating in a program at the European Innovation Academy. The four other students and the faculty member are safe. But the school says it is very concerned about the missing student and is working with the Canadian government to determine his status.


NO BAN ON TEXTING WHILE WALKING
Friday 15th July 2016
The government of Ontario has decided not to consider a ban on pedestrians using their phones while on the roadways in Toronto. The move comes despite a majority of city councillors voting to pass a motion to ask the province's transportation minister to consider amending the Highway Safety Act. Instead Steven Del Duca says pedestrians should just keep their heads up while on the road.


LEGION DENIES AN ANTI-GAY SLUR WAS LEVIED AT MUSICIAN
Friday 15th July 2016
The Nova Scotia Nunavut Command of the Royal Canadian Legion says an investigation has found no evidence that a homophobic slur was shouted at a gay musician who was performing at a Halifax legion. The legion says it met with branch executives this week to address the concerns of Bernie Doucette, who said earlier this week that a homophobic comment was yelled at him during a performance at the Vimy Legion last Sunday and that he was asked to stop performing. In a news release, the legion says patrons and staff who were at the legion at the time of the performance were interviewed and none heard any slurs or disrespect directed at Doucette. The legion also maintains that Doucette was asked to stop performing because guests were not enjoying the type of music he was playing and were leaving. It says the executive is "extremely upset and confused" by Doucette's allegations and it in no way condones discriminatory behaviour. Doucette said he plans to pursue the Legion further in order to view the CCTV footage they reviewed.


GAS, DIESEL BOTH DOWN
Friday 15th July 2016
Both gas and diesel have dropped three cents this week. A litre of regular self-serve is 96.1 cents, and a litre of diesel is 91.3 cents.


MP FRASER AT TRENTON FUNFEST KICKOFF
Friday 15th July 2016
Central Nova MP Sean Fraser was in Trenton yesterday to mark the completion of phase three of a downtown Trenton revitalization project. Phase three of the project supported the creation of the new Open-Air Activity Centre across from Town Hall, and the redevelopment of a Trenton-built train caboose to be used, in the future, as a satellite museum. The work was supported with a non-repayable investment of $72,808 through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Innovative Communities Fund. As the kick-off venue for the community’s four-day FunFest, the new Open-Air Activity Centre will also play host to other community festivals, talent showcases, and weekly flea and farmers’ markets. The space is available, at no charge, for use by local artists, performers, vendors and other community members. The federal government also supported the first two stages of the downtown revitalization project, investing over $765,000 in the process.


SAFETY ADVOCATES ENCOURAGED BY HIGHWAY TWINNING STUDY
Friday 15th July 2016
A highway safety advocate is pleased that a feasibility study has put Highway 1-03 at the top of a list for potential twinning. Bruce Hetherington, whose son Jamie was killed in a crash on Highway 103 eight years ago, says he's pleased that a consultant's report comes to that conclusion. However, Hetherington is frustrated there is no commitment for actual work to begin. The study by engineering firm C-B-C-L says it would cost more than two billion dollars to twin the more than 300 kilometres of road.


HEAT ALERT IN MUCH OF NEW BRUNSWICK TODAY
Friday 15th July 2016
A heat alert has been issued for Fredericton, Miramichi, St. Stephen, the interior regions of the Acadian Peninsula and the Carleton, Sunbury and York counties in New Brunswick for today. Humidex levels are predicted to be between 35 and 39 degrees for a significant portion of daylight hours. Dr. Jennifer Russell, acting chief medical officer of health, says families and friends should check regularly on those most at risk for heat-related illness to make sure they are properly protected. New Brunswickers are also reminded to never leave someone or a pet inside a parked car.


MONCTON DOCTOR FIRED FOR IMPROPER SNOOPING OF MEDICAL FILES
Friday 15th July 2016
A health authority has fired a Moncton, New Brunswick, doctor who checked the medical files of more than 100 young women. The list included co-workers, waitresses and women he met at the gym and bars Dr. Fernando Rojas Lievano accessed 141 electronic patient files on 350 separate occasions — all women, all between the ages of 13 and 39. Dr. Ed Schollenberg, registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick, confirmed Thursday he received notice this week from the local health authority that Rojas had been let go.


CALGARY POLICE "DEVASTATED" AFTER MISSING FIVE YEAR OLD BELIEVED DEAD
Friday 15th July 2016
A devastating end to the search for a missing five-year-old Calgary girl. Police say a body believed to be that of Taliyah Marsman, who had been the subject of an Amber Alert since Tuesday, has been found at a rural property east of Calgary. An autopsy will be performed on the girl's body on Friday. Forty-six-year-old Edward Delten Downey is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Taliyah and her mother, 34-year-old Sarah Baillie.


DEATH TOLL IN NICE, FRANCE TRUCK ATTACK REACHES 84
Friday 15th July 2016
The French Interior Ministry has raised the death toll to 84 from the attack on people celebrating Bastille Day in the Riviera city of Nice. A truck plowed into a sidewalk full of people who had been taking in a fireworks display on the city's waterfront. French President Francois Hollande says a state of emergency in place since last November's deadly attacks in Paris would be extended. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack as investigators try to identify the driver of the truck who was shot dead by police.


SABLE ISLAND NOW VISIBLE AT "STREET" LEVEL, THANKS TO GOOGLE
Friday 15th July 2016
Google Street View now has some views of remote Sable Island, for those that like to stroll without getting sand in their toes. From Google Maps, one click triggers a dizzying switch from the generic blue and green shapes of the map to crisp, 360-degree photographic images.  Dozens of seals can be seen lounging in the white sand and blue surf on the expansive shoreline, and horses nibble on sparse grass among the shifting sand dunes. Hickey said Parks Canada has been working with Google since 2013 to capture Canadian sites with Google Street View technology.


SPORTS - JULY 15 *UPDATED 11:35 AM*
Friday 15th July 2016
Two key announcements involving a former Crusher and a future Crusher as to where they will be playing hockey next season. The highly popular Regan Spears will be staying close to the County, as he has committed to join the St. Francis Xavier X-Men program beginning this fall. Spears played for three seasons with the Crushers, and scored the Kent Cup winning goal in overtime of game 6 in the series against Dieppe this past spring. Also, the Crushers have announced that Evan MacLennan will be a part of the Crushers lineup for the upcoming season. MacLennan was the Captain of the Weeks Major Midgets last season.
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Riverside Speedway's major race of the season is coming this weekend, with the 10th annual IWK 250 Saturday in James River, featuring local drivers George Koskulics, Donald Chisholm, and Rollie MacDonald's vehicle driven by Cassius Clark. There are races tonight as well – the Maritime Legends and the Napa Sportsman Series' Highland Home Building Centre 100.
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For the first time since 2002, the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals returns to the Truro area at Pleasant Valley Raceway next weekend (July 23rd and 24th). There are a handful of local connections this year, with Tyler Medaglia, Mitchell Cooke on their home track and Logan Gallant to race in MX1, along with Halifax’s Davey Fraser competing in MX2. The action kicks off next Saturday with the amateur races, while the Pros tackle Pleasant Valley on Sunday.
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For National Drowning Prevention week, the YMCA is offering a free Swim To Survive Program for families (Members and Non-members). This is a one-hour session. Register now at the Welcome desk. There are three sessions available, July 19, 20 & 21 - all from 6 to 7 pm
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics will be hold an Emergency First Aid course with CPR C & AED on Friday July 29 9am to 5pm, and a Standard First Aid course with CPR C & AED Friday July 29, 9am to 5pm & Sunday, July 31, 1pm-6pm. You must pre-register for this course by contacting the Pictou Fisheries Training Pool at 485-5301 or aquatics@townofpictou.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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American Phil Mickelson carded 2-under 69 to remain in front at the British Open. Yesterday, Mickelson missed becoming the first player in major championship history to shoot 62. Instead, he was the eighth golfer to open a major with a 63.
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Canadians Brooke Henderson and Maude-Aimee Leblanc have a little ground to make up heading into the second round of the L-P-G-A Tour's Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Both are three strokes off the pace. South Korea's Hyo Joo Kim and Mirim Lee and Japan's Haru Nomura lead the way at 5 under.
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Rakeem Cato starts at quarterback when the Montreal Alouettes host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He replaces incumbent Kevin Glenn, who's out with an inflamed eye. The Ticats look for their first win in three games following two straight home defeats.
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The Toronto Blue Jays start the second half of the season in Oakland, California. Marcus Stroman is expected to pitch for Toronto. The Jays resume play just two games behind the first-place Baltimore Orioles in the A-L East.
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Stephen Strasburg looks to join an elite group when the Washington Nationals face the Pittsburgh Pirates. Strasburg enters the game with a 12-and-0 record and only two pitchers have started a year with 13 wins and no losses since 1986. Roger Clemens did it in '86 with Boston before Max Scherzer accomplished the feat in 2013 with Detroit.


REPORT RELEASED ON HIGHWAY TWINNING FEASIBILITY
Thursday 14th July 2016
The much anticipated report out of the study on the feasibility of twinning eight sections of 100-series highways was released this afternoon by the province. The independent study was completed by engineering firm CBCL Limited, and can be read in its entirety here. One of the eight sections is the stretch of Highway 104 between Sutherlands River and Antigonish, which has claimed 15 lives since 2009. Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan says twinning is expensive but Nova Scotians have told government they want better, safer highways. He says no decisions have been made and the report will be the foundation for further discussion and consultation with Nova Scotians. Government plans to consult widely with Nova Scotians about their views on tolling.


GUYSBOROUGH MAN CHARGED AFTER ARMED STAND-OFF
Thursday 14th July 2016
A 20-year old man from Boylston is facing multiple charges after a situation which included shots being fired last night and into the early morning hours this morning. RCMP were called to a situation in Guysborough County last night where a man was holed up in a home threatening to shoot other people inside the residence. The man, whose name has not been disclosed, also threatened to kill police during the standoff. Police were able to get the people out of the house and to a safe location. The standoff was resolved when the man surrendered to the RCMP roughly eight hours later. No one was injured during the incident.


CALGARY POLICE CONFIRM POSSIBLE LEAD IN MISSING GIRL'S CASE
Thursday 14th July 2016
Calgary police confirm they have a man in custody for questioning about the disappearance of a five-year-old Calgary girl and the death of her mother earlier this week. The man was arrested in Calgary Wednesday night. Det. Andy Nguyen, a police spokesman, says the person is being interviewed about the disappearance of Taliyah Leigh Marsman and the homicide of her mom, Sara Baillie. Charges have not been laid and no details about the man's identity have been released. Nguyen also says an area near the community of Chestermere, just east of Calgary, is now being searched by police for any clues to the girl's whereabouts. An Amber Alert was issued for Taliyah early Tuesday after she could not be found following the discovery of her mother's body in a northwest Calgary home.


SOME STREET CLOSURES IN NEW GLASGOW FOR SPECIAL EVENTS
Thursday 14th July 2016
There's a couple of planned street closures as part of activities in New Glasgow tonight and tomorrow. Provost Street from Dalhousie to Jury Streets will be closed from 5 to 9pm tonight for the safe hosting of the Festival of the Tartan's Antique Car Show in the Downtown core. And Terrace Street, from George to Bell Streets will be closed from 4pm Thursday until 4pm Friday for safe hosting of the Kinsmen Chicken Barbeque at Carmichael Park.


FIRST PHASE OF HIGHWAY TWINNING STUDY TO BE RELEASED TODAY
Thursday 14th July 2016
A study commisioned by the province into the feasibility of highway twinning will be released later today in Halifax. The province will release the first phase of the study, commissioned back in September. The $900,000 study, done by engineering firm CBCL Limited, looked at tolling eight sections of provincial highways, including the Trans Canada between Sutherlands River & Antigonish. Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan says the province hopes to start the public consultation process by the end of the summer.


ACOA FUNDING RESTORATION OF ACADIAN PROPERTY
Thursday 14th July 2016
The oldest Acadian structure in Canada is going through a restoration. ACOA has announced it will invest about 221-thousand dollars to support upgrades and restoration work at the Sinclair Inn Museum in Annapolis Royal. The key element in the restoration is work being done on a historic mural painting on a wall that dates back to 1841.  In 2014, the Annapolis Heritage society began the process of removing the wallpaper which covered the historic mural.


CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON NEW STELLARTON TOWN SQUARE
Thursday 14th July 2016
The Town of Stellarton is getting a new town square. The project is a joint venture of the Sobey Foundation, Sobeys Inc. and members of the Sobey family who formed a committee to improve the site left vacant by the removal of the Needs Convenience store and the adjacent old Jubilee Theatre on Foord Street. The proposal to gift the fully funded development was approved by Stellarton Town Council in May, and construction on the site began this month. The space has many features, including open play space, winter rink space, and a water plaza. The construction is scheduled to be finished by the end of next month, with a formal unveiling in September.


FIRST NATION SAYS THEY WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT NATURAL GAS STORAGE PROJECT
Thursday 14th July 2016
A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has dismissed a First Nations' request for a stay regarding the Alton Gas Natural Gas Storage project. Justice Michael Woods said in his decision that the Sipekne'katik Band had not proven that irreparable harm to the Shubenacadie River system would happen if Alton Gas moved ahead with plans to release brine into the river next month. Sipekne'katik Chief Rufus Copage says the band's leadership is committed to pursuing all legal remedies, including its appeal hearing in mid-August. In a news release, Alton Gas says it respects the court's decision and confirms construction will continue, with brining operations scheduled to begin later this summer in accordance with the Industrial Approval issued by the province.


CANADA CONTINUES TALKS WITH EU OVER VISAS
Thursday 14th July 2016
The European Commission says high-level political talks are making progress on the issue of Canada requiring Romanian and Bulgarian citizens to have visas to enter the country. But it will wait until after this fall's Canada-European Union summit to decide whether to impose visas on Canadians wanting to enter the E-U. The E-U insists that since Canadians don't require visas to go to Europe, E-U citizens should not need them to come to Canada. The commission had urged the European Parliament and council in April to "take a position" on the issue by July 12th, but the date passed without a decision. The pressure to lift the requirement has intensified after Canada announced last month that it will lift visa requirements on Mexican nationals. Canada and the E-U will hold their summit in Brussels this October.


NEW BRITISH TREASURY SEC SAYS THERE WON'T BE AN EMERGENCY BUDGET
Thursday 14th July 2016
Britain's new Treasury chief says there will be no emergency budget — even though there are questions marks hanging over the economy following the country's decision to leave the European Union. Philip Hammond says he will meet with the head of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, on Thursday to "assess where we are." Hammond was one of Prime Minister Theresa May's first appointments, and one of his immediate tasks was to take to the airwaves in hopes of offering calming tones of reassurance to the markets and the general public about the economy. Hammond told ITV that while there is no plan for an emergency budget, "the markets do need signals of reassurance, they need to know we will do whatever is necessary to keep the economy on track."


