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Showing news for the month of August , 2015

CANADIAN PILOT MAY BE MISSING AFTER PLANE CRASH IN NORTHERN MAINE
Thursday 27th August 2015
Police are investigating the wreckage of a small plane found in a small pond in the northern Maine town of Houlton. State police spokesman Steve McCausland says there is no information about the pilot of the plane. The plane was found on Thursday morning. The Portland Press Herald reports the plane was flying out of Canada and scheduled to arrive in Houlton at 1 a.m. Thursday. Police were called to investigate a possible crash near the Houlton airport, which is on the border with New Brunswick. The pilot is believed to be the plane's sole occupant.


MAN ACCUSED IN WINNIPEG LETTER BOMBING INCIDENT SEEKS BAIL
Thursday 27th August 2015
A man accused of sending a letter bomb that severely injured a Winnipeg lawyer is in court seeking bail. Guido Amsel is facing more than a dozen criminal charges related to  the July 3 blast. Amsel showed no emotion, but his wife wept as he was brought into court. The Crown has said it will oppose Amsel's release. A publication ban has been ordered preventing any details of the all-day hearing from being reported. Lawyer Maria Mitousis lost a hand and suffered other serious injuries in the blast. Police found other explosive devices at two other law firms, but they were disposed of without incident. Police allege Amsel was targeting his former wife and the lawyers who were involved in a lengthy legal dispute between the couple.


FREDERICTON POLICE CHIEF NOT HAPPY OVER OFFICER SUSPENSIONS
Thursday 27th August 2015
Fredericton's chief of police says she shares the public's sense of disappointment over the recent suspensions of five officers. Chief Leanne Fitch said at a news conference today she thinks it is unprecedented to have that many members of one force off at one time. She would not comment on the specifics of the suspensions, but says they involve alleged impaired driving, shoplifting and misappropriation of funds. She says all of the officers were with the Fredericton force but off duty at the time of the alleged infractions. Fitch says some of the officers are repeat offenders and have records of discipline on file, but she offered no other details.  Fitch says she wanted to reassure the public that the loss of five officers wasn't compromising policing services in the city.


DRUG STING LEADS TO MULTIPLE ARRESTS
Thursday 27th August 2015
Police say 14 people are facing 48 charges following a lengthy drug trafficking investigation in Nova Scotia. Halifax police say the probe started in the fall of 2014 and found a drug trafficking operation in Lunenburg County with ties to Halifax. Yesterday, about 100 officers arrested 10 people and seized cocaine, prescription pills, marijuana, grow-op equipment, cash and firearms. Police say they expect more arrests.


HARPER PROMISES HELP FOR NEWCOMERS TO CANADA
Thursday 27th August 2015
Conservative leader Stephen Harper says he'd make it easier for newcomers to have their foreign work credentials upgraded by doubling a loans program that provides financial help. He also took aim at Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's promise today to boost investment in infrastructure by a staggering 125-billion dollars over the next decade to stimulate a faltering economy. Harper says running deficits at what he says is a time of modest economic growth is the wrong move and the opposition will inevitably need to raise taxes to pay for their expensive election promises. But N-D-P leader Tom Mulcair -- stumping in Toronto for his party's candidate running against Finance Minister Joe Oliver -- insisted today his party would bring in balanced budgets. 


FINAL ARGUMENTS TODAY IN CYBERBULLYING CASE
Thursday 27th August 2015
The Crown is making its final arguments today in a case that could test Nova Scotia's anti-cyberbullying law. Lawyer David Fraser is challenging the Cyber-safety Act after his client was placed under a protection order sought by his former business partner last December. Fraser says the law is too broad and infringes on people's right to free expression. Judge Glen MacDougall ruled earlier this week that the cyber safety protection order should be maintained.


PREMIER TO HEAD TRADE DELEGATION TO CHINA & ASIA
Thursday 27th August 2015
Premier Stephen McNeil is leading a delegation to Asia on Saturday to promote trade and investment opportunities in the province. He says the mission will support Nova Scotia businesses and institutions that are active in the Asian market or want to break into it. The mission will visit eight Chinese cities, including Hong Kong, as well as Tokyo, Japan. Last year, Nova Scotia exported 275 million dollars worth of products and services to China, an increase of 40 per cent over 2013. Nova Scotia's exports included more than 130 million dollars worth of lobster, crab and shrimp.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 27
Thursday 27th August 2015
Only one Pictou County golfer remains on the course after two rounds of the Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur at Abercrombie Country Club. Kevin Scott of New Glasgow shot a 76 on Wednesday, coming in at 10 over par. Other local golfers Greg LeBlanc of New Glasgow, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, Bruce Horne of Trenton and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn didn’t make the cut. Defending champion Garrett Rank of Elmira, Ont., is still the leader after scores of 65 and 73. Paul Coulson of Bible Hill carded a two-round total of 147 to make the cut tied for 15th place. The championship features the top amateur golfers in Canada over the age of 25.
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The Pictou County Weeks Junior A Crushers opened their training camp on Wednesday at the Wellness Centre. Among the players returning to camp this year are forwards Nate Leger of New Glasgow, Cole Murphy, Regan Spears, Luc Poirier, Ethan Marsh, Mike Lyle, Garrett Lambke and Lucas Zwaagstra; defencemen Mac Derraugh and Rory Graham; and goaltender Justin Ritcey. Assistant GM Chad McDavid tells NG News that all the returning players will be part of the team, but their roles may change this season. Local players taking part in the camp include forwards Evan MacLennan and Grant Fraser (territorial pick), and defencemen Lance Emery and Connor MacLaughlin, who were all Weeks Major Midget players last season, along with Major Midget player Caelen Blaikie of Truro, and Robert Burrows of New Glasgow, who played with Kings-Edgehill last season. A total of 45 players are attending the camp. 23 will make the team’s roster for the upcoming season. McDavid says the team will be finalized the first week of September.
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North Nova U16-B soccer team defeated Amherst 1-0 on Wednesday in the play-off semi final. The lone goal was scored by Billy Hoare. Player of the game was Bailey Fraser. NNU will now meet Truro on Friday in the play-off final with the winner advancing to represent the Highland Region at provincials.
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Pictou County Minor Hockey – Rep Division will be hold tryout registration on Tuesday Sept 1 and Wednesday Sept 2 from 6:30-8PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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Tryouts for North Nova Education Centre’s baseball team will take place September 2nd and 4th at 4:30 p.m., and Saturday the 5th at 11 a.m. at the Kinsmen Field.
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Pictou County's Bubble Ball Soccer Tournament coming this September. Gather your co-workers, friends, or neighbours put together a team and have fun! Please register before Monday, Aug. 31st at the YMCA Membership/Welcome Desk.
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Northumberland Karate Classes resume for Trenton location on Wed., Sept 9th & the Scotsburn location on Sun., Sept. 13th. For details check the web site www.northumberlandkarate.com or email nkarate@eastlink.ca.
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ONLINE TRACKING OF CABINET SPENDING TO START NEXT WEEK
Thursday 27th August 2015
Starting next week, cabinet ministers in Nova Scotia will be required to post all of their expenses online. The province issued a brief statement saying the expense reports will be posted on a dedicated website beginning Tuesday. Each of the minister's executive assistants will also be required to disclose their expense reports.


CHETICAMP GETTING BACK TO NORMAL AFTER WEEKEND FLOOD
Thursday 27th August 2015
Parks Canada says part of the Cheticamp campground in Cape Breton Highlands National Park has re-opened after recent flooding. The campground was closed over the weekend after heavy rain drenched the area. The Cheticamp River spilled its banks and flooded the campground, much of which had to be evacuated. Temporary lodging for displaced campers was set up at the local fire hall — and a boil water order remains in effect.


DOCTOR'S GROUP WANTS PARENTS TO DISCLOSE WHETHER CHILDREN HAVE BEEN IMMUNIZED
Thursday 27th August 2015
The Canadian Medical Association wants parents to provide proof to school officials that their children have been vaccinated. But doctors have stopped short of advocating mandatory vaccinations for children. At the C-M-A’s annual general meeting in Halifax, physicians passed a resolution calling on governments to authorize both elementary and secondary schools to require parents to declare their child's immunization status. And it also called for public health officials to have discussions with parents if their children are inadequately immunized. C-M-A president Cindy Forbes said the association prefers an approach that allows “appropriate public health measures” to protect vulnerable children in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. Currently, Ontario and New Brunswick are the only provinces that require immunization records when a child is being registered for school.


WAGES ROSE QUICKLY ON PEI THIS YEAR
Thursday 27th August 2015
The P-E-I government is calling attention to a new report that says wages on the Island grew faster than in any other province during the first five months of 2015. The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council says the province recorded wage growth of 3.8 per cent during that period. Workforce Minister Richard Brown says the report points to significant wage gains in finance and manufacturing, and gains made by entry-level workers. The legislated minimum wage in Prince Edward Island now stands at ten dollars and 50 cents per hour — and Statistics Canada says the average hourly wage in the province recently surpassed 20 dollars per hour for the first time.


NFLD MLA'S CONCERNED ABOUT "CARCINOGENIC" HERBICIDE
Thursday 27th August 2015
The use of a type of herbicide is coming under close scrutiny in Newfoundland and Labrador. Two politicians — both opposition environment critics — say they are concerned that the provincial government is using glyphosate. Liberal Christopher Mitchelmore and New Democrat George Murphy say the government should stop using the spray, which the World Health Organization says is — quote — "probably carcinogenic to humans." Health Canada has not indicated any public risk if the product is used as directed — and manufacturer Monsanto has rejected the warning by the World Health Organization.


35TH TERRY FOX RUN WILL SEE THOUSANDS CROSS THE CONFEDERATION BRIDGE
Thursday 27th August 2015
Thousands of people are expected to cross the Confederation Bridge this weekend for the 35th Terry Fox run. Organizers are hoping the Marathon of Hope will achieve what Fox set out to do and raise a dollar for every Canadian — amounting to about 35 million dollars. They say the bridge to P-E-I will be closed for the morning. Fox began his historic cross-country journey to raise money for cancer research 35 years ago in Newfoundland.


ANOTHER DROP AT THE PUMPS TOMORROW?
Thursday 27th August 2015
We could be in store for another drop in fuel prices tomorrow. In New Brunswick, the price of regular self-serve is down over 6 cents per litre. Diesel and furnace oil are also down. Nova Scotia doesn't always follow New Brunswick, but the new prices will be set at midnight tonight.


BC FRACKING COMPANY DENIES THEY SET OFF QUAKE
Thursday 27th August 2015
A natural-gas company that practises hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — in northeastern B-C says the cause of a recent earthquake has not yet been established. Malaysian-owned Progress Energy paused its operations after the August 17th quake that occurred 114 kilometres from Fort St. John. The B-C Oil and Gas Commission has previously said the practice by the same company triggered a 4.4-magnitude earthquake felt in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson in August 2014. But company spokesman Dave Sterna says the area is seismically active with more than six-thousand events each year. He says 99 per cent of them measure a magnitude so low that they are not felt on the surface. Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman says in a statement that drilling must stop immediately and the commission must be notified if seismic activity reaches a magnitude of 4.0 or higher.


VIGIL HELD FOR SLAIN VIRGINIA NEWS REPORTER AND CAMERAMAN
Thursday 27th August 2015
Dozens gathered at a vigil last night in Moneta (moh-NEE'-tah), Virginia for the lone survivor of a shooting attack that killed a T-V reporter and a cameraman. Vicki Gardner, the executive director of the local Chamber of Commerce, is in stable condition in hospital. Gardner was shot and wounded while being interviewed early yesterday morning by WDBJ reporter Alison Parker. Police say former station employee Vester Flanagan shot dead Parker and cameraman Adam Ward during a live report. The gunman later faxed a lengthy document to A-B-C News that praises mass killers and referred to himself as a "powder keg" -- and later turned his legally purchased gun on himself.


THE RIGHT TO BEER FROM ANY PROVINCE WHAT THE FATHERS OF CONFEDERATION WANTED?
Wednesday 26th August 2015
Canada's Fathers of Confederation were the focus of a court hearing today in New Brunswick, where a man says his constitutional rights were violated when was charged with illegally importing beer from Quebec. An agreed statement of facts says Gerard Comeau of Tracadie was caught in October 2012 with 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor that he had purchased in nearby Pointe-a-la-Croix. A professor of political history told the court today that the Fathers of Confederation wanted Canada to be a united country with unfettered trade. Andrew Smith of the University of Liverpool in England says Section 121 of the Constitution Act states that all goods from a province are to be admitted free into each of the other provinces.


FIRST RESPONDERS GETTING EQUIPMENT UPGRADES
Wednesday 26th August 2015
The Nova Scotia government is spending 500-thousand dollars to buy equipment for first responders. Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill says new equipment will be provided to 47 emergency service workers. The equipment includes personal protection equipment, self-contained breathing gear, hoses, radios, pagers and rescue tools. Organizations can receive up to 50 per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of 20-thousand dollars every three years.


SUSPECT IN VIRGINIA SHOOTING DIES FROM SELF-INFLICTED WOUNDS ***UPDATED
Wednesday 26th August 2015
Virginia officials say the gunman who shot a T-V reporter and a cameraman to death during a live interview this morning has died in hospital. Police say Vester Flanagan was declared dead this afternoon of a self-inflicted gunshot. State Police say the man ran his vehicle off the road as they were pursuing him, and he was found with a gunshot wound. A 24-year-old reporter and 27-year-old cameraman from the C-B-S affiliate were killed in this morning's shooting, and another woman was injured.


LENDING COMPANY UNDER WATCHFUL EYE OF BBB
Wednesday 26th August 2015
The Better Business Bureau is warning people in Atlantic Canada about a lending company. The agency says it has received complaints from people who have paid to insure loans from Wincanton Lending, but have not received any funds in return. It says nine people have filed complaints and more than 835 have inquired about the company, with some paying up to 25-hundred dollars in loan fees. The bureau says it is waiting for the business to respond.


MORE LOCAL E-BOOKS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE LIBRARY
Wednesday 26th August 2015
Public library users looking for local titles on their electronic devices now have hundreds of new choices. The Nova Scotia Provincial Library, Halifax Public Libraries, and the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association have collaborated to provide greater access to the region's ebooks through a project called Read Local. Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Tony Ince says Read Local makes it easier for Nova Scotians to borrow more Atlantic Canadian books from anywhere they can access the Internet. More than 600 new ebooks are available for free across the province.


GAS PRICES DROP MID-WEEK
Wednesday 26th August 2015
Plunging oil prices led the Utility and Review Board to invoke the interrupter clause and re-set the price of gas last night. A litre of regular self-serve dropped a nickel to $1.042. The price of Diesel is not affected by the interrupter clause – it remains at 97.3 cents per litre.


MORE RED INK IN STORE FOR WELLNESS CENTRE
Wednesday 26th August 2015
Pictou County council wants to know when the Pictou County Wellness Centre will ever run in the black. The 2014-15 fiscal year's deficit is projected to go even higher than the $700,000 of red ink from the previous year. At Monday's Committee of the Whole meeting, Councillor Leonard Fraser, along with others around the table, questioned why the Wellness Centre authority is paying Nustadia at least $125,000 to manage the facility for the past three years, but yet seems to be doing little to help get the budget numbers in line. Warden Ron Baillie said the authority has discussed its contract with Nustadia and will look at all of its options when it comes time to renew it.


TAR PONDS CLASS ACTION WON'T GO FORWARD
Wednesday 26th August 2015
After 11 years of legal wrangling, the lawsuits involving Cape Breton residents who claimed the Sydney tar ponds exposed them to contaminants have come to an end. The Halifax law firm that represents the plaintiffs issued a statement late yesterday saying the litigation has grown too complex and costly after several major setbacks. In January, the Supreme Court of Canada denied lawyer Ray Wagner's request for an appeal, effectively ending the class action. The law firm recently held a town hall meeting with residents, during which Wagner said the only other legal avenue would be to file individual claims -- but too few people came forward to make for a viable case.


IRVING FACES CHARGES IN WORKPLACE ACCIDENT
Wednesday 26th August 2015
Irving Shipbuilding is facing four charges under Nova Scotia's Occupational Health and Safety Act. The charges were laid after a worker suffered a serious injury at the Halifax Shipyard in 2014. The company was arraigned on the charges in Halifax provincial court yesterday -- and the case was adjourned until November 12th. An information to obtain a search warrant filed with the court says that a wire rope loop attached to a ship's cradle broke as it was being pulled by a winch, striking a worker in the head and causing brain damage.


BLUENOSE STEERING PROBLEMS MEAN MORE CANCELLED SAILINGS
Wednesday 26th August 2015
Sailings on Bluenose II have been cancelled again because of a steering problem. A news release from the province on Tuesday afternoon said maintenance crews were being called in to assess the issue and make repairs. It’s the third time sailings have been cancelled since the ship returned to the water this summer. The next scheduled sailings are Thursday. Anyone booked to sail that day will be notified if that is to change, according to the news release. Steering has been a consistent problem during the Bluenose II restoration project, which went millions over budget and several years behind schedule.


OFFICIALS TRACKING E COLI OUTBREAK
Wednesday 26th August 2015
Public health officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli infections that occurred across four provinces this summer. The Public Health Agency of Canada reported 24 cases of E. coli in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia where individuals became sick between July 12 and August 8th. Five of the patients were hospitalized, but the agency says all are recovering or have already recovered. Officials say they have not yet identified the source or product causing the outbreak. The agency says Canadians should take care to follow safe food handling practices, such as thoroughly cooking meat products and washing fruit and vegetables.


STUDENT GROUPS WORRIED ABOUT FOOD BANKS CROPPING UP ON CAMPUS
Wednesday 26th August 2015
The Canadian Federation of Students says the appearance of a new campus food bank at Saint Mary's University in Halifax is part of a troubling trend. National chairperson Bilan Arte says similar services are now in place on campuses across Canada as tuition fees and living costs rise with student debt. She says student unions keep having to prioritize this issue because their members say they must choose between tuition and their next meal. The federation represents more than 500-thousand members from 80 students' unions, and it wants both federal and provincial governments to make higher learning more affordable. Arte wants to see the issue presented in the federal election campaign, saying the true extent of student poverty is largely unrecognized and under-reported. A new poll released by C-I-B-C found 51 per cent of college and university students turned to their parents last year for help after running out of cash.


ECONOMY THE FOCUS ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Wednesday 26th August 2015
The economy was in the spotlight for a second day on the federal campaign trail with the main party leaders touting clashing visions of how to balance the country's books while growing the economy. Prime Minister Harper said the current market turbulence is a clear sign the country needs to continue with his Conservative government's strategy of low taxes and affordable investments. But N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair said Harper's plan has resulted in 400-thousand lost manufacturing jobs and a less diversified, balanced economy. Justin Trudeau says a Liberal balanced budget would depend on "the mess" Harper's government leaves behind.


DUFFY TRIAL TO BREAK UNTIL AFTER ELECTION
Wednesday 26th August 2015
The Conservatives no longer have to deal with fresh testimony from the Mike Duffy fraud trial until after the federal election. Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt has adjourned the trial until November 18th, almost a full month after Canadians go to the polls. The trial was slated to continue until the rest of the week before going on hiatus. But the health of a witness and a personal issue involving Duffy’s lawyer prompted Vaillancourt to call an early halt to the proceedings. The Tories former director of issues management Chris Woodcock was on the stand again Tuesday. Defence lawyer Donald Bayne has been questioning Woodcock on the media messaging he drew up around Duffy's contentious living expenses in 2013. Bayne has been trying to establish that Duffy was being forced into positions by powerful staffers in the prime minister’s office.


DOCTOR'S GROUP SAYS DOCS NEED TRAINING TO DEAL WITH ASSISTED DEATH CASES
Wednesday 26th August 2015
Canada's largest doctors' group says physicians willing to assist in a patient's death once the act becomes legal early next year will need to be trained. The Canadian Medical Association says doctors have never been taught the procedures for ending a life. At its annual meeting in Halifax, Dr. Jeff Blackmer, vice-president of medical professionalism, said the 80-thousand-member doctors' group is considering an intensive two-day course for physicians. In February, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the law banning doctors from performing euthanisia or assisting a patient to die, but stayed its decision for a year to give the government time to draft replacement legislation.


PROPERTY IN LOWER TRURO BEING SEARCHED IN RELATION TO MURDER
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Police are searching a property in Lower Truro, Nova Scotia, in a homicide case involving two Dalhousie University students. Halifax Regional Police say the search is part of their ongoing investigation into the death of 22-year-old Taylor Samson, whose remains have not been found.  William Michael Sandeson was charged with first-degree murder on Thursday, four days after Samson was reported missing. Sandeson, a 22-year-old middle-distance track athlete who was about to start medical school at Dalhousie, was remanded into custody after a court appearance last week.


GAS PRICE TO CHANGE OVERNIGHT TONIGHT, EXPERTS PREDICT DROP
Tuesday 25th August 2015
The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has issued a statement that the price of gasoline will change at midnight tonight. They will invoke the Interrupter Clause, which can be used when market conditions indicate that a significant change in the price at the pumps is required. The statement says that the price of diesel will not be changed. While the URB have not formally indicated which direction the price will change, several experts indicate that they predict a fall in the price, based on the current market conditions.


SENIOR TORONTO POLICE OFFICER FOUND GUILTY OF G20 MISCONDUCT
Tuesday 25th August 2015
A disciplinary hearing has found a senior Toronto police officer guilty of three charges related to the city's G-20 summit. A retired judge found Superintendent David Fenton guilty of two counts of unnecessary exercise of authority, and one of discreditable conduct. Fenton had pleaded not guilty to five charges stemming from two so-called kettling incidents during the summit weekend in 2010. In one incident, his orders kept scores of people standing for hours at a downtown intersection despite a severe thunderstorm that left them drenched.


PEI WANTS MORE TOURISM AS FALL APPROACHES
Tuesday 25th August 2015
The P-E-I government is trying to boost tourism during the usual summer slow-down period. Economic Development Minister Heath MacDonald says he is working with tourism operators to bring people to the province in late August and early September. He says they are developing vacation packages for that time period. They're also increasing marketing efforts in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to promote the Island as a vacation destination this fall.


UP TO 19 SCHOOLS IN CAPE BRETON COULD BE CLOSING
Tuesday 25th August 2015
A school board in Cape Breton is starting a review process that could result in the closure of up to 19 schools. Supt. Beth MacIsaac of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board says committees will be created in the next couple of weeks to look at the 19 elementary and middle schools. She says plummeting enrolment rates are behind the review, adding that the rate for primary to Grade 12 students in Cape Breton has dropped 50 per cent since 1996. The review includes schools in Northside, Riverview, Sydney, New Waterford and Glace Bay. The findings are due in February and could include recommendations for the closure of up to 19 of the 49 similar schools in the area. MacIsaac says many of the schools are only about 60 per cent occupied.


POLICE IN HALIFAX FIND MISSING TEENS ***UPDATED***
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Halifax Regional Police say a missing teenage boy and girl have been found safe and sound in Tantallon. Police say 14-year old Megan Deley and 15-year old Dylan Slaunwhite had last been seen together leaving a residence on Walter Havill Drive in the early Monday morning hours. Shortly before 4pm this afternoon, they were reported found.


ECONOMY FOCAL POINT OF CAMPAIGN TALK TODAY
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Stephen Harper says his phone call to the governor of the Bank of Canada is not a sign that there's a problem with his management of the economy. Harper is telling supporters in Quebec City that it is his job to watch the economy and if his opponents have a problem with that, they shouldn't be running for the prime minister's job. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has said the prime minister's Monday phone call to Stephen Poloz was a sign that Harper's economic plan isn't working. The economy was again front and centre today as the federal leaders continued campaigning and North American markets showed signs of rebounding a day after a major plunge. Mulcair is telling supporters in Hamilton that he won't need to run a deficit to finance his promises and will bring in a balanced budget next year. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau unveiled members of his economic team in Toronto and was joined by former prime minister Paul Martin, who helped slay the federal deficit during his time as finance minister in the 1990s.


POWER OUTAGE IN NORTHERN PICTOU COUNTY RESTORED **UPDATED**
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Roughly 950 Nova Scotia Power customers were in the dark at this time in the Merigomish, Ardness, and Big Island area. Nova Scotia Power indicates that the outage occurred shortly after 10:30 this morning, and lasted until about 12:50pm.


NSLC QUARTERLY RESULTS RELEASED TODAY
Tuesday 25th August 2015
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation released its first quarter results today. Compared with last year, net income was $56.3 million, up $1.3 million while total sales were down $0.9 million to $143.5 million. Total volume of alcohol sold was down 2.3 per cent and overall customer transactions were down 2.1 per cent. However, the average dollar value of each transaction grew by 1.2 per cent. Nova Scotia wine sales were down slightly 6.5 percent due to limited availability of Nova 7, while all other Nova Scotia product categories experienced growth. Craft beer sales grew 17.4 per cent to $1.7 million, cider sales increased 42.1 per cent, commercial wine sales (those using imported grapes) were up 0.7 per cent, while local spirit sales grew by 338.6 per cent to $0.2 million. A detailed news release can be found at www.myNSLC.com .


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 25
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Stellarton's Blayre Turnbull will begin her professional hockey career as a member of the Calgary Inferno. Turnbull and fellowe Nova Scotian Jill Saulnier were selected by the Inferno in the CWHL draft over the weekend. Saulnier was a third round selection for the Inferno. Turnbull, who completed her NCAA career with the University of Wisconsin this past spring, was taken in the fourth round. Turnbull becomes the second Pictou County native in the CWHL, joining Kori Cheverie of New Glasgow, who plays for the Toronto Furies.
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The Abercrombie Golf & Country Club in New Glasgow is hosting this year's Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship, with the event teeing off this morning. Greg LeBlanc and Kevin Scott, both of New Glasgow, Bruce Horne of Trenton, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn, will be competing in a field of the 152 best amateur golfers 25 years and older in the country, including Garrett Rank, the tournament defending champion who represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and played in his first RBC Canadian Open earlier this summer.
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The NRHS Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all male student athletes from Grades 9-12 starting Friday at 1:30pm the NRHS Field, then continuing the following Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. There will only be a varsity program this season. There will be a $10 tryout fee. All information can be found on the school website or you can email/contact NRHS Atletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Pictou County Minor Hockey – Rep Division will be hold tryout registration on Tuesday Sept 1 and Wednesday Sept 2 from 6:30-8PM at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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Pictou County's Bubble Ball Soccer Tournament coming this September. Gather your co-workers, friends, or neighbours put together a team and have fun! Please register before Monday, Aug. 31st at the YMCA Membership/Welcome Desk.
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin this afternoon at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Athletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Northumberland Karate Classes resume for Trenton location on Wed., Sept 9th & the Scotsburn location on Sun., Sept. 13th. For details check the web site www.northumberlandkarate.com or email nkarate@eastlink.ca.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca


EDUCATION MINISTER TO REVIEW SCHOOL CLOSURE PROCESS
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Education Minister Karen Casey has pledged to look into the process that led to the closure of River John Consolidate School. Four members of the group protesting outside her Truro office Monday spent more than an hour in a meeting with her before Casey announced she would examine whether the school closure process was fair. She didn't rule out an independent review, but said she would conduct her own review first. Afterwards, Casey reiterated to school supporters that the focus needs to be on the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, noting that eight members were in favor of revisiting the decision and that any of them can put it on the agenda for a future board meeting. River John supporters have also set up a meeting on Friday with the school board's new Superintendent, Gary Adams.


BLAZE BURNS THROUGH DAL AGRICULTURE CAMPUS *UPDATED 10:45 AM*
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Crews are still fighting flare ups at the Dalhousie Agricultural campus in Bible Hill after last night's fire burned through a section of an animal feed building. Bible Hill Fire Chief Dwane Mellish said they still don't know what caused the fire, but he doesn't believe it was suspicious. They're still assessing the damage. With school starting in a few weeks, school principal David Gray says he's hopeful repairs will be done in time.


CYBER-BULLY LAW PROTECTION ORDER UPHELD ***UPDATED***
Tuesday 25th August 2015
A judge in Halifax upheld a protection order today in a case involving two businessman in a cyberbullying case. Robert Snell was accused of cyberbullying Giles Crouch when the two former business partners got into a dispute. Crouch has been granted a cyber safety protection order under a new provincial law, which prevents Snell from communicating with him. A Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice has ruled Snell's messages are considered cyberbullying under the Cyber-Safety Act.


MAN KILLED IN ATV ACCIDENT
Tuesday 25th August 2015
A 61-year-old Nova Scotia man is dead following all-terrain vehicle crash near Wallace. The Mounties say the man from Kerrs Mill died after his machine hit several trees after veering off a gravel road Saturday night. The R-C-M-P say the man was the lone rider on a four-wheeled A-T-V. They also say he wasn't wearing a helmet.


NB MAN WANTS RIGHT TO DRINK CHEAPER BEER FROM QUEBEC
Tuesday 25th August 2015
A New Brunswick man will take his fight over the right to buy his beer in Quebec to court today. Gerard Comeau will be in a Campbellton court for the start of a four-day hearing, after being charged with illegally importing alcohol into his home province in 2012. Police stopped Comeau with 12 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor, which he bought in Point-a-la-Croix, Que., across the river from Campbellton. Constitutional lawyer Arnold Schwisberg will argue against Section 134 of the New Brunswick Liquor Control Act, which limits individuals to 12 bottles of beer purchased outside the province. Schwisberg contends that Section 121 of the Constitution Act says goods should be admitted free into the provinces. Comeau is also supported by the Canadian Constitution Foundation, which believes the case will eventually result in a challenge before the Supreme Court of Canada.


MEDICAL ASSOCIATION WANTS BETTER DRUG EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE STRATEGY FOR SENIORS
Tuesday 25th August 2015
The Canadian Medical Association is being urged to subject doctors to mandatory continuing medical education in the appropriate prescribing of opioids. Dr. Douglas Grant, registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, told an session on the drugs that excessive prescribing of opioids for patients with chronic, non-cancer pain has become "an enormous problem." At the C-M-A annual meeting in Halifax, Grant said that when it comes to opioids, he believes there has been “a general loss of awareness, a growing casual attitude about the risk of these medicines.” He added that at the same time, there has been a shift in patients expecting to be not only treated for pain, but to be pain-free.

The Canadian Medical Association wants to see a national seniors strategy across the country. The C-M-A says the parties vying to win the federal election this fall should commit to offering more tax incentives and other financial support for those caring for elderly family members. It adopted a resolution that asks the federal government to drop a requirement that says tax incentives can only be offered to caregivers who are living with elderly parents or relatives. Calgary doctor Sarah Bates says the Canadian government should look to the United States, where there is a more flexible tax regime.


TESTY TESTIMONY AT DUFFY TRIAL
Tuesday 25th August 2015
The Mike Duffy trial rolls on today in Ottawa following one of the most hostile confrontations yet between witness and lawyer. The battle on Monday erupted over the continuing question of who among Prime Minister Stephen Harper's staff knew about the $90,000 secret repayment of Duffy's expenses made by former chief of staff Nigel Wright. Chris Woodcock, the former head of issues management in the PMO, testified that he wasn't aware of the payment until it was reported in the media despite receiving an email about two months earlier in which Wright states he's going do to it. Duffy's lawyer, Donald Bayne, appeared incredulous that Woodcock claimed he read many emails a day yet missed this one. Woodcock bristled when he replied that missing emails is a “fact of life when you receive 700-1,000 emails a day.” Harper's current chief of staff, Ray Novak, has also denied through a spokesperson that he read an email from Wright explicitly telling him about the repayment. Harper has defended Novak and others, pinning the blame on Wright as the "boss." Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery at his trial, which is hearing a final week of testimony before taking another break.


TODAY'S ELECTION EVENTS
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Both N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau visit Conservative strongholds today in Ontario, where they are expected to trumpet their economic credentials.
Mulcair will visit Dundas, Kitchener and Sarnia in southwestern Ontario where Conservatives handily won seats in the 2011 election. He will try to soothe voters’ concerns about the tanking global economy and discuss the need to boost investment in manufacturing.
Trudeau will also visit Conservative territory in the vote-rich Toronto suburbs — first in Scarborough and then Brampton. He will be accompanied by former prime minister Paul Martin and is expected to discuss how a Liberal government would handle the economic downturn and federal finances.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is also expected to boast about his economic credentials when he visits Quebec City. The Conservatives lost many of their Quebec seats in 2011, hanging on to just five in the Quebec City area, and Harper has been polling well in the city itself.
Green party Leader Elizabeth May will unveil a housing policy in Burnaby, B-C before an evening town hall in Vancouver.
Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe will visit Rimouski, Havre-Saint-Pierre and Sept-Iles.


