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Showing news for the month of January , 2018

GARNIER FILES APPEAL TO HAVE MURDER CONVICTION OVERTURNED
Thursday 18th January 2018
Christopher Garnier has filed an appeal of his second-degree murder conviction in the death of Catherine Campbell. Garnier was convicted by a jury in Nova Scotia Supreme Court last month in relation to the September, 2015 killing of the former Truro police constable and Stellarton native. Garnier's lawyer during the trial, Joel Pink, has confirmed with Halifax Metro News that the appeal has been filed, but says as of now he would not be representing Garnier for the appeal. Garnier's sentencing hearing has yet to take place. The second-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence. At issue at the sentencing hearing in May is how long Garnier must wait to be eligible to apply for parole. No dates have been set for the hearing for Garnier to appeal the conviction.


PROVINCE HIRES TWO NEW CROWN ATTORNEYS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT CASES
Thursday 18th January 2018
The Public Prosecution Service has hired two new Crown attorneys to focus on sexual assault prosecutions. Constance MacIsaac and Danielle Fostey will focus on sexual assault cases and provide Nova Scotia prosecutors with specialized training and resources. Denise Smith, deputy director of public prosecutions, says these two specialized Crown attorneys will increase the overall effectiveness of sexual assault prosecutions across the province. They will also work with legal, law enforcement and advocacy stakeholder groups.


SPORTS FOR JANUARY 18TH
Thursday 18th January 2018
The Peewee AA Crushers are back in action this weekend when they return to Mainland league play Saturday for a home and home series with the Antigonish Bulldogs at the PCWC at 2:30 PM.
They then travel to Antigonish on Sunday morning for a 10:30 AM game at the Keating Centre to cap off their weekend. The team took silver at the Dieppe Memramcook Hockey Tournament last weekend.

The Weeks Junior A Crushers play twice this week. The Yarmouth Mariners will be in town tonight at 7 o'clock . Tomorrow night the Crushers will have a key matchup in the Valley. You can hear that game on ECFM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.

The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have three games this week, visiting Brookfield tonight and the Miners on Saturday before hosting Antigonish next Sunday, 7pm at Trenton Arena.

The Peewee AAA Crushers will be traveling to Truro to tangle with the Bearcats on Saturday and are back on the road Sunday to pay a visit to the East Hants Penguins. The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers square off against the Antigonish Bulldogs in a pair of games this weekend with their home game on Saturday at four o'clock at the Pictou County Wellness Center. <

The Northern AAA Subway Selects will host East Hants on Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 12:30. That'll be their final home game of the regular season.



SYDNEY MAN WITH TERMINAL CANCER BEING DENIED HIS FINAL WISH
Thursday 18th January 2018
A man from Sydney says his dying wish is being denied. Weldon Bona is in the final stages of cancer and has set a date under new legislation that allows assisted death.
But since his doctor is out of town for the date he has chosen, he is not being allowed to end his life with the benefit of medical help.
There are only about 20 doctors in the province who will help with the procedure. Bona says he'll take the fall this time, because he has no choice, but nobody else should ever have to go through what's now happening to him.


ELECTIONS RULES NEED CHANGE - PICTOU EAST CITED AS A RECENT EXAMPLE
Thursday 18th January 2018
An Elections Nova Scotia report is recommending the government move to clear up voter confusion around the withdrawal of candidates after nominations close.
During last spring's provincial election campaign, it happened three times, once from each party. Chief electoral officer Richard Temporale says the Elections Act doesn't offer solutions, leaving voters un-informed about an affected candidate's status.
The Liberals withdrawing Matthew MacKnight in Pictou East and replacing him with John Fraser is cited as one of 3 recent examples.
Temporale wants a legal process put in place to address the situation.
His report also recommends the introduction of e-voting for out-of-province military members, and flexibility to allow people to opt out of reporting their sex when registering to vote.
The report says the province has made changes in how gender identity is recorded in government documents like driver's licences, and as a result the idea that sex be recorded for voter's lists should be changed from mandatory to optional.


DISTURBING COPPER THEFTS FROM NS POWER SUBSTATIONS
Thursday 18th January 2018
RCMP are investigating four separate robberies of copper wire from Nova Scotia Power sub-stations. Police say the thefts happened between January 1st and last Friday, and in each incident, a lock was cut to get inside the enclosures.
> The Mounties say it is very dangerous to enter such facilities because of its high voltage electrical equipment.


PICTOU COUNTY DISTILLERIES LEADING A GROWING SECTOR
Thursday 18th January 2018
Nova Scotia's craft distillery sector is growing fast. There are now 16 here in Canada's second-smallest province — through attractive craft-distillery policies and collaborations with local farmers.
The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation says 12 of those distilleries have popped up in the last five years, serving rum, gin, vodka and other spirits.
Several of them are located in Pictou County, including Nova Scotia Spirit Company in Trenton and Caldera Distillery, which is undergoing a major expansion in River John.
Pierre Guevremont is a co-owner of Ironworks Distillery in Lunenburg. He says Nova Scotia is a national leader in terms of public policies for craft distilleries, along with B.C. and Saskatchewan. Guevremont says locally-owned distilleries are being given favourable margins when selling their product in provincially run liquor stores, and are offered an additional markup reduction when 100 per cent of the agricultural products used in the alcohol are grown in Nova Scotia. The Liquor Commission says sales from the province's craft distilleries rose by 86 per cent between July and October.


RCMP INVESTIGATING COPPER THEFTS
Thursday 18th January 2018
RCMP are investigating four separate robberies of copper wire from Nova Scotia Power sub-stations. Police say the thefts happened between January 1st and 12th, and in each incident, a lock was cut to gain entry. The Mounties say it is very dangerous to enter such facilities because of its high voltage electrical equipment.


PROVINCE PUTS FREEZE ON FISH LICENCES
Thursday 18th January 2018
The province has put an indefinite freeze on the buying side of the province's seafood industry, including the lucrative lobster fishery. Under a temporary measure, the government is no longer issuing new seafood buyer and processing licences. Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell made the announcement Tuesday at a meeting of dozens of industry players who are being consulted with as part of a departmental review of plant licensing. Colwell has not committed yet to limiting entry into the seafood buying and processing sector on a permanent basis, as some industry groups are urging. Colwell said the temporary freeze will have no effect on existing operators because they can activate dormant licences.


NEW TRIAL ORDERED FOR SEX WORKER IN STABBING CASE
Thursday 18th January 2018
The province's highest court has ordered a new trial for a sex worker convicted of assault for stabbing a client she said was sexually assaulting her. The woman had been convicted for stabbing Douglas Barrett in the back in his Sydney home on Sept. 19, 2015. They had known each other for "quite a while," but she testified at trial that she was afraid of Barrett, who had a reputation for mistreating and abusing some sex workers. But she had agreed to go with him in order to get money she needed for drugs. The woman, who is Aboriginal, testified that she took a knife with her when Barrett asked her to go upstairs to his bedroom early in the morning. She said he forced himself on top of her despite her repeatedly saying "no," and drove a knife in his back in self-defence. Judge Alain Begin of the provincial court rejected the self-defence argument and found the woman guilty of assault causing bodily harm. Begin acknowledged that Barrett was likely a predator, and may have been abusive to other sex workers, but said the woman had brought the knife upstairs even though he had not yet threatened her. Begin said the stabbing was "the first violent act," but the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal disagreed in a ruling released Wednesday, saying the first violent act was Barrett's sexual assault. In the decision, the three-judge panel said the trial judge erred in his application of the laws of self-defence and consent. They allowed the appeal and have ordered a new trial. No date has been set. The woman had been sentenced to 300 days plus one day, which were offset by her 300 days on remand and one day served in court for the sentencing.


SPORTS JANUARY 18
Thursday 18th January 2018
The Peewee AA Crushers took silver at the Dieppe Memramcook Hockey Tournament January 12-14th in Dieppe, NB. On Friday the 12th, the Crushers opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over the Acadia Axemen. The Crushers second game of the day on Friday saw them defeat the KV Thunder 4-1. On Saturday the Crushers played the Moncton Hawks with a big 4-0 win. With the win the Crushers advanced to the semi-finals against the home team, the Dieppe Memramcook Eagles, beating them 5-2. In the Championship game the Crushers took on the other undefeated team in the tournament the Cumberland Ramblers. The boys played a great game but lost 3-2 in overtime. It's their third silver medal of the year to go along with a gold medal in the four tournaments they have played. The Peewee AA Crushers next see action when they return to Mainland league play this Saturday for a home and home series with the Antigonish Bulldogs at the PCWC at 2:30 PM. They then travel to Antigonish on Sunday morning for a 10:30 AM game at the Keating Centre to cap off their weekend.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers play twice this week. Tonight at 7pm at the Wellness Centre, the Yarmouth Mariners will be in town to try to avenge the Crushers 4-3 comeback win from last Friday. Then on Friday the Crushers will have a key matchup with Valley. You can hear that game on ECFM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have three games this week, visiting Brookfield tonight and the Miners on Saturday before hosting Antigonish next Sunday, 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers will be traveling to Truro to tangle with the Bearcats on Saturday and back on the road Sunday to pay the East Hants Penguins a visit.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers square off against the Antigonish Bulldogs in a pair of games this weekend with their home game on Saturday at four o'clock at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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This weekend Pictou County Bantam AA will play Acadia on Saturday and Antigonish on Sunday.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects remain atop the league standings with 36 points, with Cape Breton in second with 24 points and Boston Pizza in third with 23. The Selects will host East Hants next Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 12:30 in their final home game of the regular season.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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Westville Curl For Cancer is coming February 16th at 6pm until midnight at the Westville Curling Rink. No experience necessary, all you need is a clean pair of shoes! A fun evening with great entertainment, Steven Auld, Albert Dunnewold, Jug In Hand and more to be announced soon! To put a team in, contact Devan Coldwell 902-331-1139.
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6th Annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is March 4th. 9am Start – Hypothermic Half sponsored by Anchor Toyota, 10am Start – 10Km Blizzard sponsored by DQ. START LOCATION – LITTLE HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTER-4892 Little Harbour Road. Come out and support the Pictou County YMCA Strong Kids Program. Registration fee $25. Potluck to follow – Coffee/Tea, Chili, rolls and much more. For more info: www.facebook.com/PCHH.ca or to register, check out raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner each scored an early goal, Tuukka Rask stopped 21 shots and the Bruins beat Montreal 4-1 in Canadiens coach Claude Julien's return to Boston.
Anaheim 5 Pittsburgh 3
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NBA
C.J. Miles had 21 points as the Toronto Raptors pulled away for a 96-91 home win over the Detroit Pistons.
Charlotte 133 Washington 109
Atlanta 94 New Orleans 93
San Antonio 100 Brooklyn 95
Golden State 119 Chicago 112
Memphis 105 New York 99
Miami 106 Milwaukee 101
Oklahoma City 114 L.A. Lakers 90
Utah 120 Sacramento 105
L.A. Clippers 109 Denver 104


ALL SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED TODAY
Thursday 18th January 2018
ALL SCHOOLS IN PICTOU, COLCHESTER AND CUMBERLAND COUNTY ARE CLOSED TODAY. OFFICES AND BUS GARAGES ARE OPEN, BUT NO SCHOOLS WILL BE OPERATING IN THE WAKE OF LAST NIGHT'S STORM.


DATABASE CREATED TO WARN OF POTENTIAL INVESTMENT SCAMS
Wednesday 17th January 2018
The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is making it easier  for investors to find out if those latest and greatest  investment opportunities are potentially scams.        The commission has a new Investor Alert Database on its  website. Investor alerts are published by the commission  to warn of unlawful investment raising schemes that the  commission learns are being directed at Nova Scotians.       To make it easier for Nova Scotians to learn of investor  alerts, the commission's new Investor Alert Database lists all  companies, individuals and websites for which the commission has  issued investor alerts since 2014.      Senior enforcement counsel Heidi Schedler says the  commission's leading mandate is to protect investors and issuing  investor alerts is a quick and effective way to protect them.


GCR NEW GLASGOW CLOSES DOORS - ONE OF 17 ACROSS CANADA
Wednesday 17th January 2018
Hector Broadcasting has learned that GCR Tires on Stellarton Road has closed its doors. After speaking with a representative of the New Glasgow location, our inquiries about the situation have been directed to the GCR Head Office in Mississauga, Ontario. Radio-Canada, the French broadcasting arm of the CBC, is reporting that 17 locations of GCR have been closed across the country. GCR is a division of Bridgestone.


TATAMAGOUCHE ER CLOSED TODAY
Wednesday 17th January 2018
The Health Authority is advising the public that the Emergency Department at the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital CEC in Tatamagouche is closed until 8 this evening due to a lack of physician coverage. Patients with emergencies will be redirected to the most appropriate emergency department for care. Those experiencing a medical emergency should always call 911. General health concerns can also be directed to HealthLink where advice and information are available around the clock by simply dialing 811. The Mental Health Crisis Line operates 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167. Anyone who is unclear about the availability of services may also contact the hospital at 902-657-2382.


NEW G.E.D. PROGRAM BEGINS NEXT YEAR, SO STUDENTS SHOULD FINISH UP
Wednesday 17th January 2018
If getting the High School Equivalency Certificate is one of your New Year's resolutions, start hitting the books. Nova Scotia is currently using the 2002 test series for general education diploma (or GED) certification. But that will stop on December 31st of this year. After that, any incomplete credentials and tests from the current test series will no longer be valid. That means if you're part way through your GED, you will need to take all the tests again. The tests are in Math, English language arts reading, English language arts writing, science, and social studies.


EXPERT SAYS NORTHERN PULP EFFLUENT NOT A SIGNIFICANT RISK
Wednesday 17th January 2018
A water quality expert in Charlottetown say plans by Northern Pulp to pipe treated effluent into the Northumberland Strait shouldn't pose a significant risk to water quality. Mike van den Heuvel is director of the Canadian Rivers Institute at UPEI. He's also a Canada Research Chair in watershed ecological integrity. Fishermen here and on PEI say the effluent will kill off lobster eggs and create contamination. Northern Pulp wants to start discharging its treated effluent into the strait starting in 2020 – that's when it slated to have upgrades ready for its treatment system. Van den Heuvel says fishermen have every right to be concerned, but he expects that under the proposed system, there will be little effect, except possibly in the area 100 metres beyond the outflow pipe. And he says when you compare mill effluent to fertilizer run-off from PEI as a whole, the effects will be similar. Van den Heuvel adds there is some truth to the fact that diluting the Northern Pulp outflow will help. Under federal regulations, the effluent has to be tested at least every three years, but van den Heuvel believes it would be beneficial to monitor the water quality more frequently.


TRURO-AREA DOCTOR REPRIMANDED FOR POOR CARE OF SENIOR
Wednesday 17th January 2018
A doctor has been reprimanded for the inadequate care of an elderly patient who eventually died. The province's College of Physicians and Surgeons says Dr. Justin Clark did not adequately care for an elderly woman who came to the Colchester East Hants Health Centre in Truro complaining of weakness. The college says the patient, who was in declining health with a recent history of urinary tract infections, arrived at the hospital's emergency room early last year and underwent blood work, urinalysis and chest x-rays. Its ruling says Clark stated that the blood work came back "good," and informed her family that her antibiotics would be stopped and she would be released from hospital. But her condition did not improve and the following day she was sent back to the hospital by her family doctor, where it was determined that her blood work was "worrisome." She was admitted to hospital for acute hepatitis and died the following week. The woman's daughter alleged Clark gave the family inaccurate information about her mother's blood work, and the college says Clark admitted during its investigation that he failed to appropriately review the results. The college said he consented to reprimands for failing to ensure the laboratory results he ordered were appropriately reviewed, among other things.


RCMP WANT MORE COPS TO FIGHT MOTORCYCLE GANGS
Wednesday 17th January 2018
The Mounties say prolific growth in the presence of outlaw motorcycle gangs in the Halifax area is behind their request for more front-line officers. RCMP Inspector Robert Doyle says motorcycle gangs including the Gate Keepers, Sedition, Bacchus and the Hells Angels have set up shop in areas between Musquodoboit Harbour and Fall River in recent years. Doyle says it's clear the gangs want to gain a foothold in the capital district and he says police are determined to ensure that doesn't happen. A funding request presented to the Police Board of Commissioners in Halifax says the RCMP is requesting six new constables to be stationed in areas such as Tantallon, Cole Harbour, and Lower Sackville. The request cites other reasons for more officers, including the region's residential and commercial growth over the last decade, enforcement related to the upcoming legalization of cannabis, and an increase in mental health calls and cybercrime investigations. Police board member Waye Mason, HRM's deputy mayor, says a staff report on the request has been ordered.