TEEN INVENTOR BUILDS COMPUTER MOUSE FOR THE DISABLED
Thursday 14th July 2016
People with severe physical disabilities may soon be able to navigate computers easily and affordably with their tongue. An Ontario teen has invented a simple and cheap product that will help people with A-L-S, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities use computers and access the Internet. Emma Mogus calls it the Tongue-Interface-Communication project, and her prototype consists of a sports mouthguard equipped with five buttons that can be pressed with the tongue. The mouthguard is connected to the computer and its five buttons can be used like a regular mouse, directing the cursor up, down, left or right and click on icons. Mogus, who is 17, demonstrated the device yesterday in Toronto and says she hopes to refine the design. Mogus gets two-thousand dollars as winner of the 2016 Weston Youth Innovation Award for her invention.


SPORTS - JULY 14
Thursday 14th July 2016
As N-H-L star Sidney Crosby prepares to carry the Stanley Cup through his hometown for the second time this weekend, he says he’s appreciating it more. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain is in Halifax this week overseeing his annual hockey camp and will bring the Cup to Cole Harbour for a parade on Saturday. After the previous 2009 victory tour through the city, Crosby said he imagined winning seasons might be an annual affair. Instead, it took the team seven years to reclaim the Cup, with their defeat of the San Jose Sharks 3-1 in Game 6.
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The first of the Friday Full Day Fun Camps at the Pictou Fisheries Pool is coming this week. This week's theme is boats – learn how to build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape! To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Citing rising costs, the Pictou County Weeks Crushers are raising single-game ticket prices. Starting this fall, children 8-12 years of age will need to pay $5 for a single game ticket, while students and seniors will pay $10 and adults $12. Children seven and under will be able to attend games free of charge. However, the Crushers are not raising the prices for season tickets. There is also an early bird special for those who purchase their season tickets before 5 August.
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The Wear Well Major Bantams have announced their try out schedule for the upcoming season. The Fall Camp will run on August 18 from 3-5 pm and then on August 22, 23, and 24 from 5-6:30. The team will then compete in a three team mini tournament in Antigonish on Aug 29th and 30th. All players must preregister. If you attended the Spring Camp, no form is necessary, but if you did not please email Jeff Green for a form. The cost of the camp is $65 which includes a mandatory checking clinic for any players coming up from Peewee. The Wear Well team will host a checking clinic on Monday August 15th. The clinic is mandatory for any player moving up from Peewee into Bantam who wants to try out for the Major Bantam Team. The clinic involves an off ice component which will begin at 4:30. The on ice component will start at 6:00 pm and run until 7:30. if you are trying out for the Wear Well team the cost is included in your try out fee--otherwise there is a $20 fee to be paid that day.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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For National Drowning Prevention week, the YMCA is offering a free Swim To Survive Program for families (Members and Non-members). This is a one-hour session. Register now at the Welcome desk. There are three sessions available, July 19, 20 & 21 - all from 6 to 7 pm
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A rough start for the Argos at their new home. Ottawa beat Toronto 30-20 and the Argos fell to 0-and-2 at BMO Field before a disappointing gathering of 12,373. That's less than half the 24,812 who watched the Argos drop a 42-20 decision to Hamilton in last month's regular-season opener.
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Toronto veteran Ricky Ray keeps adding to his numbers. The Argos quarterback passed Danny McManus for fourth in all-time C-F-L passing yardage with a seven-yard pass to Brandon Whitaker on his second throw of the night. Ray's 53,486 career yards trails only Henry Burris, Damon Allen and Anthony Cavillo in the league record book.
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The Whitecaps have finally picked up a win at home. Cristian Techera scored on a stunning strike in the first half as Vancouver picked up a 2-nil victory over Real Salt Lake. It was Vancouver's first M-L-S win at B-C Place in over two months. Also, Toronto F-C earned a point on the road with a 1-1 draw against Columbus. And Montreal tied the Timbers in Portland 1-1.
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A police report says Warriors star Draymond Green was over the legal limit for alcohol when he struck a Michigan State football player in the jaw during a confrontation near campus last weekend. The report also says Green tried to apologize and then had to sit in jail for a while until he could sober up.
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The first players are off the tee at the 145th edition of the British Open (1:35 a-m Eastern). Defending champion Zach Johnson begins his first round at Royal Troon Golf Course in Scotland later today (9:15 a-m Eastern). Americans have won the claret jug the last six times at Royal Troon.
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Canadian rugby sevens coach Liam Middleton has paid the price for missing out on the goal of Olympic qualification. In the wake of a review of the men's sevens program, Rugby Canada says it will not renew Middleton's contract and will launch a global search for a new head coach immediately. Middleton, a Zimbabwe native, was named coach in September 2014.


CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST SENATOR BRAZEAU
Wednesday 13th July 2016
Sen. Patrick Brazeau will no longer face trial over his Senate housing expenses. The Crown has withdrawn one charge each of fraud and breach of trust that the RCMP laid against the Quebec senator more than two years ago. The Crown says it no longer believes there is a reasonable prospect to convict Brazeau. The decision paves the way for Brazeau to return to the Senate in full standing with access to all the resources of his office. It also closes one of the last remaining doors on the Senate expense scandal and the sweeping RCMP investigations that followed. Since Mike Duffy was acquitted of 31 criminal charges stemming from his Senate expenses, charges have been dropped against former senator Mac Harb and the RCMP has closed its three-year-long investigation of Sen. Pamela Wallin.


PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN BAY VIEW
Wednesday 13th July 2016
Pictou District RCMP responded to a small plane that made an emergency landing in Bay View today. Just before 11 a.m. the RCMP received a call of a small plane in distress. The caller told police that she could no longer hear the plane's engine. Pictou District RCMP say the plane had made an emergency landing in a farmer's field near Division Road. The single occupant of the plane was not injured, and declined EHS. The RCMP are on scene and will be turning the investigation over to the Transportation Safety Board.


JUBILEE, CHAD TRANSIT & NSLC TEAMING UP TO OFFER FREE RIDES HOME
Wednesday 13th July 2016
Good news for fans of the Jubilee - for the second year in a row, Jubilee has partnered with CHAD Transit to offer a charter bus service during the Jubilee weekend. To make things even better, this year NSLC is picking up the tab. Pre-booking is necessary and will be completed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The bus will be located off of the Jubilee site at the New Glasgow Legion Parking Lot, with departure times of 12:30am, and 1:30 am. For safety, the Jubilee will have a volunteer on-site to organize departure. Charter bus drivers will take patrons directly home, anywhere in the county. As a fun addition, NSLC’s Cabbioke will also be onsite at this year’s Jubilee on Sunday, 31 July to close out the weekend. Patrons will be able to brush up on their karaoke chops and head over to Cabbioke to sing a song and end their weekend on a great note. To book a ride, contact Glasgow Square at 902-752-4800, or drop into the Glasgow Square Box Office. Bookings must be received by Glasgow Square by Wednesday July 27th.


HALIFAX LEGION INVESTIGATING CASE OF HOMOPHOBIC SLUR
Wednesday 13th July 2016
A legion in Halifax is looking into allegations that someone yelled a homophobic slur at a man performing at the bar. Bernie Doucette says he heard someone call out the offensive comment from across the room and was then asked to leave by the bartender. Doucette says a man outside the club was staring at him and his partner and saw them kiss. Bar manager Chris MacNeil says guests were not enjoying the music and were leaving, so Doucette was asked to stop playing.


DOCTOR'S LICENCE TEMPORARILY REVOKED OVER QUALIFICATIONS
Wednesday 13th July 2016
The provincial college of physicians and surgeons has revoked an Iranian-born doctor's medical licence for at least four months because he under-reported his qualifications. Mohsen Yavari was recruited from overseas to serve patients in Glace Bay, but didn't disclose six years he spent as an emergency medicine specialist in Dubai when he applied. The college found he was intentionally deceptive about qualifications that would have made him ineligible for the family physician program, but says Yavari was motivated to lie by difficult circumstances.


MARITIME WAGES LAG BEHIND REST OF THE COUNTRY
Wednesday 13th July 2016
A new report from Statistics Canada says some economic indicators show the Maritime provinces lagging behind the rest of the country. The figures released for April 2016 showed P-E-I, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick had the lowest average weekly wages of the provinces — ranging from 809 dollars to 875 dollars. Newfoundland and Labrador neared the top of the list of earners — with an average weekly pay of about one-thousand dollars. The Canadian average was about 956 dollars.


GREENHILL HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE, NO INJURIES
Wednesday 13th July 2016
Four departments responded to a home on Sylvester Road in Greenhill that was gutted by fire Tuesday afternoon. There were no injuries, as no one was believed to have been home when the fire broke out. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


CHARGES LAID FOLLOWING COLLISION IN SHELBURNE COUNTY
Wednesday 13th July 2016
Nova Scotia R-C-M-P have laid charges in connection with a head-on collision that killed a 40-year-old Cape Sable Island woman in April. Police say the crash involving a pick-up truck and a small S-U-V occurred on Highway 309 in Villagedale, Shelburne County. A 41-year-old Clark's Harbour man has been charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. The Mounties say the man is scheduled to appear in Shelburne Provincial Court August 18th.


COAST GUARD CREW TO BE AWARDED FOR BRAVERY
Wednesday 13th July 2016
Five members of a Canadian Coast Guard crew will be among dozens of Atlantic Canadians honoured for their bravery at a ceremony in Halifax today. Governor-General David Johnston will present the crewmembers of the Edward Cornwallis with medals for meritorious service. The five managed to divert a barge filled with diesel fuel that had broken from its tow line off Cape Breton in 2007. The team's rescue specialist says they gained control of the barge less than a kilometre from shore, averting a potential environmental disaster.


ASHBY CHASE THE ACE RAISES $2.5 MILLION
Wednesday 13th July 2016
Organizers of the wildly successful Chase the Ace fundraiser in Sydney, Nova Scotia have released the draw's finances. Kathy McPherson of Sydney won nearly three million dollars in May after drawing the Ace Of Spades one year after the fundraiser began. The event raised 2.5 million dollars after expenses with 1.7 million going to the Ashby Legion Branch, which organized the draw. Another 764-thousand dollars went to its charitable partner the Horizon Achievement Centre.


PROBLEM DISCOVERED IN ANGLICAN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE VOTE
Wednesday 13th July 2016
The Anglican Church of Canada is a step closer to allowing same-sex marriage. After announcing Monday night that a same-sex marriage resolution had been narrowly rejected, the church yesterday said there'd been a problem with the voting. To pass, the resolution required two-thirds approval by each of three orders — lay, clergy and bishops. The clergy failed to reach that threshold by just one vote, which was apparently not counted because it was wrongly attributed to a lay member. The error was only discovered after delegates requested a detailed hard copy of the electronic voting records. The resolution to change the church's marriage canon still needs to be affirmed by the next General Synod in 2019 before it becomes law. Before yesterday's vote reversal, several bishops had said they planned to go ahead with same-sex marriages regardless. About 1.6 million Canadians identify themselves as Anglican.


ALBERTA PUSHING FOR ANSWERS ON PIPELINES
Wednesday 13th July 2016
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is telling Ottawa that it must make up its mind on pipeline approvals. But an internal federal analysis may indicate why the Liberals are content to consult widely before making a decision. A memo to the deputy minister of finance says low oil prices mean there is enough transport capacity in Canada to move oil without any new pipelines for another decade. Among the key points in the heavily blanked-out December memo, under the subject line "Energy East Pipeline and Carbon Price," was a finding that "the low price environment has led to oil production forecasts being revised downward, meaning that sufficient capacity is projected to exist to transport oil until at least 2025." That's not the view from Alberta, where an increasing chorus of voices has been demanding swift federal action on at least one of three major competing oil pipeline proposals. Notley, whose provincial New Democrats have been seen as sympathetic to the Trudeau government's environmental agenda, took a more traditional Alberta swipe at the federal Liberals. She urged Ottawa to pick a pipeline to support and stop dithering.


DAVID CAMERON TO HAND OVER LEADERSHIP TODAY
Wednesday 13th July 2016
David Cameron will be appearing before Parliament as prime minister for the last time before handing over to successor Theresa May. Cameron will step aside on Wednesday after losing the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union. He will take on his final session of prime minister's questions before travelling to Buckingham Palace to formally tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth II. Cameron told The Daily Telegraph it had been "a privilege to serve the country I love." May will seek to calm the country, and the financial markets, after upheaval following the unexpected result in the June 23 referendum. She will reportedly give priority to appointing a Cabinet minister in charge of implementing Brexit, the decision to leave the EU.


SPORTS - JULY 13 *UPDATED 12:15 PM*
Wednesday 13th July 2016
A major national event will be coming to Antigonish. Special Olympics Canada has announced that the Town of Antigonish, working with St. Francis Xavier University, will be hosting the 2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games. Antigonish and Halifax were the two finalists for the hosting duties.
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The first of the Friday Full Day Fun Camps at the Pictou Fisheries Pool is coming this week. This week's theme is boats – learn how to build a boat out of cardboard and duct tape! To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Citing rising costs, the Pictou County Weeks Crushers are raising single-game ticket prices. Starting this fall, children 8-12 years of age will need to pay $5 for a single game ticket, while students and seniors will pay $10 and adults $12. Children seven and under will be able to attend games free of charge. However, the Crushers are not raising the prices for season tickets. There is also an early bird special for those who purchase their season tickets before 5 August.
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The Wear Well Major Bantams have announced their try out schedule for the upcoming season. The Fall Camp will run on August 18 from 3-5 pm and then on August 22, 23, and 24 from 5-6:30. The team will then compete in a three team mini tournament in Antigonish on Aug 29th and 30th. All players must preregister. If you attended the Spring Camp, no form is necessary, but if you did not please email Jeff Green for a form. The cost of the camp is $65 which includes a mandatory checking clinic for any players coming up from Peewee. The Wear Well team will host a checking clinic on Monday August 15th. The clinic is mandatory for any player moving up from Peewee into Bantam who wants to try out for the Major Bantam Team. The clinic involves an off ice component which will begin at 4:30. The on ice component will start at 6:00 pm and run until 7:30. if you are trying out for the Wear Well team the cost is included in your try out fee--otherwise there is a $20 fee to be paid that day.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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For National Drowning Prevention week, the YMCA is offering a free Swim To Survive Program for families (Members and Non-members). This is a one-hour session. Register now at the Welcome desk. There are three sessions available, July 19, 20 & 21 - all from 6 to 7 pm
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Quarterback Trevor Harris leads unbeaten Ottawa in his first game against his former team tonight as the Redblacks visit the Toronto Argos.  Harris spent four years with the Argos and last season posted a 9-and-7 record as the starter while Ricky Ray recovered from off-season shoulder surgery.
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A federal appeals court has rejected Tom Brady's attempt to get a new hearing on his "Deflategate" suspension.  In April, a three-judge panel said that N-F-L commissioner Roger Goodell was within his powers when he suspended the star quarterback four games for his role in a scheme to doctor the footballs.  Today's decision affirms the wide-ranging powers given to the commissioner by the league's collective bargaining agreement.
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The major league all-stars are headed back home after the American League's 4-2 win in San Diego last night assured home-field advantage in the World Series this fall.  The teams have a couple more days off before the season resumes with a full 15-game schedule on Friday.
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Italy's Francesco Molinari is among the latest to pull out of golf's return to the Olympics for the first time since 1902. He cited family reasons without giving specifics. In all, 20 golfers have taken a pass on competing in the Rio Games next month, mostly due to concerns over the Zika virus.
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Justin Rose is not only planning on competing in the Olympic golf competition, he plans to immerse himself in the experience. England's 2013 U-S Open champ says he'll walk in the opening ceremonies, stay a few days in the Olympic village and attend some events.
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The clock is ticking for the N-B-A to make a call on whether to hold next year's all-star game in Charlotte.  The league's Board of Governors debated the issue at length yesterday, but didn't take a vote on moving the game due to North Carolina's law limiting protection for L-G-B-T people. Commissioner Adam Silver admits a call is going to have to be made soon.


