July 2016

Brian Pickings Gets the Nod From PCs

Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2016 11:59 AM

When a provincial election is eventually called Lunenburg will see a familiar name on the ballot.

Brian Pickings has been given the nomination to run for the Progressive Conservatives.

Pickings ran in the last election but wasn't successful.

"In 2013 people were voting against Darrell Dexter and not necessarily for something. I'm hoping it's going to be different this time."

Pickings feels Province House is lacking critical thinkers who are asking the right questions.

Shelburne Group Pressuring Province About ER Closures

Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2016 10:10 AM
The growing number of emergency department closures at Roseway Hospital has triggered a new community group in Shelburne.
"Save Our Services" is urging the community to write, call or email the health minister anytime there is a closure.
Mayor Karen Mattall says the purpose of the group is to pressure the province to provide access to services.
"Make them understand that the people in rural communities deserve the same access as people in larger centres."

Two Men Arrested After Shooting In Arcadia, Yarmouth County

Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2016 08:25 AM
A shooting Friday night in Yarmouth County sent a 26 year old man to hospital. 
Yarmouth Rural RCMP say the man was shot around mid-evening near a home in Arcadia. 
The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was treated at Yarmouth Regional Hospital. 
Two men aged 32 and 33, both from Arcadia, were arrested at the scene without incident. 
Charges are pending against the men. 

By-Election Announced For Halifax Needham Riding

Posted on Saturday, July 30, 2016 10:14 AM

A by-election will be held in a month to fill the vacant seat left by former MLA Maureen MacDonald.

Premier Stephen McNeil says the by-election will be held in the Halifax Needham constituency on August 30.

Almost 1,000 Acres Given To Nature Conservancy

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 23:26 PM
Another 976 acres of coastal land in Port Joli is now being protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
The acquisition is the culmination of almost a decade of work.
Program Director Craig Smith says they're excited by the donations, but it's just one step in a bigger process.

"To ensure that enough of Nova Scotia's natural heritage and important ecological values are set aside for future generations of people and wildlife to enjoy."

Donor Danielle Robertson says she wanted to make sure the land was preserved.

Three Long Weekend Closures For South Shore Hospitals

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 13:37 PM

A cluster of emergency room closures for the weekend.

It starts with Fishermen's Memorial Hospital which won't be taking patients overnight tonight.

A lack of staff forced a closure starting at 2:30 this afternoon until 7:30 tomorrow morning.

They'll be closing again at 2:30 tomorrow and re-opening at the same time on Sunday.

Meanwhile the Roseway Emergency Department will be closed all day Sunday starting at 6 a.m.

It's expected to re-open Monday morning at 8:00.

New Printing Services, Additional Jobs Coming To LighthouseNOW

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 13:18 PM

New printing services are coming to LighthouseNOW in Bridgewater.

Advocate Printing and Publishing Company Ltd. has purchased a majority of Transcontinental's printing business in Burnside.

That transaction resulted in walking papers for 55 people at Transcontinental.

The new equipment includes a five colour press to print brochures and provide additional services on site.

It should arrive in Bridgewater and be available for use between mid-to-late August.

Publisher Lynn Hennigar says they are committed to serving the local area.