BC UNIVERSITY BACK IN COURT OVER CONTROVERSIAL MARRIAGE STANCE
Tuesday 25th August 2015
A Christian university will be back in B-C Supreme Court today to challenge a decision by the province's law society not to accredit a proposed law school. The Law Society of British Columbia originally accredited the proposed law school at Trinity Western University in April 2014 but reversed that decision last October after a vote. At issue is the university's community covenant that prohibits sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage. University spokesman Earl Phillips says the case is about whether there is room in Canada for a minority group to exercise its beliefs together. Kendra Milne of intervener West Coast LEAF says religious freedoms can be exercised in private, but graduates called to the bar become officers of the court and have public obligations. The judicial review is scheduled to last until Friday.


RUSSIA REVERSES SHORT-LIVED WIKIPEDIA BAN
Tuesday 25th August 2015
Russia has cancelled a ban on the Russian-language Wikipedia, which barely lasted a few hours. The Russian communications watchdog sent out notifications to Internet providers late on Monday, instructing them to block the access to Wikipedia in Russian after a provincial court ruled that its entry on hashish contains banned information. The agency removed Wikipedia from the list of banned websites early Tuesday morning, saying that the information in the article had been edited thus complying with the court decision. Russia's Federal Communications Agency has come under fire before for what has been described as attempts to stifle dissent online. The agency has blocked access to opposition websites as well as blogs of popular opposition leaders like Alexei Navalny.


DUFFY TRIAL CONTINUES
Monday 24th August 2015
The Mike Duffy fraud trial is back on with the former troubleshooter for the Conservative government testifying today. The Crown asked former issues management chief Chris Woodcock to describe the work he did with Duffy to have him make certain statements to the media about his contested Senate expenses. Woodcock says he had collegial relations with Duffy as they worked on public statements and media lines on his repayment of housing claims. The prosecution is trying to show that Duffy was either the instigator or an equal partner in a scheme to have the prime minister's chief of staff Nigel Wright repay the 90-thousand-dollar bill.


FREDERICTON POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED ON DRUNK DRIVING CHARGE
Monday 24th August 2015
The Fredericton Police Force says one of its members has been arrested for impaired driving. A spokesperson with the city's Public Safety Department says an off-duty officer is facing charges after a single-vehicle crash on the city's north side yesterday. The member will be suspended with pay as per the New Brunswick Police Act. An investigation under the provincial legislation will also be put on hold until the criminal process is complete.


FATAL ATV ACCIDENT NEAR WALLACE
Monday 24th August 2015
A 61-year-old man from Kerrs Mill in Nova Scotia has died after police say the all-terrain vehicle he was riding hit several trees when it left a gravel road on Saturday night. The RCMP say the man was the lone rider on the four-wheel ATV and was not wearing a helmet. Police were called to the accident on Kerrs Mill Road, near Wallace, shortly after 9 p.m. on Saturday. Police say the man was pronounced dead at the scene.


CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CALLS FOR NATIONAL SENIOR STRATEGY
Monday 24th August 2015
The Canadian Medical Association is renewing its call in Halifax today for a national seniors strategy. The association wants each party in the federal election to give more tax incentives to those caring for elderly family members. The resolution adopted at the association's meeting in Halifax asks Ottawa to drop a requirement that says tax incentives can only be offered to caregivers living with elderly parents or relatives. Calgary physician Sarah Bates says more than 75 per cent of the care provided to older Canadians comes from unpaid, informal caregivers, who are usually a relative.


TWO ARRESTED IN HARDWARE STORE BREAK-IN
Monday 24th August 2015
Halifax R-C-M-P say two men are facing charges after a break-in at a hardware store. Police say a 9-1-1 caller reported two people trying to steal rolls of roofing wrap from a Payzants Home Hardware store around 10:45 p.m. yesterday.  RCMP officers arrested two suspects at the scene. A 45-year-old man and 25-year-old man are scheduled to appear in provincial court in October.


REPAIRS NEEDED TO CHETICAMP CAMPGROUND AFTER FLOODING
Monday 24th August 2015
Federal officials are trying to determine a timeline and cost for repairs to a campground at Cape Breton Highlands National Park. A Parks Canada spokesperson said more than 250 people had to be evacuated from the Cheticamp campground because of a heavy downpour Saturday night. Kelly Deveaux says about 110 millimetres of rain fell in the Cheticamp area from Saturday to Sunday, which caused the Cheticamp river to rise quickly. She says the Cheticamp sites remain closed but other campgrounds in the national park weren't affected.


GLASS TIGER FRONT-MAN SUFFERS STROKE
Monday 24th August 2015
The vocalist of the Canadian rock band Glass Tiger has had a stroke, but Alan Frew has been giving an upbeat message on his Instagram account. Frew writes that he suffered some damage to the right side of his body, including his dominant hand, in the stroke last Thursday. But the 58-year-old says he's "fighting the warrior's fight" and promises his fans that he will release his latest CD and perform live as soon as he can.  


FATAL PLANE CRASH IN NORTHERN QUEBEC KILLS FOUR, TWO MISSING
Monday 24th August 2015
Quebec provincial police confirm four people are dead and two others are missing after a seaplane crashed on the province's North Shore. Police say the Air Saguenay plane carrying six people went down in a wooded area yesterday, six kilometres from the community of Bergeronnes. The airline says the Beaver seaplane was on a routine sightseeing flight that was only supposed to last 20 minutes and that flying conditions were perfect. Vice-president Jean Tremblay is offering his sympathies to families who lost loved ones in the crash.


STOCK MARKET TUMBLE TAKES FOCUS ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Monday 24th August 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper says now is not the time to try new and untested economic strategies. Against a background of plunging stock markets around the world and oil prices below 40-dollars U-S a barrel, he is urging voters to stick with the Conservative economic plan. He says his political opponents are on the wrong track, proposing strategies that he says would result in more spending, deeper deficits and higher taxes. Harper told reporters at an election campaign event in Quebec that that's the wrong approach for the economy at a time of profound global instability. Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says Stephen Harper and the Conservative government are to blame for not acheiving economic progress.


UNCONFIRMED REPORTS LINK SUICIDES IN TORONTO TO ASHLEY MADISON LEAKS
Monday 24th August 2015
The Ashley Madison hack may have led to tragedy in Toronto. Police say they have received two unconfirmed reports of suicides related to the hacking of the cheating website, which they call one of the largest data breaches in the world. Hackers last week released detailed records on millions of people registered with the website, whose slogan is, "Life is short. Have an affair." Police also announced today that Toronto-based Avid Life Media, the parent company of Ashley Madison, is offering a 500-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the hackers.


BODY OF MISSING SWIMMER FOUND
Monday 24th August 2015
Rescuers have found the body of a 12-year-old boy who went missing while swimming in the LaHave River on the weekend. Lunenburg County RCMP say the boy was swimming in the river with three other youths Sunday afternoon when he went underwater and didn't return to shore. The boy, whose identity has not been released by police, is the seventh drowning victim in the last eight days in the province.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 24
Monday 24th August 2015
The Abercrombie Golf & Country Club in New Glasgow is hosting this year's Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship. Greg LeBlanc and Kevin Scott, both of New Glasgow, Bruce Horne of Trenton, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn, will be competing in a field of the 152 best amateur golfers 25 years and older in the country, including Garrett Rank, the tournament defending champion who represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and played in his first RBC Canadian Open earlier this summer.
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The NRHS Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all male student athletes from Grades 9-12 starting this Friday at 1:30pm the NRHS Field, then continuing the following Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. There will only be a varsity program this season. There will be a $10 tryout fee. All information can be found on the school website or you can email/contact NRHS Atletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Tatamagouche Minor Hockey are holding their registration session today, 6:30 – 8pm, at the North Shore Rec Centre.
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Pictou County's Bubble Ball Soccer Tournament coming this September. Gather your co-workers, friends, or neighbours put together a team and have fun! Please register before Monday, Aug. 31st at the YMCA Membership/Welcome Desk.
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin Tuesday at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Athletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for their fall classes on Monday, 24 August from 4 – 8pm at their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Fall Recreation classes begin 14 September and run for 10 weeks. The cost of the fall session is $135, which includes the annual Gymnastics Nova Scotia Insurance Fee. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash payment options. For more information contact 902-695-3699 or check out their websiteor Facebook
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HENDERSON PARIS APPOINTED TO NATIONAL BOARD
Monday 24th August 2015
New Glasgow town councillor Henderson Paris has been appointed to the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security. Paris, a former Commissioner of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, will serve a two-year term. The CCRS was created ten years ago to engage Canadians and the federal government in a long-term dialogue on matters related to national security. The roundtable includes 15 members from across Canada who are leaders in their communities, and who have extensive experience in social and cultural matters. Paris believes his work over the past 25-plus years in the field of race relations, cultural diversity, human rights, basic dignity and equality played a big role in his appointment.


FISHERIES MINISTER TO MEET WITH LOCAL FISHERMEN NEXT MONTH
Monday 24th August 2015
The province’s fisheries minister is visiting Pictou County next month to talk lobster, among other things. A meeting will be held 9 September at the Toney River Community Centre for commercial fishermen interested in hearing from Minister Keith Colwell. Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane says the province’s lobster industry is worth $400 million in export value and it is in need of better marketing, but the province has not offered a direction how this will be done. It was proposed that two cents of every pound of lobster caught in the province go towards marketing in the form of a levy, but two years later there has been no decision. MacFarlane said questions such as who controls the money and who does the marketing are two areas that need to be addressed. MacFarlane said fishermen will also be able to discuss any other concerns they have about the industry.


TWO KILLED IN SEPARATE ACCIDENTS
Monday 24th August 2015
Police in Halifax are investigating a motorcycle crash that left a 30-year-old man dead. Officers say the driver went through an intersection and crashed into a yard on Mount Edward Road just before midnight yesterday. They say he was pronounced dead at the scene.

R-C-M-P are investigating after a man was struck and killed by a vehicle in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley. Officers were called to an area north of Kentville early yesterday morning. Police say the driver initially thought they hit a deer, and called police when they discovered it was a person. The 34-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.


TWO DOZEN DISPLACED BY AMHERST APT FIRE
Monday 24th August 2015
Twenty-four people have been displaced by an overnight fire that damaged a 12-unit apartment building in Amherst. The Canadian Red Cross says eight adults and 16 children were evacuated at about 1 a-m today. Volunteers provided the tenants with supplies and arranged emergency lodging. Officials say the damage is being assessed to determine when residents can return.


FLOODED CB CAMPGROUND STILL CLOSED
Monday 24th August 2015
A campground in Cape Breton Highlands National park remains closed after flooding caused by a torrential downpour. A Parks Canada manager says the heavy rain led to a rise in the level of the Cheticamp River on Saturday. Kelly Deveaux says that prompted the removal of campers from the lower and upper sites at the Cheticamp Campground. She says 69 people spent the night at the fire hall in Cheticamp, while people who were in 29 recreational vehicles were able to park at the local arena.


TODAY'S ELECTION EVENTS
Monday 24th August 2015
The federal election campaign is gearing back up again after a quiet weekend. The N-D-P is bringing out a high-profile name to help bolster its campaign. N-D-P leader Tom Mulcair has a campaign event in Toronto with Stephen Lewis, Canada's former ambassador to the United Nations. Lewis is also a former leader of Ontario's N-D-P.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is also campaigning in Ontario with events in Belleville and Peterborough. He's expected to announce that if he becomes prime minister he'll bring back life-time pensions for wounded veterans, eliminating the lump sum payments the Harper government brought in that have angered many vets.
The Harper campaign is headed to Quebec where the prime minister has an event in Drummondville. Harper was the only major party leader campaigning yesterday. He promised that if re-elected, members of organizations such as the Kiwanis, Lions and Royal Canadian Legion will be able to claim a tax break for their membership fees.


BC FIREFIGHTERS HELPING BATTLE BLAZE ACROSS THE BORDER
Monday 24th August 2015
Smoke from wildfires raging in Washington state is wafting into southern B-C, resulting in air quality issues and poor visibility. Environment Canada has warned residents of several southern communities about high levels of fine particulate matter in the air and cautions people to avoid strenuous activity outdoors. Provincial Fire Information Officer Kevin Skrepnek says smoke is also making it difficult for crews to battle the 184 fires currently burning across B-C. He says aircraft have been grounded because of reduced visibility and the thick haze makes it more difficult to spot new fires. B-C fire crews -- including 33 fire personnel, three officers and two pieces of heavy machinery -- arrived in Washington state Sunday to help their American counterparts fight a fire burning four-and-a-half kilometres south of the B-C border.


SURVEY SAYS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WILL GO TO "BANK OF MOM & DAD" DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR
Monday 24th August 2015
It's becoming pretty common for post-secondary school students to run out of cash before the school year ends and find themselves turning to the 'Bank of Mom and Dad' for some dough. A new poll from C-I-B-C has found 51 per cent of post-secondary students -- from higher- and lower-income families alike -- tapped their parents for additional money last year because they ran dry. The bank's Sarah Widmeyer says while 86 per cent of parents surveyed considered themselves good role models for financial planning, they need to teach children how to balance a budget in their early teens -- before they start living on their own.


AIR SHOW DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO RISE AS WORKERS EXAMINE WRECKAGE
Monday 24th August 2015
Police say the death toll in Saturday's crash of a vintage jet fighter in southeastern England will probably rise beyond the 11 known victims, as emergency workers probe wreckage on the freeway where the plane went down. The Hawker Hunter jet plummeted onto a highway after it failed to pull out of a loop manoeuvre during an air show, exploding in a huge fireball and plowing through cars on the road.


MEN WHO STOPPED TERROR ATTACK RECEIVE TOP FRENCH AWARD
Monday 24th August 2015
Three Americans and a Brit who took down a heavily armed man on a passenger train speeding through Belgium Friday have received France's top honour. President Francois Hollande (oh-LAHND') today pinned the Legion of Honor medal on U-S Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and friend Anthony Sadler, who subdued the gunman as he moved through the train with an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest. British businessman Chris Norman also jumped in to help. Hollande said the men displayed great courage in the face of terror. The alleged gunman, a Moroccan, is being questioned by French counterterrorism police near Paris.


POLICE INVESTIGATE DROWNING ON CLYDE RIVER
Sunday 23rd August 2015
Nova Scotia R-C-M-P are investigating the drowning of a 65-year-old Shelburne County man. Police say the man took his canoe on the Clyde River on Friday, but failed to return to his Upper Clyde home several hours later. A search ensued and the man's body was found in the water early yesterday. Police say foul play is not suspected in the man's death. This is the sixth drowning in Nova Scotia this month.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 23
Sunday 23rd August 2015
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The 2015 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be hosted by the Abercrombie Golf & Country Club in New Glasgow beginning tomorrow. Greg LeBlanc and Kevin Scott, both of New Glasgow, Bruce Horne of Trenton, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn, will be competing in a field of the 152 best amateur golfers 25 years and older in the country, including Garrett Rank, the tournament defending champion who represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and played in his first RBC Canadian Open earlier this summer.
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The NRHS Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all male student athletes from Grades 9-12 starting next Friday at 1:30pm the NRHS Field, then continuing the following Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. There will only be a varsity program this season. There will be a $10 tryout fee. All information can be found on the school website or you can email/contact NRHS Atletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Dave MacLennan,Tony Corbin and Pat Carty will be conducting cross country workouts and are inviting any/all Pictou County runners. It starts today at 6pm until 7:45. Other workout days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times. All workouts will be done at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field, located at 483 Auburn Ave in Stellarton. These workouts are geared for the students from grades 6 to 12. When school begins these workouts will be switched to Fridays 6pm to 7:45 and Sundays 6pm to 7:45
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold one final registration today from 1-5pm, for boys and girls from age 7-17, at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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Tatamagouche Minor Hockey are holding their registration session Monday, 24 August, 6:30 – 8pm, at the North Shore Rec Centre.
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Pictou County's Bubble Ball Soccer Tournament coming this September. Gather your co-workers, friends, or neighbours put together a team and have fun! Please register before Monday, Aug. 31st at the YMCA Membership/Welcome Desk.
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin next Tuesday, 25 August at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Athletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for their fall classes on Monday, 24 August from 4 – 8pm at their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Fall Recreation classes begin 14 September and run for 10 weeks. The cost of the fall session is $135, which includes the annual Gymnastics Nova Scotia Insurance Fee. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash payment options. For more information contact 902-695-3699 or check out their websiteor Facebook
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Roughriders are still in search of their first victory after falling 34-31 to the first-place Stampeders. Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns as Calgary improved to 6-and-2 to take sole possession atop the West Division. Saskatchewan is now oh-and-8.
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Josh Donaldson went 4 for 5 with a three-run homer, driving in six runs and propelling the Blue Jays to a 15-3 rout of the Los Angeles Angels. He now has 100 RBI's for the first time in his career. It was Toronto's 18th victory in 22 games. The Jays remain a half game back of the Yankees for first place in the A-L East division. The two teams wrap up the three-game set this afternoon, while the Yankees wrap up a four game series at home against the Cleveland Indians.
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Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) had another solid outing, but didn't get much offensive help from his teammates. Greinke gave up three runs and three hits in seven innings, taking his first loss in more than two months as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1. Greinke was 8-0 with a 1.16 ERA in his previous 11 starts.
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The Vancouver Whitecaps took over first place in the Western Conference with a 1-0 win over F-C Dallas. Earlier, the Montreal Impact dropped a 1-0 decision at home to the Philadelphia Union. And Toronto F-C hammered Orlando City 5-0 at B-M-O Field.
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Two-time champion Lydia Ko and Candie Kung share the lead at 12 under after three rounds at the L-P-G-A's Canadian Pacific Open at Vancouver Golf Club. Ko shot a 3-under 69 to make up two strokes on Kung, who led after 36 holes. Ko won the tournament in 2012 and 2013.
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Canadian Ben Thorne won bronze in men's 20 kilometre race walk at the I-A-A-F world championships. The 22-year-old from Kitimat, B-C finished the race in one hour 19 minutes 57 seconds to set a Canadian record. It's Canada's first medal at the competition.
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IAN BOS WELCOMED IN THE WEST!
Saturday 22nd August 2015
Ian Boss of Bridgeville, Pictou County has reached another milestone on his walk across the country. Bos began his walk in May from New Glasgow in memory of his late father Ted and in support of Hospice Palliative Care. He arrived in Manitoba late Friday afternoon. Ian’s Walk is halfway to its goal of raising $25,000, to be split between various palliative care associations in the country, including the Aberdeen Palliative Care Society in New Glasgow. You can find out more about the fundraising effort at ianswalk2015.ca.


LOCAL SPORTS August 22
Saturday 22nd August 2015
Results from the AGR Championship on Friday:
Pomquet Acadians defeated the Heatherton Warriors 3-1.
It was the Arisiag Blues over the St.Andrew’s Flyers 6-5.
Guysbrough Broadhorns got the win 4-3 over the St.Andrew’s Flyers.
And the Heatherton Warriors won against the Arisiag Blues 8-5.
Action continues today at the Pomquet Ballfield:
Pomquet vs Guysbrough 9am
St.Andrew’s vs Heatherton 11am
Pomquet vs Arisiag 1pm
Heatherton vs Guysbrough 3pm
St.Andrew’s vs Pomquet 5pm
Arisiag vs Guysbrough 7pm

The 2015 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be hosted by the Abercrombie Golf & Country Club in New Glasgow next week. Greg LeBlanc and Kevin Scott, both of New Glasgow, Bruce Horne of Trenton, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn, will be competing against a field of the 152 best amateur golfers 25 years and older in the country, including Garrett Rank, the tournament defending champion who represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, played in his first RBC Canadian Open, and is currently at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
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The NRHS Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all male student athletes from Grades 9-12 starting next Friday at 1:30pm the NRHS Field, then continuing the following Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. There will only be a varsity program this season. There will be a $10 tryout fee. All information can be found on the school website or you can email/contact NRHS Atletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Dave MacLennan,Tony Corbin and Pat Carty will be conducting cross country workouts and are inviting any/all Pictou County runners. It starts Sunday, Aug 23 at 6pm until 7:45. Other workout days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times. All workouts will be done at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field, located at 483 Auburn Ave in Stellarton. These workouts are geared for the students from grades 6 to 12. When school begins these workouts will be switched to Fridays 6pm to 7:45 and Sundays 6pm to 7:45
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The Pictou County Basketball Association are holding registration today, open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (each day) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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Registration for Pictou Soccer Club will be held today at McCulloch Field 9 am- 2pm.
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Tatamagouche Minor Hockey are holding their registration session this Monday, 24 August, 6:30 – 8pm, at the North Shore Rec Centre.
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The 3rd annual Joe Earle washer toss tournment will be held at the North End Recreation Center today starting at 10am.
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Pictou County's Bubble Ball Soccer Tournament coming this September. Gather your co-workers, friends, or neighbours put together a team and have fun! Please register before Monday, Aug. 31st at the YMCA Membership/Welcome Desk.
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin Tuesday, 25 August at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Athletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for their fall classes today from noon – 3pm, and again Monday, 24 August from 4 – 8pm at their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Fall Recreation classes begin 14 September and run for 10 weeks. The cost of the fall session is $135, which includes the annual Gymnastics Nova Scotia Insurance Fee. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash payment options. For more information contact 902-695-3699 or check out their websiteor Facebook
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MILITARY AWARENESS DAY BEING HELD TODAY IN WESTVILLE
Saturday 22nd August 2015
The Pictou County Military Museum is hosting their annual Canadian Veterans & Military Awareness Day from 9am until 3pm today. The event was to take place at Victoria Park in Westville, across the road from the Pictou County Military Museum, but because of the inclement weather, displays have been moved into the gym at the Westville Town office building. The event showcases Military vehicles, weapons, displays and has been used as a recruiting tool for Cadet Corps as well as the Reserves and Canadian Forces. 25 to 30 displays will be set up for the day. Founder of the Pictou County Military and Heritage Museum, Vince Joyce says the day will also include a visit from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant CMM, ONS, CD (Ret'd).


MISSING COLE HARBOUR MAN LOCATED
Saturday 22nd August 2015
A Cole Harbour man reported missing earlier this week has been located. Halifax District RCMP said Friday that 23 year old Jason French was last heard from on August 15th, when he said he was heading to the Valley for work. But investigators said French never showed up to the work site. A news release from RCMP said that French was safely located Friday afternoon.


PICKET-NIC PLANNED FOR SUNDAY IN RIVER JOHN
Saturday 22nd August 2015
Supporters of the River John School are planning a Picket-Nic tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the former River John School. Organizers hope to circle the school arm in arm and capture it on video. During a Chignecto-Central Regional School Board meeting this spring, board members held a vote that ended in a tie, resulting in the school closing when classes ended in June. Organizers of the Picket-Nic say everyone supporting children, small schools, community, rural life, local initiatives and political fairness are welcome to attend.


TWO ADULTS FACING PROSTITUTION CHARGES IN TRURO
Saturday 22nd August 2015
Two people have been charged by Truro Police with various offences involving prostitution. 38-year-old Thomas William MacDonald and 28-year-old Rebecca Kristine MacKinnon face charges of keeping a common bawdy house, advertising for sexual services of a person, and communicating with a person for the purpose of sexual services. All these acts are in violation of the Criminal Code. They have both been released on conditions and are due in Truro Provincial Court on September 23rd. Truro Police say the charges are the result of information from the public and through a police investigation. Anyone with knowledge of this investigation are asked to contact police.


JOHN CENA MAKES MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION HISTORY
Friday 21st August 2015
WWE star John Cena is set to become the first celebrity to grant 500 wishes in Make-A-Wish Foundation history. Rocco Lanzer, an 8-year-old boy from Queens, New York, diagnosed in January with leukemia, will have his wish granted by Cena on Monday. Cena granted his first wish in 2004, about two years after his WWE debut. As he soared toward the top of the wrestling world, so did his popularity with Make-A-Wish children. He granted his 300th wish in 2012 and hit 400 in 2014. He was the first celebrity to reach those milestones. The 38-year-old Cena is following a WWE tradition of granting wishes. The organization has granted more than 6,000 wishes to meet WWE superstars or attend its live shows. Rocco and Cena helped ring the opening bell Friday at the New York Stock Exchange.


LIBERALS ASK RCMP TO INVESTIGATE RAY NOVAK'S ROLE IN DUFFY REPAYMENT SCHEME
Friday 21st August 2015
The Liberals are asking the RCMP to investigate messages sent to and from Stephen Harper's chief of staff, saying they may be relevant to Mike Duffy's trial. Liberal candidate Dominic LeBlanc sent a letter to the RCMP and the information commissioner, asking them to look into text messages and BlackBerry PIN messages sent and received by Ray Novak. Duffy's trial this week heard that Novak was present for discussions about a controversial $90,000 payment in 2013 by Harper's previous chief of staff, Nigel Wright, to cover Duffy's questionable expenses. The testimony contradicts assertions from Harper and the Conservative campaign about what Novak knew about the repayment scheme. The Liberals are asking the RCMP and information commissioner to ensure Novak's BlackBerry messages and texts are preserved and not deleted, given their potential significance. Earlier this week the NDP sent a letter to the RCMP commissioner, asking him to consider laying charges against Wright and up to a dozen other staffers in the Prime Minister's Office for their alleged roles in covering up the Duffy expenses scandal.


MAN FLIES ACROSS COUNTRY TO THANK SECURITY DISPATCHER FOR LIFE-SAVING CALL
Friday 21st August 2015
A grateful man has flown from Dartmouth to Calgary to say thanks to a home-security dispatcher for saving his family from carbon monoxide poisoning. Last spring, Reza Kashiloo was hosting relatives when a snowstorm blocked an air vent. They were asleep when the home’s C-O detector went off, sending a signal to A-D-T’s Calgary monitoring centre. Karen Vastag in the centre alerted Kashiloo to the danger and contacted Dartmouth firefighters. Kashiloo says the trip to Calgary means a lot to him.


POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING COLE HARBOUR MAN
Friday 21st August 2015
A 23-year old Cole Harbour man has been reported missing, and Police are asking for assistance in locating him. Halifax RCMP say Jason French was last heard from last Saturday, when he said he was on his way to a job site in the Annapolis Valley. Police say that French never arrived at that location, and he is currently without a vehicle or cell phone. They also say it is out of character for him to remain out of contact with family and fiends for this length of time. Police describe French as a white man with dark blonde hair, six feet tall and around 120 lbs. Anyone with information as to French’s whereabouts is asked to contact police.


MAN ARRESTED WITH OVER 600 PRESCRIPTION PILLS AT AIRPORT
Friday 21st August 2015
Police say a man has been charged after arriving at a Newfoundland airport with drugs. Investigators say the 29-year-old man was arrested after landing at the St. John's International Airport with more than 600 prescription pills. He was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.


NORTHERN PULP STACK TESTS SHOW IMPROVEMENT
Friday 21st August 2015
The Department of Environment has released the results of the most recent stack test from the Northern Pulp mill at Abercrombie Point, and they seem to show that the new precipitator is doing its job. Department Officials says the results show a "marked improvement" over the mill's previous performance. Emissions from the recovery boiler are well below the new regulatory limit which is almost 80 per cent lower than the mill's previous industrial approval. Environment Minister Andrew Younger says he is pleased to see such positive results so early in the commissioning phase. Fine-tuning of the new equipment is expected to be complete by late October. All other results were also below the required limits, including the power boiler, which was slightly above the approved limit in April. The results are on the department's website.


INFLATION RATE AT 1.3 PERCENT
Friday 21st August 2015
Statistics Canada's consumer price index shows Canada's inflation rate rose to 1.3 per cent in July, led by increases in food prices. Economists had expected an increase of 1.4 per cent, up from 1.0 per cent in June, according to Thomson Reuters. Prices for seven of the eight major components in the price index were up from a year ago with only the transportation index that includes gasoline showing a decline. Food prices were up 3.2 per cent compared with a year ago, led by meat prices which rose 6.1 per cent. Prices for food bought from stores was up 3.5 per cent, while food bought in restaurants was up 2.7 per cent. Consumer prices were up in nine provinces compared with a year ago as Saskatchewan posted the largest increase, followed by Ontario. Prince Edward Island saw prices drop to post its eighth consecutive year-over-year decrease. The Bank of Canada's core index, which excludes some of the most volatile items, was up 2.4 per cent from a year ago.


NORTHERN PULP APPEALS INDUSTRIAL APPROVAL DECISION
Friday 21st August 2015
An appeal has been filed by Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation in regards to an Industrial Approval decision letter written last month by the Environment Minister at the time, Randy Delorey. In a release issued this morning, General Manager Bruce Chapman says the primary goal of Northern Pulp is to reach an Industrial Approval which allows them to meet their environmental responsibility, therefore making any court process unnecessary. Chapman says conversations with the province are continuing, and he describes them as constructive. The letter released on 9 July made several concessions to Northern Pulp from the initial Industrial Approval. Questions continue to linger over the requirements surrounding water usage, while the condition regarding reduction of emissions by 80 precent remains unchanged. The statement from Northern Pulp does not indicate what aspect of this letter is under appeal.


TWO DROWNINGS IN LUNENBURG COUNTY
Friday 21st August 2015
R-C-M-P say two more people have drowned in Nova Scotia, this time in Lunenburg County. Police received a report of a missing man early yesterday, who was last seen walking near the Mahone Bay Reservoir. The 66-year-old man was later found in the lake, and police do not suspect foul play. A separate incident saw an 83-year-old woman go under water after running into difficulty while swimming in the LaHave River. She was pronounced dead after emergency officials performed C-P-R. The deaths follow the recent drownings of two men at separate beaches in the Halifax area, and a third man in Colchester County.


IMPORTANCE OF CATCHING STAGE ZERO BREAST CANCER?
Friday 21st August 2015
Doctors have long debated over the importance of diagnosing the condition known as "stage zero" breast cancer. It is actually called ductal carcinoma in situ -- or D-C-I-S. Some experts maintain that catching these abnormalities early is important, others say that detecting and treating them is often unnecessary. New research suggests that women diagnosed with D-C-I-S have a slightly increased chance -- three per cent -- of breast cancer-related death 20 years later. The study is published the Journal of the American Medical Association.


DEAD WHALE ON INVERNESS COUNTY SHORE REMOVED
Friday 21st August 2015
A dead whale that was giving off a powerful odour on the shores of Nova Scotia's Inverness County has been removed. Inverness County councillor Dwayne MacDonald says residents of Long Point began contacting him about the whale after receiving no help from provincial or federal officials. They say the smell became so unbearable, a resident paid to have it towed away. MacDonald said it's a common occurrence and the three levels of government should come up with a plan so that residents don't have to take matters into their own hands.


HARPER FACES QUESTIONS ABOUT NOVAK AS DUFFY TRIAL CONTINUES
Friday 21st August 2015
As Prime Minister Harper spends today campaigning in British Columbia, he will likely face more questions from reporters about the trial of Mike Duffy, who is charged with fraud, bribery, and breach of trust. Harper's chief of staff, Ray Novak, was the centre of attention yesterday after testimony linked him to an infamous 90-thousand-dollar payment Duffy got in 2013 from Nigel Wright, who was chief of staff at the time. When asked if he still has confidence in Novak, Harper says his staffers enjoy his confidence, otherwise they would not be on his staff. Harper added the only wrong was done by Wright and Duffy, and both have been held accountable. Meanwhile, N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair says the endorsement Prime Minister Harper gave to chief of staff Ray Novak was lukewarm at best. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says trust is at the heart of the Duffy trial, adding Canadians no longer trust Harper to tell the truth. Mulcair and Trudeau will take today off from the campaign trail.


GAS AND DIESEL PRICES FALL
Friday 21st August 2015
Good news for motorists this morning. As the Utility and Review Board reset the prices overnight, both the price of regular self serve gasoline and diesel went down. Gas fell by three cents per litre, to a new minimum price of $1.09.2 for northeastern Nova Scotia. The reduction in the price of diesel was not quite as significant, as it fell just nine-tenths of a cent, to 97.3 cents per litre.


HURRICANE DANNY GETS STRONGER AS IT APPROACHES LEEWARD ISLANDS
Friday 21st August 2015
Hurricane Danny has gained a little strength as it moves across the Atlantic. The hurricane's maximum sustained winds early Friday had increased to near 140 kph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some additional strengthening is possible but Danny should start weakening on Saturday. The hurricane is centred about 16-hundred kilometres east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and is moving west-northwest near 17 kph. Danny is tiny hurricane with hurricane force winds only extending outward up to 20 kilometres from its centre. Hurricane Danny doesn't currently pose a threat to land but the Hurricane Center says those in the Leeward Islands should monitor its progress.