PROVINCE PUTTING NEW MONEY INTO TIDAL ENERGY RESEARCH
Wednesday 17th January 2018
The province's bid to become a world leader in tidal energy received a boost Tuesday when Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan announced a new competition for research funding. MacLellan says $150,000 is being offered to support five research projects that will involve the use of Dalhousie University's Aquatron, one of Canada's largest aquatic research facilities. Stephen Dempsey, executive director of the Offshore Energy Research Association, says more research is needed into environmental monitoring and cost-reduction as tests continue in the Bay of Fundy, which has some the world's highest and strongest tides. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 16. The money is being offered by the association, an independent non-profit group that gets its funding from the province. Last November, a large turbine began producing electricity as part of a test project at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre near Parrsboro.


JURORS IN LAC MEGANTIC TRIAL STILL DELIBERATING
Wednesday 17th January 2018
A Quebec Superior Court judge has urged the jury in the trial of three former railway workers charged in the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster to continue deliberations and try to reach a unanimous verdict. The eight men and four women have been deliberating for six days. The jurors are deciding the fate of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaître. The three men are each charged with criminal negligence causing death, in the July 6, 2013, tragedy in which 47 people were killed when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded. All three men have pleaded not guilty. Harding was the train's engineer, Labrie the rail traffic controller, and Demaître was the manager of train operations in Quebec. Judge Gaetan Dumas told them it is not mandatory that they reach a unanimous verdict, but it's the desirable outcome. Each of the three defendants could be found guilty or not guilty of criminal negligence causing 47 deaths. A guilty verdict carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. However, in his instructions to jurors last Wednesday, Dumas said that if they find Harding not guilty of criminal negligence, they must consider the lesser charges of dangerous operation of railway equipment causing death, and dangerous operation of railway equipment. Those charges carry maximum sentences of 14 years and five years, respectively.


SPORTS JANUARY 17
Wednesday 17th January 2018
The Peewee AAA Crushers hosted a pair of tight matches with the League leader, Acadia, on Sunday, Jan 14, at the PCWC.   Sadly, Acadia narrowly came out with both wins with 3-2 and 4-3 decisions.  Scoring for the Crushers in the first game were Jayden Duplessis, assisted by Ben Manos & Dominic MacKenzie; and Reese Smith, assisted by MacKenzie.  Goals in the second game went to Cory MacGilliviray with help from Duplessis; Lane Lochead; and Ben Wallace each had singles. The AAA’s will be traveling to Truro to tangle with the Bearcats on Saturday and back on the road Sunday to pay the East Hants Penguins a visit.  
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers  played a home and home series against the Brookfield Elks last weekend that resulted in two tie games. On Saturday afternoon in Trenton they played to a four all tie then on Sunday in Brookfield the Crushers were finally able break a scoreless game with a goal half way through the third period but couldn't hold off Brookfield on a powerplay and empty net with 30 seconds left and had to settle for a one  all draw. Goal scorers for the Crushers were Will Woolcock, Dawson MacKay, Isaac Willison, Reilly Grant and Dawson MacDonald. This weekend the Bantam A Crushers square off against the Antigonish Bulldogs in a pair of games with their home game on Saturday at four o'clock at the Pictou County Wellness Center.
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers play twice this week. On Thursday at 7pm at the Wellness Centre, the Yarmouth Mariners will be in town to try to avenge the Crushers 4-3 comeback win from last Friday. Then on Friday the Crushers will have a key matchup with Valley. You can hear that game on ECFM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have three games this week, visiting Brookfield on Thursday and the Miners on Saturday before hosting Antigonish next Sunday, 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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This weekend Pictou County Bantam AA will play Acadia on Saturday and Antigonish on Sunday. 
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects remain atop the league standings with 36 points, with Cape Breton in second with 24 points and Boston Pizza in third with 23. The Selects will host East Hants next Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 12:30 in their final home game of the regular season.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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Westville Curl For Cancer is coming February 16th at 6pm until midnight at the Westville Curling Rink. No experience necessary, all you need is a clean pair of shoes! A fun evening with great entertainment, Steven Auld, Albert Dunnewold, Jug In Hand and more to be announced soon! To put a team in, contact Devan Coldwell 902-331-1139.
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6th Annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is March 4th. 9am Start – Hypothermic Half sponsored by Anchor Toyota, 10am Start – 10Km Blizzard sponsored by DQ. START LOCATION – LITTLE HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTER-4892 Little Harbour Road. Come out and support the Pictou County YMCA Strong Kids Program. Registration fee $25. Potluck to follow – Coffee/Tea, Chili, rolls and much more. For more info: www.facebook.com/PCHH.ca or to register, check out raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Vince Dunn scored 1:43 into overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues over the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1.
New Jersey 4 N.Y. Islanders 1
N.Y. Rangers 5 Philadelphia 1
Dallas 4 Detroit 2
Nashville 1 Vegas 0
San Jose 3 Arizona 2 (SO)
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NBA
Orlando 108 Minnesota 102
New Orleans 116 Boston 113 (OT)
Denver 105 Dallas 102
Portland 118 Phoenix 111


MAN GETS THREE YEARS FOR BREAKING INTO APARTMENTS
Tuesday 16th January 2018
A Pictou County man is going to spend three years in prison for breaking into the apartments of two women who lived in a building where he worked as a superintendent and handyman. William George Miller was sentenced in Pictou Supreme Court last month, although the decision was published by the courts earlier today. Miller pleaded guilty to the two counts of break-and enter, and the agreed statement of facts indicated that Miller had been in two of the apartments in the building in New Glasgow in late May, 2016. Miller was given three years in prison for each count, to be served concurrently to each other, but consecutively to time being served for other unrelated offenses. He is also required to submit DNA for the national database.


CONDITIONAL SENTENCE FOR WOMAN PLEADING GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING FIRST NATION
Tuesday 16th January 2018
A woman who pleaded guilty to defrauding the Paqtnkek First Nation of over 350-thousand dollars has been given an 18-month conditional sentence, 12 months of probation, and must participate in a healing circle after her setencing hearing yesterday in Antigonish Supreme Court. Forty-one year old Dawn Marie Johnson, who was employed by the band at the time of the offenses, must also repay over 111-thousand dollars. The investigation against Johnson had begun when RCMP received a complaint about misappropriation of funds in December, 2013. She was charged in the fall of that year, related to over 350-thousand dollars going missing between 2010 and 2013.


MAN ARRESTED ON NATION-WIDE WARRANT FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Tuesday 16th January 2018
A Darmouth man wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant for charges related to human trafficking was arrested yesterday afternoon by Halifax Regional Police. Twenty-six year old Kartel Pye is facing 13 total charges in Ontario, including sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm, two counts of assault, overcoming resistance by choking, forcible confinement, human trafficking, receiving material benefits from a crime, withhold or destroying documents and uttering threats. Police say Pye was known to regularly travel back-and-forth from the Greater Toronto Area to Dartmouth. Pye is currently remanded to the Nova Scotia Correction Facility in Burnside while arrangements are being made to have him transported to Ontario.


MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES FOLLOWING SEARCH AND SEIZURES
Tuesday 16th January 2018
Two people face multiple charges following a lengthy investigation. Monday night at about 9:30 PM, the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the New Glasgow Regional Police, executed a search warrant at a residence on Skylark Street, New Glasgow. Police seized a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana, and cannabis resin.  Shortly thereafter, police completed a traffic stop of a motor vehicle on Main Street, Trenton, where they seized a quantity of methamphetamine and a prohibited weapon.  A 37 year-old woman and 38 year-old man, both from New Glasgow, have both been charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine, possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine, production of cannabis resin, and possession of marijuana. In addition, the woman is charged with assaulting police, and the man with possession of a prohibited weapon.  Both remain in custody and will appear in court at a later date. 


CRANBERRIES SINGER'S DEATH "NOT SUSPICIOUS": UK POLICE
Tuesday 16th January 2018
Police say they are not treating the death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan as suspicious. O’Riordan was found dead Monday morning at a London hotel. Police initially called the death “unexplained,” but said Tuesday that nothing suspicious had been found. The case is being passed to a coroner to determine the cause of death. O’Riordan had suffered mental and physical health problems over the years. The Cranberries cut short a world tour in 2017 because of the singer’s back problems. The 46-year-old Irish singer was in London to record vocals for a cover of The Cranberries’ hit “Zombie” by Los Angeles rock band Bad Wolves.


SYDNEY MAN CHARGED AFTER FRONT-END LOADER CRASHES INTO HOUSE
Tuesday 16th January 2018
A 51-year-old man from Sydney faces several charges after allegedly using a front-end loader to partially demolish a home and damage a power pole. Cape Breton Regional Police say the man is facing charges of break and enter, flight from police, taking a motor vehicle without consent and four counts of mischief, and will appear in Sydney provincial court today. It all started early Monday morning when a front-end loader tore into a house and power pole on Seaview Drive in North Sydney. The pole was damaged and the side of the house was ripped apart. No one was home at the time. Police say the 51-year-old knew the owner of the house that was damaged. Police tried to get the loader to stop but the driver wouldn't pull over. Officers pursued the loader to the Superstore parking lot on King Street. The loader stopped at an NSLC storefront. Police were able to get the driver out of the machine and he was arrested.


HRM TO LOOK AT PLASTIC BAG BAN
Tuesday 16th January 2018
A Halifax councillor says it's time the municipality had a bylaw banning single-use plastic bags. Tony Mancini says the province has been a leader in recycling, and banning plastic bags will maintain that leadership. Halifax has been struggling with what to do with plastic bags for months now that China has stopped accepting the material. The province has given the city permission to send to the landfill tonnes of backlogged plastic that had begun deteriorating, but Mancini says the municipality needs a long-term solution. He says Montreal and Victoria are doing it, so there are lessons to be learned about using a ban that would be gradually phased in. Mark Butler is policy director for the Ecology Action Centre, and is applauding that stand.


STELLARTON COUNCIL DISCUSSES HOMELESS SHELTER
Tuesday 16th January 2018
Stellarton Town Council considered the request from Viola’s Place Society for five thousand dollars in funding which would go toward the purchase of a building to open a homeless shelter in New Glasgow. Requests have been given to all six municipal units within the County, as the Society has a deal in place for the purchase of a former church, but the funding must be in place by 31 March. That means the money would have to come out of the 2017-18 budget for the Town of Stellarton, and Council is not certain that they have the wiggle room. Council directed staff to get more information for them regarding their fiscal position, and informally committed to granting the requested funds provided the money is available.


NEW GLASGOW TO EXPAND VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION
Tuesday 16th January 2018
New Glasgow is tweaking the nomination rules for its annual volunteer recognition. At last night’s committee meeting, council voted to allow nomination of volunteers who take part in regional groups headquartered in New Glasgow, but live outside of town. Councillor Troy MacCulloch called it proper housekeeping, noting that many of the groups he volunteers with have members from around Pictou County.


NEW GLASGOW HAS NEW DEPUTY MAYOR
Tuesday 16th January 2018
New Glasgow has a new Deputy Mayor. Council approved the one-year appointment of Councillor Joe MacDonald to the position. The rotating honour was held by Clyde Fraser last year.


NEW GLASGOW REBOOTING CLIMATE CHANGE PLANS
Tuesday 16th January 2018
New Glasgow council is looking to restart efforts on fighting climate change. The town is one of fifteen municipalities in the province that is involved with Partners for Climate Protection, a national program started by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to look at ways to reduce greenhouse gases. But New Glasgow, like all of the other Nova Scotia communities taking part, is still only halfway through the 5 stage plan. Town CAO Lisa MacDonald noted that the town of Pictou is joining in the project, which could provide opportunities for future partnerships.


STELLARTON'S HISTORY BEING PRESERVED
Tuesday 16th January 2018
Two separate presentations to Stellarton Town Council last night dealt with the rich history of the town, and the work being done to preserve it. Local historian John Ashton presented a proposal for an interpretive panel to be erected honouring the life and accomplishments of Reverend George Munro Grant. Ashton described the life of Rev. Munro Grant, who was born in the community of Albion Mines, as it was then known, just 8 years after the formation of the town. Munro Grant was the person to coin the Canadian slogan, From Sea to Shining Sea, and was called one of the greatest men of his time. Council chose to have Ashton work with the Planning Advisory Committee going forward, as they are in the process of developing other interpretive panels. A second presentation by retired Judge Clyde MacDonald and Phillip MacKenzie included them giving council two 8x10 plaques with photos sharing some of the story of Pioneer Coal.


NO EVIDENCE DRUG EXHIBITS WERE MISAPPROPRIATED, SAYS HALIFAX POLICE CHIEF
Tuesday 16th January 2018
Halifax Regional Police insist there is no evidence to suggest missing drug exhibits were misappropriated, following an evidence audit that found thousands of items had gone missing over many decades. Police say the audit of drug exhibits was first prompted by an unspecified ``personnel matter.'' Supt. Jim Perrin presented the audit's final report to the Board of Police Commissioners on Monday, saying the missing drugs were likely destroyed and it's believed the missing cash had been deposited into a police bank account. Perrin blamed a number of factors, including inadequate recording and tracking of exhibits, non-standardized training and a lack of adherence to procedures by officers, and exhibits that were destroyed without proper documentation. Perrin said there was no evidence to suggest the drugs were misappropriated, reiterating it's believed the drugs were destroyed, ``but we can't be 100 per cent conclusive.'' He said a number of steps have been taken to strengthen the force's processes, including an annual audit of drug exhibits, the creation of an enhanced electronic tracking system, and training for officers.


SOMALI REFUGEE OUT OF DETENTION
Tuesday 16th January 2018
The lawyer for a young man who has spent most of his life in Canada but is now facing deportation to Somalia says his client will soon be released from detention. Benjamin Perryman says the Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered Abdoul Abdi to be released from custody. Abdi was six years old when he arrived in Nova Scotia as a refugee from the war-torn, African country. He went to live with his aunt, who didn't speak English, and was soon apprehended by the Nova Scotia government and put into foster care. Between the ages of eight and 19, Abdi was moved 31 times, separated from his sister and was never granted citizenship. His aunt's efforts to regain custody were rejected, and attempts to file a citizenship application for the children was blocked. Although Abdi is out of detention, he still faces a deportation hearing.


PROVINCE DEALING WITH LABOR IN COURT BEGINNING THIS WEEK
Tuesday 16th January 2018
The province was in court on Monday facing off with doctors in a contract dispute, the first of two court-dates this week. The contract-dispute goes back to the fall, when doctors filed a $4.4 million dollar lawsuit, claiming the province was in breach of contract, alleging the government owes them millions in back pay. Nova Scotia Doctors CEO, Nancy McCready-Williams, says she hopes the dispute can be dealt with as soon as possible. The group calls the case a distraction from efforts to improve health care with an estimated 90,000 Nova Scotians left without a family doctor. On Thursday, labour groups will be in court with a judge reviewing the controversial Bill 148 -- the law that sets a wage pattern for the public sector. The NSGEU launched a charter challenge of the same bill, while the teachers union challenged its contract legislation, Bill 75, that imposed a contract on them last year. Officials say the cases will likely take years to settle.


HALIFAX BUS COMPANY NO LONGER ALLOWED TO OPERATE CHARTERS
Tuesday 16th January 2018
The provincial regulator has stripped Stock Transportation of its charter bus licences and the company will only be able to carry passengers until the end of the month. Company officials had asked the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board that it be allowed to complete all its bookings up until next fall, when they run out, but board member Dawna Ring turned down that request in light of the serious violations uncovered during a public hearing a year ago. Stock was found to have breached the law at least eight times. Some of those trips came after Stock was specifically warned it did not have a licence to carry out those charter operations. The UARB also ruled the company tried to force drivers to work beyond their legally mandated time restrictions and subsequently tried to cover up the violations. Monday's ruling also forbids Stock buses from carrying passengers across the provincial border or on trips that will require drivers to be on duty longer than 14 hours. Drivers are on duty when they are behind the wheel and while they wait between legs of the same trip or on return journeys. Ring has also terminated a service Stock carried out for the Department of National Defence. Stock Transportation's school bus operations are not affected by the ruling.


MAN ACCUSED OF SELLING STOLEN ONLINE IDENTITIES
Tuesday 16th January 2018
An Ontario man is accused of running a website infamous for owning and selling billions of stolen identities, including usernames and passwords. 27 year-old Jordan Evan Bloom of Thornhill made his first provincial court appearance in Toronto on Monday on several cybercrime charges. After more than a year and a half of investigating, Staff Sgt. Maurizio Rosa, a member of the RCMP's national cybercrime investigative team, called Bloom the "middle man" between the dark web and the internet Canadians use every day. Police allege Bloom bought illicitly obtained identity accounts from the dark web and sold access to them through his website LeakedSource.com. The dark web, or dark net, is made up of secret sites that aren't accessible by common search engines and has acted as a haven for illegal sales. Officers said LeakedSource.com had a database of approximately three billion personal identity records and associated passwords that could be purchased for a small fee. Rosa said about half of those were usernames and passwords and were gleaned from well-publicized data leaks, like the Ashley Madison hacks. Police believe Bloom is responsible for administering LeakedSource.com and say he earned about $247,000 from trafficking identity information. The Canadian side of his website has been shut down since he was arrested in December, but police believe Russian servers are keeping the site active. Rosa said the information of some Canadians was on the website and more Canadians could be at risk. Bloom is charged with trafficking in identity information, unauthorized use of a computer, mischief to data, and possession of property obtained by crime. Bloom is due back in court on Feb. 16.