NEW NURSING HOME TO BE BUILT IN ANTIGONISH
Tuesday 12th July 2016
The Nova Scotia government says a new 25-bed nursing home will replace a facility presently used by the Sisters of St. Martha in Antigonish. The province says the current Bethany facility has a number of safety concerns, including the lack of a sprinkler system. It says the new modern building will be funded by nursing services provider Shannex and that when the nursing home beds are no longer needed by the sisters, they will become available for community use. The new facility will include licensed long-term care beds, assisted living and retirement living suites and it's expected to be completed by the winter of 2018.


ANTIGONISH TO HOST NATIONAL SUMMER SPECIAL OLYMPIC GAMES
Tuesday 12th July 2016
A major national event will be coming to Antigonish in 2018. Special Olympics Canada has announced that the Town of Antigonish, working with St. Francis Xavier University, will be hosting the 2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games. Antigonish and Halifax were the two finalists for the hosting duties.


GUYSBOROUGH DOCTOR HONOURED WITH FACILITY IN HER NAME
Tuesday 12th July 2016
A new medical centre in Guysborough has a name familiar to the people of that community over the door. The recently opened Dr. Anita Foley Health Services Centre was so named to honour one of the best loved doctors in the region. While Dr. Foley is semi-retired, she has been practicing medicine in Guysborough for over forty years. Elaine MacMaster, facility manager for the hospital says that through the dedication of health professionals like Foley, unlike other rural areas of the province, their emergency room has never closed. The community raised over 700-thousand dollars to help construction of the new unit.


AMBER ALERT IN CALGARY FOR MISSING FIVE YEAR OLD GIRL
Tuesday 12th July 2016
Calgary police aren't ruling out any possibilities as they search for a missing five-year-old girl whose mother was found dead in the family home. Inspector Don Coleman says there is a chance Taliyah Leigh Marsman was dropped off with someone who doesn't realize she is the subject of an Amber Alert. Family members concerned that Taliyah's mother didn't show up to work yesterday contacted police, who discovered her body, but couldn't find the child. Taliyah's father was estranged from her mother and police say the couple had a limited history of domestic violence.


MICHELIN PLANT TO BE BUILT IN MEXICO
Tuesday 12th July 2016
Several month ago, Hector Broadcasting shared a report from Reuters that announced a new plant was to be built in Mexico by Michelin North America. At the time, Michelin did not comment on any plans for a new facility, however last week it was formally announced that the 510-million dollar plant will indeed be built in Leon, Guanajuato. A statement from Michelin indicates that the new facility will not have any impact on their operations in South Carolina. A request for comment regarding the impact this may have on Nova Scotia operations has been sent out, and we hope to hear back from them soon.


ANOTHER COMPANY PLANS TO TEST TIDAL TURBINES IN THE BAY OF FUNDY
Tuesday 12th July 2016
Halifax-based Minas Energy says it plans to test a floating turbine in the Bay of Fundy in late 2017. The company will partner with Tocardo International BV, a firm based in the Netherlands. The new partnership will test the Dutch company's technology in the Minas Passage. The Tocardo technology consists of four 250 kilowatt bi-directional open rotor turbine generators which are attached to a floating platform. The platforms are held in place with a mooring system that will allow water flow beneath the turbine which is not anchored to the ocean floor. The company says its in-stream device is designed to ensure the safety of human and marine life. The partnership says it will hold consultations with First Nations, local communities and the fishing industry prior to testing.


PROVINCE INCREASING FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR UNEMPLOYED WHO ARE GOING BACK TO SCHOOL
Tuesday 12th July 2016
The province is offering more support to unemployed Nova Scotians returning to the classroom this fall to upgrade their skills. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan announced changes to the Skills Development program at an event earlier today. These changes will offer increased support for living expenses, child care and dependent care for eligible participants of the program. Regan says it can be difficult for people to balance work, family and household expenses with post-secondary education and that these changes will help even more Nova Scotians get the skills and training they need to create a better future for themselves and their families. The Skills Development program, provided through federal labour market funding, offers financial support to individuals who need additional skills to find long-term, meaningful employment. Click here to learn more.


NDP LEADER BURRILL TO RUN IN HALIFAX CHEBUCTO IN NEXT ELECTION
Tuesday 12th July 2016
The provincial NDP leader has decided where he will run in the next election. Gary Burrill confirmed in a message to party members today that he will seek the party's nomination in Halifax Chebucto. The seat has long been safe for the NDP. Howard Epstein held the district for 15 years before he retired in 2013. It's also the district former party leader Alexa McDonough represented when she was an MLA. The seat is currently held by Liberal MLA Joachim Stroink, who won in the 2013 election that swept the Liberals to power.


BAY FERRIES RELEASE NUMBERS FOR YARMOUTH FERRY
Tuesday 12th July 2016
Bay Ferries has released average daily passenger and vehicle counts for its first three weeks of service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine. The company says the high-speed Cat ferry carried a daily average of 307 passengers and 106 cars from July 1st to July 7th. That's a gradual increase over the first week which began June 15th with a daily average of 181 passengers and 78 cars. The numbers are below the target of 500 passengers per day that the province set for the service. Bay Ferries took over this year after the province dumped the previous operator when it failed to meet passenger targets. The company says another update will come in early to mid-August.


CAMPBELL MURDER CASE PRELIMINARY HEARING CONTINUES
Tuesday 12th July 2016
As many as 11 witnesses could be called during the preliminary hearing underway for a man accused of killing an off-duty police officer in Halifax. Christopher Calvin Garnier faces charges that he committed second-degree murder and interfered with a dead body in the death of Truro officer Catherine Campbell last September. A publication ban has been placed upon all evidence at the preliminary hearing.


ANGLICAN CHURCH NARROWLY VOTES DOWN APPROVAL OF SAME-SEX MARRIAGES
Tuesday 12th July 2016
Delegates at a conference of Anglicans in the Toronto area have narrowly voted against authorizing same-sex marriage. The vote followed nearly a week of passionate debate that included accusations of bullying, and it sparked bitter disappointment among some church members. Sixty speakers had addressed the issue during the six-day meeting, with most in favour of approving a resolution to authorize gay marriage. But although laypeople and bishops voted to pass the resolution, it failed to garner the necessary two-thirds majority among clergy -- by one vote.


CLEMENT JOINING FEDERAL TORY LEADERSHIP RACE
Tuesday 12th July 2016
Former Conservative cabinet minister Tony Clement is expected to announce his bid for the federal Conservative leadership today. He would join a race that already includes Kellie Leitch, a former labour minister; Ontario M-P Michael Chong; and Quebec M-P Maxime Bernier, who also held the Foreign Affairs and Industry portfolios. The 55-year-old longtime Conservative politician served in the Ontario government of Mike Harris before becoming a versatile cabinet minister over the nine-and-a-half years of the Stephen Harper government in Ottawa. Clement, who most recently served as Treasury Board president, would enter the race carrying some baggage. His Muskoka, Ontario riding was the scene of the 2010 G-8 summit, where Clement ran afoul of the auditor general who found he should not have diverted 50-million dollars in federal funds to his riding for various buildings, including a gazebo.


SPORTS - JULY 12
Tuesday 12th July 2016
The Wear Well Major Bantams have announced their try out schedule for the upcoming season. The Fall Camp will run on August 18 from 3-5 pm and then on August 22, 23, and 24 from 5-6:30. The team will then compete in a three team mini tournament in Antigonish on Aug 29th and 30th. All players must preregister. If you attended the Spring Camp, no form is necessary, but if you did not please email Jeff Green for a form. The cost of the camp is $65 which includes a mandatory checking clinic for any players coming up from Peewee. The Wear Well team will host a checking clinic on Monday August 15th. The clinic is mandatory for any player moving up from Peewee into Bantam who wants to try out for the Major Bantam Team. The clinic involves an off ice component which will begin at 4:30. The on ice component will start at 6:00 pm and run until 7:30. if you are trying out for the Wear Well team the cost is included in your try out fee--otherwise there is a $20 fee to be paid that day.
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Teams of four will contest for the title of 2016 Stellarton Homecoming Golf Tournament Champions on July 21st at the Abercrombie Golf and Country Club. Four person teams may enter, but individuals may also enter by contacting the RCAF 110 WING at 902-752-5168 after 4 pm through the week and after 12 noon on weekends (individuals will be placed on teams). The format will be a best ball scramble. Payment must be received in full when you register. Cost to enter the event will be $50 per person (Abercrombie Members will pay $30). The fee includes a steak supper at the Wing after the completion of the golf. Carts are paid for and booked separately at the Abercrombie Golf Course (902-752-6120) at a cost of $17 per seat. The Tournament is sponsored by D.R. Hayman’s Insurance and the winning foursome will be awarded the D R Hayman Trophy. The runner up team will receive the Bob White Memorial Trophy in memory of the long time organizer. Tee times will run from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on July 21st. There will be a celebration and steak supper at the 110 Northumberland Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada in Stellarton upon the completion the event to award trophies and individual prizes.
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For National Drowning Prevention week, the YMCA is offering a free Swim To Survive Program for families (Members and Non-members). This is a one-hour session. Register now at the Welcome desk. There are three sessions available, July 19, 20 & 21 - all from 6 to 7 pm
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Giancarlo Stanton is this year's home run derby champion. The Miami Marlins slugger downed defending champ Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox with an impressive display of power, including a shot estimated at 497 feet. Stanton hit 20 homers in the final and a record 61 total in the three rounds at Petco Park. The three-time All-Star will not play in tonight's Midsummer Classic.
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A sweep for Canada's women's basketball team in Edmonton. Nirra Fields poured in a game-high 16 points as Canada topped China 71-59 to sweep the three-game Edmonton Grads International Classic series. Miranda Ayim and Tamara Tatham added 10 points apiece while Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe had eight rebounds for the Canadians.
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Calgary Dinos receiver Rashaun Simonise held his pro day yesterday in preparation for the N-F-L supplemental draft on Thursday. The six-foot-five, 190-pound Vancouver native hopes to earn an opportunity south of the border, either as a draftee or undrafted free agent. Six N-F-L teams were in attendance to watch him.
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Ron Allbright, a former Calgary Stampeders offensive linebacker, has died. He was 81. The team said Allbright died in his hometown of Calgary on Saturday. He played 12 seasons with the Stampeders from 1956 to 1967.


MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEE IN NEW BRUNSWICK STOPPED BY POLICE FOR BEING BLACK
Monday 11th July 2016
A New Brunswick man says he was only sitting and reading in his car when he was reported as being a "suspicious person" to R-C-M-P. Louizandre Dauphin -- who is a 33-year-old municipal employee in Bathurst -- says he was just looking for a quiet place to spend a few hours reading when he parked his car near a wharf. He alleges the only reason police were called is that he's black, and says the incident highlights a systemic problem that should be discussed. R-C-M-P say the complaints did not mention the occupant's ethnicity or race and that an officer who stopped the vehicle deemed the reports to be unfounded. 


THREE KILLED IN COURTHOUSE SHOOTING
Monday 11th July 2016
At least three people were killed in a shooting at a Michigan courthouse Monday afternoon, according to local reports. It has been reported that two bailiffs at the Berrien County Courthouse and the shooter are dead, and another person is injured. ABC reporter Brian Dorman wrote on Twitter that the Berrien County Commissioner confirmed the suspect was being taken to jail at the time of the shooting and took a gun from a deputy.


CAUSEWAY CLOSED BY DOWNED POWER LINES
Monday 11th July 2016
We have a bit more information on the downed power lines in Pictou. A boom truck clipped a power pole on the Haliburton Road shortly after 12:30 this afternoon causing a potential hazard to drivers on the Haliburton road and 106 highway.  RCMP officers are on scene and southbound traffic is being diverted at the Pictou rotary onto Highway 376, while northbound traffic on the 106 highway is being diverted onto the Granton Abercrombie road.   Nova Scotia power crews are working on the issue and TIR is assisting with traffic control.  Police expect the road to remain closed for several hours. This incident is obviously also causing a power outage, which is affecting roughly 930 customers in the town and surrounding area. Nova Scotia Power says the current estimated time to have power restored is 7pm.


SPECIAL OLYMPIC RESULTS - PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 11th July 2016
Over 850 athletes from across the province competed in the 2016 Nova Scotia Special Olympics Provincial Summer Games this past weekend in Wolfville. Fifty three athletes from Pictou County competed and took home a total of 42 medals. Pictou County had athletes competed in seven sports: basketball, bocce, bowling, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, and track and field.
Results Team Pictou County Rhythmic Gymnastics Results
Emily Rondelet - Gold
Molly Caldwell - Silver
Kara Scott – Silver
Female Bowling:
Shey MacDonald - Gold
Jane Foance - Silver
Paige Fluery - Silver
Amanda Smith - Silver
Male Bowling:
Fred Maxwell - Gold
Henry Green - Gold
Eric Redmond - Silver
Bocce:
Two Pictou County teams
Pictou 1- Silver - Turin Division
Pictou 2: Silver - Venice Division
Basketball
strong play in 4 games over the weekend, did not medal
Golf
Chris Atkinson – Silver
Track and Field:
100M Male – Darryl Smith – Silver
100M Female – Lucy Rogers – Gold
200M Male – Darryl Smith – Silver and Shawn Bennett –Silver
400M Male – Josh Sisson – Silver
Standing Long Jump Male – Darryl Smith – Silver and Shawn Bennett – Silver and Josh Sisson – Bronze
Shot Put
Craig Boyd- Gold
Josh Sisson – Gold Darryl Smith - Bronze
Swimming:
50M FreeStyle Female: Sheri Wolfenden, Silver
50M FreeStyle Male: Joe Dort, Gold
Kendall Snell, Silver
Stephen Trainer, Silver
25M Freestyle Women’s: Sheri Wolfenden, Bronze
25M Freestyle Men’s: Joe Dort, Silver and Steven Trainer, Bronze
Freestyle Relay Female: Bronze: Sheri Wolfenden, Terry Reid, Michelle Zuethoff
100M Backstroke Men’s: Daniel Martin, Gold
50M Backstroke Women’s: Sheri Wolfenden, Silver
50M Backstroke Men’s: Steven Trainer, Gold and Kendall Snell, Silver
25M Backstroke Men’s: Steven Trainer, Gold and Joe Dort, Bronze
100M Breaststroke Men’s: Evan Sharpe, Silver
Daniel Martin, Bronze
50M Fly: Evan Sharpe, Bronze
100M Men’s: Evan Sharpe, Silver


FEDS INVEST MORE MONEY IN CENTRAL NOVA CRAFT HARBOURS
Monday 11th July 2016
On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Central Nova MP Sean Fraser announced today that the federal government is investing $10.8 million over the next two years in the repair and maintenance of harbour infrastructure at seven small craft harbours in Central Nova. The harbours are in Marie Joseph, Owls Head, Port Bickerton East, Sonora, Arisaig, Ballantynes Cove, and Caribou Ferry.