FAMILY MEMBERS OF WOMEN WHO DIED IN PRISON WANT ANSWERS
Friday 21st August 2015
Family members of two Newfoundland women who died this year while serving time at a Nova Scotia prison say they weren't kept informed of their loved ones' deteriorating health. And in the case of Veronica Park, who died on April 24th at a Truro hospital, the family says they still don't know the cause of her death. Marion Park says her family hasn't been given details by the Nova Institution for Women on her sister's hospitalization and death at a Truro hospital. The C-S-C says they don't comment on individual cases.


MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER OF DALHOUSIE STUDENT MAKES FIRST COURT APPEARANCE
Friday 21st August 2015
A Dalhousie University student appeared in court yesterday to face murder charges in the death a 22-year-old man. Police say William Michael Sandeson of Halifax was arrested Tuesday evening in suburban Dartmouth. Investigators say the body of Taylor Samson has not been recovered. As part of their investigation, police say they searched an address on Henry Street in Halifax and they believe that is where Samson died. Sandeson will remain in custody until his next court appearance on 2 September.


MILITARY LEADER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING CADET HAS CASE HELD OVER
Friday 21st August 2015
A court appearance has been put over for a high-ranking military officer on sex charges. A lawyer appeared on behalf of Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker in Edmonton provincial court yesterday on 10 charges, including sexual assault. Stalker's next court date was set for Aug. 26. The commander of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton has been suspended from his job pending the outcome of his court case. The 41-year-old was arrested last month following an investigation into alleged encounters involving a military cadet between 1998 and 2007 in Edmonton.


HIKERS FOUND AFTER BECOMING STRANDED
Friday 21st August 2015
Two women who became stranded Wednesday night in a wilderness hiking trail in the Halifax area were found a few hours later by a ground search about 11 kilometres into the woods where they were hiking. The RCMP say the women were not injured. The Mounties say a 30-year-old woman from Halifax and a 26-year-old woman from Sydney intended to do the first loop of a four-loop system in the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail in Timberlea. They realized they had gone beyond the first loop as darkness fell and couldn't find their way back. The women left the trail's parking at about 4:30 p.m. and police responded to a 911 call from the lost hikers about four hours later. The hikers' cellphones helped police determine their location and they were found just after 11 p.m.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 21
Friday 21st August 2015
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The 2015 Canadian Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship will be hosted by the Abercrombie Golf & Country Club in New Glasgow next week. Greg LeBlanc and Kevin Scott, both of New Glasgow, Bruce Horne of Trenton, John Thompson of Westville, Jamie Aitken of Caribou, and Daniel Fanning of Scotsburn, will be competing against a field of the 152 best amateur golfers 25 years and older in the country, including Garrett Rank, the tournament defending champion who represented Canada at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, played in his first RBC Canadian Open, and is currently at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
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Dave MacLennan,Tony Corbin and Pat Carty will be conducting cross country workouts and are inviting any/all Pictou County runners. It starts Sunday, Aug 23 at 6pm until 7:45. Other workout days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times. All workouts will be done at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field, located at 483 Auburn Ave in Stellarton. These workouts are geared for the students from grades 6 to 12. When school begins these workouts will be switched to Fridays 6pm to 7:45 and Sundays 6pm to 7:45
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin next Tuesday, 25 August at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Athletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration on Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (each day) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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The NRHS Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all male student athletes from Grades 9-12 starting next Friday at 1:30pm the NRHS Field, then continuing the following Wednesday, Friday, and Monday. There will only be a varsity program this season. There will be a $10 tryout fee. All information can be found on the school website or you can email/contact NRHS Atletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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Registration for Pictou Soccer Club will be held Saturday August 22nd at McCulloch Field 9 am- 2pm.
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Tatamagouche Minor Hockey are holding their registration session Monday, 24 August, 6:30 – 8pm, at the North Shore Rec Centre.
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This Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning. Because of this event, Provost Street, Archimedes Street, Jury Street and a portion of George Street (between Provost and Archimedes streets) will be closed on Sunday, August 23 from 8:30am until 2:30pm. There will be no parking permitted on Provost and Archimedes streets on August 23 from 6:00am until 3:00pm.The event however is spectator friendly. Parking will be available in the free parking lots near the New Glasgow Farmers Market building and there will be access to these lots via Riverside Parkway.  There will be access to Temperance Street and Riverside Parkway both northbound and southbound of the Town of New Glasgow.
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The 3rd annual Joe Earle washer toss tournment will be held at the North End Recreation Center Saturday August 22nd starting at 10am. Must be 19 years or older to register. For info or to register please contact Vernon Earle at 902-921-4055 or email vernon_earle@hotmail.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for their fall classes on Saturday, 22 August from noon – 3pm, and again Monday, 24 August from 4 – 8pm at their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Fall Recreation classes begin 14 September and run for 10 weeks. The cost of the fall session is $135, which includes the annual Gymnastics Nova Scotia Insurance Fee. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash payment options. For more information contact 902-695-3699 or check out their websiteor Facebook
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The New York Yankees' lead in the AL East is down to 1 1/2 games over Toronto following Cleveland's 3-2 victory in the Bronx. Josh Tomlin surrendered just a run and two hits in seven innings, including a solo homer by Alex Rodriguez. Lonnie Chisenhall hit an RBI double and Michael Brantley was 2-for-4 with an RBI single.
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Jose Abreu capped a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double, getting the benefit of a video replay reversal, and the Chicago White Sox avoided a four-game sweep by the Los Angeles Angels with an 8-2 victory.
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Former Blue Jays outfielder Travis Snider is back with the Pirates organization after being signed to a minor league deal. Snider hit .237 with three home runs and 20 R-B-Is in 69 games for Baltimore before he was released earlier this month.
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The L-A Dodgers are close to becoming the first major league team with a 300-million luxury-tax payroll after acquiring second baseman Chase Utley from Philadelphia on Wednesday. Major League Baseball says the arrival of the six-time all-star raised team payroll for tax purposes to about 298-point-5 million dollars, well above the 189 million tax threshold.
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Backup quarterback Tanner Marsh's one-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion pass to Tyrell Sutton in the fourth quarter staked Montreal to a 23-13 victory over the B-C Lions. The Alouettes ended a three-game losing streak as they posted only their second win in Vancouver in 15 games since 2000.
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Karine Icher shot a bogey-free 65 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open at The Vancouver Golf Club. Icher's 7-under puts her ahead of two-time champion Lydia Ko, who birdied the final two holes of her opening round to shoot a 5-under 67.
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QUESTIONS REMAIN FOR FAMILY MEMBERS OF WOMEN WHO DIED IN NOVA SCOTIA PRISON
Thursday 20th August 2015
Family members of two women who died this year in a Nova Scotia prison say they weren't informed of their loved ones' deteriorating health and in one case still don't know the cause of death. Marion Park said during a news conference today that almost four months after her 38-year-old sister Veronica Park died on April 24 at the Nova Institution, the family hasn't been given details by Correctional Service Canada on what caused her to die in a Truro hospital. She says she was upset to hear from an access to information official recently that a formal investigation into Veronica's death was only started by the federal prison on Aug. 17. The sister said she also wants to know why family members weren't told of Veronica's severe health issues until she was dying. The twin brother of 22-year-old Camille Strickland-Murphy, whose obituary says she died of a suicide on July 28 at the Nova Institution, said in an interview he didn't receive any information from staff about two prior self-harm attempts by his sister. Keir Strickland-Murphy says families should have received information so that they could contact their loved ones and advocate for their treatment. The Correctional Service of Canada says in an email that privacy issues prevent it from discussing individual cases.


CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION CHALLENGING ABILITY OF GOVERNMENT TO REVOKE CITIZENSHIP
Thursday 20th August 2015
Some civil rights organizations are launching a constitutional challenge against a recent law that allows the federal government to revoke the Canadian citizenship of dual nationals. It applies to those convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers argue the law creates a two-tier system. They say such a system flies in the face of Canadian values and impacts millions of people beyond the government's stated target. 


MACQUARRIE NOT REMOVED FROM SEAT ON SCHOOL BOARD
Thursday 20th August 2015
Truro representative Susan MacQuarrie is not being removed from her seat on the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Education Minster Karen Casey has decided not to vacate the seat, saying that the board has not exhausted all of their other options in dealing with the situation. The Board voted to censure MacQuarrie in May and put forward the recommendation that her seat be vacated to Minister Casey. MacQuarrie alleges that the vote to censure her stems from a complaint of harassment she had filed earlier in the year, which was later concluded to be completely unfounded following an investigation.


CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TRAPS WILD SALMON
Thursday 20th August 2015
The Atlantic Salmon Federation says a construction project has trapped hundreds of wild Atlantic salmon in Newfoundland and Labrador. The federation says construction of a fishway in Rocky River near Colinet is preventing at least 450 salmon from moving upriver to spawn. Federation member Don Ivany says a plan to move the salmon should have been in place before construction started on the fishway earlier this summer. The fishway won't be completed before the start of the salmon spawning season and Ivany says preventing the fish from spawning could be catastrophic. Ivany says Fisheries and Oceans Canada is working to move the salmon but calls those efforts a case of too little, too late.


IRVING REFINERY UPGRADE TO CREATE 3000 TEMPORARY JOBS
Thursday 20th August 2015
Maintenance work and upgrades at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John in New Brunswick will create almost three-thousand temporary jobs over a 60-day period. The company says the $200-million project will begin September 16th. The majority of the pipefitters, electricians, boiler makers, and other skilled workers will be hired from within New Brunswick, while about 10 per cent will come from other parts of Atlantic Canada and beyond. The Irving Oil refinery opened in 1960 and produces more than 300-thousand barrels of refined petroleum each day.


OFFSHORE OIL REGULATOR INVESTIGATING "MAJOR INJURY" INCIDENT
Thursday 20th August 2015
Newfoundland and Labrador's offshore oil regulator says the operator of a drill rig is investigating a "major injury" after a worker's fingers were caught in moving equipment. The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says the incident on the West Aquarius rig happened Saturday. It says the Hibernia Management and Development Company reports the worker's fingertips got caught in moving equipment during maintenance on the blowout preventer. That work is suspended while an investigation continues. The employee was transferred to St. John's by medevac for treatment. A statement from the regulator describes the incident as a "major injury."


NOVA STAR TO FINISH FERRY SEASON
Thursday 20th August 2015
Nova Scotia's transportation minister says Nova Star will continue to operate the ferry service from Yarmouth to Maine for the remainder of the 2015 season. Geoff MacLellan says ensuring stability and continuity of service was a key factor in his decision. He says in a release that Nova Star will finish out the eight weeks left in the season while the province considers options for 2016. MacLellan says three potential service providers have provided expressions of interest, and discussions with all three — as well as Nova Star — are ongoing. The government has committed $13 million to the service for 2015, and as of Aug. 20, Nova Star has received $8.1 million. MacLellan says the company will not receive any more funding until the province has reviewed financial data it just received for the 2015 season.


TWO MEN SAVED FROM CLIFF
Thursday 20th August 2015
A fire department official says two men have been rescued from a cliff in New Brunswick. Platoon chief Brian Wilson of the Saint John Fire Department says there were no injuries but the men have been taken to hospital.  Joint Task Force Atlantic says in a tweet that it sent a Cormorant helicopter to the cliff along the Fundy Footpath, roughly 80 kilometres northeast of Saint John. It says the men were lifted to safety by the helicopter. The Fundy Footpath is a 40-kilometre trail that runs from Fundy National Park to Big Salmon River, N.B.


WRIGHT'S TESTIMONY FINISHED AT DUFFY TRIAL - PERRIN TO BEGIN
Thursday 20th August 2015
Exit Nigel Wright and enter the prime minister's former lawyer, Benjamin Perrin, at the Mike Duffy trial in Ottawa. Wright, who was once Stephen Harper's chief of staff, ended six days of testimony Wednesday and returns to his current career in the corporate world in England. But Wright left a political firestorm in his wake of his testimony concerning his secret repayment of Duffy's $90,000 in contested Senate expenses. Hundreds of emails filed as evidence drew a more complete picture of the backroom schemes involving Duffy and several figures in the Prime Minister’s Office in 2013. Court heard that Harper's current chief of staff, Ray Novak, was informed about Wright's intention to repay the expenses by direct email and that Perrin told police he was present when Novak was told about it. The Conservative campaign was knocked off its main electoral message during Wright's testimony and Harper has evaded specific questions about the actions of his staff, placing the blame exclusively on Wright and Duffy. Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery related to his Senate expenses.


MISSING PERSON CASE RULED A HOMICIDE
Thursday 20th August 2015
Investigators in the Special Investigation Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division have ruled the missing person case involving 22-year-old Taylor Samson a homicide and laid charges against 22-year-old William Michael Sandeson of Halifax. Samson, who was reported missing on Sunday, was last seen leaving his apartment Saturday evening when he was going for a walk, but did not return. Investigators arrested Sandeson on Tuesday evening, and spent much of yesterday searching a residence on Henry Street where they believe Samson was killed. Samson's body has yet to be recovered and the investigation is on-going. Sandeson is scheduled to appear in Halifax court today to be arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder in relation to the incident. Halifax Regional Police say this was not a random act as Taylor Samson and William Sandeson knew one another.


ARREST MADE IN NEWFOUNDLAND OF MAN UNLAWFULLY-AT-LARGE
Thursday 20th August 2015
R-C-M-P in Newfoundland say they have arrested a man wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant. Police say Mitchell Nippard had been unlawfully at large from a correctional facility in St. John's for more than a week. They say he was arrested on Fogo Island without incident last night.


SCIENTISTS UNLOCK OBESITY GENE
Thursday 20th August 2015
Scientists have figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat. Since 2007, researchers have known that a gene called FTO was related to obesity. Now experiments reveal that a faulty version of the gene causes energy from food to be stored as fat rather than burned. And genetic tinkering in mice and on human cells in the lab suggests this can be reversed. The discovery by scientists at M-I-T and Harvard University is published online by the New England Journal of Medicine.


TROPICAL STORM DANNY SLOWLY APPROACHING CARIBBEAN
Thursday 20th August 2015
Tropical Storm Danny is moving slowly across the Atlantic and forecasters say it could still become a hurricane. Danny's maximum sustained winds early Thursday remain near 50 mph (85 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some strengthening is still possible and Danny could become a hurricane on Friday. The storm is centred about 1,200 miles (1,930 kilometres) east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west near 10 mph (17 kph). The storm does not currently pose a threat to any land.


GAS GOES UP IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 20th August 2015
The price of gas in New Brunswick has gone up for the first time in five weeks. The provincial energy and utilities board has hiked regular self-serve a penny and a half to a new top price of a dollar thirteen point three a litre. There was no change in the price of diesel. The price remains at a dollar seven point five a litre. Prices will change in Nova Scotia at midnight tonight.


COOLER THAN NORMAL FALL, BUT FEWER BIG STORMS - ACCUWEATHER
Thursday 20th August 2015
Enjoy the warm weather while you can. According to the Accuweather's fall forecast published yesterday, most of the early Arctic fronts will be directed at Labrador and Atlantic Canada, resulting in some early periods of chilly weather. However, the good news is this pattern would also help reduce the threat of tropical storms making landfall after being boosted by warm oceans. The private, on-line weather forecaster is widely used on smart phones and the Internet.


RIDICULE ON SOCIAL MEDIA NEXT EFFORT TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE AT PEGGY'S COVE
Thursday 20th August 2015
A twitter account called "Morons of Peggys Cove" is using ridicule as a tool to encourage people not to walk on the wet rocks at the Nova Scotia tourist site. The feed shows pictures of people on the dark rocks, despite signs explicitly stating they are unsafe to go near. A number of people have been swept off the rocks, with the latest death occurring in April, when a 25-year-old Ontario man was taken out to sea by the surf.


DEAD WHALE CAUSING UNPLEASANT SMELLS AFTER WASHING UP ON SHORE
Thursday 20th August 2015
A dead whale is giving off some powerful odours in Nova Scotia's Inverness County. County Councillor Dwayne MacDonald says the pilot whale is lying on a beach in Long Point along Route nineteen. He says the mammal washed up below Christie's Lookoff and that's a concern for residents and tourists being confronted with the smell. The municipal politician says that he's getting a steady stream of calls from residents looking for help removing the animal.


COMPANY RESPONSIBLE FOR ENERGY EAST PIPELINE SAYS NO NEED FOR CONCERN
Thursday 20th August 2015
The company planning to build the Energy East pipeline says concerns about the impact of the project on right whales in the Bay of Fundy aren't based in facts. A report released Wednesday by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick said noise from tanker traffic causes heightened levels of stress for the North Atlantic right whale. But Tim Duboyce, Energy East spokesman for TransCanada Corporation says the terminal and tank farm are not located near the critical habitat of the right whale. He says shipping lanes have been shifted out of the habitat of the whales more than 10 years ago.


DUFFY TRIAL CONTINUES TO DOMINATE CAMPAIGN TALK
Thursday 20th August 2015
Prime Minister Harper's political rivals agree on one thing as they campaign across the country. They say based on testimony from his ex-chief of staff at the Mike Duffy fraud trial, along with hundreds of emails, it's unlikely that Harper was in the dark about Nigel Wright planning to repay Duffy's disallowed Senate expenses, given that Harper's current right-hand man knew. Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe said Harper's entire entourage is now implicated in the Duffy affair, and it's time for Ray Novak to either quit or be fired. N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau say it's clear that Harper has not told the truth about what he knew on the Duffy affair.


FAMILY OF TEEN WHO DIED AT GREENWOOD SPEAKS OUT
Thursday 20th August 2015
The family of a 13-year-old air cadet who died at a Nova Scotia military base earlier this month says they hope his death won't mean others with pre-existing medical conditions will be barred from programs. A news release from the family says Gabriel Comeau had a sudden and severe asthma attack. It says the attack could have happened anywhere and they are thankful he had access at a cadet training centre to immediate medical care. Gabriel -- who was from Quispamsis, New Brunswick -- fell ill on August 4th in his accommodations at 14 Wing at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood. The boy was taken to the base's medical clinic and later transferred to a hospital in Kentville where he was pronounced dead. Gabriel was taking a three-week basic fitness and sports course, which promotes healthy living. About one thousand cadets ranging in age from 12 to 18 go through the summer program. The boy's family says he loved being a part of the program and wanted to take in every inch of what cadets offered.


MENTAL HEALTH UNIT CLOSURE HAVING IMPACT ON LOCAL PATIENTS
Thursday 20th August 2015
Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane says the stories she is hearing from constituents who are already being negatively impacted by the closure of the Aberdeen Hospital Mental Health unit are overwhelming. MacFarlane says in just 16 days she has already heard of a patient being told he would have to go as far away as Yarmouth in order to be able to have a bed, because nearby facilities are too full to accommodate him. MacFarlane says this situation shows a lack of empathy or leadership from the Liberal government in this matter. PC leader Jamie Baillie has been calling for a public inquiry into the mental health system that would provide government with key recommendations and actions.


WEAPONS AND DRUGS SEIZED IN TRAFFIC STOP
Thursday 20th August 2015
What started as a traffic stop from a complaint of a suspected impaired driver turned into an arrest and seizure of illegal drugs and weapons earlier this week in Pictou County. RCMP say they were investigating a complaint on Tuesday evening in the Greenhill area when the suspected vehicle was located and stopped. As officers approached the vehicle to advise the driver the reason for the traffic stop they observed a rifle in the back seat of the car. Further investigation determined that the driver and a passenger in the vehicle did not possess a licence for the firearm. The driver, who is from New Glasgow, was arrested for Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm. The driver and vehicle were subsequently searched and a small quantity of cannabis marihuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia were seized. The driver has been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking. The driver, whose name and gender have been withheld, has been released from custody and is scheduled to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on 19 October.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - August 20
Thursday 20th August 2015
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There were two games last night in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League at the North-End Field. In the first game, the Giants beat the Yankees 6-2. Game 2 saw the Blue Jays beat the Cardinals 7-3.
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Dave MacLennan,Tony Corbin and Pat Carty will be conducting cross country workouts and are inviting any/all Pictou County runners. It starts Sunday, Aug 23 at 6pm until 7:45. Other workout days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same times. All workouts will be done at the Pioneer Coal Athletics Field, located at 483 Auburn Ave in Stellarton. These workouts are geared for the students from grades 6 to 12. When school begins these workouts will be switched to Fridays 6pm to 7:45 and Sundays 6pm to 7:45
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin next Tuesday, 25 August at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Athletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration on Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (each day) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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Registration for Pictou Soccer Club will be held Saturday August 22nd at McCulloch Field 9 am- 2pm.
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Tatamagouche Minor Hockey are holding their registration session Monday, 24 August, 6:30 – 8pm, at the North Shore Rec Centre.
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This Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.
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The 3rd annual Joe Earle washer toss tournment will be held at the North End Recreation Center Saturday August 22nd starting at 10am. Must be 19 years or older to register. For info or to register please contact Vernon Earle at 902-921-4055 or email vernon_earle@hotmail.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for their fall classes on Saturday, 22 August from noon – 3pm, and again Monday, 24 August from 4 – 8pm at their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Fall Recreation classes begin 14 September and run for 10 weeks. The cost of the fall session is $135, which includes the annual Gymnastics Nova Scotia Insurance Fee. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash payment options. For more information contact 902-695-3699 or check out their websiteor Facebook
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A rough start for lefty Mark Buehrle. He only lasted four innings as the Blue Jays lost 7-4 to the Philadelphia Phillies to wrap up a quick two-game set. Buehrle finished the night with four earned runs on seven hits. Toronto is now two games back of the New York Yankees for first in the A-L East after the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 yesterday afternoon. The Jays have the day off today.
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Detroit's Daniel Norris had an evening of ups and downs. The former Blue Jays prospect became just the 19th pitcher to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat in the second inning. Just a few innings later he strained his right oblique and is headed to the disabled list.
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The Royals continue to roll. Ben Zobrist had four hits as Kansas City won its fifth straight with a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The Royals completed the two-game series sweep of Cincinnati by capitalizing on some baserunning gaffes. It was Zobrist's eighth career four-hit game.
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The Dodgers' middle infield now has a strong trace of Philadelphia. Los Angeles acquired six-time all-star second baseman Chase Utley from the Phillies tonight for a pair of prospects. Utley didn't play in Philadelphia's 7-4 win over the Blue Jays. He's hit in eight straight games since coming off the D-L on August 7.
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A setback for Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. She dropped her second round match at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati 6-7 (6), 5-7 to Ukraine's Elina Svitolina. The Westmount, Quebec, native jumped to a 2-0 lead before falling behind and dropping the first set.
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Cordell Cato and Chris Wondolowski each scored two goals and the San Jose Earthquakes cruised past Sporting Kansas City 5-nil in M-L-S action. Cato opened the scoring at the 2:20 mark of the first half. Wondolowski's penalty kick in the 17th minute made it 2-nil.


COMPANY BUILDING ENERGY EAST PIPELINE SAYS CONCERNS ARE UNFOUNDED
Wednesday 19th August 2015
The company planning to build the Energy East pipeline says concerns raised about the potential impact of the project on whales and some fisheries in the Bay of Fundy are unfounded. A report released by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick today says noise from tanker traffic causes heightened levels of stress for the North Atlantic right whale, the most endangered large whale in the world. But Tim Duboyce, a spokesman for TransCanada Corporation, says the proposed export terminal in Saint John and shipping lanes are nowhere near the habitat for the right whales. The report also says any spilled bitumen that mixes with salt water is likely to form into tarballs and sink, which could harm fisheries such as bottom-feeding lobster and scallop. Duboyce says the company will have emergency plans in place, but aims to have zero incidents. New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says he's confident the project will go ahead, but says the process before the National Energy Board is important to ensure safety concerns are addressed.


ACTRESS WHO PLAYED BATGIRL LOSES BATTLE WITH BREAST CANCER
Wednesday 19th August 2015
Yvonne Craig, who played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 60s TV hit "Batman," has died at the age of 78. Her family says Craig died Monday at her home in Los Angeles of complications from breast cancer. She began her career as a ballet dancer and eventually won dozens of roles in T-V shows. She also co-starred in two Elvis Presley films, "It Happened at the World's Fair" and "Kissin' Cousins."


FORMER SUBWAY SPOKESPERSON PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CHARGES
Wednesday 19th August 2015
Prosecutors in the U-S say longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle has agreed to plead guilty to engaging in sex acts with minors, and receiving child pornography. Documents released today by the U-S attorney's office say the 37-year-old will plead guilty to two charges related to the accusations. The agreement says Fogle agrees to pay more than a million dollars in restitution to victims, register as a sex offender and undergo treatment. It says the government will not ask for a sentence of more than 12-and-a-half years in prison, while Fogle will not ask for less than five. 


CONSERVATION GROUP ASKS FOR STUDY OF PIPELINE IMPACT ON WHALES
Wednesday 19th August 2015
A New Brunswick conservation group has released a new report that raises a host of concerns about the impact of the proposed Energy East pipeline on whales and some fisheries in the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine. The report released by the Conservation Council of New Brunswick says noise from tanker traffic causes heightened levels of stress for the North Atlantic right whale, the most endangered large whale in the world. It also says bitumen is likely to form into tarballs when mixed with salt water and sink, which could harm fisheries such as bottom-feeding lobster and scallop.


WOMAN SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER VEHICLE-PEDESTRIAN COLLISION
Wednesday 19th August 2015
New Glasgow Regional Police are investigating after a collision last night that resulted in a woman being taken to hospital. Police say the 63-year old was walking when she was struck by a vehicle shortly before 10:30 last night. The woman was crossing Marsh Street, 30 feet from the crosswalk when the 42 year old driver of truck travelling eastbound on Marsh Street collided with her. The woman was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.


WHITE HOUSE HIRES FIRST OPENLY TRANSGENDER STAFF MEMBER
Wednesday 19th August 2015
The White House has hired its first openly transgender staff member. The White House announced Raffi Freedman-Gurspan's appointment on Tuesday. Freedman-Gurspan is an outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel in the Office of Personnel. Transgender advocates say she is the first openly transgender official to serve in the White House. Freedman-Gurspan previously was a policy adviser for the National Center for Transgender Equality's racial and economic justice initiative. Advocates hailed her appointment as an important step for the LGBT community and for ensuring that the federal government includes the voices and experiences of all Americans. White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett says Freedman-Gurspan's commitment to improving the lives of transgender Americans reflects the values of the Obama administration.


NEW COURSE FOR PEI STUDENTS TO FOCUS ON WELLNESS
Wednesday 19th August 2015
High school students on P-E-I will be required to learn about the importance of staying fit and eating healthy this school year. A physical education and wellness class is now a required course in high school. The course explores physical activity, personal wellness, healthy eating, healthy relationships and community service.


SENTENCING FOR PARAMEDIC IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE HELD OVER
Wednesday 19th August 2015
Sentencing has been adjourned until October for a former paramedic who sexually assaulted a 71-year-old woman at her home in rural Nova Scotia. A judge put over sentencing yesterday so that James Duncan Keats can undergo a forensic sexual offender assessment. The assault occurred in 2013 in the upstairs bedroom of the woman's home, while Keats's partner tended to her ailing husband downstairs.


POLICE INVESTIGATE STABBING IN HALIFAX
Wednesday 19th August 2015
Halifax Police are investigating an overnight stabbing that sent a teenager to hospital. Police say a 17-year-old boy was stabbed on Cresthaven Drive early today. He was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police believe the suspect and victim are known to each other.


STUDY SHOWS TEENS WHO TRY E-CIGS LATER TRY TOBACCO
Wednesday 19th August 2015
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers determined that kids who tried e-cigarettes were more likely to take up smoking tobacco. More than 25-hundred ninth-grade students in the Los Angeles area who reported never having smoked cigarettes, cigars or hookahs were studied. Nearly one-in-three kids who had reported having tried e-cigs at baseline were using tobacco at a six-month check-in. That compares to fewer than one in 12 kids who had not used e-cigs. And similar trends were seen at the one-year check-in. The study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.


TROPICAL STORM DANNY FORMS - NO THREAT TO LAND
Wednesday 19th August 2015
Tropical Storm Danny is forecast to strengthen far out over the Atlantic and could become a hurricane. The storm's maximum sustained winds early Wednesday are near 50 mph (85 kph). But the U.S. National Hurricane Center says additional strengthening is expected over the next two days and Danny could become a hurricane on Thursday. The storm is centred about 1,445 miles (2,325 kilometres) east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west near 14 mph (22 kph). The storm does not currently pose a threat to any land.


WHERE THE LEADERS WILL BE TODAY
Wednesday 19th August 2015
The N-D-P and Liberal leaders will set their sights on British Columbia today, while Stephen Harper focuses on Conservative territory in southwestern Ontario. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will start off with an announcement in Winnipeg, followed by another in Vancouver. N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair will makes an announcement prior to a roundtable discussion in nearby Surrey. Surrey -- a key battleground for the main parties -- has four main ridings split equally between the N-D-P and Conservatives. Harper will make a mid-morning announcement in London, Ontario where Conservatives hold three out of the four seats. Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe will hold a news conference at safe injection sites in Montreal. Green party Leader Elizabeth May will greet commuters during an early morning visit to Saanich, B-C.


LIBERAL CANDIDATE STEPS DOWN OVER OFFENSIVE TWEETS
Wednesday 19th August 2015
The internet is forever. A woman who posted offensive tweets as a teenager four years ago has decided to step down as the Liberal candidate in the Calgary-Nose Hill riding in Alberta. Twenty-one-year-old Ala Buzreba had earlier apologized for her tweets -- and did so again "without reservation" in a Tuesday night post on her Facebook page -- and blamed youthful ignorance for her social media faux pas. Buzreba was running in Calgary-Nose Hill against Conservative junior cabinet minister Michelle Rempel.


WHAT DID NOVAK KNOW WHEN? DUFFY TRIAL CONTINNUES
Wednesday 19th August 2015
Stephen Harper's top aide and election director Ray Novak boomeranged back into the centre of the Mike Duffy coverup scandal yesterday. The testimony of a former P-M-O lawyer directly contradicted the Conservative election campaign. Harper and his team have rejected evidence that suggested current chief of staff Novak was privy to Nigel Wright's secret repayment of Duffy's contested expenses in 2013. A police interview with a former lawyer in the prime minister's office read in court said Novak was present in March 2013 when Wright said he intended to repay Duffy's Senate expenses.


NSGEU MEETINGS WITH FINANCE MINISTER UNPRODUCTIVE - JESSOME
Wednesday 19th August 2015
Public-sector union leaders in Nova Scotia say they aren't happy with a meeting held with the province's finance minister yesterday. Joan Jessome of the N-S-G-E-U says she believes the province demonstrated it isn't seriously interested in collective bargaining with the unions -- and may be preparing to legislate contracts. Randy Delory says his government has budgeted for some wage increases, but the provincial employers will be asking for five-year contracts. He also says any wage increase must conform with the province's efforts to bring its deficits under control.


