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Showing news for the month of March , 2015

EDUCATION MINISTER SAYS TEACHING STANDARDS NEED IMPROVEMENT
Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Education minister Karen Casey says new teaching standards are needed in Nova Scotia.

Casey says while the work is underway, there will be no approval from the Department of Education for new education programs put forward by universities.

The department says they will no longer grant an increase in teacher certification to teachers who take video correspondence courses from Drake University, including teachers pre-approved to take the course.

A 2014 review showed video correspondence courses from Drake University are inadaquate, and not eligible for transfer credits by faculties of education at any university in Nova Scotia.

Letters are being sent to the teachers who were pre-approved for the program to inform them of the change.

The teaching standards updates are expected to be finished in 2015-2016.



AMERICAN COMPANY PULLS OUT OF CONTRACT WITH NORTHERN PULP
Tuesday 3rd March 2015

The American Company in charge of manufacturing and installing the new recovery boiler and precipitator has ended one of the two contracts they entered with Northern Pulp

The Clyde Bergemann Power Group sent a letter to Northern Pulp last week explaining they would still provide the material equipment for the products, but would not install them.

"We were surprised at receiving the letter, and disappointed," said Northern Pulp's General Manager, Bruce Chapman. Chapman said the company has met with a subcontractor, and the project will move forward without any construction delays.

"We're working with a schedule to complete the precipitator project in May 2015 as planned," added Chapman.

Officials from the Department of Environment say the May 30th deadline will not be changed.

We reached out to Clyde Bergemann, but they're not commenting on the issue.



THREAT CLOSES MICMAC MALL
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Mic Mac Mall in Dartmouth is closed for the day, and two nearby schools have been secured as police investigate a potential threat.
Halifax Regional Police received information about the potential threat at 9 o'clock this morning. There's a large police presence at the mall investigating to determine the threat's validity. Police are also at a residence on Everette Street in Dartmouth, off Pleasant Street, in connection with the investigation.
Crichton Park and South Woodside Schools, both close to the Mic Mac Mall, are in a hold and secure mode because of the threat. According to the Halifax Regional School Board, all students are safe and parents will be contacted.


MUNICIPAL LEADERS PROVIDE UPDATE ON MOU
Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Several updates on the progress of a regional Pictou County government were given at Stellarton's Council meeting.

Pictou County CAO Brian Cullen explained that all existing debts would continue to be paid by residents from the region in which they exist.

The only exception would be the Albion Business Park.

Steering Committee project manager Scott Conrod laid out the steps needed to form the government, including a public plebiscite and an application to the province for a regional government.

Conrod unveiled the M.O.U. and regional government website, which is expected to launch this week.

The website is located at www.onepictoucounty.ca

He also explained that a third party consultant will file a report on a recommended size of, and remuneration for the regional government.

That report is expected by June.

Pictou County warden Ronald Baillie says taxation is expected to be run on a user-pay system.

Baillie says the goal is for a May, 2016 election that would take place after a public plebiscite.

The expected swearing-in date for the regional government would be in April, 2017.



VIC CLOSURE AT CENTRE OF COUNTY COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
The closure of the Pictou Visitor Information Centre was a main topic of discussion at last night's meeting of Pictou County Council.
Councillor Robert Parker invoked a rarely used procedure of calling for an emergency resolution to discuss what action council would take.
Warden Ron Baillie informed council that the leaders of the six municipal units met Monday afternoon, and a letter has already been sent to Tourism Minister Michel Samson asking for a meeting, as well an explanation as to why Pictou's VIC was one of the two shuttered.


POWER OUTAGE ***UPDATED AT 8:30AM***
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Roughly 1000 customers are without power in Pictou County this morning, with another 500 in the dark in the Bridgewater area.
NS Power indicates that crews are still investigating the cause of the outage, and now intend to have power restored shortly before 10:00am.
The affected areas in Pictou County include Trenton, Little Harbour, Ardness, Big Island, and Bailey Brook.


GEORGE STREET BRIDGE CLOSING TONIGHT
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
The Town of New Glasgow will be closing the George Street Bridge tonight starting at 8pm, and keeping it closed until 6am tomorrow morning.
The closure is to allow for repair of the bridge joints.
This work has been arranged by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, and will be carried out by their contractor.
Since the bridge will be closed during this work, detours will be in place.
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes into and out of the downtown core area.