SPORTS JANUARY 16
Tuesday 16th January 2018
Pictou County Bantam AA travelled to Cape Breton to play in the Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup. Pictou County won their first game Friday against Strait Richmond 6-2. Jacoby Beadle and Myles Farnsworth scored a pair of goals and singles were added by Chris Avery and Tanner Steele.  Assist by Ross Martin and Brent Chapman with 2, Dylan Kontuk, Adam Farrell, Adam Fraser, Cam MacKinnon, Noah MacDonald and Beadle added singles.  Player of the game was Jacoby Beadle.  Crushers had the game against Antigonish get out of hand early ending in a 6-0 loss. Saturday Bantam AA took on CB County Islanders losing 5-3. Scoring for the Crushers was Farnsworth with 2 and 1 from Farrell.  Assist from Ryan Denny and Covey Cameron.  Player of the game was Myles Farnsworth.  Later that day Pictou County beat CB West 3-2.  Goals by MacKinnon, Martin and Denny.  Assist by Avery(2), Camden Kelly, Steele, Farnsworth and Cameron.  Player of the game was Cam MacKinnon. Jacob Fraser and Xander Vohs had 1 win and 1 loss each. Next weekend Bantam AA Crushers will be in Acadia on Saturday and Antigonish on Sunday. 
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Congratulations to the Peewee A Red Team winning the Peewee Competitive Tournament in Dieppe - Memramcook NB. The team went undefeated in all five games this weekend. This is the third tournament the Peewee A Red Team has participated in and its their third gold medal win.
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Chediac Furniture Labatt's Nova Hockey League tonight at the Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Cornova Contracting  vs  Connor's Transfer LTD. Second game Hector Area Pictou 9:00 - Wranglers Pub & Grill  vs  Durham Bucks
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The Weeks Junior A Crushers play twice this week. On Thursday at 7pm at the Wellness Centre, the Yarmouth Mariners will be in town to try to avenge the Crushers 4-3 comeback win from last Friday. Then on Friday the Crushers will have a key matchup with Valley. You can hear that game on ECFM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have three games this week, visiting Brookfield on Thursday and the Miners on Saturday before hosting Antigonish next Sunday, 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects remain atop the league standings with 36 points, with Cape Breton in second with 24 points and Boston Pizza in third with 23. Each team has four league games remaining before the playoffs begin. The Selects have all but assured themselves of a first round playoff match up against East Hants who are currently sixth in the seven team league. The Selects will host East Hants next Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 12:30 in their final home game of the regular season.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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Westville Curl For Cancer is coming February 16th at 6pm until midnight at the Westville Curling Rink. No experience necessary, all you need is a clean pair of shoes! A fun evening with great entertainment, Steven Auld, Albert Dunnewold, Jug In Hand and more to be announced soon! To put a team in, contact Devan Coldwell 902-331-1139.
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6th Annual Pictou County Hypothermic Half Marathon is March 4th. 9am Start – Hypothermic Half sponsored by Anchor Toyota, 10am Start – 10Km Blizzard sponsored by DQ. START LOCATION – LITTLE HARBOUR COMMUNITY CENTER-4892 Little Harbour Road. Come out and support the Pictou County YMCA Strong Kids Program. Registration fee $25. Potluck to follow – Coffee/Tea, Chili, rolls and much more. For more info: www.facebook.com/PCHH.ca or to register, check out raceroster.com
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
John Tavares scored in regulation time and got the game-winner 1:51 into overtime as the New York Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4.
Dallas 3 Boston 2 (OT)
Colorado 3 Anaheim 1
San Jose 4 Los Angeles 1
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NBA
Philadelphia 117 Toronto 111
Charlotte 118 Detroit 107
Milwaukee 104 Washington 95
Atlanta 102 San Antonio 99
New York 119 Brooklyn 104
Chicago 119 Miami 111
Memphis 123 L.A. Lakers 114
Golden State 118 Cleveland 108
Oklahoma City 95 Sacramento 88
Indiana 109 Utah 94
L.A. Clippers 113 Houston 102


POLICE INVESTIGATING AFTER FRONT-END LOADER CRASHES INTO HOUSE
Monday 15th January 2018
A major traffic artery in North Sydney is shut down this morning after a front-end loader was driven into a power pole and house, and was later found a few kilometres away at a local liquor store. Commuters are being forced to look for an alternative route to get on Highway 125, also known as the Sydney Bypass, after the incident on Seaview Drive early this morning. A front-end loader was subsequently found in front of the liquor store in North Sydney, with pieces of broken wood and rubble in the bucket. It doesn't appear that anyone was injured in the incident. Nova Scotia Power repair crews are on site. Cape Breton Regional Police have blocked off the Seaview Drive until further notice. Police have seized the loader and are investigating.


ANOTHER SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT ISSUED
Monday 15th January 2018
In what seems to be an ongoing cycle of weather this season, a special weather statement has once again been put into effect. Environment Canada is calling Nova Scotia to experience a low pressure system approaching from the southwest later today that will track southeast of Sable Island early tomorrow morning. This system will bring snow to much of the province tonight, beginning this evening and ending early Tuesday morning. At this time the highest amounts are expected over the easternmost sections of mainland Nova Scotia and Cape Breton island where snowfall warnings are now in effect. For adjacent regions, snowfall amounts are expected to be less than 15 centimetres but could be higher if this system tracks slightly more westward. In addition, the timing of the snowfall could impact travel early Tuesday morning.


FIRE CHIEFS WANT SPRINKLER SYSTEMS IN NEW HOMES
Monday 15th January 2018
The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs is looking to get changes to the National Building Code which would make putting sprinklers into new homes much more common. Vince MacKenzie, a director with the Association, says fires move very quickly through new homes because of flammable furniture and open-concept designs. MacKenzie says the idea that fire departments will be able to get to the scene of a blaze in time every time is becoming a myth. The National Building Code of Canada is in the process of being updates, and the association is advocating for the wider use of residential sprinkler systems. Last week, a task group submitted a draft report to the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes on the costs and benefits of residential sprinklers. The National Building Code forms the basis for provincial building codes.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 15 JANUARY
Monday 15th January 2018
The Weeks Junior A Crushers were doing some scoreboard watching yesterday afternoon, as one of the teams they are battling with for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastlink South Division of the MHL was in action. The Valley Wildcats were taking on the Amherst Ramblers, and the Rams did the Crushers a favour by defeating Valley 7-2. The loss keeps Valley tied with Pictou County, one point back of Truro for fourth. However, the Crushers and Bearcats both have three games in hand on Valley. Elsewher in the MHL yesterday, a depleted South Shore Lumberjacks team battle off food poisoning, and a third game in three days as they held on to force overtime against the league leading Edmundston Blizzard. The Blizzard won 5-4, but the Jacks picked up a valuable point in the standings. Finally, Summerside snuck past Yarmouth 7-5. The Crushers play twice this week. On Thursday at 7pm at the Wellness Centre, the Yarmouth Mariners will be in town to try to avenge the Crushers 4-3 comeback win from last Friday. Then on Friday the Crushers will have a key matchup with Valley. You can hear that game on ECFM beginning with the pregame show at 6:45pm.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians game dominated the top team in the Fred Fox Division last night at Trenton Arena, winning 8-3 over the Cole Harbour Colts. Lucas Rushton, Ryan MacDonald, and newest Scotian Morgan Timmons each scored twice. Jacob Pentz and Kirklin Murray also scored for the Scotians, while Blake Meech stopped 32 of 35 shots for the win. One other game last night in the NSJHL was a wild one in Antigonish. The Bulldogs put up double digits on the Pirates, but it was almost not enough, as Strait scored 8 of their own in a 10-8 decision for the home team. With last night's results, the Scotians are 6 points back of the Kameron Jr. Miners for first in the Sid Rowe Division with 9 games remaining. The Scotians have three games this week, visiting Brookfield on Thursday and the Miners on Saturday before hosting Antigonish next Sunday, 7pm at Trenton Arena.
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The Northern AAA Subway Selects put their Nova Scotia Female Midget AAA Hockey League league leading undefeated streak on the line on Saturday at the Wellness Center against Metro Boston Pizza. The Selects came out on the losing end of a 5-3 score for the first time in the regular season. Despite two losses at the recent DQ tournament in Moncton, where they took the silver medal, the Selects had yet to lose a regular season game in league play. Boston Pizza scored two power play goals and added an empty net goal enroute to the win. The Selects had scored early to tie the game at one goal apiece midway through the first and then got the go ahead goal with just 25 seconds left in the period. The Selects then got into penalty trouble and were down 3-2 going into the final frame. The Subways capitalized on a power play of their own just 40 seconds into the third period to knot it up at three. The Northern Selects again allowed penalties to swing momentum and they gave up another goal while on the penalty kill, faling behind 4-3. They pulled their netminder in favor of an extra attacker with just over a minute to play and gave up the empty netter making the final 5-3. Kara MacLean, Maddie Quinn and Sophia Wornell scored for the Selects while Jenna Landry took her first loss between the pipes. The Selects outshot Boston Pizza 32-24 in the game but took six of nine penalties assessed in the game. Following the game Coach Troy Reid said " we weren't outplayed but we certainly took more than our share of penalties. We simply couldn't get any flow going. The minute we had momentum, we were back in the box and allowed the opposition to capitalize. There's a couple of things we need to correct and frankly this is the time get it done." The Northern Selects remain atop the league standings with 36 points with Cape Breton in second with 24 points and Boston Pizza in third with 23. Each team has four league games remaining before the playoffs begin. The Selects have all but assured themselves of a first round playoff match up against East Hants who are currently sixth in the seven team league. The Selects will host East Hants next Saturday at the Pictou County Wellness Center at 1230 in their final home game of the regular season.
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The Weeks Major Midgets finished in 7th in the round robin portion of the 2018 Ice Jam and faced the Steele Subaru Major Midgets in the Round of 16. The Weeks dropped that game by a score of 3-1.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers are also at the 2018 Ice Jam, and finished 3rd in the round robin, but could not get past the Gulls in the Round of 16, losing 2-0.
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The Atom AA Selects ended this weekend with a huge win over Metro West Force White.  Having lost 2 home games to Metro East Inferno on Saturday, the Selects were primed for a victory.  The Selects took an early lead in the first with a quick goal by Ada White assisted by Hailey Taylor and Mya MacDonald.  Follow up goals were gained by Reese Murray, with an assist by Alexis Buchanan, and Karlee Rose, assisted by Brooke Greene and Sidney Keay.  The final goal leading to a 4-1 victory was scored by Avery Henderson with an assist by Murray.  Kenli Ross had the win in nets.
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In Peewee C action, the Trenton Steelers defeated the Westville Miners 6-3. Scoring for Steelers was Derrick Mackay with 2 goals, Evan Charlton 2, and Fox Irving 2. Assists came from Conner Geddes and Dylan Fraser. Westville goals came by Luke Casey who had a hat trick. Assists came from Logan Mackenzie and Halle Hillier. Winning goalie was Austin Earle.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
The Conference Championships are set after a couple of dramatic finishes yesterday in the NFL. The Minnesota Vikings scored a last second touchdown to sneak past the visiting New Orleans Saints 29-24 in the NFC Divisional Round. The Vikings will visit Philadelphia next weekend in the NFC Championship game.
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Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars upset the host Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional 45-42, to advance to the AFC Championship game in New England next weekend. NHL
Good news for the Montreal Canadiens. Phillip Danault was released from hospital yesterday and is said to be recovering comfortably after taking a Zdeno Chara slapshot to the side of the head on Saturday. Danualt's father reported through social media that all tests done at the hospital came back normal. The Canadiens have given no indication of a timeline for Danault's return to the ice.
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In game action yesterday, both Canadian teams in action were victorious. The Calgary Flames won for the 7th time in a row, 4-1 over the Carolina Hurricanes, while the Vancouvr Canucks needed overtime to get past Minnesota 3-2. Elsewhere, Pittsburgh beat the Rangers 5-2 and Detroit shut out Chicago 4-0.


NEW GLASGOW MAN CHARGED IN HALIFAX FOR ASSAULTING OFFICER
Sunday 14th January 2018
A New Glasgow man is facing charges in Halifax for allegedly assaulting a police officer after he was pulled over this morning in the city as a suspected impaired driver. The man, whose name was not released by police, was stopped just after 4:00 this morning on Morris Street in Halifax. He received a warning on the Roadside Screening Device. He then became agitated and physically confrontational with officers. Officers used a Conducted Energy Weapon to gain compliance. Incidental to arrest officers located and seized brass knuckles. The male will be held for court and will be charged with Assault Peace Officer, Resist Arrest, Uttering Threats and Possession of Prohibited Weapon (brass knuckles).


FALSE ALARM SCARES RESIDENTS OF HAWAII
Sunday 14th January 2018
Residents of Hawaii spent about 40 minutes yesterday thinking their world was coming to an end, but it turned out to be a false alarm. Residents of the islands were given a cellphone alert of a ballistic missile headed their way, but Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Vern Miyagi says it was a case of someone hitting the wrong button. The emergency alert, which was sent to cellphones statewide just before 8:10 a.m., said: "BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL." The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency tweeted there was no threat about 10 minutes after the initial alert, but that didn't reach people who aren't on the social media platform. A revised alert informing of the "false alarm" didn't reach cellphones until 38 minutes later, according to the time stamp on images people shared on social media.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 14 JANUARY
Sunday 14th January 2018
The Weeks Junior A Crushers picked up a huge come from behind win, 4-3, over the Yarmouth Mariners on Friday. Jaden Mason scored twice for the Crushers, with singles from Michael Dill and Nicholas Jessome. Matt Normore turned aside 25 shots for the win. With the Bearcats 2-0 loss to Valley, both the Crushers and Wildcats are one point shy of Truro for the final playoff position. The Mariners were back in action last night, and won 3-2 over the Amherst Ramblers in overtime. Two other games last night, as Summerside beat St. Stephen 6-1, and South Shore downed Woodstock 41. There are three games today. The one the Crushers will be watching most closely has Valley at home to the Ramblers, while South Shore is in Edmundston and Yarmouth visits Summerside.
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The Weeks Major Midgets finished in 7th in the round robin portion of the 2018 Ice Jam and faced the Steele Subaru Major Midgets in the Round of 16. The Weeks dropped that game by a score of 3-1.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers are also at the 2018 Ice Jam, and finished 3rd in the round robin, but could not get past the Gulls in the Round of 16, losing 2-0.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians game in Membertou against the Miners was postponed last night, but they will be in action tonight at 7pm at Trenton Arena when will host the Cole Harbour Colts. One game from last night in the NSJHL, Liverpool beat Valley 5-2.
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The Pictou County Peewee AAA’s host Acadia on Sunday at the Wellness Centre for a double header at 10 am and 2 pm.
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In Peewee C action, the Trenton Steelers defeated the Westville Miners 6-3. Scoring for Steelers was Derrick Mackay with 2 goals, Evan Charlton 2, and Fox Irving 2. Assists came from Conner Geddes and Dylan Fraser. Westville goals came by Luke Casey who had a hat trick. Assists came from Logan Mackenzie and Halle Hillier. Winning goalie was Austin Earle.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NFL
Both number one seeds in the NFL won their Divisional Round matches yesterday. The Philadelphia Eagles were underdogs after losing their starting quarterback – but don't tell Nick Foles that. Foles completed 23 of 30 passes for 246 yards in a 15-10 win over Atlanta. The Eagles now await the winner of today's game between New Orleans and Minnesota. The New England Patriots dismantled the Tennessee Titans, 35-14, to advance to their 7th consecutive AFC Championship game, where they will play the winner of today's game between Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.
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NHL
The long season continues for the Montreal Canadiens, as Phillip Danault had to be taken off of the ice on a stretcher late in the second period last night. Danault was hit in the head by a slapshot from Zdeno Chara, and had to spend the night in the hospital. He will be re-evaluated today. Adding insult to injury, the Habs lost in a shootout 4-3 to the Bruins.
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The Edmonton Oilers got an overtime goal from Darnell Nurse, while Connor McDavid earned his 200th career point on his 21st birthday, and the Oilers beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2.
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The Winnipeg Jets missed out on a chance to extend their lead in the Central Division, as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Minnesota Wild.
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Elsewhere in the NHL:
NY Islanders 7 NY Rangers 2
Pittsburgh 4 Detroit 1
Philadlephia 5 New Jersey 3
Colorado 4 Dallas 1
Anaheim 4 Los Angeles 2
San Jose 6 Arizona 5(OT)


BUS DRIVER QUESTIONED AFTER ENGLISHTOWN SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT
Saturday 13th January 2018
A trucker who left a broken-down trailer on a Cape Breton highway was questioned by police Friday after it was hit by a school bus taking children to class, seriously injuring the bus driver and leaving numerous students with minor injuries. Eleven high school students were on the bus when it came upon the trailer after 8 a.m. as it approached the crest of Kelly's Mountain near Englishtown. RCMP Constable Eric Latwaitis said the trailer had been abandoned the previous night, and because of snow banks on the shoulder was far into the slow lane of the highway. The driver seems to have left only two warning triangles behind the truck after it broke down the previous night. The children weren't wearing seatbelts, but the design of the bus allowed the front end to collapse on itself, likely a factor in limiting injuries further back. The driver was pinned by the damage, but conscious as first responders took about three hours to free him with hydraulic rescue tools. Latwaitis said weather conditions may have limited the bus driver's ability to see what was in front of him.