POLICE SEEK ASSISTANCE IN SEARCH FOR MISSING DALHOUSIE STUDENT
Wednesday 19th August 2015
A 22-year old Dalhousie student who went missing over the weekend has his family, friends, and the police baffled. Taylor Samson left his Halifax apartment Saturday evening to go for a walk, and has not been seen or heard from since. Samson is originally from Amherst, and his family and friends left the border town to head to Halifax as soon as they heard he was missing. Police indicate that it is highly unusual for Samson to "disappear out of thin air". Police said in a statement Sunday that Samson was wearing a tan shirt, brown shorts and brown boat shoes when he left his apartment Saturday evening. Samson is six feet five inches tall, around 210 pounds, with brown eyes and short hair. Police are asking anyone with information to call 902-490-5020.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - August 19
Wednesday 19th August 2015
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There were two games played Monday night in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight League at the Albion Field. Game one saw the Giants defeat the Blue Jays by a score of 10-6, then in the second game it was the Cardinals over the Yankees 8-7.
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The Northumberland Regional High School Lady Nighthawks Soccer Program will have tryouts for all female student athletes from Grades 9-12. There will only be a varsity program this season. The tryouts begin next Tuesday, 25 August at 3pm, and continue on Wednesday and the following Tuesday. For further information please email/contact NRHS Atletic director Ruth Ann Murray at murrayr@ccrsb.ca
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The Weeks Jr A Crushers have completed some off-season deals recently as they continue to work toward setting their roster for the 2015-16 season. The Crushers picked up another 18-year old forward from the Summerside Western Capitals earlier this month, getting James Murphy in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2016 draft. Then on Sunday the Crushers and Miramichi Timberwolves finalized a deal that saw the Crushers add defenseman Brian MacDougall and forward Alex Bonaparte in exchange for the rights to Bradley Shaw.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration on Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (each day) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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Registration for Pictou Soccer Club will be held Saturday August 22nd at McCulloch Field 9 am- 2pm.
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Tatamagouche Minor Hockey are holding their registration session Monday, 24 August, 6:30 – 8pm, at the North Shore Rec Centre.
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This Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.
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The 3rd annual Joe Earle washer toss tournment will be held at the North End Recreation Center Saturday August 22nd starting at 10am. Must be 19 years or older to register. For info or to register please contact Vernon Earle at 902-921-4055 or email vernon_earle@hotmail.ca
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The Pictou County Gymnastics Club will be holding registration for their fall classes on Saturday, 22 August from noon – 3pm, and again Monday, 24 August from 4 – 8pm at their facility at 558 South Frederick Street, New Glasgow (former YMCA building). Fall Recreation classes begin 14 September and run for 10 weeks. The cost of the fall session is $135, which includes the annual Gymnastics Nova Scotia Insurance Fee. They accept Visa, MasterCard, Debit and Cash payment options. For more information contact 902-695-3699 or check out their websiteor Facebook
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Josh Donaldson continues to put up M-V-P-like numbers. The Blue Jays third baseman hit two home runs to lead Toronto to an 8-5 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Edwin Encarnacionalso went deep as the Jays started their eight-game road trip on a winning note.
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The Blue Jays remain one game back of the Yankees for top spot in the A-L East after New York doubled up the Minnesota Twins 8-4 at Yankee Stadium. Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam to bring the Yankees back from a 4-1 deficit.
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Melvin Upton Junior hit two, two-run home runs against his former team to back James Shields and give the San Diego Padres a 9-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Upton, acquired from the Braves in a seven-player trade the day before the season opened, homered in the sixth inning and again in the eighth.
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San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence will likely land on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.  Manager Bruce Bochy said after last night's 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals that it was a moderate strain. The team had anticipated the results of an M-R-I Pence underwent earlier in the day.
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The Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams cut short the second of two joint practices at training camp after several fights broke out, including one where Dallas receiver Dez Bryant was punched in the face. Last night's practice at the Cowboys' camp facility ended about 30 minutes earlier than expected after the skirmishes on the field where the St. Louis offence and Dallas defence were scrimmaging.
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The Texas Rangers have acquired outfielder Will Venable from the San Diego Padres for minor league catcher-outfielder Marcus Greene and a player to be named. The 32-year-old Venable is expected to join the Rangers on Thursday, when they open a four-game series at Detroit.
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ELECTION ROUNDUP - TUESDAY
Tuesday 18th August 2015
LIBERALS
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising millions of dollars to support a clean technology initiative which he says will create jobs. He says a Liberal government would invest 200-million dollars to develop clean technologies in forestry, fisheries, mining, energy and farming. Trudeau says this will not only boost economic growth, but will also meet environmental challenges. He says it's time to bring together the private sector, provincial and territorial governments and research institutions to invest in sustainable growth. His proposal, he says, will provide good jobs, create wealth and reduce pollution. Trudeau says the Conservatives have failed to deliver solid, sensible economic policies over the last decade and it's time for a change.
CONSERVATIVES
Stephen Harper says a re-elected Conservative government will reintroduce its "Life Means Life" legislation that died when Parliament dissolved due to the election call. Speaking in Toronto's Etobicoke-Centre riding, Harper said Canadians expect to be protected from the worst type of criminals. The Conservative government originally introduced the legislation this spring. It proposed amending the Criminal Code to imprison offenders convicted of the "most heinous murders" and high treason for the rest of their natural lives. The Conservatives say the legislation would address murders involving sexual assault, kidnapping, terrorism, the killing of police officers or corrections offers. Harper is travelling through southern Ontario this afternoon.
NEW DEMOCRATS
N-D-P Leader Thomas Mulcair says Canadians must be better protected from disasters. He made the comments in B-C, where more than 200 wildfires are burning — including one that has destroyed 30 homes. Mulcair says an N-D-P plan would restore seven-million dollars in funding for the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program, and two-million for training programs previously provided by the Emergency Preparedness College. Mulcair says the N-D-P will also sit down with the provinces to strengthen the Disaster Financial Assistance Agreements, in order to respond as disasters become more frequent.


BEAR HEAD APPROVAL CALLED MAJOR MILESTONE
Tuesday 18th August 2015
The company behind a proposed liquefied natural gas project in Point Tupper, Nova Scotia, says National Energy Board approval is a major milestone for the project. John Godbold of the Bear Head project says the next step is approval from officials in the United States and the finalization of commercial agreements. A final decision on whether to build the facility is expected by the end of next year.


MISSING HIKERS FOUND
Tuesday 18th August 2015
Two men in their early 20s who were separated from a group that was walking along Fox Island River in western Newfoundland and Labrador, have been found safe after spending a night in the woods. The R-C-M-P in Bay St. George were alerted around one o'clock this morning that the men were missing and an air and ground search was begun. They were found at 7:20 a-m after spending the night around a fire. Police say they had planned to retrace their steps back to a nearby road in daylight.


CANADA RANKS HIGH FOR HUMAN FREEDOMS
Tuesday 18th August 2015
Canada is high up on the international ladder when it comes to human freedom. A freedom index compiled by the Fraser Institute and public-policy think-tanks in Germany and the U-S ranks Canada sixth out of 152 countries, while the U-S is 20th. The index uses 76 indicators of personal, civil and economic freedoms. The data shows Canada scores well on security and safety, the rule of law and economic freedom which is based on personal choice, trade openness, freedom to compete, security of private property and judicial independence. Hong Kong tops the rankings, followed by Switzerland, Finland, Denmark and New Zealand. The least free country in the index is Iran.


MAN FACING MURDER CHARGES APPEARS IN CAMPBELLTON COURT
Tuesday 18th August 2015
33-year-old man charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man in northern New Brunswick will appear in court next month. Steve Levesque is also facing other charges in connection with an alleged break and enter last week. Police say a man was arrested early Wednesday after they were called to a home in Val d'Amour on a break-and-enter complaint. They say several hours later, police were called to another home on the same road and discovered the body of 48-year-old Denis Leblanc inside. The R-C-M-P say Leblanc had been shot. Police say Levesque appeared in Campbellton provincial court yesterday on the murder charge in Leblanc's death. He's facing numerous other charges including using a firearm in the commission of an offence, pointing a firearm and wearing a disguise while committing an offence. Police say Levesque was sent for a 30-day psychiatric evaluation and will appear in court again on September 15th.


PARRSBORO CEC CLOSED THREE TIMES THIS WEEK
Tuesday 18th August 2015
The South Cumberland Collaborative Emergency Centre will close its Emergency Room three times this week due to a lack of available physicians. The Nova Scotia Health Authority says the facility in Parrsboro will not have coverage today, tomorrow, or Friday between 8:30am and 8:30pm. Overnight coverage will be available as per usual, and the primary care clinic will remain open for patients with appointments that have already been scheduled. This brings the total number of ER closures in Parrsboro to over 20 since the beginning of July. Officials say they are optimistic that additional physicians will become available soon to fill the gaps in the coverage.


SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN HALIFAX HOME INVASION
Tuesday 18th August 2015
Police are searching for suspects after a home invasion in Halifax's north end. Investigators say officers were called to Merson Avenue late last night after reports of gun shots. They say a black male wearing a white zip-up hoodie had kicked in the front door of a residence, but fled the area after one of the home's occupants sprayed him with an irritant. A loaded revolver was found on a sidewalk near the home invasion.


WARNINGS ISSUED ABOUT FENTANYL
Tuesday 18th August 2015
Toronto police have issued a public warning about a potent drug they fear could invade the country's largest city. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid used primarily to treat severe pain, is said to be about 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and about 40 times more potent than heroin. It has been linked to a dozen deaths in Vancouver since July 27 and 145 overdose deaths in Alberta this year compared with 120 last year. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse recently said as many as 655 Canadians may have died between 2009 and 2014 from fentanyl overdoses. Toronto Police Insp. Howie Page acknowledged Monday that the "landscape of the problem differs between Vancouver and Toronto," but warned against being "naive to the potential of shifting trends of a fluid drug culture." While Toronto police are yet to see a saturation of fentanyl, imitation OxyContin tablets containing fentanyl have been seized in the city and police advised the public last week about a number of fentanyl patches stolen from a vehicle. The RCMP has said it is working with the United Nations and China to keep fentanyl off Canada's streets, but one high-level investigator said the overdose problem is expected to increase. British Columbia's deputy provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has called for a national co-ordinated approach to better predict how the overdose situation will evolve.


POLICE INVESTIGATE MISSING OCEAN LINER CREW MEMBER
Tuesday 18th August 2015
The ocean liner Queen Mary 2 departed Halifax last night after police opened an investigation into the death of a Chilean crew member. Investigators say they believe that the 26-year-old male crew member may have gone overboard early Saturday morning while the ship was off the coast of Newfoundland. A spokeswoman for the Cunard Line say the investigation delayed the departure by one hour. The ship spent over five hours on Saturday looking for the man after he was reported missing, but the captain says there was no sign of him.


POLICE SEARCH FOR MISSING BOA CONSTRICTOR
Tuesday 18th August 2015
The Fredericton Police Force is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing Columbian Red Tail Boa Constrictor snake that is about two metres long. Police say they responded to a call about the missing snake yesterday from a residence in the area of Hanson and Beckwith Streets. Investigators say the snake escaped from its cage the day before. Police have been advised that the snake is not harmful to members of the public, and is most likely hiding within the residence or not far from it.


INNU CHIEF TO MEET WITH NALCOR OVER MUSKRAT FALLS ALLEGED RACISM INCIDENT
Tuesday 18th August 2015
An Innu leader is asking that protests stop at the Muskrat Falls hydro construction site in Labrador while complaints about hiring and alleged racism are discussed. Innu Nation Grand Chief Anastasia Qupee says Nalcor Energy has apologized for an incident involving an Innu worker and is committed to followup talks. She says Nalcor President Ed Martin has also committed to followup talks soon to discuss aboriginal hiring for the 8.6-billion dollar project. Qupee says small protests last week followed reports that a non-Innu worker assaulted a young Innu man also working on the project.


ELECTION ROUNDUP - WHERE THE LEADERS WILL BE
Tuesday 18th August 2015
Stephen Harper will campaign today in the Greater Toronto Area, where he'll talk about public safety. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will spend a second day in Ontario, this time heading north to visit Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie where the Grits finished third in the 2011 election. Tom Mulcair takes his N-D-P campaign to British Columbia, with events in Nanaimo, Parksville and Courtenay. Green Leader Elizabeth May will talk about pipelines and tankers in Victoria before moving on to Saanich. Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe will appear with local candidates just north of Montreal.


WRIGHT'S FOURTH DAY ON STAND HEATED AT TIMES
Tuesday 18th August 2015
More testy exchanges highlighted Nigel Wright's ongoing testimony at Mike Duffy's fraud, bribery and breach-of-trust trial Monday in Ottawa. Prime Minister Harper's former chief of staff was asked by Duffy's lawyer why people in the Prime Minister's Office were prepared to do one thing, and tell the public something else regarding the payback of Duffy's disallowed Senate expenses. Harper told the Commons in June 2013, well after Wright's payment came to light, that Wright told no one in his office about his decision to cut Duffy a 90-thousand dollar cheque.


REPORT ON DOCTOR-ASSISTED DEATH RELEASED
Tuesday 18th August 2015
The Canadian Medical Association is out with results of a major consultation with members about the best framework for providing physician-assisted death. The the report is a summary of 545 comments posted by almost 600 doctors on the issues of end-of-life care and assisted dying, as well as input from other medical groups. The framework document will be the basis for a debate among delegates at the C-M-A's annual meeting in Halifax next week. In February, the Supreme Court of Canada overturned the ban on physicians aiding in the death of a patient in the face of extreme suffering.


GROUP OF VETERANS TO CAMPAIGN - NOT FOR A PARTY, BUT AGAINST ONE
Tuesday 18th August 2015
A veterans group opposed to the Harper government says it is planning to regularly picket campaign events, post lawn signs and use social media. The group "Anyone But Conservatives" launched its campaign yesterday during a campaign event attended by Stephen Harper in Fredericton. Tom Beaver, the chair of the campaign, said the veterans will be holding similar rallies and protests across the country. The former peacekeeper says the group has a network of about 320 volunteers who are poised to help a board of 12 directors arrange the national campaign.


TRAIN DERAILMENT IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Tuesday 18th August 2015
Four railway cars carrying gypsum went off the tracks in Saint John, New Brunswick, yesterday afternoon. A spokeswoman for New Brunswick Southern Railway says the train was moving gypsum across the Bayside Drive crossing to Atlantic Wallboard when the derailment occurred at about 3:30 p.m. yesterday. Nobody was injured, no property was damaged and no hazardous materials were being transported in the railway cars. The railway said it expected normal operations to resume by midnight last night.


CRASH TAKES LIFE OF NEWLY LICENSED MOTORCYCLIST
Tuesday 18th August 2015
A 55-year old man who had only received his license to operate a motorcycle a few months ago was killed when he crashed his motorcycle yesterday. Halifax District RCMP say the crash occurred on Prospect Road shortly before 7:30 last night when the man and a friend were out riding together. Staff Sgt. Dave Thibeau says speed and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the incident. Thibeau says the second man was not involved in the crash, which resulted in a section of Prospect Road being closed for several hours.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - August 18
Tuesday 18th August 2015
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register today. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration on Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (each day) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Registration for Pictou Soccer Club will be held Saturday August 22nd at McCulloch Field 9 am- 2pm.
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This Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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The Toronto Blue Jays are drawing hockey-like T-V ratings. Sportsnet says Friday's game against the Yankees got more viewers than the 2014-15 N-H-L season opener between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. An average of 2.03 million viewers tuned in to Friday's game, making it the most-watched program in the Sportsnet's history
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A New York Yankees win increased their lead over Toronto to one game in the A-L East division race. Chase Headley hit a bases-loaded grounder in the 10th inning that Minnesota's five-man infield bobbled and the Yankees edged the Twins 8-7. New York starter Bryan Mitchell suffered a nasal fracture when he was hit with a line drive in the second inning.
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Lonnie Chisenhall had a solo homer and three R-B-I's to carry the Cleveland Indians past the Boston Red Sox 8-2. Danny Salazar allowed one run on four hits.
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Rookie Colin Rea won his second straight start and Will Venable hit a two-run single to help the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 5-3.  Rea became the seventh starter in Padres history to begin his big league career 2-and-0.
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Jeremy Hellickson won on the road for the first time in 2-and-a-half months and Jake Lamb homered to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 4-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hellickson allowed one run and three hits in 5-and-a-third innings while striking out four and walking one. He had gone 0-and-4 with an 8.67 E-R-A in his previous six road starts.
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Rookie Stephen Piscotty tripled and scored the go-ahead run, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1.
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Fernando Rodney walked in the winning run to help Texas beat Seattle 4-3 for the Rangers fifth straight win.
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Canadian Vasek Pospisil (VASH'-ihk PAWS'-pih-sill) is through to the second round at the Western and Southern Open. He beat Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-3 at the Cincinnati tournament.
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The Buffalo Bills continue shuffling cornerbacks by signing free agent Ellis Lankster and releasing Lavelle Westbrooks. Lankster is back with the Bills after being selected by Buffalo in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. He spent his rookie season in Buffalo before being cut the following year. Westbrooks was released less than a week after signing with the Bills.
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Michael Jordan's business manager says the former basketball star's image has been meticulously protected so young people will know of his achievements.  Curtis Polk testified in federal court in the former Chicago Bulls star's lawsuit seeking damages from a now-defunct grocery store chain that used his image without permission.


CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP
Monday 17th August 2015
LIBERALS
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in Canada's tax-relief heartland, promising to ease the government burden on middle-class paycheques. At a campaign stop in Ajax, Ontario, Trudeau says a Liberal government would raise taxes on the richest Canadians while cutting taxes for those making between $44,000 and $89,000. Speaking from one of the vote-rich suburban communities that surround Toronto, Trudeau says the middle class has been neglected by Stephen Harper's Conservatives for nearly a decade. Trudeau also says his proposal for a new tax-free child benefit would put more money in the pockets of those who need it most. He says Harper is giving money to the wealthy while neglecting the middle class and that has to change. Trudeau also got in another dig at Harper over the Mike Duffy scandal, saying it's time for the prime minister to come clean about the involvement of a number of his staff members. He says Harper's refusal to answer the question shows disrespect for Canadians
CONSERVATIVES
Stephen Harper is still refusing to be knocked off his double-barrelled core campaign message -- economy and security -- as he refuses to address questions about the Mike Duffy affair. The Conservative leader stressed security at a stop in Fredericton this morning, where he promised to add six thousand people to bolster the reserve ranks of the Canadian Forces. He again refused to elaborate on who knew what about the plan to repay Duffy's questionable Senate expenses.
NDP
N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair took his act to Niagara Falls today to promise support for the tourism industry, and accused Stephen Harper's government of giving it short shrift. Mulcair is promising 30 million dollars over three years for Destination Canada -- a Crown corporation that promotes Canada abroad. He says Harper slashed its funding. Mulcair says an N-D-P government would work hand-in-hand with business and tourism.


CANADIAN DOCTOR TO JOIN W-H-O GROUP TO IMPROVE CANCER TREATMENT IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
Monday 17th August 2015
A Canadian cancer doctor has been appointed by the World Health Organization to help create guidelines and programs to provide earlier diagnosis and treatment of cancers that are killing more women in developing countries. Dr. Ophira Ginsburg is a clinician and researcher at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. She takes on the new role in Geneva in October. Ginsburg says it's been her lifelong dream to work on programs that can improve the lives of women and girls around the world.


HOUSE DESTROYED IN LUNENBURG COUNTY FIRE
Monday 17th August 2015
A couple lost their home last night in a fire in Martins River. They were both home when the blaze started shortly before 10pm, but both were able to get out of the home safely and without injury. Fire crews responded to the scene and spent five hours battling the blaze. The fire marshal will be investigating the cause.


TSB INVESTIGATING INCIDENT AT MARGAREE AIRPORT
Monday 17th August 2015
The Transportation Safety Board is sending an investigation team to Cape Breton to look into an incident yesterday involving a Beechcraft A100. The incident occurred when the aircraft left the runway as it was landing at Margaree Airport. RCMP say there were four people aboard when it made what they describe as a hard landing. Cpl. Angela Corscadden says no one was hurt after the turboprop aircraft slid off the runway. Corscadden says a small amount of fuel leaked, but the spill was quickly contained. Julie Leroux, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Safety Board, said the aircraft sustained significant damage but released few other details citing the ongoing investigation.


GOLDBORO TERMINAL GIVEN GO-AHEAD TO EXPORT LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS
Monday 17th August 2015
Pieridae Energy (Canada) Ltd. says it has received Canadian approval to export natural gas in liquefied form to Europe from a proposed LNG terminal in Nova Scotia. The company says the National Energy Board has granted it 20-year licences to import gas from the United States and to export it from the proposed Goldboro LNG terminal. An affiliated company has already received similar approvals from the U.S. Department of Energy. Pieridae is one of three groups that has sought the NEB's approval for liquefied natural gas terminals in Atlantic Canada. It says a final decision on whether to build an LNG terminal at Goldboro, N.S., is expected in 2016.  


CHARGE LAID IN NEW BRUNSWICK DEATH LAST WEEK
Monday 17th August 2015
Police have charged a 33-year old Campbellton man in relation to a death last week in Val D'Amour. A 48-year old man was found inside a home on 12 August, and RCMP ruled the death as a homicide. Mounties say the suspect has been arrested and charged, although no details have been released as to the exact nature of the charges, or the names of the victim or the accused.


ARCHITECTS SELECTED FOR DESIGN PHASE OF NEW PICTOU LIBRARY
Monday 17th August 2015
The Pictou Public Library Project Committee have selected the firm which will complete the first design phase of the new library, which will be joined to the deCoste Centre. Archibald and Fraser Architects Limited have experience designing libraries, having worked on The People’s Place, the Antigonish town and county's branch of the Pictou Antigonish Regional Library. Town Councilor Cam Beaton, Project Committee Chair, says they received 10 proposals, and the decision to go with this firm was in part because of their award winning experience on the Antigonish project, as well as several other positive factors. The first step will be an onsite assessment of the deCoste Centre to explore options for locating a library on the property. This will be followed by public consultations to gather ideas from the general public and county and town groups, led by Regional Library Staff and lead Architect Dale Archibald.


PEDESTRIAN STRUCK SUFFERS HEAD INJURIES
Monday 17th August 2015
Police in Newfoundland are investigating a collision that left a pedestrian with serious head injuries. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says a vehicle hit the pedestrian on Bay Bulls Road in St. John's on Saturday. They say the 19-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.


ARREST MADE AFTER MAN ASSAULTED WITH A HAMMER
Monday 17th August 2015
Halifax Regional Police say a man faces a charge of aggravated assault after another man was attacked with a hammer. The assault happened last night on Primrose Street in Dartmouth. The 62-year-old victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released. A 42-year-old suspect was arrested.


FAMILY OF TEN HOMELESS AFTER FIRE
Monday 17th August 2015
The Red Cross says it's helping an extended family of 10 after a house fire yesterday in rural New Brunswick. The fire broke out at a two-storey Victorian home on Church Street in Bath around 3 p.m. No one was home at the time and there were no injuries. Firefighters from several communities were called to help fight the fire. The Red Cross says it's providing temporary accommodations, food and other supplies for six children and four adults.


CAMPAIGN TRAIL FOR TODAY - NEW LEADER JOINS THE CHASE
Monday 17th August 2015
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and N-D-P boss Tom Mulcair will be campaigning in Ontario today. Trudeau has an announcement to make in Ajax, east of Toronto -- a Conservative riding the Liberals would love to claim. Mulcair has a campaign event scheduled in Niagara Falls. Stephen Harper's campaign begins in Fredericton with Conservative sources saying an announcement will be made on national defence. The New Brunswick capital is Conservative country and some observers say the Tories have a good shot at holding the seat. Meanwhile, a lesser known political leader will be making his campaign debut today. The head of the Rhinoceros Party has a news conference scheduled for a Montreal Tim Horton's. Sebastien "CoRhino" is planning to present his policies and candidates and the media advisory ends with the words "be there we'll have fun!"


BRITISH COLUMBIA OFFERS NEW IDEAS ON FIRE LEGISLATION
Monday 17th August 2015
B-C Premier Christy Clark is promising to find the money to foot the skyrocketing bill for fighting wildfires in her province. She made the pledge while visiting an evacuation centre yesterday in Midway, just east of the Rock Creek blaze. Officials believe the fire was sparked by humans -- possibly by a tossed cigarette -- on Thursday. The flames have forced hundreds to flee, destroyed 30 homes and charred 37 square kilometres. Clark has floated the idea of confiscating a person’s car if they’re caught throwing a cigarette butt out of the window and causing a flare-up. Clark is also calling for new legislation to control drone pilots from flying into restricted zones after several aircraft fighting a blaze in southeastern B-C were grounded yesterday when a drone got too close.


TRUMP POSTS IMMIGRATION REFORM POLICIES FOR CANDIDACY RIGHT BEFORE JURY DUTY
Monday 17th August 2015
Donald Trump's campaign has posted the U-S Republican presidential candidate's program for "immigration reform" on its website. Among the details -- making Mexico pay for a permanent border wall, and mandatory deportation of all "criminal aliens." Appearing Sunday on N-B-C's "Meet the Press," Trump also said he wants to end the automatic citizenship for the U-S-born children of immigrants living in America illegally. After that appearance, Trump will be taking a break from campaigning to serve jury duty in New York. The front running Republican presidential candidate is due to report to court in lower Manhattan today. Trump said last week that he would willingly step back from stumping to answer the summons. The real estate mogul and reality TV star had been called previously but didn't appear. His campaign claims Trump hadn't received those summonses.


HEAT WAVE IN PROGRESS
Monday 17th August 2015
With the high in the thirties for a third consecutive day, and the forecast calling for three more days of those temperatures, residents are reminded to be aware to keep cool. Stay hydrated, try to avoid the outdoors during the peak afternoon hours, and if you do have to be outside, make sure you have plenty of sunscreen. Also, be reminded that in this weather, the inside of vehicles can get extremely hot very quickly, so do not leave pets or small children alone in vehicles, even for a short period of time.


RECORD SET FOR YOUNGEST SWIMMER TO CROSS NORTHUMBERLAND
Monday 17th August 2015
A New Brunswick girl vying to set the Guinness World Record for the youngest person to swim across the Northumberland Strait says the crossing wasn't as hard as she thought it would be. Twelve-year-old Brooklyn Douthwright of Riverview completed the swim from Cape Jourimain, New Brunswick, to Borden-Carleton, P-E-I, in about four hours yesterday. Douthwright's mother will now submit an application to Guinness World Records to set the record.


NOVA SCOTIANS SPLIT ON YARMOUTH-MAINE FERRY
Monday 17th August 2015
The province is expected to provide an update on the future of the ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine at some point this week. They commissioned a survey to gauge the feelings of taxpayers, and the Canadian Press has obtained the results of the survey through access to information legislation. It shows that residents are almost evenly split on whether the province should continue to financially support the ferry service, with 47 per cent of respondents favoured the use of government funds to restore the service, while 48 per cent opposed it.


HARPER MAKES NOVA SCOTIA STOP YESTERDAY
Monday 17th August 2015
Stephen Harper was in Amherst for a campaign stop yesterday. While the other four party leader were all attending the Pride parade in Montreal, the Conservative leader was in the riding of Cumberland-Colchester to speak to a few hundred supporters. Harper praised incumbent Scott Armstrong, while discussing jobs, the economy, taxes, and attacking the Liberals and NDP fiscal policies. The event at one of the schools in the town was tightly monitored, in stark contrast to a rally held at the same time at Liberal candidate Bill Casey's home. The Conservative rally required preregistration, screening, searches, and limited the questions that could be asked, while Casey advertised that his event would have no such restrictions.


TRAGIC DAY ON THE WATER
Monday 17th August 2015
Police in the province are investigating three separate incidents of drownings that took place in less than 24 hours. Early yesterday morning, two men in their early 20s were kayaking on Shortts Lake in Colchester County when they became distressed. They started swimming for the shore and were yelling for help when an area resident was able to rescue one of the young men, but could not locate the other. His body was found several hours later in the water by an RCMP Helicopter. Shortly before noon at Birch Cove Beach on Lake Banook, Halifax Regional Police responded to a call of a person struggling in the water. Emergency crews, lifeguards and residents on privately owned boats searched the area, but could not find him. An RCMP dive team recovered the body of a 58-year-old man later in the evening. Around 3pm, officers were called to Chocolate Lake Beach in Halifax responding to a report of a 52-year old man who was unresponsive. He was taken to hospital, where he later died. The identities of all three drowning victims have been withheld.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 17
Monday 17th August 2015
The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration on Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (all days) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Registration for Pictou Soccer Club will be held Saturday August 22nd at McCulloch Field 9 am- 2pm.
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This Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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A Canadian has won an L-G-P-A Tour event. And she's only 17-years-old. Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ontario captured the Cambia Portland Classic by eight strokes on Sunday. She's the third-youngest champion in L-G-P-A Tour history. She's also the first Canadian winner on the Tour since Lorie Kane in 2001.
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Jason Day has finally captured his first major title. The Australian finished at 20-under 268 to win the P-G-A Championship. It's the first time a player has finished at 20 under in a major. Jordan Spieth was three shots back. Day shot 5-under 67, and never let Spieth get closer than two shots.
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Kia Nurse and Canada's women's basketball team have had quite the summer. They capped it off by clinching a berth at next summer's Rio Olympics. The Canadians defeated Cuba 82-66 in the gold medal game of the FIBA Americas women's basketball championship to punch their ticket. Nurse had 20 points.
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The Blue Jays are heading on an eight-game road trip on a winning note. They beat the division-leading New York Yankees 3-1. Toronto trails the Yanks by just a half-game for first place in the American League East. Drew Hutchison improved to 12-2 in the victory. The Jays have the day off Monday.
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Andry Murray's losing streak to Novak Djokovic is finally over. Murray beat Djokovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to win the Rogers Cup men's final in Montreal and snap the eight-match skid. In Toronto, Belinda Bencic beat second seed Simona Halep in the women's final 7-6, 6-7, 3-0.
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Pole sitter Matt Kenseth completed a dominating day of racing by taking the checkered flag in NASCAR's Sprint Cup race at Michigan. Kenseth led for 146 of the 200 laps on the two-mile oval to earn his third win of the season and third career win at the track.


STELLARTON POLICE SEEK HELP IDENTIFYING SUSPECT
Sunday 16th August 2015
Stellarton Police Service is looking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in an attempted break and enter. They have posted two photos of the suspect on their Facebook page taken from the video camera at Corinas Ice Cream stand located on Bridge Avenue. This incident happened around 5am on the morning of Saturday, 15 August. The male, who looks to be in his late teens or early twenties with a tall, slender build, was trying to break into the stand. When he could not do so, the suspect stole the video monitor attached to the front of the stand. Anyone with any information regarding this theft can contact the Stellarton Police Service - 902-752-6160 or call Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS. As always you can remain anonymous.


SPORTS - AUGUST 16
Sunday 16th August 2015
The Second Annual Garrett Holmes Swing for Tourettes Lob-ball Tournament & Fundraiser wraps up today at the Trenton Ball Field.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration today, as well as Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (all days) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Next Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.
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If you have an item for the Local Sports Round-Up, contact us by email at ckec@ckecradio.ca --- It was all Stampeders last night in Calgary. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell threw two touchdown passes and ran for two more as the Stamps beat the Redblacks 48-3. Matt Walter ran for another T-D as Calgary improved to 5-and-2 on the season. Chris Milo accounted for all of Ottawa's points when he kicked a field goal in the first quarter. --- Home sweet home for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. They remain undefeated at Tim Horton's Field through 10 games after dismantling the B-C Lions 52-22. Zach Collaros (koh-LAIR'-ohs) threw four T-D passes and Brandon Banks scored on a 96-yard punt return. Hamilton is now tied with Toronto for the lead in the East Division. --- The Toronto Blue Jays are hoping to halt a two-game slide after winning 11 in a row. Toronto's bats were silenced in a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre yesterday. The Jays will send Drew Hutchison to the mound this afternoon as they hope to avoid being swept by their division rivals.  --- Philip Rivers will be sticking around with the San Diego Chargers for the next little while. He signed a four-year contract extension with the Chargers last night. It was believed that Rivers will average at least $20 million annually in the new deal. Rivers is entering the final year of a six-year extension he signed in 2009 worth $93 million. --- Serena Williams won't be winning this year's Rogers Cup. The top seeded American dropped her semifinal match to Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic. The 18-year-old will face Simona Halep in the final in Toronto. On the men's side, Novak Djokovic beat Jeremy Chardy and Andy Murray handled Kei Nishikori to set up the title match in Montreal. --- Paulo Nagamura scored two late goals to give Sporting Kansas City a 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.  Earlier in the night, Toronto F-C fell 3-nil to the New York Red Bulls. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his fifth goal in six games to help New York extend its unbeaten streak to six games.


THE MERB IS BACK
Sunday 16th August 2015
As the thermometer is expected to top thirty for the next five days in a row, there is some good news for people who use the beach to cool off. The Department of Health and Wellness has received clean test results from Melmerby Beach waters, and therefore the beach has been reopened for swimming. The notice was officially handed down late Saturday evening.


***MELMERBY BEACH REOPENS***
Saturday 15th August 2015
After receiving and reviewing the most recent water quality test results, the Medical Officer of Health has authorized the reopening of Melmerby Beach in Pictou County for swimming, effective immediately (Saturday August 15th, 2015). The beach had been closed since August 13th, 2015.


MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN EAST RIVER ROAD COLLISION
Saturday 15th August 2015
One man was injured following a collision between a motorcycle and car last night on East River Road. At approximately 9 p.m., the driver of a 2010 Chevrolet Impala was travelling Northbound on East River Road when a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle also travelling Northbound collided into the rear of the Impala. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage sending a 22 year old man from Pictou County to hospital with non life threatening injuries. New Glasgow Regional Police want to speak to the driver of the other motorcycle that was near the scene at the time of the collision.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 15
Saturday 15th August 2015
The Second Annual Garrett Holmes Swing for Tourettes Lob-ball Tournament & Fundraiser continues today and Sunday at the Trenton Ball Field. There's also a dance tonight at 9pm at the New Glasgow Legion.
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Riverside Speedway in James River is holding a NASCAR weekend,with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 300 later today.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration today. Registration will also take place Aug. 16, as well as Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (all days) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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The New Glasgow Peewee AA Blizzards baseball team are holding a bottle drive today from 9:30-1:30. The team is hosting the Peewee AA Atlantic Championships in September. Players will be going door to door in New Glasgow, or bottles can be dropped off at the Kinsmen Ball Field on Saturday from 9:30-1:30.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Next Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.
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MELMERBY STILL CLOSED TO SWIMMERS FOR NOW (UPDATED 7:15 AM)
Saturday 15th August 2015
Melmerby Beach is closed to swimmers for a second day due to high levels of bacteria. New test results are expected later today. To check on the status of Melmerby, call the call the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Beach Information Line at 902-477-6168 or visit the website nsls.ns.ca.