PROVINCE OFFERS LOANS FOR SHELLFISH BUSINESSES
Monday 11th July 2016
Funding is available through the Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board to start, expand or purchase a shellfish farming business. Licensed Nova Scotia producers and prospective new shellfish farmers are eligible to apply for secured loans with flexible repayment terms. Financing is available to purchase existing shellfish operations and materials such as collection systems, grow-out equipment, rafts, buoys, flotation devices, anchors, nets, cages for grow-out, small boats, outboard motors and onboard gear-handling devices. Purchase of shellfish seed and spat is also eligible. To learn more, click here.


PRELIMINARY HEARING BEGINS IN CAMPBELL MURDER CASE
Monday 11th July 2016
The preliminary inquiry of a man accused of killing an off-duty Truro officer has begun. Christopher Calvin Garnier is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Truro officer Catherine Campbell. Garnier appeared today in Halifax provincial court with his defence lawyer Joel Pink, and members of Campbell's family also were in court. Garnier was charged with second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body after Campbell's remains were found last Sept. 16 near the base of an overpass leading to a Halifax bridge. While the details of the hearing are under a publication ban, a sworn affidavit from an RCMP officer says Garnier allegedly told police he punched and strangled Campbell at an apartment in the city. Police have also said that early in the morning of Sept. 11, Garnier was recorded on surveillance video rolling a green bin down a city street in his bare feet, returning half hour later with no green bin.


MISSING MAN IN LANTZ FOUND *UPDATED 10:25 AM*
Monday 11th July 2016
Roger Hussey, who was reported missing yesterday from Lantz has been located and is safe. The 52-year old man had been last seen yesterday afternoon at Scotia Auto Salvage in Lantz. He and a friend reportedly went there to look for auto parts.


ARREST MADE IN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY IN STELLARTON
Monday 11th July 2016
A 21 year old man was arrested by Stellarton Police on Saturday following a complaint of an attempted armed robbery. Police responded to a business on Foord Street, where the suspect was identified and arrested. He's charged with robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and assaulting a police officer. He'll appear in court today.


HENDERSON PARIS IS RUNNING - FOR MAYOR
Monday 11th July 2016
A long-serving New Glasgow councillor and human rights activist has announced his intention to run for mayor this October. In a statement, Henderson Paris says it is imperative that New Glasgow works diligently for economic and sustainable growth so that future generations will be able to work, raise a family and to enjoy a physically healthy lifestyle. Paris has served on town council for twelve years, been Deputy Mayor twice, and founded the Run against Racism.


CAPE BRETON GETTING A "TRUMP BUMP" IN TOURIST NUMBERS
Monday 11th July 2016
Nova Scotia Tourism says Cape Breton is cashing in on the "Trump Bump" with a 30 per cent increase in hotel bookings in April compared to last year. Destination Cape Breton has seen around 35-hundred bookings since a campaign promoting the island as a Donald Trump-free paradise went viral. C-E-O Mary Tulle says she needs at least two full-time staff members to field the flood of online and phone inquiries. She says the international interest has generated about 1.5 million page views on the organization's website -- a third of which are from curious Americans.


MOUNTIES INVESTIGATE FIRE AT CB GOLF CLUB
Monday 11th July 2016
The clubhouse at a Cape Breton golf course was gutted by a fire this weekend. Baddeck R-C-M-P say emergency workers arrived at the Bell Bay Golf Course shortly after midnight on Sunday to find the clubhouse engulfed in flames. They say no one was inside and there were no injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine how the fire started.


NS POWER OUTAGE SITE GETS A MAKEOVER
Monday 11th July 2016
Nova Scotia Power has launched a redesign that lets people check outages in their area on a phone or tablet. The outage map is updated with new information every 15 minutes. Users can also zoom in on a specific address to learn when the lights are expected to come back on. Click here to visit the new site.


LOCKOUT THREAT WITHDRAWN AS CANADA POST AND CUPW CONTINUE NEGOTIATING
Monday 11th July 2016
With signs of progress in the contract dispute between Canada post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, the crown corporation has withdrawn its threat to lockout 50-thousand employees. Canada Post originally threatened to lockout employees last Friday, before extending the deadline to today at 12:01 a.m. The two sides have been negotiating for the last seven months, including 60 days of conciliation talks and more than 30 days with federal mediators. But the talks have been deadlocked on the issues of employee pension plans and wage parity.


FORT MAC FIREFIGHTERS FEAR LONG TERM HEALTH EFFECTS
Monday 11th July 2016
The president of the firefighters' union in Fort McMurray fears the lives of some his crew will be shortened as a result of battling the massive wildfire that devastated the northern Alberta city in May. Nick Waddington says the firefighters breathed in hazardous smoke for days as the flames destroyed 24-hundred homes and buildings, and some have developed a persistent cough. Blood work and lung tests are being performed, and Waddington predicts the firefighters will need treatment for possible illnesses over the next 10 to 20 years.


NATIONAL SPORTS - JULY 11
Monday 11th July 2016
R-A Dickey's outing helped secure the Blue Jays a 6-1 win over the Tigers and Toronto's pitching staff the best numbers in the league heading into the all-star break. Dickey allowed just one run over seven innings. Toronto's starting rotation finished the first half of the season leading the A-L with a 3-point-6-6 E-R-A and innings pitched with 579-point-1.
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Boston completed a three game sweep of Tampa Bay thanks to David Price. Price struck out 10 and allowed four hits over eight innings of a 4-0 shutout. David Ortiz was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, leaving the 40-year-old D-H with 22 home runs, 72 R-B-Is and a .332 average at the break.
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Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is making progress in his rehab. Kershaw threw 25 pitches off a mound as he rehabs from a back injury. Manager Dave Roberts says no timetable has been set for his return. Kershaw is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Monday. He is 11-and-2 with a major-league best 1-point-7-9 E-R-A.
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Former U-S soccer star Landon Donovan hit a tiebreaking single off retired San Diego pitcher Trevor Hoffman in the fifth inning and scored on two errors by rock singer Tim Foreman for a Little League home run, lifting the American League over the National 8-7 in the All-Star legends and celebrity softball game.
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Hamilton's Alena Sharp is the first official member of Canada's golf team for the upcoming Rio Olympics. Sharp announced that she would be representing Canada at the Games on Twitter after finishing tied for 21st at the U-S Women's Open. Canada's Olympic golf team will be announced in full today. Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario is also expected to be named to the women's team.
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The Chargers are still trying to make the N-F-L work in San Diego. San Diego voters will decide in November on the Chargers' proposal to raise local hotel taxes for a downtown stadium. If approved, the proposal could keep the team from moving to the Los Angeles area, where it has been approved by N-F-L ownership to join the Rams in a new stadium being built in Inglewood.


PICTOU IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT WITH BATTALION PARADE TODAY
Saturday 9th July 2016
Canadians are getting ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World War's famous all-black No. 2 Construction Battalion this weekend.
The unit formed locally in the Town of Pictou on July 9, 1916, and this morning, people from all across Canada and the U-S will gather with Premier Stephen MacNeil to mark its centennial.
Things get underway with an honour parade along Caladh Avenue at 10:30 this morning followed by a formal ceremony in the deCoste Centre.
The event is in conjunction with Day 2 of the Pictou Lobster Carnival.


FISHERMEN RESCUED AFTER BOAT RUNS AGROUND
Friday 8th July 2016
Three fishermen have been rescued after their boat ran aground off the east coast of Cape Breton. Navy Lt. Christine Hurov said the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax got word of the distress call from a fishing vessel near Sydney late Thursday evening. Hurov said the vessel was taking on water and the crew was preparing to abandon ship. The rescue centre dispatched two aircraft from 14 Wing Greenwood and a lifeboat to the scene. All three crew members were transferred by zodiac to the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Spray and are in good condition. Hurov said a Cormorant helicopter and Hercules aircraft flew out, but did not play a role in the rescue. She said the mission was complete by around 5:30 a.m. Friday.


JAMIE BAILLIE STILL LOOKING FOR ABERDEEN TO REOPEN MENTAL HEALTH UNIT
Friday 8th July 2016
As we pass 11 months since the mental health unit of the Aberdeen Hospital shut its door, Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie is frustrated with the lack of progress on getting it reopened. Baillie says the Liberal government was not honest with residents of Pictou County when they announced the closure that took effect August 3, 2015. He says we were told the closure was supposed to be temporary, but the fact that nothing has changed shows that the Liberal government was lying. He says they have to be held accountable for the lack of adequate investment in mental health services here in Pictou County.


BRIDGEWATER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ACCUSED OF SHARING EXPLICIT STUDENT PHOTOS
Friday 8th July 2016
Police in Bridgewater have charged six male high school students following an investigation into complaints that intimate images of at least 20 young female students were shared online without their consent. Police chief John Collyer says the case marks one of the first in Canada that involves the federal anti-cyberbullying legislation introduced in late 2013 after the high-profile death of Rehtaeh Parsons. The 17-year-old attempted suicide and was taken off life support after a digital photo of what her family says was a sexual assault was circulated among students at her school in Cole Harbour. Collyer says the six accused — all students at Bridgewater High School — were charged with distributing intimate images without consent and possession and distribution of child pornography following a year-long investigation. Four of the accused are 15 years old, and the other two are now 18. The police chief says the images were allegedly distributed using Dropbox, a U.S.-based file-sharing service.


SUPREME COURT SETS NEW BENCHMARKS FOR A TIMELY TRIAL
Friday 8th July 2016
The Supreme Court of Canada, citing a culture of complacency in the justice system, has adopted a new framework for determining whether a criminal trial has been unreasonably delayed. In a 5-4 decision today, the high court says the old means of determining whether a person's constitutional right to a timely trial had been infringed was too complex and problematic. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms says any person charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time. Under the new framework, an unreasonable delay would be presumed should proceedings — from charge to conclusion of a trial — exceed 18 months in provincial court, or 30 months in a superior court. The Supreme Court made the potentially groundbreaking ruling in deciding that the drug convictions of a British Columbia man must be set aside. In a dissenting opinion, a minority of the court calls the new framework for gauging delays unwarranted and unwise, saying it could lead to thousands of prosecutions being tossed out.


DARTMOUTH MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN LONDON ONTARIO
Friday 8th July 2016
A 17-year-old has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man in Dartmouth. Police say investigators arrested the teen in London, Ont., just before 3 p.m. Thursday with the help of local police and the province's repeat offender squad. The arrest comes months after 20-year-old Joseph Douglas Cameron was found dead on a Dartmouth sidewalk. On the morning of March 29, police were called to Spring Avenue and Mount Edward Road after shots were reportedly fired. Police arrested another 17-year-old man last month, but he was released without charges. They say the teenager now in custody in London will be returned to Nova Scotia for a court appearance at a later date.


SOBEYS SHOWS CEO THE DOOR
Friday 8th July 2016
The Sobeys grocery chain and its parent company say their chief executive and president has left the organization — effective immediately. Marc Poulin is being replaced in those roles on an interim basis by Francois Vimard, the chief financial officer of Empire Co. Poulin's sudden departure from the Empire organization follows a series of huge losses related to the acquisition of Canada Safeway as Sobeys expanded its position in Western Canada. Last week, Empire reported a $2.13 billion net loss for its 2016 financial year — mostly because of difficulties related to the integration of Safeway operations into the national grocery chain. The normally profitable company had earned $419 million in fiscal 2015 prior to a series of quarterly writedowns of its western business. Sobeys paid $5.8 billion to acquire the Canadian assets of Safeway in 2013 — about a year after Poulin became president and CEO of the grocery company. He also became president and CEO of Empire in December 2013.


GAS, DIESEL DOWN
Friday 8th July 2016
Gas has gone down below a dollar again: the price of a litre of regular self-serve is now 99.1 cents. Diesel dropped slightly to 94.3 cents per litre.


GOVERNMENTS SIGN AGREEMENT TO CLEAN UP LAHAVE RIVER, FOLLOWING ELEMENTARY STUDENT'S SCIENCE PROJECT
Friday 8th July 2016
A 12-year-old girl's elementary school project has prompted governments to stop raw sewage being dumped into the LaHave River in the District of Lunenburg. Nova Scotia has signed an agreement with the municipality, but it must get funding from Ottawa before it can start identifying the hundreds of properties with so-called straight pipes, which are illegal under the province's Environment Act. Stella Bowles, whose family lives near Bridgewater, began taking water samples last November and posted test results to her Facebook page. Those tests, later verified by a government lab, showed bacteria levels that exceeded Health Canada guidelines.


E-MAILS REVEAL LACK OF RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH INFLUX OF SYRIAN STUDENTS AT FREDERICTON HIGH SCHOOL
Friday 8th July 2016
A lack of support led to what staff at a New Brunswick high school called culture clashes between Syrian refugee students, classmates and teachers earlier this year. According to emails released under access to information, teachers at Fredericton High said they needed added resources to deal with the number of foreign students. Shawna Allen-VanderToorn, subject co-ordinator for the English as a Second Language program, says they could have used more translators. Last month, other educators from across the country expressed similar concerns when they appeared before a Senate committee in Ottawa.


DALLAS SUSPECT IN FATAL COP SHOOTINGS KILLED BY POLICE *UPDATED 9:00 AM*
Friday 8th July 2016
Five Dallas police officers were killed, six others were wounded and one civilian was hurt after snipers opened fire on law enforcement in the heart of Dallas last night. The shootings took place during a protest over recent fatal police shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota. Three people are in custody while a fourth suspect was killed in a standoff in a parking garage, claiming to have explosive devices.


PROVINCES TALKING ABOUT WAYS TO LIFT TRADE BARRIERS
Friday 8th July 2016
Talks on a plan to ease interprovincial trade barriers resume in Toronto today in hopes of cutting red tape that has been a headache for businesses and consumers. Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid says he fully expects his federal and provincial counterparts to agree on a proposal that seeks to open up the flow of goods and create jobs. Duguid says the premiers will have the final word on whether to sign or tinker with a proposal that has been worked on for about two years. Duguid's Alberta counterpart Deron Bilous is more cautious. Bilous says a trade deal is going to have "far-reaching" and "long-term implications," and he wants to take the time to make sure the deal is right for Canada. An internal trade agreement was signed in 1994, but Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz has said that Canada's internal trade is actually less free in many respects than its external trade. One frequently cited example of the effect of interprovincial barriers is how they restrict the export of beer around the country.


