February 2017

RCMP Seeking Lobster Thief

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 16:25 PM

Around $6,000 worth of lobster have been stolen from the wharf in Port Mouton.

RCMP is investigating two separate thefts that total 600 lbs.

The first took place on February 12, the second a week later.

Police are asking for help to find and charge those responsible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Queens County RCMP.

Hockey Day In Barrington Tomorrow

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 15:25 PM

Tomorrow is 'Hockey Day in Barrington.'

The first ever celebration of our game takes place all day at the Sandy Wickens Memorial Arena.

At 7pm, the first annual Local Legends Game will take place.

Many former members of the Barrington Ice Dogs, Barons, Sable Fish Packers and more will be divided into two teams, East vs. West.

Organizer Suzy Atwood says it's a great way to kick off Canada 150 celebrations in Barrington.

Blizzard Damages Fish Pen In Shelburne Harbour

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 15:14 PM

Last week's blizzard damaged a fish pen in Shelburne Harbour.

Cooke Aquaculture reported to the province on February 15th that some salmon may have escaped.

New aquaculture regulations require companies to notify government of any containment breaches as soon as possible.

Nova Scotia Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Keith Colwell says he is concerned.

"I've heard everything from it's serious to not that serious. But I believe it is a problem. We are glad the company reported it as they are supposed to do. That shows our regulations are working."

Lunenburg County United Way Facing Financial Crunch

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 14:40 PM

Funding for the United Way of Lunenburg County is down almost 50%.

Coordinator Michael Graves says they only have about $90,000 to give out this year, compared to almost $175,000 last year.

"The only people it's really going to hurt are the people living on the edge, the people living in poverty or just on the other side of poverty," he says. "So, it's going to affect quite a few programs unfortunately."

The United Way gives money to a variety of programs helping primarily women and children.

School Board Votes Down Motion to Revisit Pentz, Petite Riviere School Closure

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 12:26 PM

A motion to revisit a 2013 decision to close Pentz and Petite Riviere Elementary Schools has been voted down.

Board member Jennifer Naugler asked the board to rescind their motions from four years ago.

Chair Elliott Payzant called the statement out of order.

He says the South Shore Regional School Board's lawyer has determined the decisions made in 2013 are final and binding.

"Based on the Education Act and the regulations that were in place at the time when those motions were made, the schools have to close."

Knives Recalled Over Reports Of Blades Breaking

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 10:46 AM

A recall has been issued on certain kitchen knives because they can break while you're using them.

The brand of the recalled knives is Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery and over 2200 of the affected products were sold in Canada between September 2008 to December 2016.

The company has received 43 reports of the blades breaking in Canada.

While there haven't been any reported injuries in our country, there have been 27 reported cuts in the U.S. including four injuries that needed stitches.

Clean Up Continues at Yarmouth Regional Hospital

Posted on Friday, February 24, 2017 04:28 AM

The Yarmouth Regional Hospital is still a construction site as repairs continue as a result of December's flood.

More areas have been reopened but spokesman Fraser Mooney says it will be the summer before all the work is complete.

Mooney says there's a common question he gets from the public and staff.

'What's happening, we don't see any work going on'

Elections Nova Scotia Turns Focus To First Nations Voters

Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 16:43 PM

Elections Nova Scotia has reached out to the regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations.

They want to make voting easier for people living on Reserve during the next general election.

Morely Googoo says many people in their community look to chief and council to be a full service government instead of participating in elections.

"We handle education, we handle policing, housing, social assistance and all those areas."

Googoo says the key to getting more first nations people to vote is to show them their voices matter.