TWO YOUTHS ARRESTED FOR THEFTS FROM VEHICLES
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
New Glasgow Regional Police have arrested two male youth from Pictou County accused of thefts from 18 vehicles in the north end of the Town of Trenton.
The arrests were made in the early morning hours Sunday after Police received reports of suspicious activity late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.
Each of the youths has been charged with multiple offenses through the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Constable Ken MacDonald of the New Glasgow Regional Police says most of the incidents involed vehicles that were left unlocked.
A substantial amount of money, banking cards, electronics and jewelry was seized during the investigation.
Anyone missing items from their vehicles should contact New Glasgow Police at 902 752-1941 for more information.
New Glasgow Regional Police continue to investigate.


CONFEDERATION BRIDGE RESTRICTIONS REINSTATED ***UPDATE 9:40 AM***
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
The high winds along the Northumberland Strait are preventing traffic from crossing the Confederation Bridge.
The bridge was closed to high sided vehicles, cars pulling trailers, RVs, tractor trailers, buses and motorcycles for roughly 7 hours this morning, but the restrictions were put back in place only an hour after they were lifted at 8:30 am.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 3
Tuesday 3rd March 2015
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There was one game last night in the NSJHL playoffs, as the Sackville Blazers won at home against the Liverpool Privateers, 3-2. The win gives the Blazers a 3-2 series lead in the Fred Fox Division semi-final. Game 6 will go on Saturday. Meanwhile, Game 6 of the series between East Hants and Valley will be played in East Hants tomorrow night.
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The Valley Wildcats moved closer to clinching third place in the Eastlink Division with another convincing win in Amherst last night. In a game that was rescheduled four times due to weather before it finally got played last night, the Wildcats beat the Ramblers 8-2, giving them a 7 point lead on Truro, with the Bearcats having four games remaining. One more win for Valley, or one Truro loss, will ensure the Weeks Jr A Crushers and Bearcats meet in the first round, while Valley will face Yarmouth. The win was also the tenth in a row for the Wildcats.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers will travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes Saturday at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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A local athlete was honored last night by Pictou County Council for her outstanding achievements in women's rugby. Emma Taylor spent four years as part of St. FX's women's team, which won four straight AUS titles and 3 CIS Titles. Taylor won several tournament MVP and all-star awards at both the regional and national levels in that time. She is currently playing with the X-Women's basketball team as she finishes her degree in Business Administration.
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The NNEC JV Girls basketball team won the bronze medals this past weekend at the NSSAF JV girls provincial championships. They went into the tournament ranked #5 in the province and came out as #3.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will host its first Spring League this year, with boys and girls divisions for grades 2 and 3, and grades 4 to 6. It will run for eight Saturdays between April 11 and May 30. Sessions will be held at NSCC Campus in Stellarton, Pictou Academy, and GR Saunders School. A registration table will be set up this weekend and next at the Pictou County Wellness Centre, from 1pm to 3pm each day. Pre-registration is also available by email. Send the player's Name, Age, Birthdate, Grade, School, Gender, and Address to pclightning @eastlink.ca, with Spring League in the subject line.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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East Pictou Silver Blades will be hosting their annual ice show this Friday with a circus theme. Lots of solos, group numbers, & canskate groups. Show starts at 6:00pm with doors opening at 5:30. Price $5 adults, $3 student/senior, children 5 and under are free.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


MORE WINTER WEATHER IN STORE FOR PICTOU COUNTY
Monday 2nd March 2015
A sunny weekend has been brought to an end by a heavier than expected snowfall that's lasted most of the day.
Environment Canada initially called for flurries today, but the forecasts changed early yesterday morning with an estimated 10 centimeters set to accumulate in Pictou County.
The snow did not however prompt the closures of any schools under the Chignecto Central Regional School Board.
The weather isn't expected to improve until the weekend, with more snow expected Wednesday, and a chance of flurries or rain for Thursday.


