December 2017

White Out Conditions Reported Across Tri-Counties And South Shore

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:35 AM

There's no surprise that these strong northwest winds in the Tri-Counties and South Shore are making driving challenging in some areas.

While there's no significant snowfall, Don Houston with the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation in Yarmouth says there are whiteouts in some places and the cold isn't helping.

"We're unable to use salt right now. We're pretty much plowing back hills, intersections and such. We're putting down sand for that. All the operators have been reporting white out conditions."

Local Athletes To Gain An Olympic Perspective

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:32 AM

Local youth will learn what it takes to become an elite athlete.

Olympian, Jenna Martin-Evans and her husband, CFLer DeQuin Evans, will be in Bridgewater this weekend to run a training camp.

Martin-Evans says while part of the focus is on the physical training, the personal stories she and her husband can share are just as important.

"It's a way for us to give back to my community who've been so supportive during my career. We like to talk afterwards about our testimonies and to share our journey in our sport."

People Still Without Power In Yarmouth, Digby, Shelburne and South Shore Areas

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:28 AM

Nova Scotia Power technicians continue to brave cold temperatures and bitterly cold wind chills to restore power to those still without electricity.

They've been at it since Christmas Day when a storm carrying powerful winds snapped power poles, felled trees and broke power lines.

One of the worst hit areas was in our region.

Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Tiffany Chase says they understand it's been a real hardship for people.

RCMP Say Arson Suspected In Lobster Pound Fire In Digby County

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 11:26 AM

RCMP say a fire at a lobster pound in Digby County is suspicious in nature.

On Christmas Day flames destroyed the facility owned by Mi'kmaq band councillor Alex McDonald from central Nova Scotia.

Media relations officers Cpl. Jen Clarke says the fire on Little Paradise Road in St. Bernard was reported at 4:45 a.m. Monday.

"We do consider it to be arson. We have called the Nova Scotia office of the fire marshal to assist in our investigation which is ongoing."

Power Outage Update - 6:00am Thursday

Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 06:28 AM

Just over a thousand Nova Scotians are still without power.

The wind storm Christmas Day knocked out power to more than 158,000 homes across the province.

Nova Scotia Power spokesperson Tiffany Chase says crews may have to wait for some homeowners to make repairs themselves before power is reconnected.

"Some customers may have damage to their meter mast. That's the tube that runs up the side of your house that brings the line into your meter. And that portion of the system is actually the responsibility of the customer."

Volunteers Helping Those Without Power

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 16:04 PM

Despite dealing with a lack of power themselves, volunteers across the South Shore are providing comfort for neighbours in need.

Hebbs Cross Fire Department's auxiliary group has had their hall open since Christmas Day.

Margaret Sarty-Doucette, president of the auxiliary says she's barely gone home, worried she'll miss someone.

She and her fellow volunteers have also gone door to door to check on people, particularly seniors.

Another ER Closure In Shelburne Has The Mayor Fuming

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:51 PM

There's more closures coming for Roseway Hospital's Emergency Department.

The emergency department in Shelburne will be closed this afternoon at 5:00 and will reopen tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

It will close again Thursday at 5pm and reopen Friday morning at 8.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says it's due to physician availability.

The ER was closed Sunday and Monday.

Mayor Karen Mattatall says unfortunately she's not surprised by the latest closures.

It's COLD..l..Get Used To It For A Few Days

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:39 PM

Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement advising that a cold Arctic air mass will remain over Nova Scotia today and tomorrow.

Cold temperatures combined with moderate to strong westerly winds will make it feel like minus 20 today and minus 26 to minus 30 tonight and tomorrow morning.

Environment Canada's Linda Libby explains where it's coming from.

Charges Laid In Pleasantville Fatal Collision

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:34 PM

Charges have been laid after a collision claimed the life of a 19 -year-old man from West Northfield.

Following a three-month investigation, Lunenburg District RCMP has charged 26-year-old Joshua John Tanner of Pleasantville with Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle While Street Racing.

The collision happened on Conquerall Road September fourth.

Tanner was arrested November 27.

He is scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court January 31, 2018.

Still Many Without Power In Tri-Counties And South Shore This Afternoon

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 12:28 PM

The numbers continue to fall, but as of 12:45 Wednesday afternoon 5874 Nova Scotians remain without power according to Nova Scotia Power's outage map.

There were 681 active outages, most in Shelburne County and the South Shore.

Nova Scotia Power says it has over 700 frontline and support staff working to restore service to its customers after the Christmas Day storm.

Spokesperson Tiffany Chase says damage to utility poles, transmission lines and equipment was significant.