OBAMA TELLS THE WORLD ABOUT HIS CHOICE IN MUSIC
Friday 14th August 2015
The White House is launching an official channel on the popular music streaming service Spotify with a pair of playlists compiled by U-S President Barack Obama himself. Obama announced his daytime and evening summer music lists on his official Twitter account. The president's daytime list includes tracks from such artists as Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Bob Marley.


INTERNSHIPS CUT IN DOCTORAL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAMS
Friday 14th August 2015
The Nova Scotia government says budget woes have forced it to stop funding internship programs for doctoral psychology students who work in the childrens' and regular hospital systems. A spokesman for the Health Department says due to the province's financial challenges it can no longer afford the $223,000 from its mental health and addictions budget that pays a portion of the internships. The Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre say they will take over providing the salary top-ups for this fiscal year and will hold talks with the province in hopes of resuming the programs in future years. Everton McLean, a spokesman for the Nova Scotia Health Authority, said the program is important for recruitment of the psychologists, and the funds to keep the program will have to be shifted out of other budgets. He said the program this year funds six positions, and a spokesman for the IWK said the funding is for three positions. The stipend was over and above the regular pay for the internship. Chris d'Entremont, the health critic for the Progressive Conservatives, says ending the stipend is a poor choice for spending restraint because it will ultimately hurt some of the province's most vulnerable citizens.


FOCUS GOES FROM FORMER TO CURRENT CHIEF OF STAFF
Friday 14th August 2015
Ray Novak, Stephen Harper's current chief of staff and a key member of the Conservative campaign team, has been dragged into Mike Duffy's criminal trial. Nigel Wright, the prime minister's former right-hand man, is back for a second day of cross-examination by Duffy's lawyer, Donald Bayne. Novak replaced Wright as chief of staff after it became public that Wright had given Duffy $90,000 of his own money to pay back disallowed housing and travel expenses. As he walked to the courthouse, Wright was under siege from reporters wanting to know if Novak was aware of the $90,000 payment, but he did not respond. Emails entered into evidence show Novak was explicitly made aware Wright intended to pay, but Harper spokesman Kory Teneycke says Novak never saw the specific email describing the plan. Despite the fact a number of staffers in the Prime Minister's Office were aware of what was going on, Stephen Harper has also steadfastly denied being told his chief of staff was going to foot the bill. Teneycke also says Novak was on a conference call with Wright, Duffy's lawyer and the lawyer for the PMO in March 2013, but was pulled away before the arrangement was discussed.


ELECTION CAMPAIGN ROUNDUP
Friday 14th August 2015
Tom Mulcair is in Tory territory today to burnish the NDP's fiscal bona fides, while his Conservative rival returned the favour in a New Democrat riding with a promise to pave a key Northwest Territories highway. Mulcair has introduced former Saskatchewan finance minister Andrew Thomson as the NDP's challenger to Conservative counterpart Joe Oliver in the Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence. And he is also promising to make the parliamentary budget officer an independent officer of Parliament to eliminate the possibility of political interference. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Hay River, N.W.T. with a $14-million pledge to pave a stretch of a scenic highway that links Fort Smith to Hay River through Wood Buffalo National Park. Normally such a project would get a third of its cost from the federal government, with the territorial government and local communities splitting the rest. Harper, however, offered to cover the whole thing, saying small northern communities could take years to raise the needed money. Harper has made the North a focus, travelling the region each summer, promoting development and infrastructure projects. Despite his distance from Ottawa, the prime minister couldn't escape questions about the Mike Duffy corruption trial. He stuck to his stock answers, however, saying Duffy and Nigel Wright, Harper's former chief of staff, are responsible. The prime minister also left the door open to Canada joining a North American ballistic missile defence shield, but only if national security was threatened. "Our position is that we keep evaluating our options," he said. Mulcair aimed to shore up his party's economic credentials by pitting Thomson against Oliver, but the showdown comes in a Toronto riding where the NDP has never been a contender. Thomson made his name in as finance minister Saskatchewan in 2006-7. He cut taxes, balanced the budget and produced strong growth and a budget surplus. He also engaged in skirmishes with Ottawa over resource revenues and their effects on the equalization system. "Andrew has the experience and strong fiscal record that Canada needs to get the economy on track and create greater opportunity for the middle class," Mulcair said. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took a down day from the campaign on Friday. Green party Leader Elizabeth May travelled to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island where she promised a better deal for veterans. She said she wants to reverse changes to veterans benefits and said any vet with post-traumatic stress disorder who wants a service dog should get one.


CITY OF HALIFAX REACHES DEAL OVER HUMAN RIGHTS COMPLAINT
Friday 14th August 2015
The Halifax Regional Municipality says it has signed an agreement with an Acadian parent who had filed a human rights complaint over the absence of supplementary education funding for the municipality's French-language school board. The agreement with Lucien Comeau comes as a result of a restorative board of inquiry process through the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Mayor Mike Savage says the agreement will go a long way toward restoring and building the municipality's relationship with the broader francophone community. Comeau filed a human rights complaint with the Commission in 2003, alleging discrimination because funds the municipality collected for programs like music and art were given only to English-speaking schools operated by the Halifax Regional School Board. The municipality resolved the funding issue in 2006 with the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, which is the board responsible for French-speaking schools in the Halifax region. Under today's agreement the municipality will contribute $75,000 to programs supporting students studying French at the secondary and post-secondary level and has committed to continue work in linguistic and cultural development.


WRIGHT ON STAND FOR THIRD DAY
Friday 14th August 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former chief of staff is back on the stand today in the Senator Mike Duffy trial. Nigel Wright has been testifying since Wednesday and is currently being cross examined by Duffy's lawyer Donald Bayne. He's trying to show that Duffy had a plan to repay his questioned expenses forced upon him, and that he's not guilty of fraud charges against him. On the campaign trail yesterday, Harper maintained he knew nothing of Wright's eventual decision to repay 90-thousand dollars in expenses out of his own pocket.


PRISON GUARD FOUND GUILTY OF ASSAULTING INMATE
Friday 14th August 2015
A judge has found a former correctional officer at the lockup in St. John's, N.L., guilty of assaulting an inmate last summer. The verdict against 35-year-old Anthony Crocker was handed down in St. John's provincial court today. Crocker had testified that he was within his rights to try to control inmate David Boland, who had become combative. Judge James Walsh says while Crocker's decision to put Boland in a restrictive device was reasonable, the potentially harmful blows to Boland's head were not. Walsh says the surveillance video shows Crocker was not calm and collected, and that he excessively struck a restrained prisoner out of anger and frustration. Crocker will be sentenced on Sept. 10.


NICKELBACK CANCELS TOUR TO LET KROEGER REST VOCAL CORDS
Friday 14th August 2015
Nickelback's "No Fixed Address" world tour has been scrubbed entirely. Representatives for the Alberta rockers say all remaining tour dates have been cancelled due to an extended period of vocal rest ordered for lead singer Chad Kroeger. Nickelback cancelled the second leg of the tour in June when doctors first diagnosed Kroeger with a cyst on his vocal cords. He recently underwent surgery and the group was scheduled to resume the European leg of the tour in September. But doctors now say Kroeger needs to remain on vocal rest for the next six to eight months in order to heal completely. Organizers say ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase. "Most of all, we are sorry to miss our fans out on the road this fall, but Chad's health, healing and full recovery are what is most important right now," the group said in a statement. "With the proper amount of time, we hope to have him back stronger and better than ever before. We thank everyone for their support and understanding during this time and look forward to getting back out on the road and playing music for everyone again real soon."


ACCUSED AND VICTIM NAMED IN ENFIELD SHOOTING
Friday 14th August 2015
Police say a 53-year-old Kings County man faces a second-degree murder charge following a shooting outside Halifax. Joseph James Greene was arrested in Kentville yesterday. The victim of Wednesday's shooting in Enfield has been identified as 47-year-old Patrick Ernest Deagle of Bedford. The R-C-M-P says its investigation continues.


HEALTH FOUNDATION FUNDING FIVE PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES AND YOUTH IN PICTOU COUNTY
Friday 14th August 2015
Five organizations in Pictou County are receiving funding from the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Children’s Aid Society (CAS) Endowment. The endowment was established to support projects that alleviate risk, prevent crisis, and enhance the potential for healthy outcomes for children, youth, and families in Pictou County. The projects will together receive more than $95,000. The recipient organizations are Maranatha Bible Church, Summer Street, Highland Community Residential Services, Kids First and New Glasgow Academy. The programs range from community gardens and safe, play-based learning equipment to respite services, and education about healthy living. Applications for the CAS Endowment are accepted annually - the next deadline is March 31, 2016.


NATURE TRUST ACQUIRES WETLANDS & COASTLINE IN YARMOUTH COUNTY
Friday 14th August 2015
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust says it has acquired a 120 hectare parcel of wetlands to protect threatened plant species in the southwest part of the province. The Wilsons Lake area in Yarmouth County is home to a unique set of plants known as Atlantic Coastal Plain Flora, with 11 of these plant species on Canada's endangered species list. The conservation area protects over 2.5 kilometres of lake shoreline, as well as forests, wetlands, and pools important for frogs and other amphibians. The shoreline habitat is critical for four endangered plants including the Pink Coreopsis, Plymouth Gentian, Water Pennywort and Longs Bulrush. All four plants are found only in Nova Scotia and only on a small number of lakes. In total, the Nature Trust has protected 485 hectares of habitat for endangered Atlantic Coastal Plain species.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 14
Friday 14th August 2015
The Second Annual Garrett Holmes Swing for Tourettes Lob-ball Tournament & Fundraiser is this weekend at the Trenton Ball Field. Everyone is invited to come see the action Friday night and all day Saturday & Sunday. There's also a dance Saturday night at 9pm at the New Glasgow Legion.
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Riverside Speedway in James River is holding a NASCAR weekend, beginning with the Highland Home building Centre Sportsman 100 tonight, and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series 300 on Saturday.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Weeks Major Midget Summer Training Camp gets underway next week, with practices beginning next Tuesday. Players looking to register can do so by contacting Tony Conway through email at tconway@fraserhoyt.com. Players are asked to wear their sweaters from the spring camp. Registration begins on Tuesday from 4:45 to 5:30, followed by a team meeting at 5:30 to 5:45. Then there will be an on ice session at 6:30 sharp. Cost for the Summer Camp is $140 and must be paid prior to attending the sessions.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration starting Saturday. Registration will also take place Aug. 16, as well as Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (all days) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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The New Glasgow Peewee AA Blizzards baseball team are holding a bottle drive on Saturday from 9:30-1:30. The team is hosting the Peewee AA Atlantic Championships in September. Players will be going door to door in New Glasgow, or bottles can be dropped off at the Kinsmen Ball Field on Saturday from 9:30-1:30.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Next Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.
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GAS DOWN, DIESEL UP
Friday 14th August 2015
The price of gas continues to fall slowly. A litre of regular self serve is $1.122. Diesel is up slightly, but still under a loonie at 99 cents per litre.


NO SWIMMING AT MELMERBY BEACH FOR NOW
Friday 14th August 2015
Melmerby Beach is closed to swimming because of high levels of bacteria. The Department of Health and Wellness says the beach will reopen when water testing shows it is safe. To check on the status of the beach, call the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service Beach Information Line at 902-477-6168 or visit this website.


PARRSBORO CONSIDERING MERGER WITH CUMBERLAND COUNTY
Friday 14th August 2015
Another Nova Scotia town is thinking about dissolution. A meeting was held Thursday night in Parrsboro to talk about a possible merger with Cumberland County. In a public notice, town council said they wanted to hear from the public about both the recent Springhill merger with the county, and a similar move for the 126 year old town. Council and staff presented information to a crowd of around 150 about what the future may look like by either joining the county or remaining an independent town. Parrsboro town council is expected to continue discussions at their regular meeting next week.


NIGEL WRIGHT STILL ON STAND AT DUFFY TRIAL
Friday 14th August 2015
A former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper will continue to be grilled today at the Ottawa trial of Sen. Mike Duffy. Nigel Wright has been testifying all week at the trial and is currently being cross examined by Duffy's lawyer Donald Bayne. There were some tense exchanges between the two men Thursday as Bayne tried to emphasize that it was Wright and his team who devised the plan to have Duffy say publicly that he had mistakenly claimed living expenses for his Ottawa-area home. Wright replied that he was persistent and Duffy eventually agreed. On the campaign trail Thursday, Harper maintained he knew nothing of Wright's eventual decision to repay $90,000 in expenses out of his own pocket. Harper said he was told Duffy was going to repay the expenses and would provide his own explanation. Duffy has pleaded not guilty to 31 counts of breach of trust, fraud and bribery.


BC RESIDENTS FLEE ONCOMING WILDFIRE
Friday 14th August 2015
Hundreds of people have fled a fast-growing wildfire near the community of Rock Creek in British Columbia's Southern Interior. The eight-square-kilometre blaze has forced 240 families from their homes. In addition, about 200 people fled a campground with only the clothes they were wearing. It's not yet known what -- if any -- damage the fire did to the belongings they left behind.


OIL IS SAFER BY PIPELINE THAN RAIL: REPORT
Friday 14th August 2015
Greenpeace says the real solution to issues with transporting oil is to make both railways and pipelines safer while we reduce our reliance on oil. The environmental group commented after the Fraser Institute released a report concluding the rate of incidents or accidents per million barrels of transported crude is four-and-a-half times higher for rail than for pipelines. TransCanada Corporation jumped on the report as proof of why two of its controversial projects -- the Keystone X-L pipeline and the Energy East pipeline -- should be built. North American oil producers have been increasingly looking to move their product on trains as pipeline proposals remain stalled. In a June report, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said crude-by-rail volumes averaged 185-thousand barrels a day last year.


GREEK GOV'T DIVIDED OVER BAILOUT
Friday 14th August 2015
Greek lawmakers have approved their country's draft third bailout in a parliamentary vote that relied on opposition party support and saw the government coalition suffer significant dissent. Friday morning's vote came after a marathon all-night session marked by procedural delays and acrimonious debate over the three-year, about 85 billion-euro ($93 billion) rescue package that includes harsh spending cuts and tax hikes. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has come under intense criticism from hardliners within his own radical left Syriza party for capitulating to creditor demands to introduce the austerity measures, many of whom voted against the bill. The discord is threatening to split his party and could lead to early elections. Greece needed to pass the bill ahead of a meeting of eurozone finance ministers' meeting in Brussels Friday afternoon.


RESIDENTS OF THE GREATER SUDBURY, ONTARIO REGION GET BRIEF SCARE
Thursday 13th August 2015
Toxic gas that leaked from a Sudbury, Ontario mining facility early today has dissipated. Residents near the Vale facility at Copper Cliff had been told to stay inside with the windows and doors closed due to a release of nitrogen dioxide. An alarm went off just after six a-m and at one point, a yellow plume was seen over the town. The leak was contained a couple of hours later.


WRIGHT TESTIMONY CONTINUES AT DUFFY TRIAL
Thursday 13th August 2015
Nigel Wright says he was following a Bible passage when he privately told another member of Prime Minister Harper's staff about his decision to give Mike Duffy 90-thousand dollars. Wright, a devoutly religious man, says the passage counsels "righteousness" but warns against doing it in front of others. Harper's former chief of staff is testifying for a second day at the senator's fraud trial in Ottawa. Wright yesterday said the prime minister did not know about his decision to do what he described today as a "good deed" and give Duffy the money to repay disputed expenses.


TODDLER TRAPPED IN CAR SAVED BY TOW TRUCK DRIVER
Thursday 13th August 2015
A tow-truck driver in Brandon, Manitoba is being praised for rescuing a toddler who'd accidentally been locked in a sweltering car. The temperature was well above 30 yesterday afternoon when Jeff Hogg was called to deal with a malfunctioning automatic locking system. Hogg tried to get the door open to get the little boy out, but when the system kept overriding his efforts he smashed a window. The boy was taken to hospital for observation. 


ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD FINDS PROBLEMS WITH ENERGY EAST
Thursday 13th August 2015
The Ontario Energy Board is finding fault with the Energy East pipeline project and the expected benefits. The board says its primary concerns are about pipeline safety and the impact on lakes, rivers and drinking water in the event of an oil spill. It says Ontario residents are also concerned about the impact on natural gas supplies and prices when the pipeline is converted to carry oil from Alberta to New Brunswick. For two-thirds of the way, TransCanada hopes to convert a natural gas pipeline for oil and then build all new pipe through Quebec and New Brunswick.


IRON MINE IN LABRADOR MAY CLOSE BY END OF YEAR
Thursday 13th August 2015
Uncertainty continues to loom over Labrador West as more concerning news regarding the town's main employer comes to light. Financial analyst Raymond James Limited released a report back in April suggesting that Rio Tinto, majority owner of the Iron Ore Company of Canada, was at risk of shutting I-O-C down due to low commodity prices. The report indicates that if costs don't come down or ore prices recover, the probability of the company shutting down by year-end, even temporarily, was high. The company announced plans to lay off 150 employees earlier this year in an attempt to cut costs.


SIRT CLEARS POLICE IN INCIDENT INVOLVING POLICE DOG BITING SUSPECT
Thursday 13th August 2015
Nova Scotia's Serious Incident Response Team says police were justified in using a service dog to track a suspect who was bitten by the animal. The independent watchdog organization says Halifax police responded to a Hammonds Plains address in November 2014 after a 51-year-old man alleged he had been stabbed in the chest by his 48-year-old wife. Police were unable to find the woman and a search involving the K-9 unit ensued in thick woods behind the home. SIRT says the tracker dog made contact with the woman in her hiding place and bit her on the leg. The woman sustained deep lacerations to her leg. The investigation found the use of the dog was justified in order to locate a potentially dangerous suspect and to protect the safety of the officers involved in the search.


CHANGE IN THE CROWN CHAIR AT OLAND MURDER TRIAL
Thursday 13th August 2015
New Brunswick's Office of the Attorney General says the lead prosecutor in the murder case against Dennis Oland has been replaced just weeks before the trial is to begin. In an emailed statement the office says John Henheffer has stepped aside for personal health reasons and has been replaced on the prosecution team by P.J. Veniot. The statement says the trial will proceed as scheduled with jury selection set to begin on Sept. 8. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 16. Dennis Oland is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his father Richard Oland, whose body was found in his Saint John office in July 2011.


UPDATE ON ENFIELD SHOOTING
Thursday 13th August 2015
RCMP have released a few details about yesterday's fatal shooting in Enfield. Police have confirmed that the deceased is a 47-year old man from Bedford who died at the scene, despite the efforts of EHS personnel. Police have also indicated that they have made an arrest in relation to the incident this morning. RCMP say a 53-year old Kentville man has been taken into custody. They have not released the specifics on what charges, if any, may have been laid.


BLUENOSE II ARRIVES
Thursday 13th August 2015
Canada's sailing ambassador has arrived in Pictou. The Bluenose II was seen sailing into Pictou Harbour this morning as it comes for a visit until Saturday. It will be open to visitors today between 11am and 8pm, and again tomorrow between 10am and 8pm. When it departs, the replica of the original Bluenose will stop in Port Hawkesbury for a brief visit 17 and 18 August.


COLLABORATIVE EMERGENCY CENTRES CLOSED TODAY in CUMBERLAND
Thursday 13th August 2015
There are two Collaborative Emergency Centres closed today in Cumberland County. The Nova Scotia Health Authority says the Emergency Department at the North Cumberland CEC in Pugwash will be closed until 8pm today due to a lack of available physicians. The South Cumberland CEC in Parrsboro will be closed until 8:30pm today, and then again between 8:30am and 8:30pm tomorrow. Overnight coverage will be available as per usual.


BOIL WATER ADVISORY ISSUED IN CORNER BROOK
Thursday 13th August 2015
A boil water advisory has been issued for all homes and businesses in Corner Brook, N.L., after a chlorine leak at the city's water treatment plant. The city says the precautionary advisory has also been extended to the town of Massey Drive. The advisory is in effect until further notice as water quality tests are conducted. There's no word on what caused the leak.


FATAL EXPLOSION IN CHINA
Thursday 13th August 2015
Twelve firefighters are among the 44 people killed by massive fiery explosions in the Chinese port city of Tianjin. Of the more than 500 people in hospital, 66 are in serious condition. The blasts originated in warehouses which officials say housed dangerous chemicals. The explosions were so powerful, they shattered windows several kilometres away.


CAMPAIGN TRAIL - WHERE WILL THEY BE TODAY
Thursday 13th August 2015
Two of the main federal party leaders will be canvassing for votes today in Saskatchewan. Prime Minister Stephen Harper will be in Regina and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will spend a second day in the province, making an announcement in Saskatoon. Conservative M-P's occupied 13 of the province's 14 seats in the last two Parliaments while the Liberals held the other. N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair has no public events today. He will remain in Quebec to tape some campaign ads and possible do a few media interviews. Green party Leader Elizabeth May will meet with voters in Sidney, B-C and Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe will attend three campaign events in Laval, Quebec.


PEI CABINET GOES WEST - TO SUMMERSIDE
Thursday 13th August 2015
The Prince Edward Island cabinet was in Summerside yesterday, visiting local businesses and touring some of the city’s facilities. It marked the first time cabinet as a whole has made an official trip to the western city since the province’s spring election. Premier Wade MacLauchlan and his Liberal colleagues visited P.E.I. Potato Solutions in New Annan, toured some of the companies in Slemon Park and visited the City of Summerside’s electric utility. MacLauchlan said there is tremendous value in getting out of Charlottetown and seeing some of the projects happening around the Island first hand.


POLICE FIND BODY AT A HOME IN CAMPBELLTON
Thursday 13th August 2015
Police in New Brunswick say a man has been arrested in connection with a suspicious death near Campbellton. R-C-M-P say officers were called to a home in Val D'Amour around 8 a.m. yesterday, where they discovered the body of a 48-year-old man inside. Investigators say a 33-year-old man has been arrested, and remains in custody. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.


SHELLFISH CLOSURE OFF NORTHEASTERN NOVA SCOTIA
Thursday 13th August 2015
D-F-O has announced a shellfish closure of waters off northeastern Nova Scotia. The officials say the closure includes all waters of the four counties within three kilometres of the coastline and islands. It includes all species of clams, as well as quahaugs, mussels, oyster, whelks and bay scallops. The website says contaminated fish is the reason for the order, which also includes Victoria and Cape Breton Counties.


DUFFY TRIAL TO SEE NIGEL WRIGHT BACK ON STAND
Thursday 13th August 2015
Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Harper's former chief of staff, is expected to face an intense cross-examination this morning at the Ottawa trial of former Conservative senator Mike Duffy. Testifying for the Crown yesterday, Wright said he never told Harper that a deal to pay Duffy's disallowed expenses involved someone other than Duffy making the repayment. Wright's testimony relates to his secret 90-thousand-dollar repayment of those expenses, which the Crown frames as being orchestrated by Duffy. The ex-Tory senator has pleaded not guilty to 31 counts of fraud, bribery, and breach of trust.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 13
Thursday 13th August 2015
The Westville Miners Scotiabank Peewee A baseball team are going to provincials next month in Halifax, after winning a qualifying tournament this past weekend in North Sydney. After an opening 11-3 loss against New Glasgow, the team rebounded with a 13-11 win over Sydney Mines followed by a thumping of North Sydney 20-3. The Miners faced New Glasgow again in the final, edging them out 11-10.
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The Second Annual Garrett Holmes Swing for Tourettes Lob-ball Tournament & Fundraiser is this weekend at the Trenton Ball Field. Everyone is invited to come see the action Friday night and all day Saturday & Sunday. There's also a dance Saturday night at 9pm at the New Glasgow Legion.
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The Women's hockey division of the NS 55 Plus Games is looking for players. Two of the four teams registered are in need of 1-2 players or they will not be permitted to compete. Rules require a team to ice a minimum of 10 skaters and a goaltender. The games are hosted here in Pictou County from September 17-19th 2015. All hockey will take place at the Wellness Center. Any females over the age of 55 who are interested in playing can contact Jeff Green at greenj8@staff.ednet.ns.ca or call 902-301-5793. Deadline is August 15th.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Weeks Major Midget Summer Training Camp gets underway next week, with practices beginning next Tuesday. Players looking to register can do so by contacting Tony Conway through email at tconway@fraserhoyt.com. Players are asked to wear their sweaters from the spring camp. Registration begins on Tuesday from 4:45to 5:30, followed by a team meeting at 5:30 to 5:45. Then there will be an on ice session at 6:30 sharp. Cost for the Summer Camp is $140 and must be paid prior to attending the sessions.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration starting August 15. Registration will also take place Aug. 16, as well as Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (all days) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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The New Glasgow Peewee AA Blizzards baseball team are holding a bottle drive on Saturday from 9:30-1:30. The team is hosting the Peewee AA Atlantic Championships in September. Players will be going door to door in New Glasgow, or bottles can be dropped off at the Kinsmen Ball Field on Saturday from 9:30-1:30.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Next Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.


ARREST MADE IN COLD CASE
Thursday 13th August 2015
Homicide investigators have arrested a Halifax man in connection with the 2011 homicide of James Gregory Wareham. Wareham was found with stab wounds late on May 22nd, 2011 on Primrose Street in Dartmouth. He died in hospital. Homicide investigators arrested a 24-year-old male suspect without incident at 9:30 yesterday morning in Halifax.


BAIL CONDITIONS CHANGED TO ALLOW SAILORS TO GO HOME
Thursday 13th August 2015
Three Royal Navy sailors charged in an alleged group sexual assault of a woman at a Nova Scotia military base are being permitted to fly home to their families in Britain while awaiting trial. Justice Josh Arnold of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court ruled yesterday that in this instance allowing the men to return home before their trial is permitted under Canadian law. Arnold said each of the men will be released on cash bail totalling 10-thousand dollars and on condition that they surrender their passports to the Royal Navy. They also can't be deployed abroad before the trial.


MONCTON ALLEGED GUNMAN TURNS SELF IN
Thursday 13th August 2015
New Brunswick police say a 20-year-old man they were looking for after reports of damage and an alleged assault in a trailer park home has turned himself in. The RCMP says that Travis Squires came to the police station in Moncton at 12:30 p.m. yesterday. He was last seen Monday morning in the Rosewood trailer park off Salisbury Road. Police said earlier this week they believed Squires may have possessed a firearm and they were concerned for his safety and well-being. Investigators said Squires was arrested when he arrived at the station and was questioned during the afternoon as part of an ongoing investigation.


GAS DOWN IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Thursday 13th August 2015
Motorists in Nova Scotia looking west for clues as to what might happen tonight at the pumps should like what they see. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board does not always follow the lead of the New Brunswick regulator, but it is a general indicator of what is to come. The price of gasoline went down by more than 3 cents for our western neighbours last night, while diesel fell by 0.4 cents. Prices locally will be reset as of midnight tonight.


TRENTON PASSES BUDGET
Thursday 13th August 2015
The Town of Trenton has passed the 2105-16 budget, which includes a drop in the commercial tax rate of 5 cents per 100 dollars of assessment. The residential rate holds steady at $1.99 per 100 dollars of assessment, while the new commercial rate is set at $5.44. The general operating expenses are expected to come in at just over four million dollars, which is a minimal increase over last year. The town plans to spend just under 3.5 million dollars on capital spending this year, with many of those projects already designed and tendered.


FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN SHOOTING DEATH
Thursday 13th August 2015
A person was killed as a result of a shooting yesterday in Enfield. RCMP spokesperson, Corporal Greg Church, has confirmed that officers responded to a report of shots being fired shortly before 2:00pm, and arrived to find one person suffering from a gunshot wound. Church says the person succumbed to the injuries on scene, despite the best efforts of EHS personnel. Church says foul play is suspected, and an investigation is ongoing. As a result, no further details would be released as of yet, including the identity of the victim.


WRIGHT'S TESTIMONY FRONT AND CENTRE IN ELECTION CAMPAIGNING
Wednesday 12th August 2015
It was the 90-thousand-dollar question and prime minister Harper's former chief of staff answered it under oath. Nigel Wright has testified that he did not tell Harper about the plan that would have seen the Conservative party fund cover the repayment of Senator Mike Duffy's dubious expense filings. He also told the court he didn't think he was doing anything wrong in paying Duffy's questionable expenses. Wright says the email that said they were "good to go from the PM" was referring to Duffy's so-called media lines — what he would say publicly about the controversy and his efforts to repay. He also described how he had paid for many things within the prime minister's office out of his own pocket rather than charging them to the taxpayers. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is backing up Wright's testimony. Speaking at a campaign event in Vancouver, Harper echoed Wright's version of their encounter with Duffy at a Conservative caucus meeting in February 2013. Harper says he told Duffy his expenses could not be justified and that he should repay them -- and that he believed that Duffy had paid with his own money. Meanwhile, the N-D-P wasted little time in using the return of Mike Duffy's trial against the Conservatives. Tom Mulcair told N-D-P supporters in Levis, Quebec Nigel Wright may be on the witness stand, but it's Stephen Harper who is on trial. He says Conservatives have been convicted of wrongdoing in the last three elections and don't deserve a fourth chance. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says a Liberal government will repair Harper government mistakes, such as the "corruption allowed to occur in the senate".


ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON FLIGHT INTO HALIFAX RESULTS IN ARREST
Wednesday 12th August 2015
R-C-M-P are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a WestJet flight from Calgary to Halifax. Corporal Greg Church says a 20-year-old Nova Scotia man was arrested after the flight landed last night. The man is accused of sexually assaulting a 69-year-old British Columbia woman. Church says the two people were sitting next to each other on the plane, but didn't know each other. 


MAN ARRESTED IN 2011 DARTMOUTH MURDER CASE
Wednesday 12th August 2015
Halifax police have made an arrest in the four-year-old murder case of a New Waterford man. Police say they arrested a 24-year-old man this morning in relation to the 2011 homicide of James Gregory Wareham. The man is being held in police custody and they say charges are expected. Wareham died in hospital after being stabbed on the night of May 22, 2011, on a street in Dartmouth.


SAILORS ALLOWED TO RETURN HOME WHILE AWAITING TRIAL
Wednesday 12th August 2015
Three British sailors awaiting trial for their alleged role in a group sexual assault in Halifax this spring will be allowed to return home while on bail. Justice Josh Arnold reached the decision today, citing Canada's strong relations with the United Kingdom, allowing for extradition if the men fail to appear for their Canadian court hearing. Arnold says the men must post a cash bail and must abide by strict but reasonable conditions. The sailors must surrender their passports to the Royal Navy and will only receive them before court appearances or meetings with their lawyers. They must also notify the court if they plan to resign from the navy and be back in Halifax five days before their court appearances. The judge noted the Royal Navy has committed to issue an arrest warrant if any of the men don't show up for work or miss their flights back to Canada.


CARGO THEFT REPORTING PROGRAM EXTENDS TO ATLANTIC CANADA
Wednesday 12th August 2015
A national cargo theft reporting program that started as a pilot program in Quebec and Ontario is being expanded to Atlantic Canada. The Insurance Bureau of Canada, the RCMP, and the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association are joining forces to run the program in the region. The Canadian Trucking Association says the theft of cargo is a $5 billion problem each year in Canada. Amanda Dean, Atlantic vice-president with IBC, says cargo theft has historically often gone unreported, but encouraging reporting by trucking companies and information from the public can have a major impact. The program would see details of stolen cargo quickly distributed to various police agencies, border guards, and other trucking companies in an effort to detect movement of stolen goods. Recently a truck stolen from Moncton was found the next day in Quebec, emptied of its $50,000 cargo.


ARREST MADE IN HIT AND RUN THAT INJURED AMERICAN TOURIST
Wednesday 12th August 2015
RCMP in Cape Breton say a 27-year-old man faces charges in connection with a hit-and-run that injured a man from the United States. Tyson MacDonald of Port Hood faces charges of failure to stop at the scene of an accident and dangerous driving. Police say a 65-year-old man was crossing Highway 4 in Port Hastings when he was hit last Wednesday. Police say the vehicle drove away, continuing east towards Port Hawkesbury. The injured man was airlifted to a hospital in Halifax with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. MacDonald, who was arrested Sunday, is scheduled for a court appearance in Port Hawkesbury on Sept. 28.