CROWN APPEALING SENTENCE FOR PARENTS WHO TREATED SON WITH NATURAL REMEDIES
Friday 8th July 2016
Prosecutors in Alberta want a harsher sentence for a couple whose 19-month-old son died of meningitis after they tried to treat him themselves using natural remedies. David Stephan was sentenced to four months in jail and his wife Collet got house arrest for failing to provide the necessaries of life for their son Ezekiel. The Crown filed an appeal yesterday, arguing the sentences are not proportionate to the gravity of the offence.


FIRST DRAFT RELEASED OF PLAN TO MAKEOVER 24 SUSSEX
Friday 8th July 2016
A draft plan to overhaul the prime minister's official residence has been drawn up by the National Capital Commission. The commission wants to upgrade security at 24 Sussex Drive and make the property more wheelchair accessible. Prime Minister Trudeau decided not to move into the residence while officials consider what to do with the property -- which has been said to have major electrical and plumbing issues. At the time, the estimated cost of renovating the building was pegged at 10-million dollars -- but experts have since warned the price tag could be at least 50 per cent higher.


WANT TO BE A SENATOR? APPLY TODAY!
Friday 8th July 2016
If you have ambitions of rubbing shoulders with the political elite and capitalizing on one of the best pension plans in the country, it's time to dust off your resume. The federal government has opened up the Senate application process to fill 20 current and upcoming vacancies in seven provinces. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to replace the old system of patronage with a new merit-based appointments process overseen by an independent advisory board. The board is now accepting applications from people in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. You can submit your curriculum vitae, three reference letters and a form consenting to a background check to www.canada.ca/senate-appointments by August 4th.


SPORTS JULY 8 *UPDATED 11:50 AM*
Friday 8th July 2016
Best of luck to Kaelan Schmidt, who is in Edmonton at the Canadian Juniors this weekend to compete in the high jump.
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Special Olympics Nova Scotia are holding their annual Provincial Games this weekend in the Annapolis Valley, with opening ceremonies on Friday at 5pm at Acadia University in Wolfville. With more than 850 athletes and coaches attending, it is definitely going to be an action packed weekend. For the full schedule of events, click here.
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Eastern Canadian Under 18 Rugby tournament is being held in Truro this weekend. Half of Team Nova Scotia is made of Pictou County athletes. They won their first match 7-5 over Eastern Ontario, and they play Newfoundland and Labrador at 2 this afternoon.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool will be hosting themed day camps every Friday throughout the summer, beginning next Friday, 15 July. The camps run from 9am to 4pm each Friday. To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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SG Sports Club, in conjunction with Pictou Parks & Recreation, are holding a Summer Soccer Camp at the McCulloch Field in Pictou July 18-21 for Grades 1-4, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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The 15th annual Walter MacDonald charity Golf Tournament is being held Sunday 14 August at the Glen Lovat Golf and Country Club. This tournament is in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in the the summer of 2000. This year’s tournament will be a 4-person scramble with space for 18 teams. Entry fee is $400 per 4-person team and includes 18 holes of championship golf, power carts, full BBQ steak dinner, and prizes. All proceeds will be donated in Walter's name to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society. Funny Man Jimmy Flynn will be golfing at this years MacDonald Cup, and will also be putting on a live show Saturday, 13 August at the White Tail Tavern in Westville. Tickets go on sale Friday 9 July. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. For registration and more information please contact tournament coordinator, Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada's Milos Raonic is facing Swiss star Roger Federer at Wimbledon. The winner advances to the men's final. Raonic has dropped nine of 11 career matches against Federer but won in the final of the Brisbane International in January, the last time the two met.
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Canadian Brooke Henderson has some ground to make up at the U-S Women's Open in California. The 18-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ontario carded an opening-round 4-over 76 yesterday and stands 12 shots behind leader Mirim Kim. Hamilton's Alena Sharp is the top Canadian at 2 under.
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The Toronto Blue Jays look for a seventh straight win when they face the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre. Lefty J-A Happ goes to the mound for Toronto. Detroit counters with right-hander Mike Pelfrey.
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The Ottawa Redblacks face the Calgary Stampeders in their home opener. Ottawa quarterback Trevor Harris leads the C-F-L with 687 passing yards and six touchdowns. Also, Edmonton hosts Saskatchewan in former Eskimos' head coach Chris Jones's return to Alberta.
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Former middleweight champion Anderson Silva will be Jon Jones' replacement at U-F-C 200. He'll face Daniel Cormier, the U-F-C's 205-pound champion, in a light heavyweight bout. Cormier's rematch with Jones was cancelled after Jones failed a doping test.
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It's France versus Portugal in the final of the European soccer championship. France beat world champion Germany 2-0 yesterday to advance to Sunday's championship game. Antoine Griezmann scored both goals for the French.


LAHAVE RIVER TO BE CLEANED UP - RESIDENTS TO PARTIALLY FOOT BILL
Thursday 7th July 2016
The Nova Scotia government has come up with a plan to stop 600 homes from dumping raw sewage into the LaHave River — but the cleanup won't happen without federal funding. The cleanup has been championed by 12-year-old resident Stella Bowles, whose Facebook posts about her tests for fecal matter put pressure on local politicians to take action. The announcement was made today in Bridgewater when the province signed an agreement with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg. Under the agreement, once the municipality receives funding from Ottawa it will start identifying properties with so-called straight pipes, which are illegal under the province's Environment Act. The municipality is then expected to educate homeowners about the polluting pipes, and then manage a program to replace them with septic systems by March 31, 2020. Residents will be expected to repay costs not covered by grants over a seven-year period.


BEAR SPRAY USED IN COLE HARBOUR ROBBERY
Thursday 7th July 2016
Police say a man was sprayed with what's believed to be bear spray during a robbery in Cole Harbour this morning. Police say a man who had entered a home in the community also threatened to stab the victim, although the victim did not see a weapon other than the bear spray. They say the suspect fled after taking an undisclosed amount of money. Police say it was not a random act and both men were known to each other.


TEEN CHARGED WITH MISCHIEF FOR PRANK CALLS TO BUSINESSES
Thursday 7th July 2016
Halifax police say a teenaged boy has been charged with mischief after a series of hoax phone calls asking businesses to test their fire alarms. Police say the calls were all made on the afternoon of Jan. 30. A male called several Dartmouth businesses, identified himself as a firefighter, and told them "to trigger the fire alarm as a routine test to their system." Police say it is not something Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency would ask businesses to do, and the hoax was an unneeded stress on emergency services. Const. Dianne Woodworth says a 15−year−old Bedford boy arrested Tuesday is charged in a single incident, a call to a restaurant, but the investigation is ongoing. The teen is scheduled to appear in court in December.


NL FISHERIES UNION HEAD STILL HAS QUESTIONS ABOUT SHRIMP POLICY
Thursday 7th July 2016
The head of a large fisheries union in Newfoundland and Labrador says he's pleased with Ottawa's decision to scrap a contentious policy governing the lucrative northern shrimp fishery. Keith Sullivan, president of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union, says eliminating the last in, first out policy will help make fisheries management policies more fair. But he says the viability of the inshore fishery remains unclear without details on how proportional sharing will work. Also, he says the union is concerned about removing allocations from inshore harvesters, primarily in Labrador. The decision to scrap the contentious policy has divided fisheries ministers in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.


NS-PEI CROSSING STILL USING ONE FERRY FOR NOW
Thursday 7th July 2016
Northumberland Ferries says they are continuing to adapt their service while the MV Holiday Island is being repaired. Dan Cormier, VP of Operations and Safety Management, says that they have added additional crossings of the MV Confederation to keep up with demand, and asks customers to book ahead by phone or online. There is no word yet on when Holiday Island will be available to return to service, but the company says they are working to resume the normal crossing schedule as soon as possible.


ATTEMPTED MURDER, ARSON CHARGES LAID AGAINST ANNAPOLIS ROYAL MAN
Thursday 7th July 2016
A 55-year-old man shot by police Monday now faces attempted murder charges. Jeffrey Luke Gregory of Annapolis Royal is facing two counts of attempted murder, as well as dangerous driving and arson charges after allegedly starting a July 4th fire that destroyed a motor home and bungalow. Police say they responded to the fire and a report of a man with a gun in a truck that was allegedly stolen. The province's Serious Incident Response Team says R-C-M-P officers shot Gregory in the upper body, causing non-life-threatening injuries.


HISTORIAN SAYS VIOLA DESMOND'S STORY UNIQUE
Thursday 7th July 2016
A new harbour ferry named for Canadian civil rights hero Viola Desmond will be launched in Halifax today. Desmond was arrested in New Glasgow in 1946 when she sat in the whites-only section of a movie theatre. Historian Graham Reynolds of Cape Breton University says Desmond's story has gained more prominence over the past decade. He says what made Desmond remarkable was that she was not an activist at the time, she was just a citizen who stood up for what she believed in. Desmond was convicted of defrauding the province of a penny, which was the difference in price between the main seating area and the balcony. The province apologized and granted a posthumous pardon to Desmond in 2010. Last month, Viola's sister, Wanda Desmond, donated her collection of family documents — photographs, letters and other items — to Cape Breton University.


POSTAL UNION TURNS DOWN OFFER OF BINDING ARBITRATION *UPDATED 9:50 AM*
Thursday 7th July 2016
The union representing some 50,000 postal workers says it's rejecting a proposal to undergo binding arbitration in its labour dispute with Canada Post. In a statement released Thursday morning, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it is refusing arbitration as a "matter of principle" and hopes to reach a negotiated settlement. Canada Post said Wednesday it would extend its lockout notice to Monday at 12:01 a.m. ET and would be willing to submit to arbitration in an effort to resolve the ongoing dispute. The deadline had initially been set for Friday. Canada Post and the union remain at loggerheads on CUPW's request for wage increases for rural mail carriers and the pension changes Canada Post says it needs to reduce costs. However, there are no talks planned and Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said earlier Wednesday the two sides couldn't be further apart.


TRUDEAU TO ATTEND NATO SUMMIT
Thursday 7th July 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flies to Poland today for his first NATO leaders' summit, where he will promise to help the alliance in its standoff with Russia. Trudeau is expected to announce Canadian troops will be deployed to Latvia, where they will lead a one-thousand-strong battalion of forces from other NATO member countries. But he's also expected to face questions from fellow NATO leaders about Canadian defence spending. After the NATO summit, Trudeau will travel to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, and then fly to Ukraine where he's expected to sign a free-trade deal and meet with the Ukrainian government and civil society groups.


ANGLICANS TO VOTE ON SAME SEX MARRIAGE
Thursday 7th July 2016
The Anglican Church of Canada will be grappling with whether to allow same-sex couples to marry over the next few days. The issue -- in the form of a resolution that recommends giving formal church blessing to same-sex marriage -- is to be voted on at the church's six-day General Synod that opens today north of Toronto. To pass, the resolution requires two-thirds of the hundreds of delegates to vote yes in each of three orders -- lay, clergy and bishops. However, the bishops group indicated in February that the threshold likely won't be met. Ottawa Bishop John Chapman has already apologized to members of the gay community and to those feeling "discouraged, angry, betrayed and hurt." But Logan McMenamie -- bishop of British Columbia -- says some bishops formerly opposed to the resolution may have changed their minds since the February statement. The vote on the issue is likely to come Monday.


TRUDEAU GOV'T COOL TO IDEA OF REFERENDUM ON ELECTORAL REFORM
Thursday 7th July 2016
Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef says referendums have a history of creating deep divisions between people and communities that are not easily healed, which makes her hesitant to believe it is the best way to determine the future of Canada's electoral system. Monsef says changes to the federal voting process must be broadly supported across Canada, but says referendums are not always effective in deciding complex issues. Monsef appeared as the first witness before the House of Commons special committee on electoral reform yesterday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised last year that the 2015 federal election would be the last one conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system. The Conservatives have been pushing for a referendum to determine how Canadians will vote in the future. Monsef also unveiled an online discussion guide on electoral reform that walks people through alternative voting systems, and told the committee she is open to online voting.


SPORTS JULY 7
Thursday 7th July 2016
Special Olympics Nova Scotia are holding their annual Provincial Games this weekend in the Annapolis Valley, with opening ceremonies on Friday at 5pm at Acadia University in Wolfville. With more than 850 athletes and coaches attending, it is definitely going to be an action packed weekend. For the full schedule of events, click here.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool will be hosting themed day camps every Friday throughout the summer, beginning next Friday, 15 July. The camps run from 9am to 4pm each Friday. To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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SG Sports Club, in conjunction with Pictou Parks & Recreation, are holding a Summer Soccer Camp at the McCulloch Field in Pictou July 18-21 for Grades 1-4, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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The 15th annual Walter MacDonald charity Golf Tournament is being held Sunday 14 August at the Glen Lovat Golf and Country Club. This tournament is in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in the the summer of 2000. This year’s tournament will be a 4-person scramble with space for 18 teams. Entry fee is $400 per 4-person team and includes 18 holes of championship golf, power carts, full BBQ steak dinner, and prizes. All proceeds will be donated in Walter's name to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society. Funny Man Jimmy Flynn will be golfing at this years MacDonald Cup, and will also be putting on a live show Saturday, 13 August at the White Tail Tavern in Westville. Tickets go on sale Friday 9 July. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. For registration and more information please contact tournament coordinator, Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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For the first time since 2009, Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup to his hometown of Cole Harbour. Crosby's hockey school tweeted yesterday that Pittsburgh Penguins captain would be bringing Lord Stanley's cup on July 16th, as well as the Conn Smythe Trophy. The 28-year-old was named post-season M-V-P after scoring six goals and 13 assists in 24 games.
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For the second time in three years, it will be Canada's Milos Raonic against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semifinals. Raonic advanced to the semis after a four-set victory over American Sam Querrey at the All England Club. Federer beat Raonic in 2014.
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The Blue Jays are rolling. They won their fifth straight and completed a series sweep of the defending World Series champs with a 4-2 win over Kansas City at Rogers Centre. Marcus Stroman pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out six. Michael Saunders paced the offence with a solo homer and tiebreaking R-B-I double.
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The Giants have bumped the Cubs from the top. Johnny Cueto pitched a five-hitter to become the N-L's first 13-game winner, and San Francisco beat the Rockies 5-1 to move atop the major league standings. The Giants are 54-and-33. The Cubs are 52-and-32 after losing to Cincinnati earlier in the day.
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Chicago has added to its back court at Miami's expense. The Bulls have agreed to a two-year deal worth about 47 million U-S dollars with 12-time all-star Dwyane Wade. Wade is leaving the Heat after 13 seasons. Shortly after the 34-year-old Wade informed the Bulls that he was leaving Miami to return to play in his hometown, Chicago traded Mike Dunleavy to Cleveland to make room.
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Steve Kerr went with a familiar face when selecting his new assistant coach. The Warriors have hired former Cleveland and Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown to join Kerr's staff. Brown was an assistant in San Antonio when Kerr played for the Spurs. He replaces Luke Walton, who took the head coaching job with the Lakers.
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Another possible failed drug test for Jon Jones. The U-F-C interim light heavyweight champion has been notified of a potential doping violation, ruling him out of his bout with Daniel Cormier in the main event of U-F-C 200. Jones has failed drug tests around two of his past three scheduled fights. He tested positive for apparent cocaine use before his first fight with Cormier at U-F-C 182 in January 2015.