BAILLIE: LIBERAL HEALTH REFORMS COULD COST MILLIONS IN COURT
Monday 2nd March 2015
PC leader Jamie Baillie is calling on Premier Stephen McNeil to ensure his healthcare reforms won't put taxpayers on the hook if challenged in court.
Baillie notes that the B.C. government had to pay $85 million in settlement to unions and former employees after it lost a court battle in 2007. That’s more than the district health authorities spent on addiction services, public health and primary health care this year.
Baillie also criticized the fact that the arbitrator working to merge the health authorities, James Dorsey, was fired for a fourth time in a week. He says the "Liberal sideshow" is a distraction from the need for real reform.


LIBERALS FACE CRITICISM OVER INFORMATION CENTRES CLOSING
Monday 2nd March 2015
The Liberal government is facing more criticism about the closure of two visitor information centres in the province.
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane expressed her disappointment in the closures, saying that choice is the opposite of what is outlined in the Ivany Report
Her criticism comes on the heels of NDP MLA Denise Peterson-Rafuse condemning the move, and questioning why the decision was made so swiftly.
MacFarlane also says the move will be a blow to the communities and small businesses, but the tourism department says it will save more than one million dollars a year by 2016.
The closed centres are in Pictou County and Digby.


REPORTS OF CAPE BRETON BUSINESSMAN JAILED IN NEPAL FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT
Monday 2nd March 2015
A Cape Breton man has reportedly been sentenced to seven years in jail in Nepal for molesting a child.
The Hindustan Times reports 71-year-old Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh was found guilty of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old boy.
The paper says a court near Kathmandu also fined MacIntosh the equivalent of about 12-thousand Canadian dollars.
Foreign Affairs in Ottawa says only that a Canadian detained in Nepal is receiving consular services.
In 2013, Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh had 17 child sex offence convictions in Nova Scotia rejected after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled his case took too long to go to trial.
MacIntosh was living in India in 1995 when allegations surfaced that he had sexually abused boys in Cape Breton in the 1970s.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 2
Monday 2nd March 2015
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Five points from Brandon Verge and four points for Brendon Duff led the Scotians to an 8-3 win last night over the Strait Pirates, and a 4-1 series victory. The Scotians will now face the Glace Bay Miners in the Sid Rowe Division final, after the Miners also ended their first round series last night with a 5-3 win over the Antigonish Bulldogs to complete the sweep. Dates and times for the series between the Scotians and Miners will be announced in the coming days.
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Meanwhile, in the Fred Fox Division, the Liverpool Privateers won 4-2 last night at home against Sackville to even that series up at 2-2. Game 5 goes tonight in Sackvillle. And the series between the East Hants Penguins and Valley Maple Leafs has still yet to see a team win at home. East Hants won in the Valley 3-2 last night to take a 3-2 series lead. If they can break the trend on Wednesday and win at home, they can end the series.
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Three games in three nights for the Pictou County Weeks Jr A Crushers this past weekend saw them end with three losses, falling at home 5-2 to Woodstock on Thursday, before losing to the Wildcats in Berwick on Friday by the same score line, and then dropping a shootout in Truro on Saturday, 5-4. The Crushers have just one regular season game remaining, as they will face Truro again at home on Thursday. Game time at the Wellness Centre will be 7pm.
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The Northern Subway Selects backed by outstanding goaltending from Adi Small salvaged a split in the first two games of the opening best of 5 playoff series with the ProCresting Penguins. Small answered the bell in the first two games stopping all the Penguins shots in regulation and the 5 minute overtime on Saturday. Despite her heroics the Penguins won the first contest on Saturday 1-0 with veteran Penguin forward Taylor Keeping the only player to score during the shootout. The teams returned to action on Sunday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre and the game quickly took on the same look as Saturday with both teams sticking to a tight defensive game backed by solid goaltending. The Selects opened the scoring early in the second on an outstanding second effort play by Kaila Reid with assist from Taylor Perry. Reid and Perry contributed assists on the second goal by Madelyn Bourque late in the second frame to make the final score 2-0. The series resumes at the East Hants Sportsplex on Friday March 6th at 8pm and Saturday March 7th at 5pm. Game 5 if necessary will be played at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on Sunday March 8th game time TBA
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The Scotsburn Major Bantam Crushers opened their best-of-3 playoff series against the Bay Gulls on Saturday at the Wellness Centre, falling by a score of 6-2. The Crushers will head to St. Margaret's Bay arena this coming Saturday and Sunday, needing to win both games to advance to the provincial championship tournament.