POLICE SEARCH FOR SUSPECTS IN ROBBERY
Wednesday 12th August 2015
Halifax police are looking for two suspects after a 24-year-old man was assaulted and robbed near the Dartmouth Sportsplex. Police say the victim was walking between the sportsplex and the bus terminal property last night when he was confronted by two men in their late teens who were standing next to a vehicle. The victim was punched in the face by one man and says the second then produced what he believes was a handgun before stealing his backpack. Police say the suspects were wearing sunglasses and hoodies that covered their faces and drove off in a blue four-door hatchback.


ONE HOSPITALIZED AFTER COLLISION IN OLD BARNS AREA
Wednesday 12th August 2015
One person was transported to hospital with unspecified injuries following a suspected head-on collision on Highway 236 near Old Barns this morning. One driver was taken to hospital, while another was assessed on site and released. One vehicle ended up on its roof in the ditch while the other vehicle ended up nose down in the ditch. The highway is expected to be closed for several hours while Colchester RCMP investigate the cause of the collision.


HFX MAN CHARGED WITH IMPORTING ILLEGAL DRUG FENTANYL
Wednesday 12th August 2015
RCMP say a 54-year-old Halifax man faces a charge of illegally importing the powerful synthetic drug acetyl fentanyl. Police say Richard Dale States of Halifax was arrested without incident last Friday. The Mounties say the arrest followed the interception of a package in Vancouver by the Canadian Border Services Agency. Police allege the package was destined for Halifax and contained 514 grams of the drug. States has been released and is scheduled to appear in a Halifax court Sept. 24. Police say their investigation continues.


URB GIVES EFFICIENCY PROGRAM MOST OF THE MONEY IT WANTED *UPDATED*
Wednesday 12th August 2015
The provincial energy regulator has ordered Nova Scotia Power to spend more than $33 million annually on energy efficiency programs over the next three years. Nova Scotia Power had asked the Utility and Review Board to approve a program that would cost $22 million a year. In a decision released today, the board stated that plan may be more affordable in the short term, but was not in the best interest of ratepayers who should be allowed the opportunity to achieve long-term savings. Under today's decision, Nova Scotia Power must spend $33.2 million in 2016, $34 million in 2017 and $34.9 million in 2018. Efficiency One, the non-profit agency responsible for providing energy efficiency programs, said the cost to consumers, which is embedded in power rates, would result in some minimal short-term increases to power bills. The regulator notes in today's decision that Nova Scotia Power customers have been paying about $40 million per year for efficiency programs since 2011.


SEED MIXUP BLAMED FOR POT PLANTS IN PEI FIELDS
Wednesday 12th August 2015
It appears borage seed containing cannabis sativa could be behind the marijuana plants found in three Prince Edward Island farm fields. Technology Crops International of Kensington provided the seed to its borage farmers. Last month the first suspect fields were found in Travellers Rest, and more plants were discovered last week in another field in the area. RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler says an investigation has found the seed was borage mixed with cannabis. Steve Howatt, an executive with a division of the seed company, says it has been monitoring the fields and working with the RCMP since the discoveries. Butler says plant testing continues and the RCMP does not anticipate charges being laid at this time.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 12
Wednesday 12th August 2015
The Legion National Track and Field Meet was held this past weekend (Aug7-9) in Ste Therese/Blainville, Quebec. Many Pictou County athletes had personal bests and the following athletes had an excellent showing. Raymond Simpson won a gold medal in the U16 1500m Steeplechase in 4:32. He led from start to finish. Alex Moore won the silver in the U16 medley relay. Kaelan Schmidt placed 4th in men's U18 high jump- a season best. Rachel Walton placed 4th in the U16 1500 m Steeplechase. Lauren Quann placed 5th in the U18 Heptathlon and Tatum McLean placed 5th in the U18 Hammer throw. Head coach Pat Carty was very pleased with the results from our local athletes. He can be reached at cartyab@hotmail.com for further comment. Full results are available on the Legion website at www.legion.ca/youth/youth-track-and-field
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The Westville Miners Scotiabank Peewee A baseball team are going to provincials next month in Halifax, after winning a qualifying tournament this past weekend in North Sydney. After an opening 11-3 loss against New Glasgow, the team rebounded with a 13-11 win over Sydney Mines followed by a thumping of North Sydney 20-3. The Miners faced New Glasgow again in the final, edging them out 11-10.
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The Second Annual Garrett Holmes Swing for Tourettes Lob-ball Tournament & Fundraiser is this weekend at the Trenton Ball Field. Everyone is invited to come see the action Friday night and all day Saturday & Sunday. There's also a dance Saturday night at 9pm at the New Glasgow Legion.
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The Women's hockey division of the NS 55 Plus Games is looking for players. Two of the four teams registered are in need of 1-2 players or they will not be permitted to compete. Rules require a team to ice a minimum of 10 skaters and a goaltender. The games are hosted here in Pictou County from September 17-19th 2015. All hockey will take place at the Wellness Center. Any females over the age of 55 who are interested in playing can contact Jeff Green at greenj8@staff.ednet.ns.ca or call 902-301-5793. Deadline is August 15th.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Weeks Major Midget Summer Training Camp gets underway next week, with practices beginning next Tuesday. Players looking to register can do so by contacting Tony Conway through email at tconway@fraserhoyt.com. Players are asked to wear their sweaters from the spring camp. Registration begins on Tuesday from 4:45to 5:30, followed by a team meeting at 5:30 to 5:45. Then there will be an on ice session at 6:30 sharp. Cost for the Summer Camp is $140 and must be paid prior to attending the sessions.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration starting August 15. Registration will also take place Aug. 16, as well as Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (all days) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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The New Glasgow Peewee AA Blizzards baseball team are holding a bottle drive on Saturday from 9:30-1:30. The team is hosting the Peewee AA Atlantic Championships in September. Players will be going door to door in New Glasgow, or bottles can be dropped off at the Kinsmen Ball Field on Saturday from 9:30-1:30.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Next Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.
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MINISTER SEEKS POSITIVE DIALOGUE BEFORE NEXT ROUND OF BARGAINING
Wednesday 12th August 2015
The finance minister has called a meeting for next week with public sector unions to see if he can come up with ways to move forward successfully in a marathon round of talks this fall. Randy Delorey says in a statement released Tuesday evening that he's looking for an open discussion. Invitations were sent yesterday to representatives of all unions involved in about 320 collective agreements up for negotiations this year. That includes health-care workers, paramedics, teachers and public servants.


UNITED CHURCH GETTING OUT OF OIL, GOING GREEN
Wednesday 12th August 2015
The United Church of Canada is dropping its fossil fuel stocks. Commissioners attending the church's general council in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, voted 67 per cent in favour yesterday to divest the industry from its treasury assets. It will shift the 5.9 million dollars in its treasury assets from the portfolio into green renewable energy ventures. Some opponents called the motion "a blanket statement," that doesn't distinguish between oil companies making an effort to reduce greenhouse gases and those who aren't.


EX-LIBERAL MP RUNNING AS INDEPENDENT IN NFLD
Wednesday 12th August 2015
Former Liberal MP Scott Andrews is running as an Independent in the federal election after brushing off lingering questions about sexual harassment claims against him. He made the announcement yesterday in Paradise, Newfoundland, with his wife by his side. The region is part of the Avalon riding Andrews has represented since 2008. He left the Liberal caucus in March after leader Justin Trudeau suspended him for alleged misconduct involving a female M-P.


DEADLINE FOR POTATO REWARD IS THIS WEEK
Wednesday 12th August 2015
Time is running out for anyone to claim the 500-thousand dollar reward for tips about potato tampering incidents involving P.E.I. Potatoes. August 15th is the deadline. The RCMP are investigating several cases of tampering after someone inserted metal objects into potatoes. Those potatoes have turned up in all four Atlantic Provinces, but no arrests have been made in the case.


NIGEL WRIGHT TAKING STAND IN DUFFY TRIAL
Wednesday 12th August 2015
What could be the most dramatic part of the trial of former Conservative senator Mike Duffy is due to begin today in Ottawa. Testifying as a Crown witness will be Nigel Wright, Prime Minister Harper's former right-hand man. When he was chief of staff in early 2013, Wright gave 90-thousand dollars of his own money to repay Duffy's disallowed expense claims. That led to charges of fraud on the government, bribery, and breach of trust being filed against Duffy, who has pleaded not guilty. Wright was investigated by the R-C-M-P but not charged.


MOUNTIES LOOKING FOR SOURCE OF DEADLY DRUG
Wednesday 12th August 2015
The Mounties are trying to find the source of dangerous opioid fentanyl, a drug linked to the deaths of 12 Canadians -- mostly in the Vancouver area -- in a little over two weeks. Sixteen people overdosed in Vancouver last Sunday alone from heroin that's suspected of being laced with fentanyl -- a white powder that's easily disguised, tough to expose, and is in high demand by addicts. Officials say fentanyl has caused or played a role in the deaths of at least 655 people in Canada since 2009.


F-35 NOT AS GOOD AS THE JETS IT'S DESIGNED TO REPLACE: STUDY
Wednesday 12th August 2015
A U-S think tank suggests the F-35 jet might not meet the standards of existing fighter planes, including Canada's C-F-18s. The National Security Network is the latest organization to raise questions about the stealth fighter program, which is over budget and behind schedule in the U-S. A key feature of the report is a comparison of F-35 capabilities with the jets it's intended to replace, and in each case, the stealth fighter comes up short. The group urges the Obama administration to do a "serious" reassessment of the program, and determine whether alternatives are available. Alison Orne, a spokeswoman for plane manufacturer Lockheed Martin, defended the project, saying the U-S Marine Corps recently declared the fighter ready for initial operations. The Harper government put its purchase of 65 F-35s on hold after being accused by the auditor general of fudging the price tag. It plans to extend the life of the C-F-18s to 2025.


NWT MAN ACCUSES DOCTORS OF NEGLIGENCE - THEY DIDN'T FIND A KNIFE IN HIS BACK
Wednesday 12th August 2015
A man from the Northwest Territories has filed a lawsuit against health officials claiming they failed to find a knife blade buried in his back for three years. Billy McNeely earlier said in a interview with The Canadian Press that he went to the health centre in Fort Good Hope in 2010 after an arm-wrestling contest at a house party led to a fight with another man and he was stabbed five times. He says staff stitched him up and sent him home, but he returned to the health centre and later visited the Yellowknife hospital with recurring pain. Nothing was found, but McNeely says he continued to have pain, a burning feeling, and he would mysteriously set off metal detectors. In 2013, after he woke up in bed to find something poking out of his back, doctors dug out a blade measuring seven centimetres long. Two of the doctors named in the suit say they weren't working at the health centre when McNeely came in with stab wounds but gave treatment advice to nurses over the phone. Two doctors working in Yellowknife claim they properly examined McNeely and reviewed his medical records.


FREDERICTON OFFICER CREDITED WITH LIFE SAVING EFFORTS
Tuesday 11th August 2015
A Fredericton police officer is being credited with saving the life of a person in distress over the weekend. Staff Sergeant Matt Myers says Corporal Dwight Doyle was on patrol near a bridge on Saturday evening when he saw someone climbing over the railing. Myers says the officer called for back−up and then tried to stop the person, who was halfway over the railing, and was nearly pulled off the bridge during a struggle. Myers says the person was pulled to safety and then taken to hospital for further treatment.


SHELTER IN ST. JOHN'S TAKING DONATIONS IN MEMORY OF CBC HOST
Tuesday 11th August 2015
Donations in memory of the popular T−V host Chris Hyndman are being accepted at the Tommy Sexton Shelter in St. John’s. Hyndman −− who grew up in Newfoundland −− died suddenly last week in Toronto, sparking an outpouring of sympathy and support. Hyndman and his life−long partner Steven Sabados co−hosted a number of television shows including the popular "Steven and Chris." The St. John’s shelter is one of two charities suggested for those wishing to pay tribute to Hyndman’s memory. 


POLICE CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR TRAVIS SQUIRES
Tuesday 11th August 2015
Police in Moncton, N.B., are asking the public for any information as they continue their search for 20-year-old Travis Squires. He was last seen Monday morning in the Rosewood trailer park off Salisbury Road. Police were called there concerning damage inside a home and an assault. Police believe Squires may have a firearm and they are concerned for his safety and well-being.  He is described as slender, approximately five feet nine inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing white shorts and either a red shirt or jacket.


FEDERAL ELECTION ROUNDUP
Tuesday 11th August 2015
Despite a government opinion poll that says otherwise, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says a majority of Canadians agree with his opposition to legalizing marijuana. The poll released a year ago found that more than two-thirds of Canadians wanted Ottawa to ease the laws around possession and use of cannabis. Harper says changing the laws would encourage people to use pot and make it more readily available to children. While Harper was talking drug strategies, N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair was saying he is extremely proud that some member unions of one of Quebec's largest labour organizations is dropping its long-standing endorsement of the Bloc Quebecois to support his party. Justin Trudeau told supporters in his home riding that a Liberal government would be more open and transparent.


POLICE IN NEWFOUNDLAND SEARCH FOR WOMEN WHO FAIL TO SHOW UP FOR INTERMITTENT SENTENCE
Tuesday 11th August 2015
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is asking for the public's help in its search for two women who failed to return to jail while serving intermittent sentences. Police say 36-year-old Stephanie Alexander failed to check in at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in St. John's on June 26. Twenty-one-year-old Rebecca Lamkin failed to check in at the same jail on July 31. Police say both women are unlawfully at large and they are asking anyone with information to contact them.


MAN WHO PLEADED GUILTY IN HOME INVASION WILL BE CROWN WITNESS AGAINST CO-ACCUSED
Tuesday 11th August 2015
A man who pleaded guilty to several offences related to a home invasion is expected to testify against three others charged in the case. Thirty-year-old Tylor Joseph Shepley and three other men were arrested following a break-and-enter at a home in Port Bickerton in March. Shepley pleaded guilty during a court appearance yesterday to two counts of break-and-enter and charges of robbery and carrying an imitation weapon to commit an offence. A third break-and-enter count and a charge of wearing a disguise are expected to be withdrawn during sentencing scheduled for September 21st. 


CBU STUDENT UNION APPEALING COURT RULING
Tuesday 11th August 2015
The Cape Breton University students union is appealing a court ruling that has ordered it to pay nearly 300-thousand dollars to a national student advocacy organization. An Ontario Superior Court justice ruled earlier this summer that the union's attempt to leave the national organization in 2008 was flawed and that it owed the Canadian Federation of Students 293-thousand dollars in back dues. The C-B-U students union has said the ruling put its future in jeopardy. But president Brandon Ellis says they don't have to pay the money while the ruling is under appeal and he's assuring students the union is continuing to operate as normal and there will still be a frosh week.


ANDREWS TO RUN AS INDEPENDENT
Tuesday 11th August 2015
A former Liberal M-P refused to address the sexual harassment allegation that saw him leave the party as he launched an election run as an Independent this morning. Scott Andrews says he is moving on. He left the Liberals in March after representing the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of Avalon since 2008.


DONALD MCINNES: 1933-2015
Tuesday 11th August 2015
Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie is praising the work of former cabinet minister Donald McInnes, who passed away Monday. Baillie says that McInnes was serving the people in Pictou County long before he entered politics in 1978 as MLA for Pictou West. During his 20 years in public life, he served in several cabinet posts, including Minister of Transportation and Minister of Agriculture and Marketing. Current Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane says that McInnes was a generous mentor. He was also involved in the Pictou-North Colchester Exhibition for over three decades and was an inductee in the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame. He was 81.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUG 11 ***UPDATED
Tuesday 11th August 2015

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The Legion National Track and Field Meet was held this past weekend (Aug7-9) in Ste Therese/Blainville, Quebec. Many Pictou County athletes had personal bests and the following athletes had an excellent showing. Raymond Simpson won a gold medal in the U16 1500m Steeplechase in 4:32. He led from start to finish. Alex Moore won the silver in the U16 medley relay. Kaelan Schmidt placed 4th in men's U18 high jump- a season best. Rachel Walton placed 4th in the U16 1500 m Steeplechase. Lauren Quann placed 5th in the U18 Heptathlon and Tatum McLean placed 5th in the U18 Hammer throw. Head coach Pat Carty was very pleased with the results from our local athletes. He can be reached at cartyab@hotmail.com for further comment. Full results are available on the Legion website at www.legion.ca/youth/youth-track-and-field
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KJ Emery's four shutout games earned her MVP honors as the Northern Nova United Falcons win gold at the Bruce Wagner Memorial Tournament on Sunday. The U16 girls won the rain-soaked championship game 1-0 over the host Sackville United Soccer Association. Emery earned four shut-outs during weekend play. The Falcons finished in first place in round robin play with two wins and one tie. In their first game, NNU defeated Porters Lake 1-0 on a goal from Alyssa McKay. Player of the game Kaitlin Kelly scored two goals en route to NNU’s 3-0 victory over Grand-Digue of Dieppe. Marleigh Harroun scored the team’s first goal in that game on a cross from U14 player Victoria Dunn. The Falcons’ third round robin game ended in a scoreless tie with Sackville. Player of the game was Emery. The NNU U12 boys came home with a bronze from the tournament, after defeating the Highland CC Riders 2-1. Keifer Avery and Cody McKay scored for the Falcons, while Thomas Schnare played in nets. Tyler Matchem received player of the game honours. The squad advanced to the bronze medal game with a 2-1 win over the Halifax City Soccer Club in the semi-final. In round robin play, the team had a record of two wins and one loss, including a 4-0 win over Highland CC Riders, a 6-3 loss to Sackville United and a 4-1 decision against Antigonish. The NNU U14 boys also competed in the tournament, finishing round robin play with two wins and a tie, but it wasn’t enough to secure a spot in the semi-finals. The team scored a total of 15 goals over three games, defeating SUSA 7-1, tying the Dartmouth Storm 1-1 and beating Porters Lake 7-1. Goals were scored by Blake Kontuk, Connor MacLeod, Brayden LeBlanc, Lucas LeBlanc, Colin MacGillivray, Cal Maxner and Evan Reynolds. Leading goal scorer was Blake Kontuk. Players of the game were Lucas LeBlanc, Colin MacGillivray and Morgan Bryant.
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The Second Annual Garrett Holmes Swing for Tourettes Lob-ball Tournament & Fundraiser is this weekend at the Trenton Ball Field. Everyone is invited to come see the action Friday night and all day Saturday & Sunday. There's also a dance Saturday night at 9pm at the New Glasgow Legion.
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The Women's hockey division of the NS 55 Plus Games is looking for some players. Two of the four teams registered are in need of 1-2 players or they will not be permitted to compete. Rules require a team to ice a minimum of 10 skaters and a goaltender. The games are hosted here in Pictou County from September 17-19th 2015. All hockey will take place at the Wellness Center. Any females over the age of 55 who are interested in playing can contact Jeff Green at greenj8@staff.ednet.ns.ca or call 902-301-5793. Deadline is August 15th.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Weeks Major Midget Summer Training Camp gets underway next week, with practices beginning next Tuesday. Players looking to register can do so by contacting Tony Conway through email at tconway@fraserhoyt.com. Players are asked to wear their sweaters from the spring camp. Registration begins on Tuesday from 4:45to 5:30, followed by a team meeting at 5:30 to 5:45. Then there will be an on ice session at 6:30 sharp. Cost for the Summer Camp is $140 and must be paid prior to attending the sessions.
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration starting August 15. Registration will also take place Aug. 16, as well as Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (all days) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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The New Glasgow Peewee AA Blizzards baseball team are holding a bottle drive on Saturday from 9:30-1:30. The team is hosting the Peewee AA Atlantic Championships in September. Players will be going door to door in New Glasgow, or bottles can be dropped off at the Kinsmen Ball Field on Saturday from 9:30-1:30.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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Next Sunday, August 23, Pictou County Cycle will host the first annual Critz of Fury Criterion in downtown New Glasgow. This is a 1km race through the streets of downtown, with competition in a range of age divisions and skill levels. Register in advance online, or on the day of the race. Racing begins at 9am that morning.
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BLUENOSE II SAILING TO PICTOU THIS WEEK
Tuesday 11th August 2015
Canada's sailing ambassador is paying a visit to Pictou. The Bluenose II is arriving on Thursday, departing Saturday morning. The decks will be open to the public on Thursday from 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, and Friday from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.


PRISON HEAD CONCERNED OVER RECENT DEATHS IN NS
Tuesday 11th August 2015
The federal correctional investigator says he's worried about the number of deaths in federal prisons after three in Nova Scotia facilities in just over three months. Howard Sapers made his comment yesterday after learning a 63-year-old man died in his cell at Springhill Institution on Friday. Twenty-two-year-old Camille Strickland-Murphy committed suicide at the Nova Institution for women in Truro on July 28th, while 38-year-old Veronica Park also died while in custody at the same jail on April 24th. Sapers said in the first four months of 2015-16 there have been 31 deaths across the country, while in all of the prior fiscal year there were 67 deaths.


ACCUSED BRITISH SAILORS WANT TO GO HOME WHILE OUT ON BAIL
Tuesday 11th August 2015
Three of four British sailors charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Halifax are expected in court today to challenge the conditions of their bail. The men want to return to the United Kingdom pending a preliminary inquiry scheduled for five days next April in Halifax provincial court. Simon Radford, Joshua Finbow, Craig Stoner and Darren Smalley were in Nova Scotia to play in a hockey tournament in April with local Armed Forces personnel when they were arrested. The Crown alleges the members of the Royal Navy participated in a "group sexual assault" on April 10th inside a barracks at C-F-B Shearwater in Halifax. All but Smalley have applied for changes to their bail conditions to allow them to return to the U-K. The Crown is expected to oppose the application. The men, who have not yet entered pleas, were permitted earlier this year to transfer from Halifax to C-F-B Suffield in Alberta where there is a British army training unit.


HARPER WON'T WALK BACK TOUGH TALK ON ISIL
Tuesday 11th August 2015
Prime Minister Harper doubled down on his Conservative party's tough-on-terror strategy, alleging Liberal and N-D-P plans for fighting insurgents overseas would amount to little more than "dropping aid on dead people." While campaigning in the Toronto area Monday, Harper defended putting Canada front and centre in the global fight against militants in Iraq and Syria. He suggested humanitarian assistance with no military support will do nothing to beat back I-SIL fighters. Harper also pledged to take in 10-thousand more refugees from both countries over the next four years. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says Harper's terror talk is meant to distract from his dismal economic record.


"SONS OF ANARCHY" FOR REAL: HELLS ANGELS MURDER TRIAL BEGINS IN MONTREAL
Tuesday 11th August 2015
A murder trial is under way for five alleged Hells Angels with the Crown saying it might call as many as 300 witnesses. The trial in Montreal began yesterday and is expected to last between a year and 18 months. The five suspects (Yvon Tanguay, Claude Berger, Francois Vachon, Sylvain Vachon and Michel Vallieres) face charges of murder and conspiracy. The Crown alleges they took part in a biker war between 1994 and 2002 to help the Hells Angels expand its turf and control drug trafficking. They were arrested as part of a 2009 police operation that netted more than 150 people, including 111 suspected members of the Hells. More than 100 of the accused pleaded out, while a judge released another 31 in May, 2011 due to delays in the court proceedings. Two anglophones who are charged will have a trial in English, beginning in January. Several people wanted in the case are still being sought by police and three accused have died since 2009.


REPORTER KISSED LIVE ON-AIR GETS AN APOLOGY
Tuesday 11th August 2015
A C-B-C journalist who was kissed by a stranger on live T-V has received an apology, but says she's still being attacked online for making a complaint to police. Megan Batchelor was reporting from a music festival north of Vancouver on Friday when a stranger came up from behind and kissed her on the cheek. Seventeen-year-old Daniel Davies later contacted her on Twitter to identify himself and say he was sorry. Batchelor says his apology and feelings seemed very sincere with Davies admitting that his behaviour was "not appropriate." But Batchelor's report to the R-C-M-P prompted a much different response from those online. She says people have called her explicit names, written her lewd and aggressive messages, and criticized her intelligence and appearance. She says she has tried to ignore the hateful comments and hopes Davies' apology helps to calm what she calls the "insane" backlash.


CDN ONLINE PHARMACY ACCUSED OF SHADY DRUG DEALS
Tuesday 11th August 2015
An online Canadian pharmacy is being accused by U-S prosecutors of selling 78-million dollars million worth of unapproved, mislabelled -- and in two cases, counterfeit cancer drugs -- to doctors in the United States. An indictment charges Canada Drugs and its affiliates in the United Kingdom and Barbados with smuggling, money laundering and conspiracy. Prosecutors allege the Winnipeg company began selling drugs that were mislabelled or unapproved by the U-S Food and Drug Administration to American physicians in 2009. They say sales went on until 2012 when the F-D-A began investigating the company's involvement in distributing counterfeit versions of the cancer drug Avastin. Health Canada suspended the company's licence in June 2014 over what it called "significant concerns'' about its manufacturing practices. A company spokesman and attorney did not return calls Monday.


MICHIGAN CONGRESSMEN DON'T WANT NUCLEAR WASTE BURIED NEAR GREAT LAKES
Tuesday 11th August 2015
Members of Congress from Michigan have launched a new effort to prevent the burial of Canadian nuclear waste near Lake Huron, calling for a study by an agency that represents both nations in boundary waters disputes. Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters plan to introduce legislation to require the U-S State Department to negotiate with Canada over delaying any decision until a study is completed. Representative Dan Kildee, a Democrat from Flint Township, says he will table the same measure in the House calling on the International Joint Commission to study the matter. But Neal Kelly, spokesman for Ontario Power Generation, says the plan for a billion-dollar deep geological repository near Kincardine, Ontario has been under development for 14 years and been exhaustively reviewed. Kildee says the proposal to permanently storing 7.1 million cubic feet of radioactive waste "is an unnecessary threat to both the U-S and Canada's shared water resources. Company officials say the material has been stored above ground since the 1960s and needs a permanent resting place and would be entombed in stable rock formations more than 450 million years old.


NEW BRUNSWICK GROUP WORKING TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Monday 10th August 2015
A New Brunswick group is working with the province and police agencies to develop a strategy to deal with the issue of human trafficking and determine how much of an issue it is in New Brunswick. Partners for Youth has launched the three-year project with the help of $200,000 from Status of Women Canada. Partners for Youth CEO, John Sharpe, says they know young New Brunswick women are being lured into prostitution, but they don't know how many. He says a big part of the project will be to gather the data they need to address the problem. Martine Stewart of the New Brunswick Working Group on Human Trafficking says in most cases young women and girls are being lured out of New Brunswick to the sex trade in Quebec or further west. Norm Bosse, New Brunswick's child and youth advocate, says he's not dealing with any specific cases of human trafficking, but if it's happening elsewhere, then it's likely happening in New Brunswick as well.


OYSTER THEFT IN EASTERN PEI
Monday 10th August 2015
Someone has made off with $15,000 worth of oysters in eastern Prince Edward Island. The RCMP say about 100 boxes of the shelled delicacies were stolen from a holding area in the Pinette River area. Police believe the theft happened between 11 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday. They say a boat would have been used to access the oysters before they were loaded into a vehicle.


MAN DIES IN FEDERAL CUSTODY IN SPRINGHILL
Monday 10th August 2015
Federal prison officials say a 63-year-old man died in his cell on Friday. A news release from Springhill Institution says the inmate was found unresponsive and staff were unable to revive him with CPR. Terrance Matchett had been serving a sentence of three years, one month and a day since February 2013 for aggravated assault and failure to comply with his release conditions. The inmate's next of kin have been notified of his death. A spokeswoman for the prison says police and the coroner have been notified, and the Correctional Service of Canada will review the circumstances of the incident.


MONDAY AFTERNOON ELECTION ROUNDUP
Monday 10th August 2015
The Conservatives are promising to bring 10-thousand additional refugees from Syria and Iraq if re-elected. Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the scale of the humanitarian crisis cannot be solved by refugee policy alone because left unchecked — I-SIS will create tens of millions of refugees and victims.The prime minister raised eyebrows yesterday with a promise to ban travel to regions controlled by terror groups, saying such travel is “not a human right”, which Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau used in a campaign stop in Montreal.
Trudeau dismissed the Conservatives’ plan to restrict travel by saying Harper is obviously desperate to talk about anything other than the failure of his economic plan.
N-D-P leader Tom Mulcair says he's committed to making housing and childcare more affordable across the country. Mulcair brought his federal election campaign to Vancouver yesterday where he told one-thousand people his party will work with the provinces and municipalities to create more affordable housing not only in B-C, but nation-wide. He also promised an N-D-P government would create 15 dollar a day childcare. Mulcair is in Toronto today to launch his autobiography.


POLICE SEEK HELP IN ROBBERY OF PIZZA DELIVERY MAN
Monday 10th August 2015
Police in Nova Scotia say a pizza delivery man was robbed at gunpoint while trying to make a delivery just outside Halifax. RCMP say the man went to a home on Cherry Brook Road in Cherry Brook to deliver a pizza just before midnight on Sunday. The Mounties say two masked males brandished a shotgun and left the scene with money and a pizza. Police are asking the public for information on the incident.


RCMP REPORT A MAN IN MONCTON WITH A FIREARM ***UPDATED***
Monday 10th August 2015
Police are continuing to search for a man in the west end of Moncton, New Brunswick, who's believed to be armed with a gun. R-C-M-P say they are concerned about the safety and well-being of 20-year-old Travis Squires. Officers were called to a home this morning for reports of a man causing damage and assaulting someone, and police say a witness reported seeing the man go into a shed where a firearm was stored. Officers are now going door-to-door seeking information on Squires' whereabouts and residents of a trailer park are being advised to stay inside their homes as a precaution.


ARREST MADE AFTER FATAL COLLISION WITH STOLEN CAR
Monday 10th August 2015
A 33-year-old man involved in a fatal collision in the Halifax area is in custody after police determined he was driving a stolen vehicle. Police say the driver of the other vehicle died in hospital after the crash occurred in Dartmouth last night. The other driver fled the scene on foot but police say a suspect was later found nearby and arrested. Police say the collision is still under investigation and there is no word of any charges. 


YOUNG GIRL LOOKING TO MAKE YOUNGER BROTHER'S BIRTHDAY SPECIAL
Monday 10th August 2015
A Stellarton girl looking to do something nice for her younger brother for his birthday wants to see him get some mail. Twelve-year old Kaitlyn Hayes is putting out the call for letters, cards, and birthday wishes for her brother Kristian, who has autism and will be turning 11 on September 2. Kaitlyn put out a Facebook post asking friends to send Kristian some mail, and it has turned into a viral internet phenomenon.
The address to send Kristian some mail for his birthday is:
P.O. Box 286
Stellarton, Nova Scotia
B0K 1S0


CRIME STOPPERS WANTS YOUR INFO ABOUT PICTOU ASSAULT
Monday 10th August 2015
Pictou County District RCMP and Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help in solving an assault. At approximately 2:00 a.m. on June 14, 2015, a female was walking along Welsford Street in Pictou near the AEF Building when she was attacked by a man believed to be in his early twenties. The suspect punched the woman in the face and kicked her in the head when she fell to the ground.

If you have any information on this or any other serious crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.


HARPER'S TERROR PROMISES "ELECTORAL POSTURING": TRUDEAU
Monday 10th August 2015
Justin Trudeau says the Conservatives' plan to restrict Canadians from travelling to regions of the world controlled by terrorist groups is "nothing more than electoral posturing." The Liberal leader spoke out this morning against the measure, which would see national security agencies tracking Canadians who travel to those areas. The proposed policy would also force those returning to the country to prove they were in the region for humanitarian reasons, or as a journalist covering the conflict. At a campaign stop in Montreal, Trudeau said Prime Minister Stephen Harper has failed to justify what would amount to limitations on Canadians' rights. Trudeau and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair have previously taken aim at Harper over civil liberty questions arising from the Conservatives' controversial anti-terrorism law, Bill C-51. The Liberal leader once again took aim at Harper's economic policies Monday, saying the travel ban was another Conservative attempt to distract from the failure of their plan to create jobs and a better life for middle income earners.


NDP WILL HAVE A NATIONAL PLAN FOR CHILDCARE AND HOUSING: MULCAIR
Monday 10th August 2015
N-D-P leader Tom Mulcair says he's committed to making housing and childcare more affordable across the country. Mulcair brought his federal election campaign to Vancouver yesterday where he told one-thousand people his party will work with the provinces and municipalities to create more affordable housing not only in B-C, but nation-wide. He also promised an N-D-P government would create 15 dollar a day childcare. Mulcair will be in Toronto today to launch his autobiography. Prime Minister Harper will also briefly campaign in Toronto today, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will be in the Montreal area.