LAST-IN-FIRST-OUT POLICY TO BE SCRAPPED
Wednesday 6th July 2016
The federal fisheries minister has accepted a recommendation to scrap a contentious policy governing the lucrative northern shrimp fishery. In a report delivered to Dominic LeBlanc last week, a federal panel recommended eliminating the last-in, first-out (LIFO) policy and replacing it with a system of proportional sharing. In a statement Wednesday, LeBlanc says proportional sharing is consistent with the approach used in most other Canadian fisheries, and means inshore and offshore fleets will continue to share in the benefits of the multi-million-dollar fishery. Nova Scotia Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell has said the new policy could spell disaster for Nova Scotia fishermen, who have invested heavily in the northern shrimp fishery based on the protections of LIFO. But Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries Minister Steve Crocker said with stocks declining, there will be "no winners" in either province - and a sharing approach will be more fair.  LeBlanc says he is awaiting recommendations from the Northern Shrimp Advisory Committee for the fishery after its meeting tomorrow.


MINOR CHANGES TO NEW GLASGOW WARD BOUNDARIES
Wednesday 6th July 2016
A decision released by the Utility and Review Board last week has confirmed that the boundaries for Ward 1 and 2 in New Glagsow will move slightly ahead of this fall's municipal election. The town will continue to be represented by a mayor and six councilors, with two coming from each of the three wards. However, the line between Ward 1 and Ward 2 will be be adjusted, putting approximately 200 voters who previously lived in Ward 2 into Ward 1. Ward 3 will remain unchanged and include all residents on the west side of the East River.


PROVINCE MAKES AQUACULTURE INVESTMENT
Wednesday 6th July 2016
The Nova Scotia government has announced 2.8-million dollars in funding the aquaculture sector as it opened applications for new farming operations. The funding will go towards researching how sites interact with their environment, advanced planning for aquaculture development and support a more rigorous approach to approving new aquaculture operations. The province has also announced that new applications are being accepted for ocean-based shellfish, cultivated-marine plant and trout farming. Premier Stephen McNeil says the new approach to regulating the industry means the province can create jobs while protecting the environment.


SHEET HARBOUR FIRE MAY HAVE BEEN MAN-MADE
Wednesday 6th July 2016
A forest fire near Sheet Harbour that burned roughly four hectares of land yesterday may have been man-made, according to an official with the Department of Natural Resources. Jim Rudderham, the department's operations manager for forest protection, told the CBC that an investigator is looking into the blaze, since there were no lightning strikes in the region that could have been the cause. Rudderham says the fire is not completely extinguished as of this time, however, it is considered "contained and controlled". The area that burned on Tuesday was under a no-burn order at the time.


TERMINAL IN MELFORD CLOSER TO REALITY
Wednesday 6th July 2016
The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has been working for years to try to get a 315 acre container terminal up and running in Melford, and it now looks as if that may actually happen. Municipal Warden Vernon Pitts says an announcement today by SSA Marine, the top terminal operator in North America, that they will take over the lead on this project means this is the leading new project on the east coast. The Municipality has signed a community benefits agreement with the proponents of the project, which will help to bring employment and economic activity to the region. Pitts says there is still work to be done before the terminal can become operational, but today's announcement is a major step forward.


OLAND BAIL APPEAL SET FOR END OF OCTOBER
Wednesday 6th July 2016
Canada's highest court will hear arguments on Halloween on whether Dennis Oland should be released from prison while he appeals his murder conviction. The Supreme Court of Canada set the case for Oct. 31, about two weeks after Oland is due to go before the New Brunswick court of appeal to challenge his conviction in the death of his father. A lawyer for Oland's family said Wednesday they are "very happy that leave to appeal was granted," but offered no further comment. Oland's lawyers had asked for an expedited decision on his bail application after he was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his father, millionaire businessman Richard Oland. The former investment adviser was sentenced in February to life in prison without chance of parole for 10 years.


AXE ASSAULT NETS SIX MONTH PROBATION
Wednesday 6th July 2016
A man accused of assaulting his boss with an axe has been sentenced to six months probation. Fifty-seven-year-old Ding Gou Fang was sentenced in Pictou provincial court yesterday to a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of assault. Fang was originally charged February 23rd with assault with a weapon and possessing a weapon, but the Crown amended the charge to assault. Court heard that Fang was holding an axe when he went to the Dragon Bowl Restaurant where he used to work, demanding his T-4 slip and getting into an argument with his former boss.


FISHERMEN CONCERNED ABOUT DECLINING CATCHES NEAR PROPOSED TIDAL PROJECT
Wednesday 6th July 2016
Fishermen in the Bay of Fundy say they're worried a tidal energy project is already affecting their catches. Gerry Taylor says his catches have been down at his Partridge Island weir due to increased boat traffic to and from the nearby tidal energy test site. He's concerned about fish being killed by the turbines, and with the loss of space on the ocean floor if the site is ever developed into a commercial operation. The deployment of the first of two turbines had been scheduled for late June, but has been delayed until more consultations are held with fishermen.


FOUR CHARGED WITH FRAUD IN CFB HALIFAX INVESTIGATION
Wednesday 6th July 2016
Four people are due in court next month to face charges of more than 1.3 million dollars in fraudulent purchasing activity at C-F-B Halifax. Military police began investigating the supply of merchandise to four companies contracted to work at the base between April 2008 and May 2012. Bry'n Ross, Wayne Langille and husband-and-wife business owners Harold and Kim Dawson will appear in Dartmouth provincial court on August 22nd. They are charged with fraud over five-thousand dollars and fraud on the government.


VIOLA DESMOND FERRY TO LAUNCH TOMORROW
Wednesday 6th July 2016
A ferry named after Nova Scotia civil rights activist Viola Desmond will be unveiled tomorrow. Halifax Transit says a ceremony will be held at 11 a-m next to the Halifax Ferry Terminal and Desmond's sister Wanda Robson is expected to speak. The public voted to name the ferry after Desmond. She was arrested in New Glasgow in 1946 when she sat in the whites only section of a movie theatre, but fought the charges and won an appeal in court.


FOOD BANK SUPPLIER SAYS SUPPLIES AT A CRITICAL LOW
Wednesday 6th July 2016
Feed Nova Scotia says they need more donations. The provincial charity that supplies food to 147 agencies is at a crisis level. Some of the food banks they supply have had to turn families away because of the shortfall. Karen Theriault, director of development and communications for Feed Nova Scotia, tells CBC News that while a slowdown this time of year is not unusual, the drop is especially steep this year. She says they like to keep a three-to-four-week supply in the warehouse, but right now it's only a couple of days worth. Theriault is hoping for some farm donations,especially with the introduction of the new farm tax credit. She also encourages people to connect with their local food bank to see how they can help meet the need.


DEFENCE MINISTER LAYING OUT PLANS FOR REPLACING CF-18 JETS
Wednesday 6th July 2016
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will update aerospace and defence industry reps Wednesday on the controversial quest to replace Canada's aging fighter jets. Sajjan is expected to use an address in Ottawa to lay out the Trudeau government's short-term plans on the file, and to provide more detail on the current state of the C-F-18 fleet. There had been reports last month the Liberals were considering buying Boeing Super Hornet fighter jets without a competitive bidding process. That would contradict their campaign promise to hold an open competition.


MP KENNEY TO ANNOUNCE HIS CANDIDACY FOR ALBERTA TORIES
Wednesday 6th July 2016
Sources familiar with Conservative M-P Jason Kenney's plans say the former Harper cabinet minister will announce on Wednesday in Calgary that he will be running to lead Alberta's Progressive Conservatives. It appears he wants to unite the province's right -- but one former provincial politician says merging the P-C's with the Wildrose party to get Conservatives back in power would be a tough sell. Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith also says Kenney isn't the person for the job because he won't appeal to more socially liberal voters in Calgary and Edmonton.


DON'T REPEAT PAST MISTAKES WITH FEDERAL HEALTH DOLLARS: REPORT
Wednesday 6th July 2016
A new report says the federal government should learn from past experience as it renegotiates the health accord with the provinces. The study from the C.D. Howe Institute says attempts to achieve health care reform by attaching strings to the money it gives to the provinces have been met with limited success. That's in part because the federal government has little influence over the way provincial and territorial governments respond to policy recommendations on matters inside their jurisdiction. The study was published as the Liberal government is negotiating a new accord after the previous Conservative government let the last one expire. The agreement between Ottawa and the provinces and territories will set shared goals for how billions in federal funds are spent on health care. Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has said the government hopes to have an agreement in place by year's end.


PM WOOING TECH DOLLARS INTO CANADA
Wednesday 6th July 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is heading to southern Idaho this week to try to convince some of the wealthiest people in media and technology to invest in Canada. The guest list of the annual conference organized by a New York-based private investment firm is never publicly announced. But rumoured attendees this year include billionaires Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch, and Jeff Bezos, the C-E-O of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post.


SPORTS JULY 6 *UPDATED 11:00 AM*
Wednesday 6th July 2016
Special Olympics Nova Scotia are holding their annual Provincial Games this weekend in the Annapolis Valley, with opening ceremonies on Friday at 5pm at Acadia University in Wolfville. With more than 850 athletes and coaches attending, it is definitely going to be an action packed weekend. For the full schedule of events, click here.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool will be hosting themed day camps every Friday throughout the summer, beginning next Friday, 15 July. The camps run from 9am to 4pm each Friday. To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting free Ultimate Frisbee clinics for ages 12-15, they are co-ed and no experience is necessary. A great chance for youth to learn more about this fun and growing sport! Starting Wednesday, July 6 at Parkdale from 6:30-8pm, register by showing up to the field, at New Glasgow Recreation, or emailing ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com.
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club is offering summer programs for a variety of ages and skill levels. The Preschool Programs, running 3 mornings a week (Tue-Thurs) from 9am-12pm. Summer day Camp for school agers, running weekly from 9am-3pm. And hourly Summer Rec Classes, for school age children (Tues, Wed and Thurs) from 4pm -8pm. Open registration is being held on Wednesday, July 6th from 4 to 8pm  For more information, find us on facebook at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club", drop in to our location at 558 South Frederick St. (old Y building), or call 902-695-3699.
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SG Sports Club, in conjunction with Pictou Parks & Recreation, are holding a Summer Soccer Camp at the McCulloch Field in Pictou July 18-21 for Grades 1-4, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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The 15th annual Walter MacDonald charity Golf Tournament is being held Sunday 14 August at the Glen Lovat Golf and Country Club. This tournament is in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in the the summer of 2000. This year’s tournament will be a 4-person scramble with space for 18 teams. Entry fee is $400 per 4-person team and includes 18 holes of championship golf, power carts, full BBQ steak dinner, and prizes. All proceeds will be donated in Walter's name to the Aberdeen Hospital Palliative Care Society. Funny Man Jimmy Flynn will be golfing at this years MacDonald Cup, and will also be putting on a live show Saturday, 13 August at the White Tail Tavern in Westville. Tickets go on sale Friday 9 July. All proceeds from this event will be going to the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society. For registration and more information please contact tournament coordinator, Marlee MacNaughton at marleemac18@gmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada's Milos Raonic will aim to book his ticket into the semifinals at Wimbledon today when he faces 28th-seeded Sam Querrey. The sixth-seeded Raonic recovered from two sets down in his fourth round match to reach the quarter-finals. Querrey beat Raonic at Wimbledon in 2012. The American also beat Novak Djokovic earlier in the tournament.
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Roger Federer will try to put his last match against Marin Cilic behind him today at Wimbledon when the pair face each other in quarter-final action. Cilic routed Federer in straight sets during their last match at the U-S Open semifinals in 2014. Also, Andy Murray plays Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. And, Tomas Berdych goes up against Lucas Pouille.
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Cristiano Ronaldo against Gareth Bale -- that's the marquee matchup set for this afternoon at Euro 2016 when Portugal plays Wales in semifinal action. The duo are teammates in Spain with club team Real Madrid. Bale has three goals so far in the tournament, while Ronaldo has two. A win for either country would set up a final against Germany or host France.
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Marcus Stroman gets the ball for the Blue Jays tonight in the finale of a three-game set with the Kansas City Royals at the Rogers Centre. Toronto is going for the series sweep after an 8-3 win last night. Ian Kennedy will toe the rubber for K-C. Stroman had a strong outing his last time out, but it resulted in a no-decision during the Jays' 19-inning marathon loss to Cleveland on Canada Day.
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Reigning American League M-V-P Josh Donaldson was among three Blue Jays named to the M-L-B all-star game roster yesterday. Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and right-hander Marco Estrada were also named as reserves. Canadian outfielder Michael Saunders was one of five finalists for the all-star game final vote. That winner gets announced Friday.


ACCIDENT IN SALT SPRINGS RESULTS IN ONE FATALITY
Tuesday 5th July 2016
Earlier today it was reported that there was a single-vehicle collision near Exit 19 of the Trans-Canada Highway in Salt Springs yesterday afternoon. RCMP are now reporting that there was a single fatality in that incident. An eastbound vehicle lost control shortly after 2pm, left the highway and over an embankment, coming to a stop when it struck a guardrail. No other vehicles were involved. The driver, a 65-year-old man from Sydney, died at the scene. The female passenger was transported to hospital with minor injuries. RCMP say the cause of the crash is under investigation.


TRIAL DATES SET IN NEW BRUNSWICK MURDER-ARSON CASE
Tuesday 5th July 2016
Three months have been set aside for the trial of a Moncton man charged with first degree murder and arson. Nineteen-year-old Tyler Noel is one of three people charged in the death of Baylee Wylie, whose body was found in a burning apartment last December. Noel's jury trial is slated to get under way in October of next year. His co-accused, 18-year-old Devin Morningstar, will stand trial this fall while 20-year-old Marissa Shephard's preliminary hearing will be held in the spring. 


PRELIMINARY INQUIRY DATES SET FOR MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING YOGA INSTRUCTOR
Tuesday 5th July 2016
A preliminary hearing will begin October 31st for the man charged in the death of popular Halifax yoga instructor Kristin Johnston. Four days have been set aside for the hearing which will determine whether there is enough evidence for Nicholas Jordan Butcher to go to trial on a charge of second-degree murder. Butcher was taken to hospital with significant injuries after the body of the 32-year-old Johnston was found at a Halifax-area home on March 26th. Police said the pair were in a "domestic relationship."