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A number of Pictou County judoka competed at the Canada Games in Prince George, BC. The team had a 5th place finish in the team male and female competitions. Individually, there were 5th place finishes for Maddy Fitt in the female 78 kg division and Cody Angevine of Merigomish in the male 90kg Judo division. Marshall Fitt, in the male 73kg, Kyle Sutherland in the male 81kg, and Megan Constable in the female 57kg category all had 7th place finishes.
Also at the Canada Games, Brandon Bent of New Glasgow finished 8th in the Novice Singles Figure Skating.
Overall, Team Nova Scotia came home with four medals, two silver and two bronze.
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The Wonder Auto Bantam AA Crushers travel to Bridgewater this weekend to participate in the Mainland Bantam AA League Tournament. The top 2 teams advance to provincials, along with the South Shore Sharks as provincial hosts. The Bantam AA Crushers play their first game vs 3rd place Antigonish Bulldogs on Friday at 12:30pm at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre (LCLC). Their second game goes Saturday at 12:00pm vs the 4th place Shelburne Flames at the LCLC.
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The Pictou County Bantam AA Subway Selects had a win and a loss in Nova Scotia Provincial Bantam AA League playoffs this weekend. The Selects lost to TASA by a score of 3-2 on Friday and beat Cole Harbour 2-1 on Saturday.
On Friday the Subways travelled to Bedford where they took on the Ducks. Sophia Wornell got the selects out to a 1-0 lead in the first period only to have the Ducks score twice to take a 2-1 lead into the third. Hanna Porter tied it up early in the third period and gave the Selects some life. The girls got into penalty trouble late in the third, however and gave up a power play goal with just over a minute to go in a 3-2 loss. Jenna Landry took the loos in goal.
On Saturday The Subways hosted the Cole Harbour Wings at the Hector Arena, a game which saw the return of Camryn Halliday, who has been out the past eight weeks with a severe lower body injury. The Selects spotted a one goal lead in the first before responding themselves a few minutes later. Eva Wornell tied it after tipping a Heath Miller point shot to even it at one. The Selects got the winner late in the third period. Halliday won the faceoff deep in the Wings zone and got the puck to Sarah Macneil who fed Sophia Wornell at the point. Wornell fired a hard pass across to Miller who ripped a slapper through a screen that found the back of the net for the 2-1 win. Victoria Dunn got the win in goal.
The Selects are in late stage preparations for their trip to the Provincial Championships in Glace Bay this weekend. They head to the Cape on Friday where they will take on the Host Glace Bay Miners in Game 1 and then face a strong squad from the Valley in game 2 Friday evening. The winner of the Championships will head to St. John's NL Easter Weekend for the Atlantic Championships.
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Congratulations to the North Nova Varsity Girls' Basketball Team. The girls played in the Provincial Qualifier Tournament on the weekend and have advanced to Division 1 Provincials to be held at Horton High School March 5-7. The girls defeated Dartmouth High School (who were seeded 5th in the Metro High School League) on Friday Night by a score of 77-57. On Saturday morning, the Gryphons went on to defeat the CP Allen Cheetahs (who held the 4th seed in the Metro High School League) by a score of 94-69. Good Luck representing the Northumberland Region at Provincials Girls!
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The “small but mighty” West Pictou Wolverines came out victorious as they captured the 2015 Pictou County Elementary Boys League Championships in a tournament held at New Glasgow Academy this past weekend. It was not an easy task for these boys as with each game played the intensity and pace of the game increased the challenge. The West Pictou team are a very young team consisting of seven grade 4’s one grade 3, one grade 2 and three grade 6’s. In their opening game Friday night the Wolverines faced host team New Glasgow Academy. They took this win with a 49-32 win. The Hustle Defence Award for this game went to Xander Rorison and the Hustle Offence Award went to Cal Maxner. This game crossed them over to play the winners of the other game in their pool which put them up against the AG Baillie Bears The season record with this team was 1-1 (The only game they lost all season, just one week ago) West Pictou came out on top again with a 39-37 finish. The Hustle Offence Award went to Henry Parks and the Defence Hustle Award went to Caden Ross. Results of these two game put the Wolverines in the Championship game where they would face the Walter Duggan Mavericks. The game went back and forth as each team had the lead at various points in the game. The Wolverines came out with a well deserved win with the final score of 47-45. The Offence Hustle Award went to Aidan Tingley and the Defence Hustle Awrd went to Jordan Cameron. Tournament |“All Stars” went to Cohen Ross and Cal Maxner.
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Congratulations to the Peewee A Crushers for wrapping up first place in their league on Friday night. They now head into the playoffs, with dates and times to be announced.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