HIGH WINDS AND RAIN LEADING TO POWER OUTAGES AND CANCELLATIONS *UPDATED 11:55 AM*
Saturday 13th January 2018
There are wind, rainfall and flash freeze warnings if effect for most of northern Nova Scotia, and there are already some power interruptions... most are in the Halifax area, but there are a few scattered outages in our area. NS Power estimates restoration could be as late as 8 pm tonight. On Cape Breton Island, the Seal Island bridge is currently closed to high-sided vehicles. In addition, Marine Atlantic has cancelled today's crossings from North Sydney and Port aux Basques. The next scheduled crossings are at 11:45 tonight.


LOCALS UPSET BY DAMAGE TO WESTRAY PARK
Saturday 13th January 2018
The Westray Miners Memorial Park turns 25 this year, and many are frustrated about the damage caused by careless drivers. Allen Martin, who lost his brother Glenn at Westray, tells CTV Atlantic that there are some people driving around the gate onto the park's lawn, and that it's ruining the sod. Martin is raising money to build a fence to keep people from driving onto the grass, and he expects it will cost about $7,000.


SALVATION ARMY KETTLE CAMPAIGN A SUCCESS
Saturday 13th January 2018
Once again, Maritimers answered the Salvation Army’s call for support. Their annual Kettle Campaign collected $1.86 million to help deliver vital programs and services this year. Kettle funds were collected at 200 sites across the Maritimes from mid-November through December 23. Donations were also received through The Salvation Army’s online kettle campaign at fillthekettle.ca and via the Salvation Army Kettle App. Last year in Canada, The Salvation Army provided support to over 1.9 million people. In the Maritimes, The Salvation Army operates 28 units in 21 communities providing food, clothing, shelter, after school programs, addiction rehabilitation services, emergency and disaster response and more. Nationally, The Salvation Army collected $23.1 million.


FLU SEASON RAMPING UP ACROSS THE COUNTRY
Saturday 13th January 2018
The Public Health Agency of Canada says the number of people stricken by flu continues to rise across the country, with 15,572 laboratory-confirmed cases for the season as of Jan. 6. That is a higher than usual level of cases by this point, according to the agency. Last year, there were 8,976 cases of flu reported by the end of the first week of January.  The majority of cases continue to be the H3N2 subtype of Influenza A, a strain that tends to cause more severe illness, particularly among the elderly and children. There have been 54 reported flu deaths in Canada this season. Despite evidence in other countries that the current flu vaccine is not particularly effective in fighting off H3N2, health-care workers say it's still important for Canadians to get their flu shot — partly because some protection against H3N2 is better than none, and because the vaccine could offer good protection against other flu strains in circulation, including Influenza B.


U.S. DIPLOMACY WORKING HARD TO OVERCOME TRUMP'S "S***HOLE" COMMENT
Saturday 13th January 2018
U.S. diplomats scrambled Friday to salvage their nation's bonds with Africa, Haiti and even the celebrated "special relationship" with Britain after President Donald Trump, in the span of a few hours, deeply offended much of the world with the most undiplomatic of remarks. Trump's description of African nations and other inflammatory comments became the latest and perhaps most direct test of whether America's global partnership can withstand the president's loose lips. As world leaders denounced the comments as racist, Trump's ambassadors to Botswana and Senegal were both summoned to explain his remark, as was the top U.S. diplomat in Haiti, where there is no ambassador. In addition to the Africa slur, Trump during a meeting Thursday with lawmakers questioned why the U.S. would need more Haitian immigrants. State Department officials said they were advising diplomats to prepare to get an earful, and to focus on listening to and acknowledging those countries' concerns. There was at least as much at stake in the president's jab at the United Kingdom — perhaps the most important U.S. Relationship. Facing protests during an upcoming trip to London to open the new U.S. embassy, Trump cancelled his visit and said on Twitter it was to protest the "bad deal" the Obama administration reached for the new embassy building. In fact, President George W. Bush's administration announced the embassy would move because of unsolvable security concerns about the old one. The long-term damage to America's global relationships was difficult to predict. But foreign policy experts agreed it could only further alienate the United States at a time when many nations already see the U.S. as a less reliable partner than in the past.


SPORTS JANUARY 13
Saturday 13th January 2018
The Weeks Junior A Crushers picked up their first win in three games with a 4-3 victory over the Yarmouth Mariners. Jaden Mason scored twice for the Crushers, with singles from Michael Dill and Nicholas Jessome. Matt Normore turned aside 25 shots for the win. With the Bearcats 2-0 loss to Valley, both the Crushers and Wildcats are one point shy of Truro for the final playoff position. The Crushers are off until their next home game, when they host the Mariners on Thursday.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are in Halifax this week for the 2018 Ice Jam. After the round robin, they came in seventh place, and face Steele Subaru in the round of 16 at 11:30 this morning. The winner goes on to the quarterfinals tonight.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers are also at the 2018 Ice Jam. They finished the round robin ranked third, so in the round of 16, they face the Gulls at 12:15 today, with the winner advancing to the quarterfinals tonight.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have two games this weekend – Saturday they will visit the Miners in Membertou, then on Sunday at 7pm at Trenton Arena they will host the Cole Harbour Colts.
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The Pictou County Peewee AAA’s host Acadia on Sunday at the Wellness Centre for a double header at 10 am and 2 pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers face the Brookfield Elks in a pair of games this weekend with their home game taking place at Trenton Arena on Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm.
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This weekend the Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers will take part in the Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup in Sydney.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Sven Baertschi sparked a four-goal second period for Vancouver, Jacob Markstrom had 27 saves and the Canucks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2.
Darnell Nurse scored twice on rising slap shots from the left circle and the Edmonton Oilers overcame an early two-goal deficit to beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2.
Mikael Backlund had an empty-net goal and a pair of assists, helping lift the Calgary Flames to their sixth straight victory with a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
Chicago 2 Winnipeg 1
Washington 4 Carolina 3
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NBA
Indiana 97 Cleveland 95
Washington 125 Orlando 119
Charlotte 99 Utah 88
Brooklyn 110 Atlanta 105
Golden State 108 Milwaukee 94
Minnesota 118 New York 108
New Orleans 119 Portland 113
Denver 87 Memphis 78
Houston 112 Phoenix 95


ANTIGONISH RCMP INVESTIGATING PAIR OF FIRES IN ABANDONED HOMES
Friday 12th January 2018
Antigonish RCMP continue to investigate a pair of fires at abandoned houses earlier this month. In the early hours of January 8 and January 12, the Mounties, along with Tracadie and Havre Boucher Volunteer Fire Departments, responded. Neither home had power or a heat source. Both homes were fully engulfed when fire fighters arrived on scene and were complete losses. No-one was injured in either instance. Property owners are asked to regularly check abandoned properties to ensure they are secure, and to report suspicious activity to police. Antigonish District RCMP is investigating, with assistance from the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal's Office. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Antigonish District RCMP at 902 863-6500. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


INQUIRY INTO HOME FOR COLORED CHILDREN ASKS FOR EXTENSION
Friday 12th January 2018
An annual update on the inquiry into the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children says the work will take longer than expected and has asked for its mandate to be extended to March 2019. The update released Friday relates to the progress of Phase 2, which more deeply examines the central issues identified during Phase 1: responses to institutionalized abuse, experiences of children and youth in the care of the province, and historic and ongoing effects of systemic racism on African-Nova Scotians. Phase 3, the planning and action phase, is expected to be underway by spring. Residents of the orphanage suffered physical, psychological and sexual abuse by staff over a 50-year period, until the 1980s. The inquiry was originally expected to last from October 2015 and March 2018, at a cost of $5 million. Despite the extension request, the inquiry said its budget won't change. Apart from the inquiry, former residents launched class-action lawsuits against the home and the province, which eventually ended in settlements totalling $34 million.


COLLISION ON KELLYS MOUNTAIN *UPDATED 1:35 PM*
Friday 12th January 2018
A school bus driver suffered serious injuries this morning in a collision with a tractor-trailer near Kellys Mountain in Cape Breton. The tractor-trailer had been parked overnight. Emergency crews had to extract the driver from the bus and a LifeFlight helicopter responded to the scene.  RCMP Corporal Jen Clarke says the 20 students on the bus were taken off safely and had "minor, if any, injuries". A section of Highway 105 between the Seal Island lookoff and the Englishtown ferry has re-opened one lane while a traffic analyst helps the RCMP with their investigation.


WORKPLACE ACCIDENT CLAIMS LIFE IN QUEENSLAND
Friday 12th January 2018
A fatal collision involving a vehicle on St. Margaret's Bay Road yesterday afternoon has been classified as a workplace incident. CTV Atlantic is reporting that one person was killed in the incident in Queensland. The road was closed for several hours and a detour was put into place, while the RCMP, a collision analyst, and the Department of Labour attended the scene. 


SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT AS SIGNIFICANT RAIN TO ARRIVE
Friday 12th January 2018
The weather system that has resulted in a Special Weather Statement being in effect is expected to arrive this evening. Environment Canada says northeastern Nova Scotia and Cape Breton: can expect the rain associated with this system to begin late this evening and continue into Saturday. They say that at this time rainfall accumulation is not expected to reach warning criteria; however, slight changes in the intensity of this system may increase the likelihood of warning level rainfall accumulation by Saturday evening.


MORE TURNOVER AT MMIWG COMMISSION
Friday 12th January 2018
There is more turnover at the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Executive Director Debbie Reid has resigned after just three months on the job. Reid is the second executive director to leave the post. Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett issued a statement following Reid's departure, saying she was "concerned about the amount of turnover at the commission." Bennett said she was worried it would "distract" from the inquiry's work. The inquiry's mandate ends in December, although Chief Commissioner Marion Buller says she intends to seek an extension from Ottawa to properly complete the inquiry's work. 


FIRST NATION COMMUNITY TO GET NEW WATER TREATMENT PLANT
Friday 12th January 2018
Potlotek First Nation will be getting a new water treatment plant, as they have signed the papers that will allow construction to begin. CBC is reporting that the Mi'kmaq community has been under a boil water advisory for 539 days since December, 2013 and a do-not-consume order for 79 days beyond that. The new water treatment plant, which is slated to be built next to the current one, is based around technology and a filtering method that is new to the community. Potlotek's director of public works, Quentin Doucette, says it's now in the design stage and after consultation meetings with the community and its Elders, it's basically a done deal. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada estimates the cost of the facility will come in at about 6-million dollars.


TRUDEAU FACES HECKLERS AT THIRD TOWN HALL MEETING
Friday 12th January 2018
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau conducted the third of his cross-country town hall meetings in London, Ontario last night, but it was not without some controversy. Trudeau was interrupted by a pair of hecklers, one of whom had to be removed by security. It started after a young boy asked the PM about dealing with his “haters”. After Trudeau answered, a woman started shouting about free speech, Canadians leaving the country to join ISIS, and M-103, the motion in the House of Commons that condemns islamophobia. Not much later, a man interrupted another questioner by shouting at Trudeau. The man sat down, but later stood again and shouted at Trudeau, while the Prime Minister tried to diffuse the situation. Trudeau gave the man the option of staying and sitting quietly, but the heckler refused and was escorted out by security after shouting about corruption and wrongdoings of the Supreme Court. As the man was being escorted out, Trudeau explained that he was disturbing the event. The man hollered "You're disturbing me!"


NORTHERN PULP EFFLUENT SYSTEM DESIGNER ON SUNDAY REPORT
Friday 12th January 2018
Northern Pulp is in the process of designing its new effluent treatment system. This new system has raised plenty of concern for fishermen, environmentalists, and others regarding the potential impact on the Northumberland Strait. This week on Sunday Report, John Leblanc sits down with Guy Martin, the engineer in charge of the design process. In the interview, Martin addresses the concerns that have been raised. Listen to the full interview on Sunday Report at 10am or 5pm this Sunday.


GAS AND DIESEL PRICES REMAIN UNCHANGED
Friday 12th January 2018
Nothing new at the pumps today, as the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board held with the status quo for the price of regular unleaded gasoline and diesel fuel. Regular unleaded remains $1.14.9 (one dollar, 14.9 cents) per litre, while diesel holds steady at $1.22.7 (one dollar, 22.7 cents) per litre. These prices will remain until next Friday at 12:01a.m.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 12 JANUARY
Friday 12th January 2018
After back to back losses, the Crushers will try to get back into the win column tonight as they head to the Fishtank in Yarmouth to face the Mariners. The Crushers gave up four goals in the first 5:37 of the game last night against the Amherst Ramblers, eventually losing by a score of 8-3. Michael Dill scored twice for the Crushers, while Evan MacLennan also scored. Tonight's game from Yarmouth will be available on 94.1 East Coast FM starting with the pregame show at 7:15pm.
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One other game last night in the MHL saw the Summerside Western Capitals dismantle the Valley Wildcats 8-1. TJ Shea extended his league lead in points with a goal and 2 assists for the Caps. There are a total of five games in the MHL tonight. Along with the game between the Crushers and Mariners, Valley will look to bounce back with a game in Truro, the Lumberjacks are in St. Stephen to visit the Aces, Campbellton takes on Woodstock, and Miramichi visits Edmundston.
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The Weeks Major Midgets are in Halifax this week for the 2018 Ice Jam. Wednesday, they opened with a 4-3 win over Kensington, PEI, then yesterday lost 2-1 to the Northern Moose from Bathurst. They wrap up pool play tonight at 7:30pm with a game against the Saint John Vitos.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers are also at the 2018 Ice Jam, and have also split their first two games of the tournament. Wednesday they dropped a 4-2 decision to the Kennebecasis Valley Kings, before earning a 4-3 win yesterday over another New Brunswick team, the Northern Blackhawks. They wrap up the round robin with a game against the Charlottetown based Central Attack at 12:45 this afternoon.
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The Rangers defeated the Bruins 4-3 in this week’s Leo Fahey twilight Hockey League action held at the Westville Miners Sports Center. Debbie MacLean, Samantha Williams , Kelly Lee and Stephanie Heighton scored for the Rangers . Tallying for the Bruins were Bethany Martin, Christa Webber and Julie Anderson.
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One game last night in the NSJHL saw the Strait Pirates defeat the Elks in Brookfield 2-1. There are five games tonight, including the Kameron Jr. Miners visiting the Pirates in Port Hawkesbury. Elsewhere, Antigonish visits Cumberland County, Brookfield is at Valley, Sackville takes on Cole Harbour and Liverpool visits East Hants. The Aecon Atlantic Scotians have two games this weekend – Saturday they will visit the Miners in Membertou, then on Sunday at 7pm at Trenton Arena they will host the Cole Harbour Colts.
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The Pictou County Peewee AAA’s host Acadia on Sunday at the PCWC for a double header at 10 am and 2 pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers face the Brookfield Elks in a pair of games this weekend with their home game taking place at Trenton Arena on Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm.
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This weekend the Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers will take part in the Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup in Sydney.
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Carolina 3 Washington 1
Buffalo 3 Columbus 1
Calgary 5 Tampa Bay 1
NBA
Boston 114 Philadelphia 103
Toronto 133 Cleveland 99
L.A. Clippers 121 Sacramento 115
L.A. Lakers 93 San Antonio 81


AG BAILLIE AND THORBURN CONSOLIDATED GETTING WORK DONE THIS WINTER
Thursday 11th January 2018
Two projects at schools in Pictou County have been approved for completion under the Tangible Capital Asset programs, to be funded by the province. In the report from the Operational Services Committee to the Committee of the Whole at the meeting of CCRSB last night, members were informed of a total of five projects, each costing more than 150-thousand dollars, that will be completed by the end of March. Two of those will take place in Pictou County. AG Baillie Memorial School will see the replacement of exterior doors and windows, while Thorburn Consolidated School willsee the boiler replaced, as well as replacement of some windows and doors as well.