TRUDEAU SAYS NO BACK-TO-WORK LEGISLATION WILL BE ENFORCED IN CANADA POST LABOUR DISPUTE
Tuesday 5th July 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is not considering back-to-work legislation if there is a work stoppage at Canada Post. Trudeau says his government believes in good-faith negotiations that happen around the bargaining table. The prime minister says there is no need to be "heavy-handed." His comments in Montreal today came after Canada Post said it has issued a 72-hour lockout notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), raising the possibility of labour disruption by Friday. Canada Post said its latest offer presented on June 25 was fair and reasonable and that it still hoped to negotiate a deal with the union. The union said Tuesday the issue is pay equity for rural carriers, 70 per cent of whom are women and earn 28 per cent less than their urban, mostly male, counterparts.


TWO MEN CHARGED WITH AUTO THEFT IN TRURO
Tuesday 5th July 2016
Two men have been charged after they allegedly stole a truck belonging to the Town of Truro that was being used by a crew out painting road lines. Truro Police say the incident was reported around 1:30a.m. this morning on Queen St. RCMP in Debert arrested an 18-year old Truro man and a 30-year old North River man a short time later, and the two have been charged with theft and possession of stolen property. The truck was recovered, and police say there is the possibility of more charges being laid.


PROVINCE LOOSENING LIQUOR LICENCE REGULATIONS
Tuesday 5th July 2016
The province is making two changes to liquor licensing regulations to cut red tape and better meet the needs of business owners. The changes involve the setting of maximum occupancy numbers and more flexibility in converting restaurant space to lounge space. From now on, the maximum occupancy number for a liquor licence will come from the fire marshal only, and restaurants will be allowed to convert restaurant space to lounge space at the time of their choosing - with approval from the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco division. Minors will still not be permitted inside a lounge past 9 p.m. 


SERVICE IN HFX TODAY TO HONOR NUMBER 2 CONSTRUCTION BATTALION
Tuesday 5th July 2016
People are gathering on the Halifax Citadel today to commemorate the only all black formation in Canada's expeditionary force in the First World War. It is the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Number 2 Construction Battalion. The military establishment did not want to allow blacks to enlist, so African Nova Scotians struggled to join the war effort. Eventually, the segregated battalion was formed to accommodate the black members. Another commemoration and honour parade will be held in Pictou on Saturday. It's expected the battalion's descendants from across the country and the States will pay tribute to them.


CREWS RESPOND TO THREE ACCIDENTS
Tuesday 5th July 2016
Emergency crews were kept busy on Monday. Barney’s River Fire Department and other emergency services responded to a three-vehicle collision on Highway 104 near French River around 1:20 Monday afternoon. Chief Joe MacDonald said there were no serious injuries, but two of the cars were badly damaged. RCMP were called to two other incidents in Pictou County around the same time, including a motor vehicle accident in West River near Exit 19. Life Flight was called to River John in response to a farming-related incident around 2 p.m.


SPORTS JULY 5 *UPDATED 9:30 AM*
Tuesday 5th July 2016
Athletes playing on Nova Scotia-based teams are now exempt from parts of the Labour Standards Code. Changes to the minimum wage order will apply to all athletes who meet the definition of an employee. The province says the amendments recognize other ways players are compensated, such as per diem, training costs and supplied equipment. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan says the measures should protect athletes against discrimination, while allowing them to receive fair compensation.
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Pictou County Ultimate is hosting free Ultimate Frisbee clinics for ages 12-15, they are co-ed and no experience is necessary. A great chance for youth to learn more about this fun and growing sport! Starting Wednesday, July 6 at Parkdale from 6:30-8pm, register by showing up to the field, at New Glasgow Recreation, or emailing ultimatepictoucounty@gmail.com.
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The Pictou Fisheries Pool will be hosting themed day camps every Friday throughout the summer, beginning next Friday, 15 July. The camps run from 9am to 4pm each Friday. To register or for more information, please call the Pictou Fisheries Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.com
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club is offering summer programs for a variety of ages and skill levels. The Preschool Programs, running 3 mornings a week (Tue-Thurs) from 9am-12pm. Summer day Camp for school agers, running weekly from 9am-3pm. And hourly Summer Rec Classes, for school age children (Tues, Wed and Thurs) from 4pm -8pm. Open registration is being held on Wednesday, July 6th from 4 to 8pm  For more information, find us on facebook at "Pictou County Gymnastics Club", drop in to our location at 558 South Frederick St. (old Y building), or call 902-695-3699.
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SG Sports Club, in conjunction with Pictou Parks & Recreation, are holding a Summer Soccer Camp at the McCulloch Field in Pictou July 18-21 for Grades 1-4, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Venus Williams will play her first quarter-final match at Wimbledon since 2010 this morning. The American takes on Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.  All four women's quarter-finals are taking place. In men's doubles, Canada's Vasek Pospisil and American Jack Sock face Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France in third round play.
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Knuckleballer R-A Dickey will look to snap his Rogers Centre funk tonight when the Blue Jays host the Kansas City Royals. The veteran is 0-and-6 at home this season. Chris Young will toe the rubber for Kansas City. The Jays got eight strong innings from Aaron Sanchez last night in a 6-2 series-opening win over the Royals.
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Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees look to cool off the surging Chicago White Sox tonight in the Windy City. Chicago has won three straight and seven of its last 10 games. Around the A-L East, David Price and the Red Sox host the Texas Rangers, the Rays are home to the Angels, and the division leading Orioles are in L-A to face the Dodgers.
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Canada's men's basketball team begins its quest for an Olympic berth once again this morning (6:30 a-m Eastern) in the Philippines against Turkey. The Canadians must win the six-team tournament in order to qualify for this summer's Rio Olympics. Canada hasn't qualified for the Olympics since the 2000 Games in Sydney.
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Stage 4 of the Tour de France goes today from Saumur to Limoges. It's the race's longest stage and is a challenging 237.5 kilometres. Mark Cavendish edged German rival Andre Greipel in a photo finish in the third stage yesterday. Russian Peter Sagan has the race's yellow jersey and an eight-second advantage in the overall standings.


DRUNK DRIVING CHARGE AFTER PICTOU COUNTY WOMAN CALLS 911
Tuesday 5th July 2016
A Pictou County woman has been charged with impaired driving after calling 911 for assistance. Pictou District RCMP and EHS responded to the call at 3:36 Monday morning and located the caller, a 65-year-old woman, who was driving a vehicle on Highway 104 in Sutherland's River. The woman was checked by EHS and released. The RCMP noticed signs of impairment and the woman was arrested by police for impaired driving. She had been on her way to work at the time of the call. The woman was brought to Stellarton RCMP Detachment for a breath test, where she provided breath samples which were found to be more than twice the legal limit. She was released from custody later that day. The woman faces charges of Impaired Driving and Driving with a Blood Alcohol Content over .80. She will be appearing in Pictou Provincial Court on 6 September. 


ATLANTIC PREMIERS WORK OUT IMMIGRATION PLAN
Tuesday 5th July 2016
Atlantic premiers are hoping to start bringing in immigrants -- and make it attractive for them to stay in the thinly populated region. Under a plan formulated in P-E-I, the federal government will accept up to two-thousand immigrant applications in 2017, with increased numbers in the following years depending on performance. The applications will be open to a variety of skill classes.


SCIENTISTS TO EXPLORE DEEP OCEAN OFF NS COAST
Tuesday 5th July 2016
A team of Fisheries Department scientists are taking part in a mission to explore Earth's most unexplored frontier: the deep ocean. The mission, led the England-based Nekton marine research foundation, will research the deep ocean off off Bermuda, Nova Scotia and in the Sargasso Sea. Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hudson and about two dozen scientists will leave Halifax on July 14th for Bermuda. The Hudson will then travel back to Canada in early August to explore the Gully -- a protected underwater canyon located roughly 200 kilometres off Nova Scotia near Sable Island.


PEI POLITICIAN WANTS INQUIRY INTO FALSE ASSAULT CASE
Tuesday 5th July 2016
An Opposition politician in P-E-I says the province should conduct an inquiry into the case of a non-verbal, autistic woman whose caregivers claimed she had accused her father of sexual assault. The father was never charged - and the Crown dropped the case after a psychologist assessed the woman's ability to communicate via a disputed method known as facilitated communication. The psychologist concluded the 35-year-old woman, who has the intellectual capacity of a two-year-old, could not have made the allegations attributed to her. The case made national headlines in March when a judge concluded the province acted in a ``deplorable'' manner by failing to conduct an investigation into the source of the allegations. Progressive Conservative health critic James Aylward says an inquiry is needed to determine how the case was handled. The province's health minister could not be reached for comment. Last week, the woman's family spoke out for the first time, saying they wanted to make sure no other family endures a similar ordeal.


CANADA POST GIVES WORKERS LOCKOUT NOTICE
Tuesday 5th July 2016
Canada Post has issued a 72-hour lockout notice, which means a possible work stoppage by Friday. The post office says it plans to suspend the current agreement covering about 50-thousand postal workers as of Friday, but adds the notice doesn't necessarily mean it will shut down that day. It blamed prolonged negotiations, the union's strike mandate and the financial cost of a rapid decline in mail volume. CUP-W has responded by saying the Crown corporation refused to negotiate fairly with the union and now is locking the doors and -- quote -- ``will try to starve us into submission.'' The two sides have both said the key sticking point in their talks involves employee pension plans.


DEMOLITION OF TRURO LIBRARY TO BEGIN TOMORROW
Monday 4th July 2016
Avid readers in Truro who have been patiently waiting for their library branch to reopen will not have to wait much longer. Construction of the new branch of the Colchester-East Hants Public Library on Prince Street has wrapped up, but because of safety concerns related to the demolition of the old building, the branch has yet to open its doors to the public. Truro Ward 1 Town Councilor Raymond Tynes says the demolition of the old building will begin tomorrow, and should take about two weeks to complete. Tynes says there will be some restricted parking in the downtown Truro area while that work is done. He says the soft opening for the new facility will take place as soon as the work clearing out the old building is completed, and a formal Grand opening will occur in September. In the meantime, Truro residents are encouraged to use the Stewiacke or Tatamagouche branches for summer reading.


SIRT TO INVESTIGATE AFTER MAN INJURED IN ANNAPOLIS COUNTY
Monday 4th July 2016
Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team is investigating after a man was injured during an interaction with Annapolis County R-C-M-P officers.  Mounties say it happened just after 1:15 a-m today when they responded to a call in Hillsburn about a man with a gun, who they say was suspected in an arson the previous evening. R-C-M-P say Mounties and officers with Annapolis Royal Police Department were at the scene when the suspect approached in a stolen vehicle and the Mounties fired their weapons. The male suspect was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment of what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. 


MORE IMMIGRANTS COMING TO ATLANTIC CANADA
Monday 4th July 2016
Ottawa will admit as many as two-thousand immigrants and their families to the four Atlantic provinces next year. It's part of a three-year pilot project to boost immigration that the premiers and several federal cabinet ministers announced following a meeting today in P-E-I. Immigration Minister John McCallum says the strategy to grow the region's economy will let governments and employers recruit and settle immigrants based on skill levels and economic needs.


ONTARIO MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT IN HALIFAX DRUG STORE ROBBERY CASE
Monday 4th July 2016
An Ontario man is to appear in Halifax provincial court today after being arrested in connection with a robbery at a pharmacy in the city last March. Halifax police say a man armed with a knife went behind the pharmacy counter and demanded cash and drugs before fleeing. They say 32-year-old Charles Russell Clarke was arrested over the weekend at a correctional facility in Milton, Ontario. The man from Campbellford, Ontario was transported back to Halifax on Friday to face charges of robbery, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and breach of a probation order.


PLENTY TO DISCUSS AS ATLANTIC PREMIERS MEET
Monday 4th July 2016
New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says he and his Atlantic counterparts and several federal cabinet ministers will focus on strengthening the regional economy at their meeting in P-E-I today. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay is hosting the gathering at a barn on his property in St. Peters Bay, P-E-I, which also includes the federal ministers of immigration, fisheries and public services. Gallant says discussions will also cover boosting the region's population, immigration and a skilled labour market, climate change, trade and infrastructure. The Atlantic premiers and cabinet ministers also met earlier this year in Fredericton.


INTERNET BLACK WIDOW BACK IN COURT - CASE HELD OVER TO NEXT MONTH ***UPDATED 3:45PM***
Monday 4th July 2016
The case of an elderly woman known as the "Internet Black Widow" has been put over until next month. Eighty-year-old Melissa Ann Shepard was charged with three counts of breaching a recognizance, including a ban on accessing the Internet, after she was spotted in April using a computer at Halifax Central Library. Her lawyer asked for a delay in Halifax provincial court today -- saying he's still awaiting Crown evidence -- so the case will return to court August 4th. A court imposed numerous conditions on Shepard when she was released from prison last March after completing a three-year sentence for spiking her newlywed husband's coffee with tranquilizers.  


ACCIDENT IN FRENCH RIVER ***UPDATED 5:30PM***
Monday 4th July 2016
RCMP are warning of yet another accident today in the French River area. Traffic was disrupted for roughly an hour while emergency crews attended to the scene. This is the same stretch of Highway 104 that is the focus of a petition to try to get the province to expedite the process of getting it twinned. Barneys River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald says there were no major injuries, however the front end of the vehicle involved was heavily damaged.


SPCA INVESTIGATE ABANDONED PUPPIES IN ANTIGONISH COUNTY
Monday 4th July 2016
Over the weekend a woman found a box full of abandoned puppies on the side of the road in Heatherton, and the SPCA is now investigating a possible case of animal cruelty. The woman found the 7 newborn puppies, still with their umbilical cords attached, in a vacuum box near the Heatherton Elementary School. The puppies were taken to the Antigonish SPCA where they were given milk replacement formula and were later transported by volunteers to be fostered by Pick of the Litter Rescue where they will receive around the clock care and feeding. The investigation team representing the SPCA is looking for anyone who may have any information as to who may have placed the puppies on the side of the road or with any other information regarding a black dog that has recently given birth with no puppies to call their confidential cruelty line at: 1-888-703-7722 or e-mail @ animals@spcans.ca.


NB MOOSE HUNT LOTTERY RESULTS ARE OUT
Monday 4th July 2016
The New Brunswick government says there are more than 61-thousand applications for licences for this year's moose hunt. It says the results of the draw for the 4,643 licences are now available and hunters can find out if they got a licence by checking online at the Department of Energy and Resource Development website or calling the department. The ministry say successful applicants will also be notified by mail unless there is a Canada Post strike. This year's hunt runs from September 20th to the 24th and licences will be available for purchase starting August 15th.


PROVINCE POSTING EXPENSES FOR SENIOR BUREAUCRATS ONLINE
Monday 4th July 2016
The province has posted online the expenses of senior officials of government departments and offices. Expenses will be posted on a monthly basis, at the same time as expenses incurred by ministers and ministers' executive assistants. Expenses for the months of April and May can be found here.