ZIMBABWE PRESIDENT BLAMES HIS COUNTRYMEN FOR FAILING TO PROTECT CECIL THE LION
Monday 10th August 2015
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says his compatriots failed in their responsibility to protect a popular lion named Cecil that was killed by an American in an allegedly illegal hunt. In his first public comments about the lion, Mugabe said Monday that Zimbabweans should protect their natural resources from foreign "vandals" who try to illegally acquire those resources. Referring to Cecil, Mugabe said: "He is dead but yours to protect, and you failed to protect him." Mugabe made the comments in a speech marking a national holiday honouring fighters who died in the war to end white minority rule. A Zimbabwean Cabinet minister has called for the extradition of James Walter Palmer, who killed Cecil. Palmer says he relied on his professional guides to ensure the hunt was legal.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 10
Monday 10th August 2015
Two teams from Pictou County were victorious at Scotia Speedworld on Saturday. Cassius Clark won his third career Atlantic Cat 250 title, driving Rollie MacDonald’s King Freight #13 car. Clark dominated the event, leading 146 of the completed laps before the race was called due to rain. Craig Slaunwhite came across the stripe in second with Donald Chisholm in third. Clark also took home the $1000 cash award for leading halfway. Prior to that race, the Hydraulics Plus Bandits and Outlaws raced 20 lap features, with Austin MacDonald of Braeshore taking home the Bandit win. The Pro Stock Tour is off next weekend but returns to Petty International Raceway on Aug. 22 for a 150-lap main event in the final stop for the series in New Brunswick this season.
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The Women's hockey division of the NS 55 Plus Games is looking for some players. Two of the four teams registered are in need of 1-2 players or they will not be permitted to compete. Rules require a team to ice a minimum of 10 skaters and a goaltender. The games are hosted here in Pictou County from September 17-19th 2015. All hockey will take place at the Wellness Center. Any females over the age of 55 who are interested in playing can contact Jeff Green at greenj8@staff.ednet.ns.ca or call 902-301-5793. Deadline is August 15th.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Pictou County Basketball Association will hold registration starting August 15. Registration will also take place Aug. 16, as well as Aug. 22-23 and is open for boys and girls from age 7-17. Times are from 1-5 p.m. (all days) at the Pictou County Wellness Center. Cost for registration is $20. Five skills sessions will be held from Sept. 5 running through Oct. 3 (times to be determined, based upon membership turnout). The goal of the Pictou County Lightning program is to develop the basketball skills of new and returning players in the county and form competitive teams in all age groups. Teams will be formed at end of skills sessions for those wanting to play on teams.
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The New Glasgow Peewee AA Blizzards baseball team are holding a bottle drive on Saturday from 9:30-1:30. The team is hosting the Peewee AA Atlantic Championships in September. Players will be going door to door in New Glasgow, or bottles can be dropped off at the Kinsmen Ball Field on Saturday from 9:30-1:30.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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TWO CAR COLLISION IN TRENTON
Monday 10th August 2015
New Glasgow Regional Police are investigating a two vehicle collision that occurred Sunday at the intersection of North Main and Park Street in Trenton. A 45-year old female was driving an Hyundai Accent that was making a left turn while travelling Westbound on the Trenton Connector, colliding with the 27 year old female driver of the Chrysler Seabring that was travelling Southbound on North Main Street. The driver of the Hyundai was charged with failing to yield. The driver of the Chrysler was not injured and the driver of the Hyundai suffered minor injuries. Both vehicles suffered substantial damage and had to be towed from the scene.


FIRE DESTROYS CHARLOTTETOWN BUILDING
Monday 10th August 2015
A fire Sunday in downtown Charlottetown has left one person dead and a number of people homeless. The Charlottetown Fire Service confirms the fatality, but won't release the victim's name yet. The Red Cross says the fire destroyed a building that contained 12 apartments. There was also a precautionary evacuation of several area homes and businesses. An emergency shelter has been set up for the displaced residents, while investigators try to determine the cause of the fire.


DUFFY TRIAL RESUMES, WITH NIGEL WRIGHT TO TAKE STAND
Monday 10th August 2015
Prime Minister Harper's bid for re-election is about to clash with the courtroom drama of Mike Duffy's trial. The suspended senator's fraud, bribery and breach of trust case resumes this week after a seven-week hiatus with testimony expected from Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright. Harper has denied any advance knowledge of a 90-thousand dollar cheque Wright signed to cover Duffy's rejected housing-expense claims. R-C-M-P court documents showed Wright had sent emails to a lawyer and P-M-O staffers, telling them that a plan for Duffy to pay back his expenses had been given the green light by the prime minister. But yesterday, Harper told an Ottawa rally that he never told Wright he was, quote, "good to go" with the payment.


KEYSTONE XL COMPANY PREPARING NEXT STEP AFTER US REJECTION
Monday 10th August 2015
U-S President Barack Obama has not formally nixed the proposed Keystone X-L pipeline, but the Canadian company behind the project is already planning how to respond to an anticipated rejection. TransCanada Corporation is saying publicly that it's still optimistic Obama will approve the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline expansion. But those close to the project say the company is all but certain a rejection is imminent. One source tells The Canadian Press that TransCanada is looking into challenging a rejection under NAFTA to recoup damages from the U-S government.


MOUNTIES LOOKING FOR MAN WHO KISSED REPORTER LIVE ON-AIR
Monday 10th August 2015
The R-C-M-P says it's hoping members of the public will identify a man who kissed a B-C-B TV reporter while she was doing a live report last week. C-B-C video shows the man coming up to Megan Batchelor and kissing her on the cheek. Batchelor filed a police complaint over the incident that says it left her rattled. There've been a number of incidents recently of people shouting crude remarks to female reporters and the C-B-C calls it another example of a disturbing trend. The R-C-M-P says it has talked to Bachelor, a C-B-C cameraman and a witness. However police say it will be hard to track down the suspect unless someone comes forward and identifies him.


SHOTS FIRED DURING FERGUSON PROTEST
Monday 10th August 2015
A protest marking the one-year anniversary of the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has been marred by violence in Ferguson, Missouri. Protesters ran for their lives late last night after police say two groups nearby got into a gunbattle, firing dozens of shots. Police say they began following one armed man with whom they exchanged gunfire. The man was shot and is in critical and unstable condition at a hospital.


FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMER FRANK GIFFORD DIES
Monday 10th August 2015
N-F-L Commissioner Roger Goodell says Frank Gifford was an icon of the game -- both as a Hall of Fame player for the Giants, and as Hall of Fame broadcaster for C-B-S and A-B-C. Gifford died early yesterday at his Connecticut home of natural causes at the age of 84. He led the New York Giants to the 1956 N-F-L title and later became a regular in the broadcast booth for "Monday Night Football." Gifford is survived by his wife, Kathie Lee Gifford, along with five children and five grandchildren.


TRAFFIC NOTICE FOR MONDAY MORNING
Sunday 9th August 2015
The Town of New Glasgow Water Utility wishes to advise motorists travelling on Provost Street that on Monday, August 10, 2015, Provost Street will be closed to traffic from Dalhousie Street to MacLean Street, beginning at 5:30 am until approximately 9:00 am.


CONCERNS EXPRESSED OVER CHANGES TO LEGISLATION
Sunday 9th August 2015
Some organizations are concerned a proposed change to Nova Scotia's child protection legislation could have an unintended adverse effect. Proposed amendments to the Children and Family Services Act would define a child as being under 19 -- up from the current age of 16. The change is meant to help vulnerable youth who under current legislation are too old for child protection services to get involved, but too young to qualify for other assistance programs. However, the change would mean the age for mandatory reporting of sexual assault or sexual violence would also be raised to 19 -- and detractors fear this could deter victims of sexual assault who are younger than 19 from reporting the incident.


CAMPAIGN TRAIL CONTINUES
Sunday 9th August 2015
All three federal party leaders are back on the campaign trail today, but a flap over a comment from a New Democrat candidate may sidetrack them. The New Democrats are doing damage control after high profile author Linda McQuaig told a C-B-C panel show that a lot of oil from Alberta's oilsands may have to stay in the ground if Canada is to meet its climate change commitments. The remark contrasted with N-D-P leader Tom Mulcair's past comments on Alberta's oilsands. Mulcair has been open to oilsands development, provided there is rigorous environmental protection, and he's also backed the development of an east-west pipeline. The Conservatives and Liberals both hammered the New Democrats on the issue yesterday. The Tories accused the N-D-P are showing their true colours on the oilsands while the Liberals said the New Democrats say different things on issues in different parts of the country. The N-D-P campaign noted that McQuaig clarified her comments saying her party's position on oilsands development is for stronger environmental reviews. Mulcair will likely face questions on the issue when he campaigns in Vancouver today.


ANOTHER FATAL CRASH ON HIGHWAY 101
Friday 7th August 2015
Another person has been killed in a two vehicle crash on Highway 101 today between Falmouth and Windsor. RCMP say a dump truck rear ended a car, resulting in the death of one woman. A police spokesperson could not indicate whether there were any other injuries as a result of the collision. Compounding traffic disruptions in the same area, another accident involved a tractor trailer colliding with an overpass. There is no indication as to whether there were any injuries in that incident.


MOUNTIES SAY HELLS ANGEL MAY BE BURIED IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Friday 7th August 2015
New Brunswick RCMP are asking for information from the public in connection with the murder of a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club. The Mounties say 43-year-old Mario Bergeron, a Quebec City man known as a full patch member of the Hells Angels, went missing in the Quebec City area in April 2008. Police say their investigation has led them to believe Bergeron was murdered and that his remains were buried in the Saint-Anne-de-Madawaska area, about 30 kilometres southeast of Edmundston, N.B. Investigators say officers have interviewed witnesses, followed up on leads and conducted searches in the Saint-Anne-de-Madawaska area. They say heavy equipment may have been used to dispose of the body. Police say they believe Bergeron's murder was related to organized crime and that there is no threat to the public.


POLICE INVESTIGATE ACCIDENTAL FIRING OF WEAPON
Friday 7th August 2015
Halifax Regional Police are investigating the unintentional discharge of an officer's firearm. Police say the officer was conducting a routine function check outside the West Divisional Office in Bedford around 7:20 a.m. today when a single round was fired from his gun. The officer had the firearm pointed in a safe direction and no one was harmed. Police say the officer immediately reported the incident to their supervisor and an internal investigation is underway.


HELICOPTER CRASH CAUSED BY CONTACT WITH GUY WIRE
Friday 7th August 2015
The Transportation Safety Board says a helicopter crash in Labrador that resulted in the death of one passenger occurred after the aircraft's main rotor struck a communications tower's guy wire during takeoff. The crash happened around 4 p.m. Thursday near the community of Rigolet, located on Labrador's coast about 100 kilometres east of Happy Valley-Goose Bay. An email from the safety agency says the Canadian Helicopters Ltd. Airbus AS350 flew to a remote communication tower site approximately eight kilometres from Rigolet, with a pilot and two passengers on board. Its rotor struck the guy wire of the communications tower as it was taking off after visiting the site, causing the aircraft to hit the ground and roll onto its right side. The safety agency says the emergency locator transmitter didn't activate. Eric Collard, a spokesman for the agency, says an investigation has started and there will be a report on the incident that will identify any safety deficiencies.


POLICE SEEK ASSISTANCE ON A COLD CASE
Friday 7th August 2015
Halifax police are asking for the public's help in solving a 10-year-old murder. On Aug. 7, 2005, officers responded to the intersection of Radcliffe Drive and Dunbrack Street where they found 19-year-old Jonathan Reader unconscious in the roadway. Reader died in hospital a short time later and an autopsy determined he was the victim of a homicide resulting from blunt force trauma. Police say they believe Reader was killed in the same place that he was found. Investigators determined Reader had been in the Pacifico Bar and Grill in downtown Halifax with some friends and left at approximately 1:57 a.m. with a woman. He was last seen around 3:20 a.m. walking alone on Dutch Village Road in the direction of Lacewood Drive in Halifax.


JUBILEE DECLARES EVENT SUCCESS
Friday 7th August 2015
Jubilee event organizers have had some time to reflect on the 20th anniversary event, and are pleased with the way the milestone weekend turned out. Executive Director Carleton Munroe says the weekend could not have gone off without the numerous sponsors, volunteers, and, of course, performers who were involved. In 2012 an Economic Impact study found that the Riverfront Jubilee generated $1.1 million of economic activity in Nova Scotia, with $629,000 occurring in New Glasgow. Munroe says work is already underway for next year's Jubilee.


MAJOR MARIJUANA BUST IN PEI
Friday 7th August 2015
R-C-M-P say they have seized more than 13-hundred immature marijuana plants from some P-E-I farm fields. Police say the plants were found in fields in the Travellers Rest area after a tip from the public. Police from the Summerside and Kensington areas were involved in operations conducted over the past three days.


NEW EYE-CARE PROGRAM IN EFFECT IN PEI
Friday 7th August 2015
Eye care patients in P-E-I are getting expanded coverage under a new provincial program now in effect. Health Minister Doug Currie says the program covers the costs of primary eye care by optometrists. Services covered include diagnosis and the treatment of dry-eye and red-eye conditions as well as screening for eye diseases in patients with diabetes.


NORTH FREDRICTON FACES BOIL WATER ORDER
Friday 7th August 2015
A boil order has been issued for 500 homes on Fredericton's north side. The city says the order is issued for the Barker's Point and Lower St. Mary's area east of the Nashwaak Bridge. The precautionary order comes after construction work caused a loss of pressure in the area's water system.


BEACHES CLOSED IN HALIFAX FROM BACTERIA
Friday 7th August 2015
Two Halifax area beaches have been closed to swimming because of high bacteria levels in the water. The city says recent test results indicate bacteria levels at Black Rock and Kearney Lake beaches exceed Health Canada swimming guidelines. It says staff will continue testing the water until bacteria levels return to normal.


NO BIG CHANGE IN UNEMPLOYMENT
Friday 7th August 2015
Canada's economy added about 6,600 jobs last month — essentially reversing a similar decline in June and not enough to change a national unemployment rate that has been stuck at 6.8 per cent for six months in a row. Statistics Canada says there were fewer people with full-time employment last month and more with part-time jobs or who were self-employed. It also says men aged 25 to 54 accounted for most of the gains while there was little change among other demographic groups such as women and youth. The agency says there were 17,300 fewer Canadians with full-time jobs in July compared with June but 23,900 more who had part-time employment. There was also an additional 41,000 people more people who were self-employed in July. The monthly survey provides a fresh reading on Canada's economy, one of the major issues for the federal election campaign that was officially launched this week.


CB HOME STANDOFF ENDS PEACEFULLY
Friday 7th August 2015
Cape Breton R-C-M-P say there's been a peaceful end to a standoff at a home in Richmond County. Officers responded to a call around 1 p-m yesterday concerning a man threatening to harm himself inside a home in Lower River Inhabitants, east of Port Hawkesbury. Police say the 55-year-old man barricaded the home when officers arrived to talk to him. The man was arrested without incident several hours later. Police say the man remains in custody, although there's no word on potential charges.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 7 *UPDATED 8:45 AM*
Friday 7th August 2015
The Stellarton Albions Mosquito AA Baseball team are holding a bottle drive on Saturday from 9am-1pm. The kids are hosting Provincials on September 4th,5th and 6th at the Sample Fields in Stellarton and are raising money to go to the different expenses involved for the tournament. They are currently in 1st place in the Nova Scotia Bluenose League and look forward to representing the community!
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The North Nova United Falcons are going to Sackville to play in the Sackville United Bruce Wagner Tournament this weekend. The U16 team is second in the league with a 6-3 record and this week they picked up two wins, defeating Eastern Northern United 6-2 and Fundy United 5-1. The U16 squad won a silver medal last month at the Gunn Baldursson Tournament.
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Scotia Speedworld near Halifax is hosting the Atlantic Cat 250 this weekend. On Friday night it's the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100, then on Saturday at 5, it's the Atlantic Cat 250. Local racers George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm, and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou entry driven by Cassius Clark will be on the track.
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The Pictou County Scotsburn Major Bantams will be holding their final try-outs at the Wellness Centre Aug 19,20 & 24. All interested Pictou County Bantam aged players must register by Aug 18. To register email williammason@ngl.eastlink.ca
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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FUEL DOWN AGAIN
Friday 7th August 2015
The price of fuel has dropped another couple of pennies. A litre of regular self-serve gas is $1.134, and diesel stays under a dollar at 97.5 cents per litre.


PROVINCE GETTING OUT OF EXHIBITION PARK
Friday 7th August 2015
The Nova Scotia government has announced it will divest Exhibition Park. The government says the move comes after an unusually harsh winter left it in need of an estimated 9 million dollars in repairs and upgrades. Minister of Business Mark Furey says the venue isn't worth that investment for the government. But Furey says the province would be open to the possibility of a public-private partnership for the venue. A spokeswoman for Master Promotions, a company that holds five events at the facility every year, says they're hoping for a public-private partnership to keep Exhibition Park in operation. Moira Pellerine says the president of the company has expressed an interest in contributing private funding depending how negotiations go with the government. But Pellerine said the company's first priority is finding a solution for the 2016 trade show season.


NEW NATURE RESERVE ON PEI
Friday 7th August 2015
A new nature reserve is being created at St. Peter's Harbour, east of Charlottetown. The Nature Conservancy of Canada says an 11 hectare site located on the Gulf of St. Lawrence has been donated by the family of Clarence and Alice McEwen. The wetland, sand dune and shore frontage property belonged to the McEwen family for 200 years. The area is home to plants and shorebirds.


NO K.O. DELIVERED IN FIRST LEADERS' DEBATE
Friday 7th August 2015
The economy played a major role in last night's debate as Conservative leader Stephen Harper was attacked by the leaders of the N-D-P, Liberal, and Green party. Harper said Canada has the best economic growth and job creation record since the global recession began in 2008. That was challenged by Tom Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, and Elizabeth May. Other topics included security, the Senate, the environment, and special status for Quebec. It appears most pundits think each leader held their own during the two-hour encounter.


POSTAL UNION WORKING ON MAIL DELIVERY POLICY IN WAKE OF GRAPHIC ANTI-ABORTION FLYERS
Friday 7th August 2015
The union representing postal employees says it will probably try to work out a longer term policy with Canada Post on delivering ad mail with graphic content. It's over an anti-abortion flyer that targets Liberal leader Justin Trudeau that some letter carriers in Saskatoon refused to deliver. They objected to the graphic content of the flyers that showed pictures of Trudeau with an aborted fetus. The flyer was sent by a group that calls itself the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it reached a deal with Canada Post that will see all flyers delivered by the end of Friday. The union says other carriers have volunteered to handle the flyers for the employees who won't deliver them and the post office has indicated there'll be no disciplinary action. But the union says the incident will likely come up in future talks with management and the union may press for warning labels on such unaddressed ad mail.


AT THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES DEBATE, TRUMP GONNA TRUMP
Friday 7th August 2015
Donald Trump was his usual bombastic self as he and nine other Republican presidential candidates debated in Cleveland. The billionaire businessman said he has no time for political correctness, adding American politicians are "stupid." Trump, shown by polls to be the Republican front-runner, refused to apologize for making insulting comments about women. He also would not rule out running for president as an independent.


CHARLOTTETOWN TO INSTALL VIDEO CAMERAS IN DOWNTOWN CORE
Thursday 6th August 2015
Charlottetown police say video cameras are being installed in the city’s downtown core. The department says between 60 and 80 video cameras will be set up as part of a public safety initiative. Deputy chief Gary McGuigan says the force looked at camera use in a number of other cities before moving ahead with the idea.


PROVINCE NEEDS TO SEE NOVA STAR'S BOOKS
Thursday 6th August 2015
Nova Scotia’s transportation minister says the province needs to see audited financial statements and a sound plan from the Nova Star Cruises within a few weeks before it decides whether to renew its arrangement with the ferry service. Geoff MacLellan said today the province has to closely examine bookings and revenue from the company, and to see what its plan is to operate in the winter without requiring a provincial subsidy.MacLellan says his department has already had meetings with three separate groups about possibly taking over the services, but he won’t take formal proposals until he’s met with Nova and decided whether to continue the arrangement.


COMFIT PROGRAM ENDED
Thursday 6th August 2015
The Nova Scotia government has ended a program that guaranteed small-scale energy producers a sustainable fee for their electricity, saying to continue the program would result in rising electricity prices. Energy Minister Michel Samson says the COMFIT program has served its purpose by encouraging renewable energy projects capable of producing 125 megawatts of electricity by the end of this year. He said to continue the feed-in tariff program further would cause Nova Scotia Power to raise the rates for electricity consumers in a province that already has some of the highest energy costs in the country. Samson said a review by his department found no new generation is needed and that Nova Scotians pay more for energy with small-scale, community-based projects than from other sources. He said effective immediately, no new applications will be considered, while unapproved extensions and lapsed permit renewals will be considered on a case-by-case basis and processed within 60 days. He said more details on renewable energy and its role in the province's energy future will be released this fall in the government's electricity plan.


PLANE LANDS SAFELY IN HALIFAX AFTER MECHANICAL ISSUES
Thursday 6th August 2015
An Air Canada flight en route from Toronto to Newfoundland landed safely in Halifax after experiencing an onboard mechanical problem. Halifax Stanfield International Airport spokesman Peter Spurway says Flight 682 was on its way to Deer Lake, N.L., yesterday, when there was a mechanical problem related to cabin pressurization. Spurway says the aircraft declared an emergency but landed safely around 6:30 p-m. There were no injuries reported. More than 90 passengers were booked on another flight.


WORK TO REPLACE HISTORIC CHURCH TO BEGIN SOON
Thursday 6th August 2015
Construction work to replace an historic Cape Breton church which burned to the ground last fall could begin as early as next week. Tom Urbaniak, chairman of the council for St. Mary’s Polish Parish, says the land is being prepared for construction. The Whitney Pier parish submitted its building permit with the Cape Breton Regional Municipality on Wednesday. Urbaniak says the church will be smaller and less ornate because all of the art, including the altar, were lost in the Nov. 29 fire. The parish celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2013 and received a provincial heritage designation.


TWITTER TRACKS CANADIANS CONCERNS DURING ELECTION CAMPAIGN
Thursday 6th August 2015
The economy and security are the top two issues that Canadian Twitter users have been chatting about since the official launch to the federal election campaign. They are the same issues the federal leaders are using to frame the key questions for the campaign: who is best suited to manage a troubled economy and what path to follow on national security. Later today, Twitter Canada will release its first data sets from the more than 26-thousand tweets sent after the official start of the campaign.


TRAIL DATES FOR HALIFAX MALL VALENTINE'S DAY PLOTTERS TO BE SET THIS FALL
Thursday 6th August 2015
Two people accused of plotting a Valentine's Day attack on a Halifax mall are scheduled to have trial dates set in the fall. Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath and Randall Steven Shepherd made a brief court appearance today for a pre-trial hearing. Defence lawyers told the court there are still volumes of disclosure information to be shared. Another pre-trial conference is set for November 6th and trial dates are scheduled to be set on November 19th.


HIT AND RUN IN PORT HASTINGS BEING INVESTIGATED ***UPDATED***
Thursday 6th August 2015
Police in Nova Scotia say a man from the United States who was staying at a hotel in Cape Breton has been seriously injured in a hit-and-run collision. RCMP say the 65-year-old man was crossing Highway 4 in Port Hastings near the hotel he was staying when he was hit around 9 p.m. Wednesday. Police say the driver left the victim in the middle of the road and drove away, continuing east towards Port Hawkesbury. The man, from North Carolina, was taken to a nearby hospital and was later airlifted to a hospital in Halifax with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The Mounties are searching for a grey Honda that's missing its driver's side mirror.


OTTAWA SAYS A QUICK TURNAROUND PLAN FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING BLOWOUTS "TOO EXPENSIVE"
Thursday 6th August 2015
Ottawa says it is agreeing to an offshore drilling plan that allows up to 21 days to cap a subsea well blowout because requiring a shorter response time would be too expensive for Shell Canada Ltd. Environmentalists are questioning why the federal environmental protection agency has signed off on a plan that allows between 12 and 21 days for the multinational company to bring a vessel and a capping system to the Shelburne Basin offshore site, about 250 kilometres off the southwestern coast of Nova Scotia. They are noting that the most recent U.S. ruling in Alaska requires the capping stack to be on hand for a blowout within 24 hours. In an email sent late Wednesday night, a spokesman for Environment Canada said the Alaska plan to have a vessel and capping system on call was based on the harsh environment in the area and the long distances a vessel would have to travel to get there. In the case of the Shelburne Basin Project, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency "accepted the proponent’s view that it would be prohibitively expensive to develop this infrastructure in Atlantic Canada for exploratory work." The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board still has to approve the plan, which would have a ship travel to the area from Norway if initial methods to stem a blowout in the deepwater wells fail. A spokeswoman for the agency says it expects to make a decision on the plan this fall, and it is prepared to add conditions to the exploration licence.


PICTOU COUNTY MLA'S SLAM LIBS OVER ABOUT FACE ON TRENTON STUDY
Thursday 6th August 2015
The three Pictou County MLAs say the Liberals are refusing to deal with the ongoing fly ash situation from the Trenton Generating Station. Pictou Centre MLA Pat Dunn previously raised the issue in the Legislature, lobbying for a study into health effects of the plant’s emissions and the results released. After initially promising the study for the residents, a spokesperson in Leo Glavine’s office recently confirmed no testing would be done. Karla MacFarlane, Pictou West MLA and PC Environment critic, reminds the Liberals they were strongly opposed to the NDP’s handling of the situation and she says now they ought to live up to their commitment. Pictou East's Tim Houston says the McNeil government needs to get the situation under control.


*UPDATED* PILOT WHALES BEACHED NEAR BAYFIELD RESCUED
Thursday 6th August 2015
Rescue crews saved a pod of 14 pilot whales that had beached themselves off of Bayfield. Vernon Boudreau, chief of the Tracadie and District Fire Department, said about 100 people helped rescue the animals, which got stuck on Wednesday night. They managed to push the creatures into shallow water and monitored them overnight. The pod re-beached themselves on the morning high tide. The rescue squad got them back out into deeper water. Most of the pod headed back into the open water. The biggest whale, which might be ill, is being watched by Fisheries and Oceans crews and they hope to reunite it with the family. It's not yet known if these were the same whales that got beached near Judique earlier this week.


WORK ON NEW PICTOU ROTARY DELAYED
Thursday 6th August 2015
Work on a new roundabout for Pictou has been delayed. Pictou town engineer Jim Chisholm says that a tender for the redesign of the Pictou rotary has to be approved by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure before it can be posted. That means work on the new roundabout can't begin until at least the fall. The town has been working on a new main entrance since 2010 and drawings were recently completed that show a roundabout near the town’s soccer field. The province has agreed to cost-share any upgrades by 50 per cent and the town is hoping that the sale of the property to a developer will cover the town’s share. The redesign will create eight and a half acres for commercial development. A separate tender has been issued for work done Veteran’s Drive, near the entrance of the town. There is a tender for a new water line to be installed along with new curbing, sidewalks and paving.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 6
Thursday 6th August 2015
The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched this afternoon at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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Scotia Speedworld near Halifax is hosting the Atlantic Cat 250 this weekend. On Friday night it's the Dartmouth Dodge Sportsman 100, then on Saturday at 5, it's the Atlantic Cat 250. Local racers George Koszkulics, Donald Chisholm, and Rollie MacDonald's Pictou entry driven by Cassius Clark will be on the track.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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MILITARY CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE AIR CADET'S DEATH
Thursday 6th August 2015
A 13-year-old air cadet who died after falling ill at a Nova Scotia military base has been identified. Captain Liam Mather says Gabriel Comeau of Saint John, New Brunswick, fell ill Tuesday afternoon in his accommodations at 14 Wing at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood. Mather says the cadet told a duty officer he felt sick and was taken to the base's medical clinic and later transferred to a hospital in Kentville, Nova Scotia, where he was pronounced dead. There's no word on the cause of death. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service, an investigative arm of the military police, is looking into the incident. Mather says the boy was taking a three-week basic fitness and sports course, which promotes healthy living. The military's chief of reserves and cadets, Rear-Admiral Jennifer Bennett, says the "tragic loss" of the teenager of being felt throughout the entire institution. Bennett says Comeau was so happy to reach the age of 12 so he could sign up and be with his two older brothers in the Air Cadets.


NOVA STAR TO WORK IN ENGLAND? NOT SO FAST, SAYS COUNCIL
Thursday 6th August 2015
A local council in England wants to set the record straight on a deal by Nova Star Cruises to provide winter business in Europe. Thanet District Council said in a news release Wednesday that there isn't an agreement with the company's partner, Euroferries Express Ltd., to use their terminal. The release adds that "any statements to the contrary regarding the council-owned port are both inaccurate and misleading". Nova Star Cruises, operator of the Yarmouth to Maine ferry, announced a multi-year agreement on Tuesday to provide daily service between Ramsgate, England and Boulogne, France. Thanet Council says they were first approached in 2009, and says Euroferries and Euroferries Express have both failed to prove they can provide a viable cross-channel service.


MADD PEI LEADER RESIGNS AFTER DRUNK DRIVING CHARGE
Thursday 6th August 2015
The national head of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is expressing disappointment after a P-E-I chapter's president was charged with impaired driving. Andrew Murie says David Griffin immediately resigned as volunteer president of the East Prince County chapter. Murie says Griffin was formally charged this week. He says he has some compassion for Griffin, whom he says did great work during his three years as president.


SASKATCHEWAN PREMIER SAYS EQUALIZATION TOO RICH FOR HAVE-NOT PROVINCES
Thursday 6th August 2015
Saskatchewan's premier says some of the have-not provinces are getting too much money from the federal equalization program. Brad Wall wants cuts to that program, saying a lot of the money is being spent in dated and inefficient ways. He says infrastructure and tax relief money might be a better option to help out the have-not provinces. The federally funded, constitutionally guaranteed program sees more than 17-billion dollars a year distributed to poorer provinces. Manitoba N-D-P Premier Greg Selinger says Saskatchewan benefitted from the equalization program until 2008, when it became a richer province due to rising energy and mining revenues. Selinger says the program helped Saskatchewan fund education and build hospitals, and other provinces deserve the same kind of help.


FIRST LEADERS DEBATE TONIGHT
Thursday 6th August 2015
Four federal party leaders will go head to head tonight as they face off in the first election debate. The economy is expected to be front and centre, as it has dominated the first few days of the campaign, but the debate will also touch on energy, the environment, democracy, foreign policy and security. Stephen Harper, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Green party Leader Elizabeth May hunkered down Wednesday to prepare for the debate, which runs from 9 p.m. To 11 p.m. This evening. Maclean's magazine, which is running the debate, is keeping the actual format under wraps, but it is said to include individual question-and-answer periods between the leaders and political editor Paul Wells, plus free discussion and final statements. The questions will be drafted by the magazine and won't be distributed beforehand. The speaking order was decided in a draw, which was also kept confidential. Observers expect Harper, as prime minister, to be the target of most of the debate attacks, but the Conservatives say he is ready. Many eyes will be on Mulcair, as a much-lauded debater, while Trudeau is the greenest of the bunch — May having faced Harper in an election debate in 2008. The Toronto debate is to air on the City-TV network, Omni stations and CPAC. It is to be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. Other debates are planned. The Globe and Mail is organizing one for Sept. 17, the University of Toronto's Munk Debates is planning a leader's exchange on foreign policy and French network TVA will host one on general topics on Oct. 5.


TRAILER AND LOBSTER CRATES STOLEN ON SOUTH SHORE
Wednesday 5th August 2015
RCMP say they're investigating after a trap trailer and 245 lobster crates were stolen in southwestern Nova Scotia. Police say the trailer was stolen around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday from Surf Seafoods in Port La Tour, about 50 kilometres south of Shelburne. Investigators say the trailer was then used to take 245 lobster crates from Reynolds Trucking. Police say the value of the gear and the trailer is more than $14,000. The Mounties are asking the public for information on the incident.


TEXTWALKING COULD BE TO BLAME FOR BAD POSTURE
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Researchers at the University of Texas say digital devices are changing the way we stand and walk. They found people who text while walking change their gait, taking slower and smaller steps to avoid falling or crashing into something or someone. Textwalkers also hunch over their screens, which can lead to poor posture and balance. Some cities have built textwalking lanes for people who can't pry themselves away from their phones.  


SHERBROOKE VILLAGE EMPLOYEES TO HIT PICKET LINES
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Dozens of unionized employees at a Nova Scotia museum have voted to strike following negotiations that have lasted more than three years. The union says its workers at Sherbrooke Village museum voted 85 per cent in favour of striking at a meeting Tuesday night. Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union president Joan Jessome says the employer has been dragging out negotiations for three years because of a pension issue and members are extremely frustrated. Jessome says wages are also an issue, as the roughly 70 staff members are making less than employees who do similar work at other museums in the province. Members of NSGEU Local 50 work in the museum as craftspeople, historical interpreters, maintenance workers, security officers, administrators and in marketing and promotions.