HUMAN EXHIBIT OPENS IN HALIFAX
Thursday 11th January 2018
A dramatic exhibit featuring human cadavers opens today in Halifax. Body Worlds R-X is being shown at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History. The display has raised controversy elsewhere, but the museum says it is being met with support at its first stop east of Montreal. Museum curator Jeff Gray says he expected some backlash over the Body Worlds exhibition, but has instead seen unprecedented interest. The exhibition features plastinated corpses, a complex technique that removes fluids from donated bodies and replaces them with plastics that harden. Gray says the specimens offer a window into the world of human biology and physiology, including organs, muscles, the nervous system and skeletal structures. He says this exhibit focuses on healthy living and healthy lifestyles and uses plastinated bodies as a way to educate people about human health. The exhibition is a first in Atlantic Canada and runs until April 22nd.


DARTMOUTH MAN WANTED ON CANADA-WIDE WARRANT
Thursday 11th January 2018
Ontario police have issued a Canada-wide warrant for a Nova Scotia man accused of human trafficking. Investigators in Brampton are looking for 26-year-old Kartel Pye who lives in the Greater Toronto Area but is originally from Dartmouth. They say last February police were called to a report of a man accused of violently assaulting a woman who he allegedly exploited in the sex trade. Police say he profited from her and exercised control over all aspects of her life.


ELECTORAL REPORT COMING TODAY
Thursday 11th January 2018
The independent Commission on Effective Electoral Representation of Acadian and African Nova Scotians is expected to release its report today. Public sessions were held around the province over the past several months to discuss effective electoral representation for Acadians and African Nova Scotians. The report's recommendations are to inform the province's next Electoral Boundaries Commission. The commission's work comes after a Nova Scotia Court of Appeal ruling found a 2012 boundary redrawing that eliminated three Acadian ridings violated the voter rights section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


PREMIER WANTS REVIEW OF CHILD SERVICES IN WAKE OF ABDI CASE
Thursday 11th January 2018
The premier has told child welfare officials to review how they handle complex cases, as a former foster child in the province faces deportation to a country he has no connection to. Stephen McNeil says he asked the Community Services Department to complete a review of any cases that would require supports similar to those needed by Abdoul Abdi. The 24-year-old man was recently released from prison after serving a five-year sentence on multiple charges. He was put in segregation in a New Brunswick jail by the Canada Border Services Agency upon his release and is now awaiting a hearing on deportation to Somalia. Abdi arrived in Canada as a six-year-old child refugee and was shortly after apprehended by the Nova Scotia government and placed in foster care but never obtained citizenship. McNeil said all children in the province's care who require extensive support are offered a "myriad of options," but he said the province can't force them to take on the options. Alec Stratford, executive director and registrar with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers, is concerned that "structural issues" plaguing child welfare services are hampering the care that can be provided to children.


PROVINCE GOING INTO PEAK FLU SEASON
Thursday 11th January 2018
The province's chief medical officer of health says we're going into the peak of flu season. Dr. Robert Strang says that so far, the number of reported cases – 62 – are in the normal range. Strang said the best way to prevent getting sick is to get a flu shot. Since it takes about 2 weeks to reach full immunity after the shot, it's best to get it soon. Reports that this year's dose is only 10 per cent effective may not apply to us, as he says those numbers are out of Australia. Nova Scotia has one of the highest immunization rates in the country at a little over 40 per cent.


ROMAINE LETTUCE SAFE TO EAT AGAIN, BUT MAKE SURE YOU WASH IT: HEALTH AGENCY
Thursday 11th January 2018
The Public Health Agency of Canada says a deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce appears to be over. The agency says as of Wednesday there have been 42 cases of E. coli illness reported in five provinces, eight in Ontario, 15 in Quebec, five in New Brunswick, one in Nova Scotia and 13 in Newfoundland and Labrador. Seventeen people were hospitalized and one person died. It says there have been no reports on the onset of illness since Dec. 12. Based on the investigation findings to date, the agency says exposure to romaine lettuce has been identified as the source of the outbreak, but the cause of contamination has not been determined. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has completed its food safety investigation and all samples tested were negative for E. coli. The Public Health Agency is still advising Canadians to always follow safe food handling tips for preparing lettuce, but says it's no longer advising consumers in the affected provinces to consider lettuce other than romaine.


SPORTS JANUARY 11
Thursday 11th January 2018
The Weeks Jr A Crushers took it all the way to a shootout with Woodstock last night, but the Slammers got the last word, winning 4-3. That puts the Crushers three points behind the Truro Bearcats for the final playoff spot in the Eastlink South division. Up next for the Crushers is tonight's home game against the Amherst Ramblers at 7. On Friday, the team travels to Yarmouth to take on the Mariners – we'll have all the action on 94.1 East Coast FM. The pre-game with Michael Petter begins at 7:15.
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The Pictou County Peewee AAA’s host Acadia on Sunday at the PCWC for a double header at 10 am and 2 pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers face the Brookfield Elks in a pair of games this weekend with their home game taking place at Trenton Arena on Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm.
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This weekend the Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers will take part in the Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup in Sydney.
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There will be tryouts for U18 girls club volleyball tonight from 8:30pm -10pm @ New Glasgow Academy. Fee $10
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Ottawa 4 Toronto 3
Minnesota 2 Chicago 1
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   NBA
Dallas 115 Charlotte 111
Miami 114 Indiana 106
Utah 107 Washington 104
Chicago 122 New York 119(2OT)
Detroit 114 Brooklyn 80
Houston 121 Portland 112
Memphis 105 New Orleans 102
Milwaukee 110 Orlando 103
Minnesota 104 Oklahoma City 88
Atlanta 110 Denver 97
L.A. Clippers 125 Golden State 106


UNSTABLE APPROACH LED TO FATAL AIRPLANE CRASH: TSB
Wednesday 10th January 2018
The Transportation Safety Board says the crash of turbo-prop plane on the Magdalene Islands in March of 2016 was mainly due to an unstable approach taken by the pilot in bad weather. The crash killed former federal cabinet minister Jean Lapierre, his wife, and three of his siblings, as well as the pilot and co-pilot. The TSB's reports says in the final moments of the flight, a loss of control occurred when the pilot rapidly added full power while at low airspeed and low altitude, which resulted in the aircraft sharply rolling to the right and descending rapidly. Although the pilot managed to level the wings, the aircraft was too low to recover before striking the ground.


AMHERST REACHES TENTATIVE DEAL WITH VIA OVER RAIL STATION
Wednesday 10th January 2018
The Town of Amherst has reached a tentative agreement to purchase the historic rail station and property from Via Rail. Mayor David Kogon said the town received a draft agreement from Via and council are working to finalize the deal within the next two weeks. The Via Rail station has been closed since 2012. Two years ago, the town put together a proposal to buy the heritage property and lease the building to a local entrepreneur for five years. At the end of the lease, J.E. Bembridge Enterprises, which plans to operate two restaurants out of the building, would own the property. The mayor had been concerned about how long the sale was taking.


TRUDEAU HANDLES TOUGH QUESTIONS AT TOWN HALL
Wednesday 10th January 2018
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced difficult questions from the crowd at a town hall in Lower Sackville, including from a member of the navy who has ALS and from the mother of a boy with severe autism. Trudeau also faced questions about his controversial Bahamas vacation, pensions for veterans, the Omar Khadr lawsuit settlement and about Abdoul Abdi, a 23-year-old former child refugee who is facing deportation to Somalia. Trudeau told Abdi's sister that deportation is taken seriously by the government and no final decisions have been made in the case. He said the government must show compassion and empathy on a case-by-case basis. A health-care worker also expressed his concern with the minimum age to buy recreational marijuana being set at 18, citing studies that show it can be problematic for brain development in young people. Trudeau said it's known that setting the age too high simply encourages the continuation of a black market and offered an assurance that Ottawa's plan is meant to help keep cannabis out of the hands of young people. The prime minister is scheduled to hold another town hall at McMaster University in Hamilton on Wednesday afternoon.


NEW COAST GUARD RESCUE STATION TO BE BUILT IN NFLD
Wednesday 10th January 2018
Ottawa has announced that a new Canadian Coast Guard rescue lifeboat station will be built in Old Perlican, Newfoundland. The eastern Newfoundland location was selected based on identified gaps in the coast guard's maritime search and rescue response capacity as well as an anticipated increase in vessel traffic in the area. In selecting the fishing town, the government considered factors including water depth, icing conditions and wharf facilities that could support mission activities. There are currently 41 search and rescue stations across Canada equipped to respond to Maritime search and rescue incidents.


JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S ROLLBACK OF IMMIGRATION PROGRAM
Wednesday 10th January 2018
A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday night temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while their lawsuits play out in court. Alsup said lawyers in favour of DACA clearly demonstrated that the young immigrants "were likely to suffer serious, irreparable harm" without court action. The judge also said the lawyers have a strong chance of succeeding at trial. DACA has protected about 800,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families who overstayed visas. The program includes hundreds of thousands of college-age students. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in September that the program would be phased out, saying former president Barack Obama had exceeded his authority when he implemented it in 2012.


SPORTS JANUARY 10
Wednesday 10th January 2018
The Weeks Jr A Crushers remain four points back of the Truro Bearcats for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastlink South division. Up next for the Crushers is a make-up of a game that was postponed last month, as they visit the Woodstock Slammers on Wednesday. Then on Thursday they will be back home to host the Amherst Ramblers.
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The Peewee AAA’s faced the NSMHL leader, Acadia, twice on Saturday, Jan 6 in the Valley.  The first game played in Canning ended with a 4-4 decision.  Scoring for the Crushers were Kaden Smith with help from Reese Smith and Keagan Dalton; and Lane Lochead with a hattie getting assistance from Logan Crosby and Cade Moser. The Crushers were no match for Acadia in the second game suffering a 7-0 loss at Acadia Arena.  Sunday, Jan 7 the AAA’s hosted Chebucto at the PCWC for exhibition action.  The boys did not disappoint the home crowd and came out with a 4-2 win over the Atlantics.  Scoring for the Crushers were Reese Smith with a hat trick and Kaden Smith with a single.  Assists came from Lochead, Jax Graham, Jayden Duplessis with a pair, Moser, Dalton and team goalie, Jeffrey Quinn. The team hosts Acadia on Sunday, Jan 14 at the PCWC for a double header at 10 am and 2 pm.
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The Pictou County Bantam A Crushers had just one game this past weekend in Truro versus the Bearcats and came away with a solid five to two win. Goal scorers for the Crushers were Cale Archibald, Isaac Willison, Ethan MacKenzie and Dawson MacKay with a pair. Chloe Stroud was in nets for the win. The Bantam A Crushers face the Brookfield Elks in a pair of games this weekend with their home game taking place at Trenton Arena on Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm.
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This weekend the Pictou County Bantam AA Crushers will take part in the Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup in Sydney.
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There will be tryouts for U18 girls club volleyball on Thursday from 8:30pm -10pm @ New Glasgow Academy. Fee $10
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The 8th annual Jean Proudfoot Memorial Broomball Challenge is coming Saturday, January 20th at the Wellness Centre. Game time at 7pm between the West Side and North End community centres. The North End has won last 2 years, but the West Side still has a 5-2 advantage! All funds go to support the two family friendly centres that offer skating, ball hockey, summer camps, playground and green area. You can make a donation at the game or pledge a player. There will also be a post game celebration to follow at West Side Community Centre starting at 8:30pm.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist, Nikolaj Ehlers also scored twice, and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Buffalo Sabres 7-4 for their third straight victory.
John Carlson, Lars Eller and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored as the Washington Capitals beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 for their fifth consecutive victory and NHL-best 10th in a row at home.
Nick Schmaltz and Jonathan Toews each scored a pair of goals and Patrick Kane had a career-high five-point night with a goal and four assists as the Chicago Blackhawks routed the Ottawa Senators 8-2.
Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and an assist, helping the Nashville Predators top the Edmonton Oilers 2-1.
Dougie Hamilton scored 2:39 into overtime to lift the Calgary Flames over the Minnesota Wild 3-2.
Tampa Bay 5 Carolina 4
Florida 7 St. Louis 4
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    NBA
Wayne Ellington's basket with time running out earned the Miami Heat a 90-89 road victory over Toronto, snapping the Raptors' home win streak at 12 straight games.
Portland 117 Oklahoma City 106
Dallas 114 Orlando 99
L.A. Lakers 99 Sacramento 86


ARREST MADE IN EARLY MORNING DRUG BUST
Tuesday 9th January 2018
A Stellarton man is in police custody facing a multitude of drug-related charges after police executed a search warrant at home on MacKay Street in that community in the early morning hours this morning. The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the Stellarton Police Service, New Glasgow Regional Police Canine and Truro Police Service Canine seized cocaine, cannabis marihuana, and cannabis resin. The 27-year old, whose name has not been released by police, will be making an appearance in Pictou Provincial Court in the coming days to answer to charges including possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis resin, possession for the purpose of trafficking cannabis marihuana, and multiple counts of failing to comply with a judicial recognizance.


ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES LAID IN ATTACK
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Three men from Truro are facing charges of attempted murder in relation to an incident over the weekend that sent one person to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Truro Police say 27-year-old Alexander Borden, 34-year-old Dylan Tupper, and 31-year-old Nelson Mumford are also charged with aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Police say the victim, whose name and gender have not been released, and the three accused are known to each other and it is not believed that this was a random incident. The victim has since been released from hospital. All three accused remain in custody, pending appearances in Truro Provincial Court on Wednesday.


MAN FACING WEAPON AND ASSAULT CHARGES HAS CASE ADJOURNED
Tuesday 9th January 2018
A man accused of multiple weapons and assault related offenses during an incident in the Sobeys grocery store in Pictou last November made a brief appearance in Pictou Provincial Court yesterday. Thirty-one year old James Falt appeared through a video link as he remains in custody on charges of pointing a firearm, assault by threatening to use a weapon, confinement, assault, mischief, possession of a firearm while prohibited and two breaches of court orders. Falt asked for an adjournment to have more time to speak with his lawyer. The adjournment was granted, and Falt's next appearance is scheduled to take place next week.


NFLD FERRY CANCELS SERVICE AGAIN
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Bad weather has thrown another wrench into Marine Atlantic's plans. The company resumed service to Newfoundland on Monday after several days of high winds and heavy seas, but conditions in the Cabot Strait have forced them to cancel today's crossings. And they warn that Wednesday morning's crossings may be affected too. There have been three lengthy weather-related disruptions of service in the last three weeks.


RCMP LOCATE MISSING COLCHESTER COUNTY TEEN ***UPDATED 12:35P.M.***
Tuesday 9th January 2018
RCMP have updated their website to indicate that a missing 12-year-old boy has been located safe and secure. Colby Auger left his home in Green Creek around 4:50 p.m. on Monday and didn't return. Police are thanking the public for their assistance.


PM TO HOST TOWN HALL IN LOWER SACKVILLE TONIGHT
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in the Halifax area hosting a public town hall meeting tonight. The event will be held at Sackville High School. The event starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Guests must RSVP online, while admission to the event will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


PICTOU'S NEW CAO HAS FIRST MEETING WITH COUNCIL
Tuesday 9th January 2018
The Town of Pictou’s new CAO got to attend a Committee of Council meeting on his very first day on the job.  Dan Troke started in his new position with the Town as of Monday, and then sat in on his first meeting last night. Troke was only asked to weigh in on one issue, as council discussed whether to provide funding for Viola’s Place homeless shelter that is trying to get up and running. Council was discussing concerns they have with the operational business plan for the group, and asked Troke to provide insight based on his former role with Housing Nova Scotia. Troke says there may be funding coming from the national level that Viola’s Place may be able to tap into to help with the sustainability of the plan.


STELLARTON SETS OVERTIME POLICY
Tuesday 9th January 2018
The overtime policy for non-union employees of the town of Stellarton was finalized at last night’s council meeting. Employees can bank up to a maximum of 40 hours of overtime, which can be traded for time off. Overtime can only be claimed if an hour or more, and outside of regular office hours. Regular duties not subject to overtime include council meetings, and meetings of the Recreation, Police and Rink Committees. Overtime claims and time off claims must be approved by a supervisor.


SHIP HECTOR DUE FOR REPAIR WORK THIS YEAR
Tuesday 9th January 2018
During the meeting of the Town of Pictou’s Committee of Council, Councilor Malcolm Houser reported on a recent meeting of the Hector Heritage Quay Society. Houser told Council that the replica ship will need to come out of the water this year for some repairs, something that has not been done since 2010. Houser also provided the good news that 2017 saw the most visitors at the Quay in the history of the facility.


STELLARTON TRAIL WILL BE FOR WINTER ACTIVITY ONLY
Tuesday 9th January 2018
The Old Foster Trail in Stellarton will be a winter trail for at least another year. This means it will not be plowed, or sanded. Recreation Director Paul Corbin and Town Engineer Blaine Murray made the recommendation to council, as they are concerned the soft subsurface would be damaged by the weight of a trail plow. Corbin says the trail can still be used for activities like snowshoeing.


