October 2017

Lunenburg Haunted House Promises to be Scarier Than Ever Before

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 16:17 PM

The Lunenburg Haunted House is back and scarier than ever before.

Creator John McGee says he doesn't want to give too much away but clowns will play a huge part in this year's scare.

"I think it's going to be very scary. It's to the point we have a sign as you go in saying if you have a major problem with clowns, turn right here. That way, you bypass Pennywise the Clowns room," says McGee.

McGee started the haunted house in 2015 and has no plans of stopping anytime soon.

NS Retired Vet Vows to Stay Vocal about Banning Declawing

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 15:57 PM

A retired Nova Scotia veterinarian is vowing to stay vocal.

Tuxedo Party Leader and Atlantic Paw Project director, Hugh Chisholm says the practice of delcawing must be banned.

"It's a horrible procedure. We've got lots of new science that shows it's cruel, painful, it has life long implications for cats. It's not required for human health benefits. The tired old excuses don't work anymore," says Chisholm.

In 2014, the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association voted down a motion to ban declawing.

Campaign For Radiation Treatment Unit In Yarmouth Gaining Support

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 14:23 PM

The Annapolis Board of Trade has joined the campaign launched by the Western Nova Scotia Cancer Support Network.

The Board sent a letter to Health Minister Randy Delorey indicating their strong support.

It states that census numbers indicate that 90,000 people live in an area where a trip to Yarmouth would be much shorter than one to Halifax.

Derek Lesser of the Cancer Support Network says the Yarmouth and Area Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in helping to garner additional support.

"It's a great move. it's in the Premier's riding."

Lockeport Woman Calls Nova Scotia Health Care System "Pathetic"

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 13:39 PM

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Holly Chudd of Lockeport will have to wait nearly four months to get a mammogram appointment.

The 41-year-old mother of two needs the screening because she has lumps in both breasts and a family history of breast cancer.

Chudd says she had to wait three weeks for a referral from a nurse-practitioner for a December 7th appointment in Yarmouth.

But then the radiologists quit.

Now she has to wait until February.

"It makes you feel sick. You're lost for words. it's pathetic, it's disgusting."

Foundation Targets Ultrasound Unit For Radiothon Fundraiser

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 11:35 AM

The Health Services Foundation of the South Shore has identified their next piece of needed equipment.

The 2018 Radiothon will be trying to raise $150,000 to purchase a new ultrasound unit for the diagnostic imaging department at South Shore Regional Hospital.

Development Officer, Alison Clements, says it is high up on their priority list.

"Basically, these units have a lifespan of about eight years and ours is sitting at 10. People may ask why is it eight years? This is big equipment. It's because it does 3,000 exams a year, at least."

RCMP Receiving Tips, Reported Sightings of Missing Liverpool Teen

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 09:34 AM

RCMP continue to be on the lookout for a Queens County teenager.

Brooke Emily Oickle was last seen in Liverpool October 6.

The 16 year-old is approximately 5' 3" tall and 140 pounds with brown eyes and long black hair.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red hoodie and had a brown purse.

Staff Sergeant Derek Smith says there is indication Oickle is communicating with friends through social media but police are still concerned.

With The Legalization Of Cannabis Expected Next Year, Injury Free Nova Scotia Wants To Get The Discussion Rolling

Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 05:37 AM

Injury Free Nova Scotia, a non-profit provincial organization supports legalization, but are against commercialization of the drug.

They held a stakeholders session with the Yarmouth County Community Health Board earlier this week to ask for feedback on how Nova Scotia should approach the impending legislation.

Injury Free NS Executive Director Shirley Ann Burdock says their goal always is to reduce serious injuries and injury-related deaths in Nova Scotia.

Trudeau Remembers "Our Buddy" Gord Downie

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 15:13 PM

The prime minister is remembering his friend Gord Downie, the Tragically Hip frontman, who has passed away of brain cancer at age 53.

Justin Trudeau became emotional when he spoke about how much Downie loved Canada with "everything he had".

"He loved every hidden corner, every story, and every aspect of this country that he celebarted his whole life," says Trudeau.

Trudeau added Downie wanted to make Canada better which is why he became so involved in aboriginal issues and devoted to the reconciliation process.

NSCC Opening Its Doors To The Public

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 13:52 PM

Have you wondered what it would be like to attend the Nova Scotia Community College?

The college's 13 campuses across the province are hosting an open house Thursday from 9 a.m to 7 p.m.

Principal of the NSCC campus in Bridgewater, Craig Collins, says people can see what the college has to offer.

"Family members or prospective students who are interested in learning more about some of the great programming we have at NSCC to tour the campus, tour the classrooms, labs and shops."

President Of Lobster Fishermen's Group Says They Feel Left Out As MP's Study Marine Protected Areas

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 13:16 PM

Members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans are in Nova Scotia hearing from fishermen and other stakeholders about marine protected areas.

MPA's are federally designated areas where human activity is restricted in order to protect sensitive ecosystems and at-risk species.

The committee was at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth Monday and held consultations in Cheticamp yesterday and are in Sydney today.

Bernie Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association says fishermen in this area feel left out of the process.