THOUSANDS PETITION PROVINCE TO TWIN THE 104 IN ANTIGONISH & PICTOU COUNTIES
Monday 4th July 2016
Support for twinning a section of the Trans Canada Highway in northern Nova Scotia continues to build. Barney's River Fire Chief Joe MacDonald says over 8,000 people have signed an online petition and more than 5,000 have signed the paper petition. The petitions ask the province to twin Highway 104 from Sutherlands River to Antigonish. MacDonald says there have been over 347 accidents and 15 deaths on that stretch of road since 2009. The results of the province's highway twinning study are expected to be released later this summer.


CANADA POST CONTINUES TALKS WITH WORKERS
Monday 4th July 2016
Canada Post says talks with the union representing postal workers continue and it still hopes to negotiate a deal. Spokesman Jon Hamilton says the company has not given the required 72 hours notice of a lockout, nor has the union given notice of any job action. Both sides remain at the negotiating table and Hamilton says he hopes they can reach an agreement that is ``affordable and reasonable.'' Changes to employee pension plans have been a key sticking point in negotiations. Canada Post made new contract proposals about a week ago, and the union presented a counter-offer on Friday. That offer includes wage hikes and rejects Canada Post's plan that would have new employees get a pension plan that operates like an RRSP, called defined contribution, instead of the defined benefit plan for current employees that guarantees a set level of retirement benefits.


FUNDY TIDAL PROGRAM ON HOLD
Monday 4th July 2016
A giant turbine will make its way to Halifax, but it's not clear when it will be installed in the Bay of Fundy. Sarah Dawson of Cape Sharp Tidal says the plan to deploy two one-thousand-tonne turbines in the Minas Passage is on hold indefinitely. One of the five-storey high turbines was scheduled to be transported to a test location near Parrsboro in June. Dawson says the company chose to delay the energy project to further consult with various stakeholders.


THORBURN FAMILY AMOUNG THIRTEEN DISPLACED BY LONG WEEKEND FIRES
Monday 4th July 2016
At least 13 people have been displaced by four separate house fires in the Maritimes over the long weekend. In Pictou County, three people were displaced by a fire reported around 5 a.m. Saturday at MacLellan's Brook Road in Thorburn. Disaster volunteers with the Canadian Red Cross arranged emergency lodging, food and personal-care items for an elderly couple and their son in his 40s while they await an assessment by insurers. In East Preston, a family of four was away at the time so there were no injuries from a fire Friday evening that extensively damaged their house along Highway 7.   In Brackley Beach, PEI, a  couple and their two adult children escaped with only the clothes they were wearing from a fire early Saturday morning at destroyed their house at Spruce Court. In Charlottetown, a man and woman were displaced by a fire Friday that damaged their apartment in the annex of a house on Gerald Street.  The two room-mates are staying with friends for now.


PRIDE WEEK IN PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 4th July 2016
This is the beginning of Pride Week in Pictou County. Celebrations begin today with the raising of the rainbow flag at noon at Glasgow Square, which will also feature a number of community speakers such as New Glasgow Mayor Barrie MacMillan and Central Nova MP Sean Fraser. There are numerous events planned throughout the week – to learn more, visit their page on Facebook.


ATLANTIC PREMIERS MEETING IN PEI
Monday 4th July 2016
Federal and provincial politicians will gather in a barn in P-E-I today. Lawrence MacAulay, the federal agriculture minister, will host the four Atlantic premiers and several federal representatives on his property in St. Peters Bay. The guest list includes several cabinet members, including the ministers of immigration, fisheries and public services. Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan will be joined by his counterparts from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.


"BLACK WIDOW" BACK IN COURT
Monday 4th July 2016
The elderly woman known as ``The Internet Black Widow'' is due to appear in Halifax provincial court today over alleged peace bond violations. Police say 80-year-old Melissa Ann Shepard violated the terms of her release after an officer spotted her using a computer at a public library in April. Shepard, who gained notoriety for killing and poisoning men who were her intimate partners, faces three counts of breaching a recognizance. She was released March 18th after spending about three years in prison for spiking her newlywed husband's coffee with tranquilizers in 2012. A court imposed 22 conditions on her, including a ban on accessing the Internet.


TRURO HORSE STILL MISSING
Monday 4th July 2016
The owner of an Appaloosa horse that disappeared from its pasture near Truro a week ago says her beloved Mac is still missing. Ashley MacCormack says search parties have been combing the area, but have so far come up empty. MacCormack says she went to visit her sweet-hearted steed a week ago Sunday and found that some of the horse enclosure's fencing had been destroyed, and Mac was gone. Online animal lovers have rallied for Mac's safe return, sharing a Facebook post about him around two-thousand times.


SUICIDE BOMBERS STRIKE IN THREE COUNTRIES
Monday 4th July 2016
Security officials in Bangladesh are reportedly questioning some survivors of the deadly weekend attack on a restaurant in the capital -- including a Canadian citizen. Authorities are still holding five of the 13 people rescued Saturday morning when commandos stormed the restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone. According to an official involved in the investigation, those detained include a Canadian of Bangladeshi origin and a Bangladesh-born British citizen. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to address media about the investigation.
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Officials in Iraq say the death toll from a suicide truck bombing in the capital Baghdad has climbed to 142, with nearly 200 others wounded. Sunday's attack on a busy commercial area was one of the worst single bombings in Iraq in more than a decade of war and insurgency. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Streets and sidewalks in the area were filled with young people who had just broken their day-long fast.
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The U-S Embassy in Saudi Arabia says there were no casualties or injuries among consular staff in a suicide bombing at an American diplomatic site in a western city. Two security guards were hurt in the incident, but the only fatality appears to be the bomber himself. Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says the attacker detonated his suicide vest when guards approached him near the parking lot of a hospital in Jiddah early today.


QUEBEC MAN JUMPS IN RIVER, RATHER THAN FACE BREATHALYZER
Monday 4th July 2016
A Quebec man is due in court today, after police say he chose jumping into a river over taking a breathalyzer test. Provincial police say the man was pulled over yesterday after cutting off a patrol vehicle near the town of Scott. Officers arrested a man hours later as he walked down the road wearing wet clothes -- including a stolen pair of firefighter's pants. Police believe he broke into a shed and stole the pants after escaping from the river.


SPORTS JULY 4
Monday 4th July 2016
Former Truro Bearcat Zach Sill has been resigned to a two-year, two-way contract by the Washington Capitals. The terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team. The deal was signed on Thursday, just one day ahead of Sill becoming an unrestricted free agent. Sill has played a total of 93 NHL games with Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Washington. He spent the majority of last season with the Capitals' AHL affiliate Hershey Bears.
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SG Sports Club, in conjunction with Pictou Parks & Recreation, are holding a Summer Soccer Camp at the McCulloch Field in Pictou July 18-21 for Grades 1-4, for more info contact Shawn George at sgsportsclub@hotmail.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada's Brooke Henderson brings her best on the West Coast. The Smiths Falls, Ontario native won the L-P-G-A Cambia Portland Classic for the second year in a row. Henderson became the first back-to-back winner at Portland since Annika Sorenstam in 2002 and 2003. It was Henderson's third career win, all coming in the Northwest.
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Sir Dudley Digges has taken the first leg of the Canada's Triple Crown. The 15-to-1 pick passed Amis Gizmo in deep stretch to win the 157th running of the $1-million dollar Queen's Plate. Amis Gizmo, the 5-to-2 favourite, was second. The second jewel is the $500,000 dollar Prince of Wales Stakes later this month.
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The Blue Jays' offence was the best its been in a while. Russell Martin and Troy Tulowitzki each hit three-run home runs as the Toronto hammered the Indians 17-1. The 17 runs were the most Toronto's had since a 17-11 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on August 7th, 2010. J.A. Happ finished with a season-high 11 strikeouts for the win.
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Iceland's incredible run at the European Championship has come to an end. Olivier Giroud scored two goals to lead France 5-2 victory over Iceland, sending the hosts into a semifinal meeting with Germany. It was a humbling but far from embarrassing exit for Iceland, which was playing in its first-ever international tournament and progressed much further than expected.
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Manu Ginobili says he is coming back for a 15th season in the N-B-A, although he didn't confirm he'd continue to play for the Spurs. It has been widely presumed that he would stay with San Antonio if he didn't retire. The 38-year old became a free agent last month after declining a player option with the Spurs.
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Loyola University has parted ways with women's basketball coach Sheryl Swoopes. The school said in April that it would investigate allegations against Swoopes brought by former players. One former player said Swoopes humiliated her and created a hostile environment. Swoopes has been at the private Chicago university for three seasons. She was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.


EAST COAST FM SPORTS JULY 3/2016
Sunday 3rd July 2016
Canada's Brooke Henderson has a chance to join elite company later today (Sunday). The 18-year-old is aiming to become the first back-to-back winner at the Portland Classic since Annika Sorenstam in 2002-2003. Henderson claimed her first L-P-G-A Tour Win a year ago in Portland. She has a two-stroke lead entering the final round.
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Germany finally has its first ever competitive win over Italy. Jonas Hector scored the winning penalty as the Germans beat Italy 6-5 in a penalty shootout to reach the semifinals of the European Championship. They'll face either France or Iceland in the semis on Thursday. The host nation plays Iceland later today in the last Euro 2016 quarter-final.
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Michael Phelps wasn't about to lose his last race in the United States. Phelps made it three-for-three at the U-S Olympic swimming trials, rallying on the return lap to win the 100-metre butterfly. He'll now get a chance to win his fourth straight gold in the 100 fly at the Rio Summer Games in August.
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Brad Keselowski has finally won at Daytona International Speedway. Keselowski has four career victories at Talladega Superspeedway, including a win there in May. But he could never pull it off at Daytona, at least not until last night's dominating run. The win was the 100th for Team Penske. The race was marred by a 22-car accident that collected more than half the field.
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MANY MARITIMERS DISPLACED BY HOUSE FIRES CANADA DAY LONG WEEKEND
Sunday 3rd July 2016
At least 13 people across the Maritimes have been displaced by four separate house fires including 3 people from Thorburn. An elderly couple and their son were displaced from their MacLellan's Brook Road home during a blaze which happened Saturday morning around 5 o'clock. The family is receiving assistance from the Red Cross. The Canadian Red Cross says it is also assisting a family of four that lost their East Preston house Friday evening after it was extensively damaged by fire. Two families in Prince Edward Island were also forced out of their homes over the long weekend.


EAST COAST FM SPORTS SATURDAY, JULY 2/2016
Saturday 2nd July 2016
Dave Dickenson picked up his first career win as coach as the Stampeders beat the Blue Bombers 36-22. Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 309 yards while Calgary's ground game picked up 207 yards. And a big road win for the Lions. Emmanuel Arceneaux caught a T-D pass from Jonathon Jennings as B-C topped the Tiger-Cats 28-3.
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The Maple Leafs didn't make much noise on the opening day of N-H-L free agency. Their lone signing was of fourth-line winger Matt Martin. Canada's Western Conference teams were much more active. Vancouver inked Loui Eriksson to a six-year deal, the Oilers signed Milan Lucic to a seven-year contract, Troy Brouwer signed a four-year deal with Calgary and Winnipeg signed Shawn Matthias.
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A couple other big name N-H-L free agents also found new homes. Former Jets captain Andrew Ladd signed with the Islanders, David Backes joined the Boston Bruins, Frans Nielsen is headed to Detroit and Kyle Okposo landed in Buffalo.
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The Blue Jays lost for the eighth time in 12 games, and it took over six hours to do it. Carlos Santana hit a solo homer off Darwin Barney in the 19th inning as the Indians defeated Toronto 2-1 in a marathon Canada Day matinee start. Cleveland extends its win streak to a franchise-record 14 games.
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Canadian teen Brooke Henderson continues to do well at the L-P-G-A Cambia Portland Classic. The Smiths Falls, Ontario native and Sweden's Suzann Pettersen share the lead at 11-under after the second round. Henderson won the event last year for her first L-P-G-A Tour victory.
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Sabres general manager Tim Murray says his patience is growing thin after forward Evander Kane's latest off-ice legal problem. In his strongest comments to date, Murray says Kane needs to behave better whether or not he's cleared of harassment complaints filed against him by two women following an alleged altercation at a Buffalo nightclub last week.
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CAPE BRETON COMMUNITY CANCELS CANADA DAY FESTIVITIES AFTER HOUSE FIRE
Friday 1st July 2016
The twelfth structure fire in eight weeks that the Florence Fire Department has had to battle forced the Cape Breton community to cancel its Canada Day celebrations at the last minute this morning. The house fire, in a vacate structure on Toronto Road, began around 10p.m. last night. Florence Fire Chief Dave Julien says this is the second time this building has caught fire in two months. A news release by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality says that of the 11 previous structure fires the department has attended in its coverage area, eight were deemed suspicious. CBRM Officials say the lieklihood of receiving another call while festivities are supposed to be going on is too high, and therefore, for everyone's safety, there will not be Canada Day celebrations at the Florence Fire Hall this year.


SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN ATTEMPTS TO LINK ANTIGONISH GIRL WITH LOST STUFFED BUNNY
Friday 1st July 2016
A young Antigonish girl has lost a very special friend, but the world of social media is working to reunite the pair. The youngster, Maeve, had her stuffed bunny, Bunsy, with her for a trip to Halifax last weekend. However, when the family returned to Antigonish, they discovered that Bunsy was missing. The call went out on social media for help looking for the stuffed animal, with information including the various locations the family went to while in the city. Now Hector Broadcasting is joining the efforts to reunite Maeve and Bunsy. Please go to our Facebook page and read the post if you plan on heading to Halifax in the coming days, so that you might aid in the search.


WATER RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE IN CHARLOTTETOWN
Friday 1st July 2016
Officials are reminding residents that water restrictions are now in place in Charlottetown. The restrictions mean that outdoor watering can only be done during the early morning and evening hours. The hosing off of driveways and other hard surfaces is prohibited under the seasonal restrictions. The rules are in place to ease strain on the Winter River watershed during drier months.


CHANGES TO SUBSIDY PROGRAM FOR CHILD CARE NOW IN EFFECT
Friday 1st July 2016
Changes to Nova Scotia's child care subsidy program take effect today. Families with an income of 25-thousand dollars or less are now eligible for the maximum subsidy, up from about 20-thousand. About 700 families currently receiving a partial subsidy will now receive the maximum. The province says the change brings 12-hundred new families into the program.


GAS GOES UP, DIESEL HOLDS STEADY
Friday 1st July 2016
It costs a little bit more to gas up your vehicle this morning, unless it runs on diesel. The Utility and Review Board reset the price of fuel effective 12:01a.m. this morning, and a litre a regular self serve went up by 1.7 cents. The new price is $1.01.7 per litre. Putting this into perspective, 60 litres would cost one dollar and two cents more this morning than it did last night. Diesel remains unchanged at 95.2 cents per litre.