STELLARTON APPLYING FOR STUDENT GRANTS
Tuesday 9th January 2018
Stellarton’s Recreation Department is applying for grants to help pay the salaries of up to 11 summer students. Council passed a motion for Recreation Director Paul Corbin to make the applications. If all of the grants are approved, seven of the students would be hired to handle Recreation projects, 2 for Communities in Bloom, and the other 2 for painting town fire hydrants. Many of the hydrants were already painted last year, so those students may work on other painting projects for the town.


FATAL FIRE NOT DEEMED SUSPICIOUS: RCMP
Tuesday 9th January 2018
The RCMP Major Crimes Unit says a fatal house fire in Pubnico Head that killed four people on Sunday is not considered suspicious, following a preliminary investigation. The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner's Service has assumed the lead of the investigation under the Nova Scotia Fatality Investigations Act. The local fire chief says it could be days before officials know for sure what caused the fire that killed four people, including at least two young children. West Pubnico fire Chief Gordon Amiro says firefighters responded about 12 minutes after the call came in Sunday, but flames had already engulfed the house and there was nothing they could do except try to put out the flames. A family member says the father of at least one of the children remains in hospital and is struggling to stay alive. Police have been using a cadaver dog to search the rubble of the two-storey home.


SPORTS JANUARY 9
Tuesday 9th January 2018
The Weeks Jr A Crushers remain four points back of the Truro Bearcats for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastlink South division. Up next for the Crushers is a make-up of a game that was postponed last month, as they visit the Woodstock Slammers on Wednesday. Then on Thursday they will be back home to host the Amherst Ramblers.
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Pictou County Bantam AA took part in the Riverview Winter Classic tournament in New Brunswick this past weekend.  First the Crushers played Riverview Bantam AA Blues who are the top team in their league.  It was a close game with the Crushers coming out on top with a 5-4 win.  Goals by Adam Farrell, Ross Martin, Ryan Denny, Tanner Steele and Covey Cameron.  Assist by Martin(2),  singles by Steele and Farrell. Xander Vohs was in nets .Player of the game went to Ross Martin. The Crushers second game was against Moncton Hawks Bantam AA.  Pictou County started the game strong and played a full team effort to earn a 6-4 victory.  Cam MacKinnon, Martin, Noah MacDonald, Farrell, and Cameron(2).  Assist Martin, Chris Avery and Brent Chapman.  Jacob Fraser played strong in nets earning player of the game. Pictou County Bantam AA played the NB East Phantoms Bantam Minor AAA on Sunday morning which proved to be a tight game but the Crushers fell 2-1.  The lone goal scorer was MacKinnon from Adam Fraser.  Xander Vohs earned player of the game as he kept the Crushers in the game after running into penalty issues. Next weekend the Bantam AA Crushers will take part in the Royal Canadian Legion Challenge Cup in Sydney, Cape Breton.
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There will be tryouts for U18 girls club volleyball on Thursday from 8:30pm -10pm @ New Glasgow Academy. Fee $10
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons begin January 10th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. Space is limited, so register early. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Artemi Panarin scored in overtime as the Columbus Blue Jackets came from behind to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in the only NHL game of the night.
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NBA
DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, including a go-ahead three-point play with 26.1 seconds left in overtime, and the Toronto Raptors shook off a late injury to Kyle Lowry to beat the Brooklyn Nets 114-113.
Indiana 109 Milwaukee 96
Houston 116 Chicago 107
Minnesota 127 Cleveland 99
New Orleans 112 Detroit 109
San Antonio 107 Sacramento 100
L.A. Clippers 108 Atlanta 107
Golden State 124 Denver 114


KINSMEN HELP SUPPORT ONCOLOGY CLIENT FUND
Monday 8th January 2018
The Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow recently made a $2,000 donation to the Aberdeen Health Foundation Oncology Client Fund. The Kinsmen raise funds through club initiatives, including Kinsmen Eastlink TV Bingo. The Oncology Client Fund is administered by the Aberdeen Health Foundation and funded by donations from the community. It is used to support patients with extra expenses related to their diagnosis and treatment. 


JOHN LOHR ENTERS PC LEADERSHIP RACE
Monday 8th January 2018
Pictou East MLA Tim Houston now knows at least one person he will be debating with as members of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia move toward choosing a new leader. Kings North MLA John Lohr made his announcement this morning that he is running to replace Jamie Baillie as the current Leader of the Opposition in the legislature. Lohr, who describes himself as a farmer-turned politician, has represented Kings North since 2013. Lohr released a video declaring his candidacy, in which he focused heavily on the health care system, and the mental-health court system. To this point Lohr and Houston are the only two people to have declared their candidacy. The PC Party has not yet announced a deadline for entry into the race, nor have they set the date or format for the leadership convention.


50 YEAR-OLD PICTOU COUNTY MURDER ADDED TO UNSOLVED CRIMES PROGRAM
Monday 8th January 2018
The murder of an 81-year-old man in Pictou County fifty years ago has been added to the Nova Scotia Reward for Major Unsolved Crimes Program. Police responded to the death of 81-year-old Newton Harold Boutlier on January 7th, 1968 on Highway 33 in French River. Boutlier was found dead in his home, which was also a small general store he owned and operated six days a week. Sergeant Jared Harding, of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division's Cold Case Unit, says they believe someone has information that could move the investigation forward. Anyone with information regarding those responsible for the murder of Newton Harold Boutlier is asked to call the Cold Case Unit or Crime Stoppers.


NFLD FERRY SERVICE IS BACK
Monday 8th January 2018
After bad weather and very strong winds led to four days of cancellations, Marine Atlantic is scheduled to resume crossings to Newfoundland today. It was the third lengthy weather-related disruption to Marine Atlantic services in as many weeks, raising concerns about the availability of certain goods in Newfoundland. 


BLUE ACRES GAS STATION STILL CLOSED FOLLOWING SUNDAY FIRE
Monday 8th January 2018
The Esso and Tim Horton's location in Blue Acres remains closed at this hour after an electrical fire on Sunday morning. There is still no word on the extent of the damage, or when the gas station will re-open, although early reports did not mention any injuries.


MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION AFTER SEIZURE OF COCAINE & METH
Monday 8th January 2018
A 56 year-old MacPherson’s Mills man has been charged with possession after a drug seizure on Stewart Street in New Glasgow. The seizure took place early Sunday morning by the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with the assistance of the New Glasgow Regional Police. They seized a quantity of cocaine and methamphetamine. The man has been charged with possession of cocaine and possession for the purpose of trafficking methamphetamine. He has been released from police custody and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date. 


TIDAL TURBINE TO BE STUDIED FOR EFFECTS ON FISH
Monday 8th January 2018
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has commissioned a scientific review of a tidal turbine's impact on fish populations. The Annapolis Tidal Turbine in Annapolis River has been operating with a ministerial dispensation, allowing it to kill fish since it opened in 1984. The act prohibits activity that results in serious harm to fisheries, but allows the minister to grant an exemption if the facility doesn't kill fish at population levels. The department says the review will assess the level of fish mortality and impacts on populations.


HRM STOREFRONT DAMAGED AFTER TWO CAR CRASH
Monday 8th January 2018
Halifax police say a building has been damaged in a two-car crash. Police say one of the drivers ran a stop sign at an intersection and hit another vehicle, which then crashed into a storefront. Officers say the driver who failed to yield was ticketed, and the other suffered minor injuries. There was no immediate word on the amount of damage done to the store. 


WANT TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL? WHY NOT BUY A PRIVATE ISLAND IN MAHONE BAY?
Monday 8th January 2018
A Nova Scotia private island is on the market for seven million dollars, which is about three quarters of its original price tag. The 57-acre island in Mahone Bay has seen a two-and-a-half million dollar price drop since it was first put up for sale eight years ago. Realtor Marian Cowan says Kaulbach Island would make a terrific getaway destination for those who appreciate privacy and luxury. The property features an 11-thousand-square-foot main house, a nearby two-level farm house, and a seaside beach house, all a five-minute boat ride from the mainland. 


FEDERAL LIBERALS BRING BACK IMMIGRATION 'LOTTERY'
Monday 8th January 2018
The federal Liberals have relaunched a lottery system to reunite immigrant families, despite a backlash from frustrated sponsors who called its random selection process "cruel," "heartless" and a "fiasco." A one-month period opened this week inviting entries to an online draw that gives people a chance at one of 10,000 spots that allow them to apply to sponsor their parents or grandparents. The lottery system replaced the former first-come, first-served process last year. The change aimed to make the system more fair and transparent after complaints the process was skewed by geography and an applicant's ability to pay a lawyer or other representative to get to the head of the queue. It was also intended to avoid building a backlog that had ballooned in past years, as the Liberal government doubled the cap to 10,000 spots from the previous 5,000. Despite the increased intake target many sponsors condemned the process. Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel accused the Liberals of promising a high target for family reunification during the last election campaign without applying proper resources to deliver. NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan called the lottery a "colossal disaster," and said family reunification is vital for both the Canadian economy and for family, community and cultural cohesion.


SPORTS JANUARY 8
Monday 8th January 2018
The Weeks Jr A Crushers held the lead four different times over the Edmundston Blizzard Saturday night, but the league's top team showed why they are ranked 14th in the country, as the Blizzard scored twice in the final 5:06 to win 6-4 at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers remain four points back of the Truro Bearcats for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South, and now only have one game in hand. Up next for the Crushers is a make-up of a game that was postponed last month, as they visit the Woodstock Slammers on Wednesday. Then on Thursday they will be back home to host the Amherst Ramblers.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians picked up the win 4-3 against the Brookfield Elks.
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The Weeks Major Midgets were shut out 6-0 Saturday night at the Wellness Centre by the league leading Halifax MacDonalds. The Macs now lead Dartmouth Steele Subaru by 6 points for top spot. The Weeks are in 6th place in the NSMMHL, 6 points back of the Valley Wildcats, and 3 ahead of the Cape Breton Tradesmen.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers' got the 2-1 victory over the Novas in Port Hawkesbury on Sunday afternoon. The win puts the Bombers in 6th place in the standings, two behind Bedford and eight behind the Western Hurricanes.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 10th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. Space is limited, so register early. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Brendan Gallagher scored in the third period to break a tie as the Montreal Canadiens posted a second straight win with a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.
Mathieu Perreault scored twice as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the San Jose Sharks 4-1 to extend their home winning streak to five games.
Anton Forsberg made 32 saves, Nick Schmaltz and Alex DeBrincat scored in the first period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the slumping Edmonton Oilers 4-1.
Philadelphia 4 Buffalo 1
N.Y. Islanders 5 New Jersey 4 (SO)
Washington 4 St. Louis 3 (OT)
Columbus 3 Florida 2
Tampa Bay 5 Detroit 2
Pittsburgh 6 Boston 5 (OT)
Vegas 2 N.Y. Rangers 1
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NFL
Drew Brees passed for 376 yards and two touchdowns, and the New Orleans Saints held off Carolina's late comeback bid to seal a 31-26 victory in their NFC wild-card game.
Blake Bortles put together one decent drive all day, doing as much with his legs as his arm, and the defensive-minded Jacksonville Jaguars eked out an ugly 10-3 victory against the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game.


ELECTRICAL FIRE LEADS TO GAS STATION AND COFFEE SHOP CLOSURE
Sunday 7th January 2018
The Esso and Tim Horton's location in Blue Acres is currently (as of 11:45a.m. Sunday) closed due to an electrical fire. No word at this time as to the extent of the damage. The early indications are that there were no injuries in the incident. They will remain closed for the time being, and there is no indication as to how long that closure may last.


LOBLAW RECALLING MUSTARD OVER CONCERNS OF GLASS
Sunday 7th January 2018
Loblaw Companies Ltd. is recalling some bottles of PC brand Sweet Chipotle Prepared Mustard from the marketplace due to the possible presence of glass. Jars with the UPC code 060383013929 and date 2018 AL 12 are being recalled nationwide, said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The agency said there haven't been any injuries reported. Recalled products should either be thrown out or returned to the store where they were bought. The agency said it's conducting an investigation that may lead to the recall of other products.


DOCTORS NOVA SCOTIA CALLS FOR CHANGE TO PAY-FOR-SERVICE MODEL
Sunday 7th January 2018
Doctors Nova Scotia's President is calling the way the province pays for services “antiquated”, and that is a significant reason why so many of its members are leaving for greener pastures elsewhere. A group of family doctors held a meeting yesterday in Dartmouth, and Dr. Manoj Vohra says one of the things they are seeing in other provinces is different pay models that provide more positive results. As an example, in New Brunswick, doctors are paid an "access adjustment" for providing patients with timely care. Vohra says the province needs to come to the table for conversations like the one held by family doctors yesterday, to come up with better and fairer ways of compensation.


LOCAL SPORTS - 7 JANUARY
Sunday 7th January 2018
The Weeks Jr A Crushers held the lead four different times over the Edmundston Blizzard last night, but the league's top team showed why they are ranked 14th in the country, as the Blizzard scored twice in the final 5:06 to win 6-4 last night at the Wellness Centre. The Crushers remain four points back of the Truro Bearcats for the fourth and final playoff spot in the South, and now only have one game in hand. Up next for the Crushers is a make-up of a game that was postponed last month, as they visit the Woodstock Slammers on Wednesday. Then on Thursday they will be back home to host the Amherst Ramblers.
There were three other games last night in the MHL:
Amherst 2 South Shore 1
Miramichi 6 St. Stephen 2
Campbellton 6 Woodstock 4
As well, there are two games today as Truro is in Summerside, while Edmundston continue their road trip in Berwick against Valley. During a special pre-game ceremony, World Junior Gold Medalist Drake Batherson will be in Berwick. Batherson played 32 regular season games with the Wildcats before heading up to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians are home tonight at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, as they will host the Brookfield Elks. The Scotians are now six points back of the Kameron Jr Miners, after the Miners won 6-4 last night at home to the Strait Pirates. One other game last night saw the Scotians' opponent tonight, the Brookfield Elks, fall tothe Liverpool Privateers 9-6. Along with the Scotians' game, there is one other game today in the NSJHL, as Antigonish visits the Miners in Membertou.
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The Weeks Major Midgets were shut out 6-0 last night at the Wellness Centre by the league leading Halifax MacDonalds. The Macs now lead Dartmouth Steele Subaru by 6 points for top spot. The Weeks are in 6th place in the NSMMHL, 6 points back of the Valley Wildcats, and 3 ahead of the Cape Breton Tradesmen.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers' first game of 2018 will be in Port Hawkesbury against the Novas Sunday afternoon at 12:30.
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The Subway Cup A division tournament wraps up today with two semi-final games and then the championship games in female divisions from atom to midget at the Wellness Centre. Two Pictou County teams will be in the finals – in Pee Wee against Antigonish and in Bantam against the winners of the semi-final between Metro West Force Red and Metro West Force White. The Midget A Selects finished with a 1-1-1 record. The Atom A Selects finished with a 2-2 record.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 10th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. Space is limited, so register early. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca


FLU VACCINE COULD BE LESS EFFECTIVE THAN THOUGHT AGAINST ONE PARTICULAR STRAIN
Saturday 6th January 2018
Canada's chief public health officer says it's possible that this year's flu vaccine may have limited effectiveness against a particularly severe strain of influenza A that appears to be dominant in the country. Dr. Theresa Tam tells CBC News the reason for believing there's a potential weakness in the vaccine is the fact that countries in the Southern Hemisphere, which have their flu season before Northern Hemisphere countries, experienced "poor vaccine effectiveness" against H3N2, a subtype of influenza A that tends to cause more severe illness among vulnerable people, including the elderly and children. In addition, studies suggest that the process of manufacturing the vaccine may have compromised its effectiveness against H3N2 because it can mutate when grown in eggs — and Canada uses egg-based vaccines. The potential for lower vaccine effectiveness makes it even more important that Canadians take "other measures" to protect themselves against the flu, she said, including handwashing, coughing into your sleeve, disposing of used tissues, and staying home when you're sick. But Tam says people should still get the flu shot, she said, because it offers protection against multiple strains.


WINTER STORM CLEANUP CONTINUES
Saturday 6th January 2018
The cleanup continues after the major storm that brought snow, wind and high waves to most of the Maritimes. The strongest gusts were recorded in western Cape Breton, where a 170-kilometre-per-hour blast streaked through the rural area of Grand Etang, known for producing powerful winds. In the Halifax area, which weathered its share of power outages, siding was ripped off some homes, limbs were torn from trees and the roof was ripped from at least one home in Dartmouth. Dominic Fewer of Nova Scotia's Emergency Management Office said some roads were washed out and others littered with rocks and debris caused by storm surge and heavy rains. In New Brunswick, crews cleared away mounds of snow that began piling up when the slow-moving, low-pressure system moved into the province Thursday afternoon. The heaviest snowfall was recorded at Pokemouche, which was buried under 58 centimetres, while Big River nearby got 50 centimetres of snow. Fredericton reported 25 centimetres by early Friday. The president of NB Power said it will be late Saturday before all power is restored across the province. There are still a few thousand people waiting to get their power back in Nova Scotia.