THORBURN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL RECEIVE TECHNOLOGY GRANT
Monday 2nd March 2015
Roughly 280 schools across Canada applied for a grant from Future Shop for upgrades to the technology available in their facilities, and a school in Pictou County was one of just 13 selected.
Thorburn Consolidated School received a check from Matt Walsh, the General Manager of the New Glasgow Future Shop location, for more than 15-thousand dollars during a ceremony on Friday.
The grant will be used to purchase tablets and other devices to give students access to up-to-date technology.


POLICE WARN OF INCREASED INCIDENTS OF FRAUD
Monday 2nd March 2015
New Glasgow Regional Police are warning residents that they have seen an increase in the number of incidents of bank and credit card fraud in recent weeks.
Police say the scams occur when people have money fraudulently withdrawn from their accounts after giving out personal information by phone or email.
Police say the perpetrators often use the names of financial institutions to gain the victim's trust.
In many cases, the money cannot be retrieved.
Police once again remind residents to be diligent in not giving out personal information over the telephone, or through email.


HYUNDAI ISSUES RECALL NOTICE
Sunday 1st March 2015
Hyundai has issued a recall notice for almost 60-thousand cars in Canada and more than 200-thousand in the United States.

The company says a sensor problem could cause the power steering to fail, but they have not reported any accidents or injuries caused by the problem.

The recall covers Elantra compacts from the 2008-to-2010 model years, and Elantra Touring models from the 2009 and 2010 model years.



P-E-I PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES CHOOSE NEW LEADER
Sunday 1st March 2015

The P-E-I Progressive Conservative party has chosen Rob Lantz as the new leader of the official opposition.

Lantz is a former city councillor, having been elected in 2006 and 2010. He beat out James Aylward and Darlene Compton for the role.

He was voted in at a leadership convention yesterday in Charlottetown.

The party had to choose a new leader after Olive Crane announced she was stepping down this past December.



LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP MARCH 1
Sunday 1st March 2015

A third consecutive loss for the Weeks Jr A Crushers wrapped up a tough weekend for the team, although this time they did earn a point in the standings as they lost to the Truro Bearcats 5-4 in a shootout.

A wild second period saw 7 goals, including 5 which came in a span of just over 6 minutes. The Crushers and Bearcats will meet again on Thursday night at the Wellness Centre, and with the Valley Wildcats winning 9-1 last night in Amherst, the Crushers and Bearcats will also most likely meet again in the opening round of the playoffs.
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Other scores from the MHL last night have Yarmouth locking up second place in the Eastlink Division with an 8-5 win at home against South Shore, and the Campbellton Tigers move closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 1-0 win against Miramichi.
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Game 3 of the Nova Scotia Junior Hockey League playoff series between the Antigonish Bulldogs and the Glace Bay Junior Miners went last night. The home team Miners picked up an 8-3 win. The Miners now lead that series 3-0.
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Golf pro Brian Affleck will be doing golf tune up at the Sobey Indoor Sports Complex in Stellarton on Thursday from 1:00 to 2:00pm. To book your mat for only $ 20.00, call 902-752-3793.
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Hike Nova Scotia and the Pictou County Trails Association present a guided snowshoe hike on the Six Mile Brook Trail in Millsville today at 1 pm. Pre-registration is required at gordon.young@gmail.com or 902-485-5404. Participants qualify to win a trail prize. See www.hikenovascotia.ca for details.
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BILL CASEY NOMINATED FOR LIBERAL MP
Sunday 1st March 2015

Bill Casey has been nominated to represent the Liberal Party of Canada in Cumberland-Colchester in the upcoming federal election.

The former MP for Cumberland, Colchester and Musquodoboit Valley was nominated yesterday at a ceremony in Debert.

Casey was a former Progressive Conservative, but joined the Liberals because he says they represent his values and priorities.