ENVIRONMENTALIST FIGHTING FOR QUICKER RESPONSE TO POTENTIAL SUBSEA BLOWOUTS
Wednesday 5th August 2015
A Nova Scotia environmentalist is questioning why the federal environmental protection agency has approved an offshore drilling plan that allows up to 21 days to contain a subsea blowout, when the most recent U.S. regulation requires technology to be on hand to cap the blowout within 24 hours. A Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency decision on the Shell Canada Ltd. deepwater project for the Shelburne Basin exploration off southern Nova Scotia issued earlier this year accepts a company spill containment plan that allows for capping in 12 to 21 days. It is signed by federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq. John Davis, a critic of the project, said in an interview that Shell should have to follow a recent decision by the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement that requires it to have a vessel carrying a capping system available within a day in the Chukchi Sea offshore Alaska project. A spokesperson for the federal Environment Minister wasn't immediately available for comment. In the federal environmental assessment report of June 15, the agency states a blowout in the seven planned wells is unlikely and notes Shell's containment plan allows for capping and containment in 12 to 21 days.


CHAIR OF NS SECURITIES COMMISSION TO HEAD BANKING OMBUDSMAN SERVICE
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Sarah Bradley has been chosen to head the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments after longtime ombudsman Doug Melville stepped down at the end of May. Bradley is currently the chairwoman and chief executive officer of the Nova Scotia Securities Commission. She will begin her new role as the ombudsman and CEO of the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments on Sept. 14. The national organization, which resolves disputes between clients and their banks and investment firms, serves as an alternative to costly legal battles. When it determines that a customer complaint has merit, it can recommend that firms compensate clients up to $350,000. The organization has faced push back in recent years, with a number of companies refusing to abide by the ombudsman's recommendations.


CADET DIES WHILE TRAINING AT GREENWOOD
Wednesday 5th August 2015
A 13-year old cadet died yesterday while attending a summer training camp at 14 Wing Greenwood. A spokesperson for the military says the male cadet from New Brunswick, whose identity is being withheld, reported feeling ill yesterday afternoon and was taken to the Kentville Regional Hospital where he later died. Captain Liam Mather says the boy's death was not related to training activities, but he did not indicate whether the teen had an underlying medical condition. The boy's family is now at the base. More details are expected to be released later today.


NDP HEALTH CRITIC WANTS TO KNOW NEW GUIDELINES FOR SENIOR'S LONG TERM CARE
Wednesday 5th August 2015
The NDP Health Critic wants answers. Dave Wilson says the McNeil government needs to make public new guidelines that make it harder for seniors to be accepted into nursing homes. He said the family of Edgar and Theresa McPhee deserve to know why their parents are living an hour apart after 62 years of marriage. Both are confined to a wheel chair and were originally told they would be placed in the same nursing home in Pictou County. But after the Liberals changed policy in February, Edgar was assessed and told he didn’t qualify for long-term care. Instead he has been offered a spot in a separate residential care facility an hour away from where Theresa was placed. Wilson says the real problem is a shortage of beds, which the Liberals are not planning to solve.


PEI PREMIER DOESN'T WANT NEW POWER CABLE TO RUN ACROSS BRIDGE
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Prince Edward Island's premier says a proposed power cable won’t be going on the Confederation Bridge and will proceed underwater as planned. Wade MacLauchlan says a submarine cable is a proven design and the Island would be vulnerable if its transportation, telecommunications and energy link were all in one place. There have been suggestions the two, 180-megawatt cables from New Brunswick could run along the bridge, but MacLauchlan says he wants to make a definitive comment about the cable’s route. MacLauchlan also says there will be fewer environmental issues with the new cables compared to the ones in use because there won’t be insulating oil in the new ones. He says plastic insulation will be used and will be maintenance free. Maritime Electric and NB Power have started public consultation on the project that will see two cables strung along a trench on the Northumberland Strait floor.


CB VILLAGE SAVES POD OF BEACHED PILOT WHALES
Wednesday 5th August 2015
A resident of a small community on Cape Breton's west coast says about 25 people poured buckets of water over 16 beached pilot whales in an effort to save the mammals after they became stuck on the rocky shores of St. George's Bay. Linden MacIntyre, a former journalist who lives about a kilometre from the site in Judique, says 11 whales survived, but five died. MacIntyre says he believes the whales were beached early yesterday morning as the tide went out. He says a resident noticed the whales and began calling other people in the area to help keep them alive until the tide came back into the beach. MacIntyre says their main concern was propping the heavy whales upright and keeping their blowholes uncovered so they did not drown. MacIntyre says as the tide came in, residents worked together to move the whales to safety, with some wading in neck-deep water. He says the freed whales were reluctant to leave without the rest of their pod, but eventually swam away in a tight group.


HERITAGE GAS WANTS TO MAKE SURE LNG PIPELINE WILL HAVE ROOM FOR THEM
Wednesday 5th August 2015
The company distributing natural gas in Nova Scotia is pitching for adequate access to Atlantic Canada's sole pipeline in the event liquefied natural gas export terminals are approved. Heritage Gas applied in May to intervene in licence applications by three potential L-N-G export facilities filed with the National Energy Board. Company president Chris Smith says as offshore natural gas supplies are depleted, the Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline could be a key source of supply. A spokesman for the pipeline says the company would ensure existing customers are still served and that adding shipments to export terminals could actually lower the overall costs of using the pipeline.


LOBSTER CARNIVAL BACK IN (THE) BLACK
Wednesday 5th August 2015
The Pictou Lobster Carnival Committee would like thank the community for another successful event. Committee members and volunteers met on Tuesday, July 28 to go over this year’s Carnival events. The good news is that through the hard work of committee members, volunteers and sponsors, the Carnival has built up a cushion of $40,000 which will come in handy in case of any issues at future carnivals. And organizers have sorted out the problem with this year's fireworks show – a timing issue shortened the display by shooting off the fireworks too close together. They promise, “We are on it for next year.”


NO VACANCY IN PEI OVER LONG WEEKEND
Wednesday 5th August 2015
The Prince Edward Island government says for the first time in recent memory, all licensed roofed accommodations in the province were full this past weekend. Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Heath MacDonald says it's been at least a decade since all accommodations were full on the August long weekend. MacDonald says the busy weekend was due in part to the Rock the Boat Festival in Tyne Valley and the women’s under 21 fast pitch tournament in Summerside.


FEDERAL LEADERS PREPPING FOR TOMORROW'S DEBATE
Wednesday 5th August 2015
The country's main political leaders will stay off the campaign trail today and focus on getting ready for tomorrow night's first leaders' debate in Toronto. The four leaders, including Green Party leader Elizabeth May, will be hunkered down with their top staff,. But Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe -- who was not invited to this debate organized by Maclean’s magazine -- will campaign instead in eastern Quebec.


CALGARY HIT WITH HAIL, WIND AND RAIN IN SUMMER STORM
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Mother Nature delivered a harsh summer hit to Calgary on Tuesday evening, with heavy rain, strong winds and hail leaving considerable damage behind. In some spots, the hail was so heavy, it looked like knee-deep snow piled on the ground. Flash flooding swallowed up some vehicles and caused transit delays, as catch basins were clogged by hail and leaves that had been ripped off trees. Trees and power lines were knocked down, power was out to at least 35-thousand homes and businesses, and the wind reportedly ripped a roof off an apartment complex in the northeast.


WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO BURN IN BC
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Officials say hot, dry conditions and unstable weather could mean more fire activity across British Columbia over the next few days. This follows what Forests Minister Steve Thomson describes as a spike in human-caused fires. He says more than one-third of the 31 fires that flared up during the long weekend were the result of human activity. Firefighting efforts have so far cost the province almost 175-million dollars since April -- about 45-million more than spent by this time last year. Chief fire information officer Kevin Skrepnek says there are currently 140 fires in the province. More than 800 people are involved in firefighting efforts across B-C. They include 150 out-of-province personnel -- mostly from Ontario and Australia.


CANADA COULD FACE STICKY SITUATION IN RUSSIAN ARCTIC CLAIM
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Russia is claiming 1.2 million square kilometres of the Arctic shelf -- including the North Pole. And a defence expert says that could put some political heat on Canada. Russia, the U-S, Canada, Denmark and Norway are working with the U-N to define jurisdictional boundaries in the Arctic -- an area thought to hold as much as a quarter of the planet's undiscovered oil and gas. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea allows all coastal nations to extend their jurisdiction beyond 200 nautical miles as long as they can proven the boundary is a natural extension. In late 2013, the Harper government ordered officials to rewrite Canada’s Arctic claim to include the North Pole. Rob Huebert of the University of Calgary says Prime Minister Harper should make clear whether Canada is eventually willing to negotiate with Russia where claims intersect. He says the government has taken a tough line on Russia's annexation of Crimea and the questions that need to be asked are when does Canada re-engage diplomatically and whether that would signal de facto acceptance of the situation in Ukraine.


POPE URGES RELAXED ATTITUDES TOWARDS DIVORCED CATHOLICS
Wednesday 5th August 2015
Pope Francis says divorced Catholics who remarry and their children deserve better treatment from the Catholic church. Francis reminded pastors in a speech Wednesday that such Catholics aren't excommunicated, even though they're sometimes treated as if they are. Catholic teaching says divorced Catholics who remarry are living in sin and are not allowed to receive Communion. Francis' emphasis on the importance of mercy in church leadership has raised hope among many divorced Catholics that he might lift the Communion ban. In his speech, Francis didn't go that far. But he said these couples' children suffer because estrangement from full participation in the church makes it harder for the parents to raise their children as Catholics. He said pastors shouldn't "add more weight" to what these children suffer from failed marriages.


MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY RE-OPENS WATER ISSUES FORCE CLOSURE
Tuesday 4th August 2015
Newfoundland's Memorial University has reopened today after a water issue forced its closure. The campus in St. John's closed on Friday after some water tests indicated high concentrations of lead. The school is making bottled water available and adding filtration systems to water fountains in some of the buildings. Samples taken from all 50 buildings on campus are being tested, but officials say the results so far indicate no widespread issue with lead contamination in those tested.


PEI SELLS OUT HOTELS FOR ENTIRE ISLAND
Tuesday 4th August 2015
P-E-I's tourism minister says all rooms in the province were booked solid over the weekend for the first time in recent memory. Heath MacDonald says the combination of the "Rock the Boat Festival" in Tyne Valley, two major sports tournaments, a long weekend and some amazing weather added up to a perfect storm. He says while Visitor Information Centre staff weren't able to find rooms for everyone, he's ecstatic about the number of people who came to visit the Island. Tourism officials say while the August long weekend is always one of the busiest on P-E-I, it has been at least a decade since all licensed, nightly accommodations were full. 


PROBATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERED FOR FAKE SOLDIER
Tuesday 4th August 2015
A Quebec man has been sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service after impersonating a soldier during last year's Remembrance Day ceremony. Franck Gervais, of Cantley, Quebec pleaded guilty in March to two charges for donning a military uniform, despite not serving in the military, and for wearing medals he didn't earn. Members of the Canadian Forces complained after they saw Gervais being interviewed on T-V at the National War Memorial.


CBC TELEVISION HOST CHRIS HYNDMAN DIES
Tuesday 4th August 2015
Chris Hyndman, co-host of CBC-TV's lifestyle series "Steven and Chris," has died. The CBC reported that the 49-year old was found without vital signs after 11 p.m. on Monday in an alleyway near Toronto's Queen and Broadview streets. A Toronto Police spokesperson would not confirm the report, citing privacy concerns, however, a CBC spokesman has confirmed that Hyndman had died. No other details have been released. Hyndman co-starred with off-screen partner Steven Sabados on the daily series, one of several projects that featured the couple's chemistry and affectionate rapport. Hyndman often played the joker, while the more straitlaced Sabados played up a calm and pragmatic demeanour.


CHURCH VANDALIZED IN NEW BRUNSWICK
Tuesday 4th August 2015
Police in New Brunswick are investigating two acts of vandalism in the village of Bath, including damage that was done to the doors of a Catholic church. The numbers "666" were painted twice in red on the doors of the church, along with an upside down cross. The RCMP says nearby on Church Street, a crosswalk sign was painted with what they believe is the same red paint. The Mounties say the vandalism happened sometime through the night on Friday into the early morning on Saturday. 


ELECTION ROUND-UP
Tuesday 4th August 2015
N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair has made his campaign-trail debut in Montreal, flanked by Quebec candidates who want to build on the party’s 2011 success in the province. Mulcair says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is out of touch with the needs of Quebecers and all Canadians.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper rolled out his first big-budget campaign promise in a hotly-contested Toronto riding this morning. He’s promising a 1.5-billion dollar a year permanent home renovation tax credit but admitted under questioning that it won’t be introduced until economic circumstances permit.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is blaming Stephen Harper for the fact Canada is the only G-7 country in a recession and says the real risk to the economy would be a re-elected Tory government. Campaigning in Mississauga, Ontario this morning, Trudeau said most families would be better off financially under a Liberal government. Trudeau calls N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair’s economic strategy a mirage, and says the party’s pledge to increase the federal minimum wage would not apply to 99 per cent of workers who earn it.


SPCA SEEK OWNERS OF BEAGLES IN CRUELTY CASE
Tuesday 4th August 2015
The Nova Scotia SPCA is appealing for the public's help in tracking down the owners of 14 dogs seized last month. The organization says its cruelty investigations team responded to a call to a property in West Gore July 22. Officers seized 14 beagles including seven puppies. Since the seizure officials have not been able to find the owners. The SPCA says the dogs were assessed and appear to be in good medical condition. The adult dogs are up for adoption and can be visited at the Dartmouth shelter.


ANTIGONISH GROUP LOOKS TO HELP SYRIAN FAMILY
Tuesday 4th August 2015
Members of a newly-formed group in Antigonish say they hope residents can come together to help members of a Syrian family escape the conflict in their country. Tanya Felix with Syria-Antigonish Families Embrace says the group has been watching coverage of the humanitarian crisis unfold and they want to help. She says they need to raise 20-thousand dollars for relocation costs. Felix says officials with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia will help them connect with a family.


ARREST MADE IN NEW BRUNSWICK STABBING DEATH ***UPDATED***
Tuesday 4th August 2015
RCMP in western New Brunswick say a man is charged with second-degree murder in the death of a 68-year-old man. Thirty-year-old Andrew Merlin Schriver of Central Waterville was charged during a court appearance today in Woodstock. Police say they were called to a home in Central Waterville on Sunday where they found two men injured with what appeared to be stab wounds. Both men were taken to hospital where police say Richard Foster later died of his injuries. The Mounties say an autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of the Bull Lake man's death. Schriver was remanded and is scheduled to return to court Nov. 19 for a preliminary hearing.


POLICE RESPOND TO SHOOTING DEATH AT FESTIVAL AFTERPARTY IN TORONTO
Tuesday 4th August 2015
It's not clear if Toronto police have any suspects in the shooting deaths of two people at an afterparty for the O-V-O Fest in Toronto. Three other people were rushed to hospital after shots were fired both in and outside the Muzik nightclub. Police say the festival was a well-run event with lots of police officers in the area.


YARMOUTH FERRY GETS WORK IN OFF-SEASON
Tuesday 4th August 2015
The company that operates the ferry between Yarmouth and Maine says it has secured off-season winter business in Europe. Nova Star Cruises says beginning Nov.1 it will offer three-times per day service between England and France. The new business for the ferry service is the result of a multi-year agreement with Euroferries Express Ltd. Company CEO Mark Amundsen says the work will help make the money-losing route between Portland, Maine and Yarmouth more economically viable. The Nova Scotia government is providing $13 million this year after spending $28.5 million to subsidize the ferry last season. Nova Star will end its Portland to Yarmouth service for the 2015 season on Oct. 13.


NFLD SWITCHING STUDENT LOANS TO GRANTS
Tuesday 4th August 2015
A student group in Newfoundland and Labrador is welcoming the elimination of provincial student loans. Travis Perry of the Canadian Federation of Students says the move is a step in the right direction. As of August 1st, provincial students loans were replaced with up-front needs-based grants. Perry says that's something students have wanted for a long time. He says removing that debt load from students, even by a small amount, will pay off in the long run.


HALIFAX FIREBUG FACES ARSON CHARGES AFTER WEEKEND SPREE
Tuesday 4th August 2015
Police in Halifax say a 45-year-old man faces charges after four incidents of arson. Police say a porta pottie was destroyed in a fire over the noon hour Monday at a construction site on Alumni Crescent. At 6 p.m. a sport utility vehicle was set alight and destroyed along the 1300 block of Hollis Street. Later, police reported minimal damage after a carport fire at a multi-unit building on Victoria Road and following a fire in a parked tour bus along the 1400 block of Hollis Street. A suspect was arrested shortly after the bus fire after witnesses provided a physical description to police officers.


LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP - AUGUST 4
Tuesday 4th August 2015
The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards won the Peewee AA Tubby Melanson baseball tournament in Moncton over the weekend. The Blizzards went 6-0 in the tournament, defeating Amherst 12-1 in the finals. The Blizzards cruised through the preliminary round with wins over Elispogtog 16-6, Charlottetown 15-1, and Riverview 25-3. In the quarter finals they once again defeated Elispogtog 15-1 and then defeated Dartmouth 5-3 in a very exciting semi finals.
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The Pictou County Albions picked up four wins on the weekend after sweeping a pair of doubleheaders. On Saturday in Kennetcook, the Albions beat the Braves 15-0, with Wes Moser firing a complete game shutout on the mound. Craig Murray had three hits and Brent Turnbull had a three-run double. In game two, the teams went into extra innings; the first nine batters for the Albions in the top of the eighth all came around to score and the Albions won 11-2. Trevor Whynott got the win, pitching a complete game for Pictou County. Whynott and Tommy Hayman each had three hits in the victory. On Sunday at Albion Field, the Albions defeated the Pictou County Royals 8-2 in the opener, with Lucas Gulliver getting the win and Matt Noiles picking up four hits. Ryan Kamp had two hits for the Royals. The Albions fell behind in the second game against the Royals, before racking up 15 unanswered runs in a 15-5 final. Turnbull again doubled with the bases jammed to drive in three runs, Cory Baird pitched a complete game for the victory, while Lucas MacDonald and Timmy MacKinnon both had a pair of hits for the Royals. The two teams play again tomorrow night in Stellarton.
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Two games were played in the Leo Fahey Ladies Twilight Softball League at the Albion Field Monday night. In Game 1: Cardinals 11 Giants 7. Game 2: Yankees 8 Blue Jays 7.
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The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched on Thursday at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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GOOD SAMARITAN PASSES AWAY AFTER HELPING STRANDED SWIMMERS
Tuesday 4th August 2015
Police say a woman died Sunday after assisting in the rescue of distressed swimmers at a Cape Breton beach. An RCMP release says civilians responded at about 4:30 p.m. to a group of swimmers who were stranded by a riptide at a beach in Broad Cove. After exiting the water, one of the civilian rescuers, a 45-year-old woman from Sydney, collapsed onshore. The other bystanders started CPR until paramedics arrived, however the woman was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene. A man was treated at the scene and was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say an investigation is underway.


TRURO PRISON INMATE'S MEMORIAL TODAY
Tuesday 4th August 2015
A memorial service will be held today for a Newfoundland woman who died last week at a Nova Scotia jail. An online obituary for Camille Strickland-Murphy says the 22-year-old woman committed suicide. She was found unresponsive in her cell at the Nova Institution for Women in Truro on July 28th. Strickland-Murphy had been serving a sentence of two years and eight months for robbery and a probation offence.


FEDERAL LEADERS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Tuesday 4th August 2015
A day after Prime Minister Harper launched his re-election campaign in the backyard of his top two political rivals, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau did the same. Trudeau dropped into Harper's home turf on Monday in Calgary, telling 400 supporters it wouldn't be his only trip to Alberta during the 11-week campaign to say the Harper Conservative government has let down voters in his province. He says Harper's plan to maintain the status quo means leading Canadians into a recession. The Liberals haven't elected a Member of Parliament in Calgary since 1968.

Repeating the catchphrase from Conservative attack ads, Harper said rival Justin Trudeau is "just not ready" to lead Canada's finances. Campaigning in Ajax, Ontario, Harper also insisted that the policies of N-D-P Leader Tom Mulcair would, "wreck the economy.'' Mulcair did not campaign Monday, but has an event scheduled for today in Montreal.


TORNADO DAMAGES ONTARIO TOWN
Tuesday 4th August 2015
Weather experts say a tornado ripped through a southwestern Ontario community during a severe storm on Sunday night, tearing the roof from a bungalow and damaging several barns and police cars. Environment Canada says violent winds of up to 220 kilometres per hour occurred in Teviotdale, northwest of Kitchener, with a twister leaving about nine kilometres of damage in its wake. The tornado came amid extreme rain, wind and hail in southwest and southern Ontario that knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses. Fewer than five-thousand Ontario Hydro customers remain without power, down from a high of about 50-thousand.


BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING SEASON MORE LUCRATIVE WITH LOW LOONIE
Tuesday 4th August 2015
The back-to-school shopping season is underway and the falling loonie is expected to help boost the bottom lines of Canadian retailers during this busy time. Ernst and Young says they expect a four per cent increase in back-to-school spending in Canada this year. The lower loonie likely means consumers will be shopping closer to home and Ernst and Young's Daniel Baer says they expect fewer dollars to be spent across the border. That also includes people who shop on U-S sites. Baer says recent universal child-care benefit payments will likely mean extra spending money for back-to-school but economic uncertainty may curb the appetite among consumers to spend. Ernst and Young says British Columbia and Ontario will lead sales while the Maritimes and Quebec will lag behind the national average. Alberta and Saskatchewan are typically leaders in the category. But both provinces are expected to post back-to-school sales in the red.


CECIL THE LION BEANIE BABY TO RAISE MONEY FOR ANIMAL WELFARE
Tuesday 4th August 2015
Toy-maker Ty Incorporated has created a "Cecil the Lion" Beanie Baby to raise funds for animal conservation efforts. Creation of the toy comes after an American dentist was accused of killing the well-known lion named Cecil in Zimbabwe in an allegedly illegal hunt. The incident set off a worldwide uproar. Ty C-E-O Ty Warner says the Chicago-area company hopes the Beanie Baby will raise awareness for animal conservation and "give comfort to all saddened by the loss of Cecil." Ty says all profits from "Cecil the Lion" sales will go to the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit of the University of Oxford in England.


FAMILY DISPLACED BY ACCIDENTAL FIRE
Monday 3rd August 2015
An early morning fire in Salmon River has displaced a woman and her two children. Fire officials indicated that the mother and son were able to get out of the home uninjured, while the daughter was not home at the time. Crews from five departments responded to the blaze in the early morning hours Sunday, and were called back to respond to a flare up later in the morning. The fire marshall indicates that he believes the cause of the fire to be accidental. The Canadian Red Cross are assisting the family of three while they stay with nearby family.


MV FARLEY MOWAT RAISED, CLEANUP CONTINUES
Monday 3rd August 2015
The Canadian Coast Guard is removing any remaining oil from the MV Farley Mowat after lifting it out of Shelburne Harbour. The derelict ship had been leaking oil into the harbour since it sank in June. It took crews three hours to lift the 54-metre ship out of the water early yesterday morning. A spokesperson for the Coast Guard says they have already removed well over 10-thousand litres of oil from the site. 


SENIOR FACE LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR
Monday 3rd August 2015
A 72-year old man is suffering from life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car in the Armdale roundabout Sunday evening. A witness says the man was in a crosswalk when he was struck. The driver of the vehicle immediately stopped, got out of his vehicle, and contacted 9-1-1. The man suffered a head wound, resulting in paramedics placing him on a spinal board before taking him to hospital.


SPORTS ROUNDUP AUGUST 3
Monday 3rd August 2015

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The New Glasgow DQ Blizzards won the Peewee AA Tubby Melanson baseball tournament in Moncton over the weekend.  The Blizzards went 6-0 in the tournament, defeating Amherst 12-1 in the finals.  The Blizzards cruised through the preliminary round with wins over Elispogtog 16-6,  Charlottetown 15-1,  and Riverview 25-3.   In the quarter finals they once again defeated Elispogtog 15-1 and then defeated Dartmouth 5-3 in a very exciting semi finals.
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The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched on Thursday, August 6 at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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hitchBOT DESTROYED BY VANDALS
Sunday 2nd August 2015
A made in Canada hitchhiking robot that has attracted fans worldwide has been damaged beyond repair in the U-S. The Canadian researchers who created hitchBOT say someone in Philadelphia vandalized the robot on Saturday. The child-size robot set out to travel across the U-S after successfully hitchhiking across Canada in 26 days last year. It can't -- or couldn't -- move on its own, and had relied on the kindness of strangers to get from place to place. The Canadian creators were sent an image of the vandalized robot but cannot track its location because the battery is dead. They say they don't know who destroyed it or why. But co-creator Frauke Zeller, a professor at Toronto's Ryerson University, says many children who adored the robot are now heartbroken.


FEDERAL CAMPAIGN TO FORMALLY BEGIN?
Sunday 2nd August 2015
The longest and likely the most expensive federal election campaign in modern Canadian history is almost certain to begin today. Prime Minister Harper will go to Rideau Hall at 10 a-m E-T to speak with Governor General David Johnston. Harper is expected to ask that parliament be dissolved, and then call an election for October 19th. The 11-week campaign would be the longest in more than 140 years. Duff Conacher, a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa and the co-founder of Democracy Watch, predicts the federal election campaign will get off to a slow start. But, Conacher says the excitement level will rise as voting day approaches. He says for the first time in 30 years, the three main parties have leaders that voters could see as leading the country.


MV FARLEY MOWAT TO BE RAISED OFF HARBOUR BOTTOM TODAY
Sunday 2nd August 2015
Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be raising a sunken ship from the bottom of Shelburne Harbour today. The M-V Farley Mowat has a storied history. It was seized by the government in 2008 after its conservationist owners were accused of interfering with the seal hunt. It was then sold to a scrap dealer in 2013 before sinking in June of this year.


POSSIBLE ARSON IN YARMOUTH
Sunday 2nd August 2015
Police are investigating a fire at a restaurant in Yarmouth. R-C-M-P are calling the Saturday morning incident arson. Two men, ages 21 and 23, were arrested shortly after the fire. No one was injured. 


LOCAL SPORTS August 2
Sunday 2nd August 2015
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The first segment of the Blue Route, which is a provincial cycling network, will be formally launched on Thursday, August 6 at 2:30pm in Pictou. The Route will connect Nova Scotia’s communities through designated cycling routes on secondary highways with paved shoulders, low traffic volume roads, hard surfaced trails, and city streets. The concept of the Blue Route is based on the award winning Route Verte in Quebec, which brings in upwards of $200M in tourism revenue each year and is seen as one of the best active transportation networks in the world. The first segment to launch connects Pictou to East Mountain (Bible Hill) along segments of the provincial road network (Route 376 and Trunk 4) and the Jitney Trail (co-managed by the Town of Pictou and the Pictou County Trails Association). The entire planned route is 56 km in length, which includes 53km on provincial roadways and ~3km on the Jitney Trail.
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New Glasgow Recreation is offering a Girl’s Volleyball Camp August 10-13 for girls aged 10-13. Master the fundamentals of volleyball with the help of a skilled instructor. Phone 755-4398 or e-mail recreation@newglasgow.ca for more details.
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The Pioneer Coal Field in Stellarton is offering lessons in Nordic Walking and Track and Field through the summer. Sessions in Nordic Walking are held Mondays, 10:30-12am and Wednesdays, 2:30-4pm until September. No experience needed. Track and Field instruction is held the same days and times as Nordic walking. This allows individuals to switch between the two activities. No equipment is needed other than water, running shoes and comfortable clothing. The sessions are aimed toward people 55+ years of age although younger individuals are more than welcome to participate. The sessions are free, and no registration is needed.
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The Pictou County Female Hockey Association is hosting a goalie clinic August 24 -28 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. The clinic will be instructed by Carmen MacDonald who a goaltender for the Canada women's national under-18 ice hockey team and won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago. The clinic will be $50 for each participant. It is for female goalies only from novice to midget in Antigonish, Pictou, Colchester and Cape Breton West. Anyone interested in trying out this position can also participate. Registration deadline August 12 and contact Sueann Musick at smusick@ngnews.ca
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The fifteenth annual Walter MacDonald Memorial golf tournament will be held Sunday August 16th at the Glen Lovat Golf Club. Tee off time will be 1 PM with a shotgun start. Cost for the tournament is $400 per 4-person team, which includes 18 holes of best ball format, two power carts and a steak supper. All proceeds will be donated to the Aberdeen hospital palliative care society in memory of Walter MacDonald who lost his battle with cancer in 2000. For more information please contact Bookie MacDonald at 902-396-3106.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for Red Cross Fall Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin September 16th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email to aquatics@townofpictou.com
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ROSELAND CABARET CUTTING BACK HOURS
Saturday 1st August 2015
The Roseland Cabaret is changing its hours of operation. Complaints were filed with the Utility and Review Board several months ago by the town of New Glasgow, a local physician, and members of the Municipal Alcohol Project Community Action Committee, concerned that the late hours of operation were leading to excessive drinking, violence and injuries. The owners of the Roseland have agreed to bring their hours of operation in line with other local bars by no longer serving alcohol after 2am, and closing at 2:30. The complaints to the Review Board were subsequently withdrawn.


BOARD SAYS IT WON'T RE-OPEN RIVER JOHN DEBATE
Saturday 1st August 2015
The citizens of River John have hit a dead end in their attempt to revive their school. In a recent meeting, the premier and education minister encouraged the River John SOS committee to go back to the School Board to persuade them to revisit their decision to close the school. But in a letter sent to the committee on Friday, the board says it won’t meet again to discuss the River John Hub proposal, as the budget for the next fiscal year has been passed. Many members of the SOS group say that while the Board's decision is a setback, they will continue to look for ways to save their school.


NEW GAS PIPELINE CONNECTION TO BE FINISHED TODAY
Saturday 1st August 2015
Work to join a natural gas pipeline on both sides of the East River should be completed today. Work began two weeks ago to bore through the bedrock underneath the river to connect the pipe on the West Side to the East Side, Trenton and Stellarton. Heritage Gas says gas should begin to flow through the new lines by early September.


NB MAN SAVED WITH HELP OF AUTOMATED DEFRIBRILLATOR
Saturday 1st August 2015
A New Brunswick man is alive thanks to some quick-thinking bystanders and a public-access life-saving machine that was nearby only through a strange twist of circumstance. Forty-six-year-old Eugene Manuel was competing in a fitness challenge at his local gym in Miramichi on July 11th when his heart suddenly stopped beating. A bystander sprinted to the Tim Horton's next door, remembering there was an automatic external defibrillator, or AED, inside. The defribrillator was in the store in honour of local man Pat O'Kane, who suffered a cardiac arrest in downtown Miramichi six years prior, when there was no defibrillator in the area.


ONTARIO WOMAN CHARGED WITH IMPAIRED DRIVING NEAR MILLBROOK
Saturday 1st August 2015
A 59-year-old woman from Ontario is facing impaired driving charges after the R-C-M-P in Nova Scotia say a breathalyzer found her blood alcohol level was nearly three and a half times the legal limit. Police responded to a 9-1-1 call around 2 p.m. yesterday reporting an erratic driver on Highway 1-02 near Millbrook. The vehicle was described as swerving in and out of its lane at a very slow speed, causing other motorists to take evasive actions to avoid collisions. The woman is due in Truro Provincial Court on September 23rd.


PACIFIC TRADE TALKS FIZZLE OUT
Saturday 1st August 2015
Negotiators for Canada, the U-S, and 10 other countries have failed to finalize a deal to create the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- the biggest free trade zone in history. They left their meeting in Hawaii without reaching a deal -- and without setting a date for their next round of talks. Last night, Prime Minister Harper was waiting in Ottawa, ready to announce an agreement. However, after the talks in Hawaii broke up, Harper's planned announcement never happened.


NO HARPER AT DEBATES, NO MULCAIR: NDP
Saturday 1st August 2015
The N-D-P says Tom Mulcair won't participate in any leaders' debates during the election campaign if they don't include Stephen Harper. The condition likely kills any chance of the traditional debates hosted by a consortium of Canada's largest broadcasters happening. The Conservative party has already ruled out Harper's participation in the consortium debates -- one French, one English, proposed to take place less than two weeks before the expected October 19th vote. It's doubtful the consortium will press ahead with its proposal without two of the three main party leaders. Green party Leader Elizabeth May is furious -- accusing Mulcair of colluding with Harper to kill off the debates that would have the widest audience. May claims it's all aimed at keeping her off centre stage throughout the campaign -- and that it "stinks to high heaven."