PLANES COLLIDE AT PEARSON AIRPORT: NO INJURIES AMOUNG PASSENGERS
Saturday 6th January 2018
Two airliners collided on the ground at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Friday night, causing a small fire on one and an emergency evacuation of the other. WestJet Flight 2425, arriving from Cancun, had 168 passengers and six crew on board, and was waiting to proceed to the gate when a Sunwing aircraft backed into it. The Sunwing aircraft was not carrying any passengers or crew, according to Beverly MacDonald, a representative for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. It was being towed by the airline's ground crew. MacDonald said an investigation is underway. While there were no injuries on the WestJet flight, one member of the Toronto Pearson Fire and Emergency Service was injured and has been taken to hospital. Fire and emergency services responded and the WestJet passengers exited via two emergency slides.


SPORTS JANUARY 6
Saturday 6th January 2018
The Weeks Jr A Crushers have a rare Saturday home game against the Edmundston Blizzard, the top team in the MHL. Puck drops at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have just one game this weekend: the Scotians were scheduled to be in Port Hawkesbury to face the Strait Pirates last night, but that game was postponed due to the power situation. Sunday at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, the Scotians will host the Brookfield Elks. The Scotians enter the home stretch of the regular season 4 points behind the Kameron Jr Miners for top spot in the Sid Rowe Division.
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The Weeks Major Midgets will be hosting the Halifax McDonalds tonight at 7:45 at the Wellness Centre.
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers' first game of 2018 will be in Port Hawkesbury against the Novas Sunday afternoon at 12:30.
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The Subway Cup A division tournament continues today at the Wellness Centre. Female divisions from atom to midget are taking part, with championship games going on Sunday.
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Pictou Recreation Aquatics is now taking registration for the Winter Session of Red Cross Swim Lessons. Lessons will be begin January 10th and run on Wed, Thurs, Fri nights and Sat mornings. Space is limited, so register early. For more information or to register call the Pool at 902-485-5301 or email aquatics@townofpictou.ca
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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At the world junior hockey championships, Tyler Steenbergen scored the winner with just 1:40 to play in regulation as the Canadians downed Sweden 3-1 in the gold-medal game. Swedish captain Lias Andersson was so frustrated with Sweden's second-place finish that he threw his silver medal into the crowd.
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NHL
Blake Wheeler and Jacob Trouba each had a goal and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets extended their point streak to five games with a 4-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.
Matt Duchene scored his second of the game seven seconds into overtime as the Ottawa Senators capped a four-goal comeback with a 6-5 win over the San Jose Sharks.
Pittsburgh 4 NY Islanders 0
Detroit 4 Florida 2
Vegas 5 Chicago 4


WATER DAMAGE LEADS TO SCHOOL CLOSURE
Friday 5th January 2018
Chignecto Central Regional School Board has indicated that the storm Nova Scotia experienced this week has resulted in some water damage to one of the schools in Pictou County. As a result, Dr. W.A.MacLeod will be closed for students on Monday, Jan. 8/18. The school has experienced water damage in a section of the school. Ongoing clean up activities will be completed on Monday, Jan. 8th. No classes will be held for students on that day.


MAN CONVICTED IN BITING AT WAKE WILL NOT HAVE APPEAL HEARD
Friday 5th January 2018
A man convicted of aggravated assualt for biting, and partially amputating, the tip of the nose of another man will not be getting his appeal heard. Randall MacLean bit the nose of another man while being escorted out of a wake for a Pictou man in 2014. After trial in October 2016, he was convicted of aggravated assault and in February 2017 was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment followed by twelve months’ probation. MacLean filed a notice of appeal in March, but later abandoned that appeal. In September he applied for the right to resubmit that appeal, and in a decision released today by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, that application was denied. The decision ruled that the grounds for appeal were unfounded, and the conviction and sentencing for MacLean will stand.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE LOWEST IN 40 YEARS: STATS CANADA
Friday 5th January 2018
Some good economic news this morning: the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in more than four decades as Canada closed out 2017 producing jobs at a pace not seen since 2002. Statistics Canada says the unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 per cent in December, down from 5.9 per cent the month before, to reach its lowest mark since comparable data became available in 1976. The unemployment reading fell last month as the economy generated 78,600 net new positions, including 23,700 full-time jobs. The agency's labour force survey says employment in 2017 rose 2.3 per cent for its fastest growth rate in 15 years. The economy added 422,500 jobs last year with the gains driven by 394,200 new full-time positions. By region, Quebec and Alberta saw the biggest increases last month with each province adding more than 26,000 new jobs.


STORM ROUNDUP: THOUSANDS WITHOUT POWER, FLIGHTS AND CROSSINGS CANCELLED, ROADS TRICKY *UPDATED 12:20 PM*
Friday 5th January 2018
At last check, about 82,000 customers are in the dark as the province continues to be battered by high winds. Those same winds are hampering power crews' attempts to restore electricity. NSP says it's not safe to work in a bucket truck or on a power pole in winds above 80 km/h. NS Power says if you're still experiencing an outage, contact them at 1-877-428-6004. The NSP Depot on Bridge Avenue in Stellarton is continuing to serve as a comfort station, and the Linacy Fire Department has also opened its doors to serve as a comfort station. As well, if there is still no power as of 5pm today, the Caribou Fire Hall will open for those who need to get warm, charge devices, need water or would like a hot cup of coffee. It will be open from 5pm until 10pm tonight and reopen tomorrow morning at 8am. However, it will remain open past 10pm if people are using this service for as long as its needed. You can bring a sleeping bag if you need to spend the night. 
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The strong winds are also putting a damper on travel: Marine Atlantic cancelled today's crossings between North Sydney and Port aux Basques, and warns that the weekend's crossings could also be affected. The Confederation Bridge has restricted trucks, Tractor Trailers, RV's, and buses from crossing due to high winds on the Strait. And departures at the Stanfield Airport in Halifax are either cancelled or delayed: if you have a flight today, call ahead to check on its status.
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The upside to the weather is that overnight, the warm temperatures brought more rain than snow: roads are listed as bare for most of Northern Nova Scotia, but keep an eye out for downed branches, trees or power lines. Roads in Cumberland County and Guysborough County are reported partially snow covered with icy patches. Many secondary roads still have some ice lingering from the beginning of the storm. And the mercury is already headed back below zero this morning.


FUEL PRICES HEADED IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
Friday 5th January 2018
The signs may not be lit at your local gas station, but the price of fuel has changed. Regular self-serve gas is down half a cent to $1.149 per litre, while diesel rose two cents to $1.227 per litre.


POWER REGULATOR GIVES THUMBS DOWN TO ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING PROJECT
Friday 5th January 2018
The energy regulator has rejected a proposal by Nova Scotia Power to purchase and install 12 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the province. The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board ruled that the purchase would not be in the best interest of the power company's ratepayers. Nova Scotia Power says it was intended to serve as a pilot project so the utility could understand how fast charging stations might affect the province's electrical system. According to the company, the province has lagged behind other jurisdictions in adopting electric vehicle technology.


TORY SENATOR BOOTED FROM CAUCUS FOR RACIST LETTERS
Friday 5th January 2018
Senator Lynn Beyak has been kicked out of the Conservative caucus because of letters posted to her Senate website deemed racist by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and others. Beyak had posted roughly 100 letters in support of her earlier defence of residential schools to her personal Senate website, where some 6,000 Indigenous children died from malnutrition and disease. In a statement, Scheer said he had asked Beyak to remove some of the comments but she refused. "Who would be naïve to think that alcohol, drugs, incest would not have found it's way into the lives of the North's children," read one of the letters flagged by Scheer's office. Beyak rose to notoriety in the spring of 2017 after saying there were positives that came out of Canada's residential school system. She also landed in hot water for urging First Nations people to exchange their status cards "for a Canadian citizenship." Beyak had already been removed from all Senate committees for her comments.


NORTH & SOUTH KOREA PLAN TALKS
Friday 5th January 2018
North and South Korea will sit down for their first formal talks in more than two years next week to find ways to co-operate on the Winter Olympics in the South and to improve their abysmal ties. While a positive sign after last year's threats of nuclear war, the Koreas have a long history of failing to move past their deep animosity. The announcement came hours after the United States said it will delay annual military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics next month. The exercises infuriate North Korea, which claims they are an invasion rehearsal, although South Korea and the U.S. have repeatedly said they are defensive in nature. Any dialogue between the Koreas is seen as a positive step. But critics say the North's abrupt push to improve ties may be a tactic to divide Seoul and Washington and weaken international pressure and sanctions on Pyongyang.


SPORTS JANUARY 5
Friday 5th January 2018
The Weeks Jr A Crushers have a rare Saturday home game against the Edmundston Blizzard, the top team in the MHL. Puck drops at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians have two games this weekend: on Friday, the Scotians will be in Port Hawkesbury to face the Strait Pirates. Then on Sunday at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, the Scotians will host the Brookfield Elks. The Scotians enter the stretch run of the regular season 4 points behind the Kameron Jr Miners for top spot in the Sid Rowe Division.
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The Weeks Major Midgets will be hosting the Halifax McDonalds Saturday January 6th 7:45 PM
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The Wearwell Major Bantam Bombers' first game of 2018 will be in Port Hawkesbury against the Novas Sunday afternoon at 12:30.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Nova Scotia's Drake Batherson had a hat trick to lead Canada past the Czech Republic 7-2 in the semifinal of the world junior hockey championship. The Canadians play Sweden for the gold tonight in Buffalo.
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NHL Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the shootout winner as the Oilers snapped a four-game losing skid with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
Sean Monahan and Micheal Ferland had a goal and an assist each as the Calgary Flames scored four times in a second period for a thrilling 4-3 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Kings.
Paul Byron scored in a shootout as the Montreal Canadiens ended a five-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the first-place Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Maple Leafs earned a 3-2 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks in a game that got dirty: Toronto's Nazem Kadri ripped out part of Joe Thornton's mountain-man beard in a fight.


PROVINCE PREPARES FOR TODAY'S STORM
Thursday 4th January 2018
All Schools are cancelled in the Chignecto-Central Board this morning. The board is taking no chances with the coming storm - all school board offices and bus garages will be closing at 1 o'clock this afternoon. The President of Nova Scotia Power says they've called in crews from as far away as Hydro Quebec in preparation for today's severe winter storm. Karen Hutt says they'll have more than 1,000 people dedicated to storm response, including front-line crews, damage assessors, and support staff. The power company is opening its head office in Halifax and payment depots in Kentville, Chester, Stellarton and Shelburne as comfort centres beginning today.


MANAFORT SUING JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
Thursday 4th January 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman is suing special counsel Robert Mueller and the U.S. Justice Department, saying prosecutors had overstepped their bounds by charging him for conduct that he says is unrelated to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The lawsuit by Paul Manafort, filed in federal court in Washington, is the most direct challenge to date to Mueller's legal authority and the scope of his mandate as special counsel. Manafort was indicted in October on charges, including money-laundering conspiracy, related to his lobbying work on behalf of a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party. He has pleaded not guilty. He is one of four Trump associates — including former national security adviser Michael Flynn — to be charged so far in Mueller's investigation. Manafort argues that a paragraph in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's order appointing Mueller, which allows him to pursue new matters he comes across during his investigation, is too broad to be permitted under the regulation that governs special counsels. Manafort acknowledged in his complaint that his foreign business dealings have been of interest for years to federal prosecutors. He said he met voluntarily with Justice Department prosecutors and FBI agents in July 2014, or three years before Mueller's appointment, to discuss his "offshore political consulting activities."


"REALLY SERIOUS" VULNERABILITY DISCOVERED IN PC'S
Thursday 4th January 2018
Technology experts warn a "really, really serious" security vulnerability could affect the majority of computers made in the last decade, but a fix being rushed to users has a downside: it may slow down your machine. Tech news website the Register reported a glitch has been identified with Intel processing chips — found in most computers, including Apple's Macs — that could cause data to become vulnerable to hackers. While software developers have been covertly working since late last year to address the widespread issue, news of the problem began spreading beyond the development community late Tuesday. Intel's stock dropped about four per cent on Wednesday while the company's main competitor AMD saw its stock surge by more than five per cent. In a statement released Wednesday, Intel attempted to downplay worries about the hardware issue, saying it believes hackers "do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data." The company also said a performance hit from a future software update "should not be significant and will be mitigated over time." Many details about the technical issue and possible solutions are still unknown. Intel said it had originally planned to disclose more information next week, once software updates were ready, but was compelled to release the statement after the issue began making headlines. Computer experts speculate the average user might not notice a dramatic drop in their computer's performance and even gamers may not suffer a significant slowdown. But businesses that use enterprise software for running database servers could see an appreciable change in performance.


SPORTS JANUARY 4 *UPDATED 11:30 AM*
Thursday 4th January 2018
No great surprise: tonight's game between the Weeks Jr A Crushers and the Truro Bearcats has been postponed due to the weather. On Saturday at 7pm, the Crushers will host the Edmundston Blizzard, the top team in the MHL.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians return to action this week after the Christmas break with a pair of games. On Friday, the Scotians will be in Port Hawkesbury to face the Strait Pirates. Then on Sunday at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, the Scotians will host the Brookfield Elks. The Scotians enter the stretch run of the regular season 4 points back of the Kameron Jr Miners for top spot in the Sid Rowe Division.
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The Weeks Major Midgets will be hosting the Halifax McDonalds Saturday January 6th 7:45 PM
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Pictou County Athletics is reminding people that it's back for another year of fun. Their trailblazers program begins this Friday, with registration at 4 pm.... and their first practice takes place at the Stellarton Indoor Soccer Facility beginning at 5 pm. Trailblazers is aimed at ages 9 to 12. Their Masters Program (ages 35 and up ) registration and practices are at the same time as the Trailblazers ( this Friday at 4pm to register at the Indoor Soccer Facility) Their 13 + Program begins today Wednesday, January 3 at the YMCA with registration at 7pm and the first practice from 7:40 to 9:30 this evening. (Wednesday)
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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NHL
Andreas Athanasiou scored six seconds into overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.
Chicago 5 New York Rangers 2 
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Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid will serve as captain of the Pacific Division team in the NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament this month in Tampa, Florida. Lightning centre Steven Stamkos was named the Atlantic Division's captain. After being voted in by fans, the 27-year-old will be front and centre at All-Star Weekend Jan. 27-28 at Amalie Arena. Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin earned his 12th career All-Star nod as the fan-voted captain of the Metropolitan Division. Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban was voted captain for the Central Division.
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NBA
Houston 116 Orlando 98
Washington 121 New York 103 
Philadelphia 112 San Antonio 106
Miami 111 Detroit 104
Brooklyn 98 Minnesota 97
  Boston 102 Cleveland 88
Milwaukee 122 Indiana 101 
Toronto 124 Chicago 115 
Golden State 125 Dallas 122 
New Orleans 108 Utah 98  
Denver 134 Phoenix 111  
Oklahoma City 133 L.A. Lakers 96 


RED CROSS WANTS MORE VOLUNTEERS
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
As Winter prepares to deal out another storm, the Canadian Red Cross is putting out the call for volunteers. Red Cross volunteers help people displaced by residential fires or affected by events like ice or wind storms, prolonged power outages, storm surges and flash floods. Basic requirements include being at least 19 years old, having a valid driver's licence, a clear criminal reference check, completing first aid and other specialized disaster training that the Red Cross provides at no charge, and agreeing to be available to help 24 hours a day on a rotating schedule. Additional details and instructions for applying are available online.


ONE DEAD, FOUR INJURED IN YESTERDAY'S CRASH ON HWY 102
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
RCMP have released more details about yesterday's collision on the 102 between exits 6 and 7. A 2011 Toyota Corolla travelling northbound crossed the centre median and entered the southbound lane, striking the other vehicle head on. The driver of the Corolla, a 36-year-old man from Colchester County, along with a 4-year-old boy, were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A 34-year-old woman from Colchester County, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second vehicle, a 2008 Toyota Rav4, was driven by a 50-year-old woman from Halifax. The driver, along with her passenger, a 20-year-old woman from Halifax, were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Three of the 4 injured passengers were transported from the scene by EHS LifeFlight. The other injured person was transported by EHS ground unit. The investigation into the cause of the collision is continuing.


THIEVES BREAK INTO WENTWORTH STORE, STEAL ALL ITS CIGARETTES
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
RCMP are investigating after thieves used a stolen truck and trailer to steal cigarettes from a store in Wentworth. Around 3 a.m. on December 28, the suspects were observed leaving in two vehicles, one of which was a Chev truck hauling a black, enclosed dual axel trailer with a company name on the side. The second vehicle was described as a cross over SUV or a car. The suspect vehicles departed travelling west on Highway 4. A short time later, the suspect vehicle hauling the trailer was observed in the Oxford area. The investigation has determined that the truck and trailer were stolen in two separate incidents in the Halifax area that same night. RCMP is asking for the public’s assistance with identifying one of the suspects. If you have any information about this break and enter, or the vehicle thefts, you are asked to contact the Oxford RCMP Detachment at 902-447-2525. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can also contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or text TIP202 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637) or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.


PROVINCIAL TAX CHANGES MEANS MORE RELIEF FOR LOW AND MIDDLE INCOMES
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
The provincial government says more than 500-thousand low- and middle-income Nova Scotians are getting tax relief because of changes that came into effect on the 1st. Those changes mean about 63-thousand more Nova Scotians will not pay any provincial income tax this year. Premier Stephen McNeil says more money is staying in the pockets of low- and middle-income Nova Scotians and those who need it the most are getting more support because of the province's strong finances. Nova Scotians are expected to save 85-million dollars annually because of this measure.


NS POWER PRICE TAG TO REMOVE ASBESTOS FROM TRENTON & POINT TUPPER COULD REACH $40 MILLION
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Facing a potential price tag of $40 million, Nova Scotia Power says it's finding ways to lower the cost of removing asbestos insulation from two of its coal-fired electrical generating plants – one in Trenton and the other at Point Tupper. The company confirms it's tackling a large portion of the expense: staging and enclosing work areas to meet provincial Labour Department guidelines. Nova Scotia Power's half-a-million customers have a stake in the exercise, as they'll foot the bill. The company says there is no set end date for the work at Trenton and Point Tupper. It expects it will continue over the next five to 10 years.


ST. F-X TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH RECOMMENDATIONS ON PREVENTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Administrators at St. F-X say they're pleased with the results of a provincial report aimed at preventing sexual violence on campuses. The school's Margie McKinnon says St. F-X is already on track to follow through on recommendations outlined in the report. McKinnon says the school teaches sexual violence prevention to its students when they arrive in September. Two varsity football players at the university were charged with sexual assault late last year.


STORM CHIPS AHOY! MARITIMERS BRACE FOR FIRST NASTY WEATHER OF 2018
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Forecasters are warning people in the Maritimes to brace for another powerful storm. The storm is expected to barrel into our area Thursday. Snow, blowing snow and rain are likely to be accompanied by possibly damaging winds. Environment Canada says the system could be stronger than the Christmas Day blast that left more than 150,000 customers without power in Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Power is activating its Emergency Operations Centre tonight at 8 o'clock in advance of the storm. The company is stationing powerline crews and forestry teams across the province, and staffing up its Customer Care Centre.


MISSING KINGS COUNTY TEEN LOCATED *UPDATED 10:05 AM*
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Police say 17-year-old Corrigan Bezanson has been located safe and sound. Bezanson left his grandmother's home in Aylesford around 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Kings County RCMP thank the public for their assistance.


SINKHOLE HOME MEETS THE WRECKING BALL
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Four months after lurching into a sinkhole with a terrifying clamour in the middle of the night, a Hants County house has been demolished. Heather Strickey stood outside her home yesterday as an excavator ripped apart the home she'd moved her family into more than a decade ago. After the collapse, Strickey and her family stayed with friends until they recently rented a home in nearby Windsor. They're still waiting for their insurance provider to make a decision on whether the collapse will be covered. Strickey says it's a very complicated, difficult situation. Despite that, Strickey says she's staying optimistic and trying to move on.


NB MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING METH SEIZURE
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
A 47-year-old man has been arrested after thousands of methamphetamine pills were seized from his vehicle Tuesday morning. New Brunswick RCMP say officers pulled the man’s vehicle over near Saint-Léonard, N.B. around 7:45 a.m. Police say a search of the vehicle led to the discovery of approximately 28,000 pills of what is believed to be methamphetamine. The man was arrested at the scene and later released on conditions. He will appear in court at a later date.


FORMER AFGHANISTAN HOSTAGE CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
A Canadian man recently freed with his wife and young children after years of being held hostage in Afghanistan has been charged with at least a dozen offences, including sexual assault. 34 year-old Joshua Boyle was arrested in Ottawa, his lawyer, Eric Granger, told The Canadian Press. Ottawa police declined to provide any details on the case. The 15 charges against Boyle, according to court documents, include eight counts of assault, two accounts of sexual assault, two counts of unlawful confinement and one count of causing someone to "take a noxious thing, namely Trazodone," an antidepressant. There is also a charge of uttering a death threat and a charge of misleading a police officer. The purported acts allegedly occurred between Oct. 14 and Dec. 30 after Boyle returned to Canada. Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were taken hostage in 2012 by a Taliban-linked group while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan.  Coleman was pregnant at the time and the couple had three children in captivity.


SPORTS JANUARY 3
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
The Weeks Jr A Crushers have a pair of key games coming up this week in the MHL. On Thursday, the Crushers will host the Truro Bearcats. The Cats come into the game 4 points ahead of the Crushers in the race for fourth in the Eastlink South Division, but Pictou County does hold two games in hand. Then on Saturday, the Crushers will have another home game against the Edmundston Blizzard, the top team in the MHL. Both games are at 7pm at the Wellness Centre.
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The Pictou County Aecon Atlantic Scotians return to action this week after the Christmas break with a pair of games. On Friday, the Scotians will be in Port Hawkesbury to face the Strait Pirates. Then on Sunday at 7pm at the Trenton Arena, the Scotians will host the Brookfield Elks. The Scotians enter the stretch run of the regular season 4 points back of the Kameron Jr Miners for top spot in the Sid Rowe Division.
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After winning the Championship in their division at the Mike Scmitt Tournament in Truro, the Peewee AA Crushers improve to 22-4-2 for the season. The Crushers next see action when they resume Mainland League play against the Truro Bearcats on January 6th at the Rath Eastlink Center.
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Pictou County Athletics is reminding people that it's back for another year of fun. Their trailblazers program begins this Friday, with registration at 4 pm.... and their first practice takes place at the Stellarton Indoor Soccer Facility beginning at 5 pm. Trailblazers is aimed at ages 9 to 12. Their Masters Program (ages 35 and up ) registration and practices are at the same time as the Trailblazers ( this Friday at 4pm to register at the Indoor Soccer Facility) Their 13 + Program begins today Wednesday, January 3 at the YMCA with registration at 7pm and the first practice from 7:40 to 9:30 this evening. (Wednesday)
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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World Junior Hockey Championship Quarterfinals
Canada 8 Switzerland 2
Czech Republic 4 Finland 3
Sweden 3 Slovakia 2
United States 4 Russia 2
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NHL
Timo Meier scored twice as the San Jose Sharks rebounded from their worst loss of the season with a 4-1 victory over the slumping Montreal Canadiens.
Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots for his NHL-best sixth shutout of the season as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-0.
Colorado 3 Winnipeg 2 (OT)
Los Angeles 5 Edmonton 0
Anaheim 5 Vancouver 0
Boston 5 N.Y. Islanders 1
Washington 5 Carolina 4 (OT)
Pittsburgh 5 Philadelphia 1
St. Louis 3 New Jersey 2 (SO)
Minnesota 5 Florida 1
Columbus 2 Dallas 1
Vegas 3 Nashville 0
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   NBA
Cleveland 127 Portland 110
San Antonio 100 New York 91
Phoenix 104 Atlanta 103
Charlotte 131 Sacramento 111
L.A. Clippers 112 Memphis 105


TWO-VEHICLE COLLISION CLAIMS LIFE ON HIGHWAY 102
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Enfield Fire, HRM fire departments and multiple EHS units are responding to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 102. The incident occurred in the southbound lanes. The collision has claimed the life of one person. Details regarding the other people involved are not available at this time as emergency crews are on scene. All southbound traffic on Highway 102 will be rerouted on to Highway 2 at Exit 7. Signs will be in place to assist motorists. Highway 102 southbound is expected to be closed for most of the evening while the investigation is conducted.


LOCAL SPORTS FOR TUESDAY, JAN 2
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Pictou County Athletics is reminding people that it's back for another year of fun.
Their trailblazers program begins this Friday, Jan 5th with registration at 4 pm.... and their first practice takes place at the Indoor Soccer Facility in Stellarton beginning at 5 pm on Friday. Trailblazers is aimed at ages 9 to 12.
Their Masters Program (ages 35 and up ) registration and practices are at the same time as the Trailblazers ( this Friday, Jan 5th at 4pm to register at the Indoor Soccer Facility)
Their 13 + Program begins on Wednesday, January 3 at the YMCA with registration at 7pm and the first practice from 7:40 to 9:30 tomorrow evening. (Wednesday)

Two local games tonight in Chediac-Labatt Hockey League action:

First game Stellarton Rink 8:00 - Elks Club vs Wranglers Bar & Grill

Cecond game Hector Area Pictou 9:00 - Cornova Contracting vs Durham Bucks


FORMER MISS AMERICA AND NEWS ANCHOR TAKES OVER AT MISS AMERICA PAGEANT
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors yesterday, and three other past pageant winners will join her on the board.
The new leadership comes less than two weeks after leaked emails surfaced showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas.
Haskell resigned 2 days before Christmas, along with two other top leaders.
The selection of Carlson marks the first time a former pageant winner has served as the leader of the nearly 100-year-old organization.


PEREGRINE FALCON RECOVERING FROM NEAR-EXTINCTION
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
A well-known Canadian bird has been brought back from the brink of extinction — news one conservation group says it's a sign that conservation efforts are working.
The peregrine falcon is known to fly at remarkable speeds up to 320 km/h and preys on other birds that it catches in mid-flight.
It was designated as an endangered species in 1978 and was almost eliminated from most of North America because of the effects of the pesticide DDT.
Four decades later, the conservation status of the bird has been assessed as "not at risk" by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
The committee says the phase-out of DDT in North America in the 1970s, along with a captive breeding program, has allowed population numbers to recover.


SPORTS - JAN 2
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
In Quarter-Final Action Tuesday at the World Juniors in Buffalo <
Team Canada takes on Switzerland at 4 o'clock this afternoon...
The Russians play against the United States tonight at 8 o'clock


NHL N.Y. Rangers 3 Buffalo 2 (OT)

NBA
Toronto 131 Milwaukee 127 (OT)
Brooklyn 98 Orlando 95
Minnesota 114 L.A. Lakers 96
Portland 124 Chicago 120 (OT)


SENATOR SAYS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION IS DRAGGING ITS FEET
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Some people who've been through the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission process say it's not working as well as it should be.
Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard used to be a commissioner at Human Rights before she became a senator.
Bernard says peoples' complaints are damaging confidence in the commission's work.
She says the Commission needs to cut down on processing times and find a fix for people who can't afford their own lawyers as they go through what has become an all too lengthy process.


TOO MANY DOGS GETTING INTO MARIJUANA STASHES - VETERINARIAN
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
A veterinarian in Bedford says too many dogs are overdosing on pot.
Jeff Goodall says dogs are coming in wobbly, unable to control their urination and drooling after they get into their owners' stashes of drugs.
In some cases, dogs are even at risk of dying.
Some dog owners argue certain kinds of cannabis products might be helpful for dogs.
But the Canadian Veterinary Association says there isn't enough evidence on any benefits to canines from pot.
A U-S study shows that after pot was leglalized in Colorado, dog deaths from pot quadrupled.


FERRY CONTRACT DISAPPOINTING TO OPPOSITION MLAs
Monday 1st January 2018
Opposition MLAs on both sides of the Northumberland Strait have expressed displeasure and concern over the federal government's decision to renew short-term contracts for ferry services throughout Atlantic Canada, including Northumberland Ferries operation of the service between Wood Islands and Caribou. Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane says the announcement made last week was disappointing, because she was looking forward to a commitment that was going to last 15 to 20 years. A longer-term plan is supposedly in the works in Ottawa, but they were not prepared to make that announcement this year, leading to the stop-gap measure. One of the biggest concerns is the age of the vessels currently in operation. The MV Holiday Island is 47 years old, and was recently out of commission for an entire season.


WEATHER STATEMENT ISSUED FOR STORM TO MOVE IN ON THURSDAY
Monday 1st January 2018
Environment and Climate Change Canada is monitoring the potential development of a significant weather system for late this week. This system is forecast to approach the Maritimes and give significant rain, snow and the possibility for another extended period of very high winds in the Thursday to Friday timeframe. It is too early to give a specific or accurate prediction of the precipitation timing, type and amounts. There is also a concern for coastal impacts, especially large waves and elevated water levels. Listeners are advised to continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.weatheraspc.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #NSStorm.


SPORTS ROUNDUP - 01 JANUARY
Monday 1st January 2018
The Weeks Jr A Crushers ended 2017 on a high note, beating the Amherst Ramblers 5-2 yesterday afternoon in the Jungle. Jacob Hickey led the way with a pair of goals, while Michael Dill and Dylan Riley each had a goal and an assist. Luke Melanson ws stellar in goal, stopping 37 of 39 shots in the victory. The win moves the Crushers back out of the basement in the Eastlink South, and to within 4 points of the Truro Bearcats in the race for the final playoff spot. The Crushers also still hold two games in hand on the Bearcats and the Valley Wildcats who dropped back into 6th. Up next for the Crushers is a pair of home games this week – Thursday against Truro, and Saturday against Edmundston.
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The Peewee AAA Crushers captured the silver medal at the Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament held in Truro on December 29th and 30th where 6 teams competed in the Peewee AAA division.  The boys had a big win in their first game against East Hants Penguins who currently sit in 4th position in the CMHF. The Crushers dominated the play during their second and third games with Strait Richmond Pirates and Cape Breton West Islanders, winning both handily.  These three wins gave them a GO Pass straight into the championship game on Saturday which ended in a 5-3 decision with a familiar foe, the Antigonish Bulldogs.  The AAA’s finished the tournament with a 3 and 1 record with 29 goals for and 9 against. They travel to the Valley this weekend to face Acadia for two league games and will host Chebucto Atlantics for an exhibition game at 2 pm on Sunday, January 7th at the PCWC.
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On Saturday at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro the Pictou County Crushers Peewee A Red Team won gold at the Mike Schmitt Memorial Tournament. The team went undefeated over the two days of play coming away with 23 goals for and 6 goals against. The Crushers beat the South Shore Sharks 3-1 to clinch the gold medal. They weren't the only big success at the tournament, as the Peewee Crushers AA also took home gold.
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NATIONAL SPORTS
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Canada has won the Spengler Cup for the third consecutive year. Yesterday in Davos, Switzerland, the Canadians beat the Swiss National Team 3-0 to win the annual holiday tournament for the 15th time overall. Kevin Poulin of Montreal earned player of the game for Team Canada, earning the shut out in goal.
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Canada's national junior team will face Switzerland in the quarter-finals at the World Juniors in Buffalo. The Swiss fell to the Czech Republic 6-3 yesterday to guarantee that they would finish fourth in Group B and get a game with Canada who won Group A. Yesterday's other games saw the USA beat Finland 5-4, Slovakia eliminated Denmark with a 5-1 win, and Sweden defeated Russia in a shootout by a score of 4-3. These results mean that Canada, assuming they win over Switzerland in the quarter-finals, will face the winner of a quarter-final between the Czechs and Finland. The other quarter-finals feature Sweden against Slovakia, and the host Americans against Russia. All four quarter-finals go tomorrow, with the semi-finals on Thursday, and the medal games on Friday.
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NHL
Vegas 6 Toronto 3
Anaheim 5 Arizona 2
Tampa Bay 5 Columbus 0
Detroit 4 Pittsburgh 1
Winnipeg 5 Edmonton 0
Dallas 6 San Jose 0
Colorado 6 N.Y. Islanders 1
Calgary 4 Chicago 3 (OT)
NFL
N.Y. Giants 18 Washington 10
Pittsburgh 28 Cleveland 24
San Francisco 34 L.A. Rams 13
Detroit 35 Green Bay 11
Dallas 6 Philadelphia 0
New England 26 N.Y. Jets 6
Atlanta 22 Carolina 10
Minnesota 23 Chicago 10
Arizona 26 Seattle 24
Buffalo 22 Miami 16
Tennessee 15 Jacksonville 10
Kansas City 27 Denver 24
Cincinnati 31 Baltimore 27
Indianapolis 22 Houston 13
Tampa Bay 31 New Orleans 24
L.A. Chargers 30 Oakland 10
NBA
Washington 114 Chicago 110
Minnesota 107 Indiana 90
Boston 108 Brooklyn 105
Dallas 116 Oklahoma City 113
Houston 148 L.A. Lakers 142 (2OT)
L.A. Clippers 106 Charlotte 98
Memphis 114 Sacramento 96
Philadelphia 123 Phoenix 110