January 2018

Martin's River Home Severely Damaged In Early Morning Fire

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 11:27 AM

A home in Martin's River was severely damaged after an early morning fire today.

The Martin's River Fire Department was called to the scene at around 4:45 am.

Stuart Hirtle, fire chief for the department, says when they arrived on scene there were minimal flames but they quickly spread.

"There was heavy fire in the basement, the basement is quite charred and burnt."

The lone occupant escaped and called 911 from a neighbour's house.

"She was home, she was awoken by the smoke detector and she got her two dogs out and vacated the house," says Hirtle.

Aqualitas One Step Closer To Bringing Medical Cannabis To Market

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 10:54 AM

Aqualitas Inc. can now start growing test crops of medical cannabis at their site at Port Mersey in Liverpool.

Health Canada granted the company a licence to cultivate yesterday.

Myrna Gillis, CEO of the company, says it's been a long time coming.

"We're very excited to be at this stage, everybody has worked a really long time to get here, we're happy to be in the community," says Gillis.

Three Railway Employees Acquitted In Lac-Mégantic Disaster Trial

Posted on Saturday, January 20, 2018 09:22 AM

After nine days of deliberations, a jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty acquitting three former Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway for role in the fatal explosion in Lac-Mégantic five years ago.

Locomotive engineer Tom Harding, 56, rail traffic controller Richard Labrie, 59, and operations manager Jean Demaitre, 53, were charged with criminal negligence in the disaster that killed 47 people after tankers carrying crude oil exploded in downtown Lac-Mégantic.

Auction For Pubnico Families Raises Over $42,000

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 16:41 PM

An online auction has raised over $42,000 for the families of the four young victims of a fire in Pubnico Head.

Mary Lloy of Yarmouth started the auction on Facebook as a way to help the families.

Soon, the group grew to over 9,000 members, and over 300 items were being bid on.

Lloy thanks the many people who stepped forward and donated items.

"Everybody basically overbid on the item that they took. I still haven't got my head around it, it's just amazing what people have done."

South Shore Families Sound The Alarm On Need For Midwifery Services

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 16:22 PM

A lack of midwifery services on the South shore has many families in the area looking to take government to task.

The two midwife positions that cover the area have been temporarily suspended due to staffing issues.

Kristen Martell, a Mahone Bay mom and a past patient of two of the past midwives, says she thinks the government needs to commit more to the program.

School Board Taking Another Look At Snow Closure Policy

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 14:02 PM

A study by South Shore Regional School Board could mean fewer snow days.

The board is looking into the option of delaying opening schools by a couple of hours when the weather is bad.

Halifax Regional School Board put the policy in place this year.

South Shore Regional School Board Spokesperson, Theresa Schroder says delayed openings could lessen the disruptions for families.

Our PM Will Spend A Few Days In America Next Month

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 13:19 PM

Prime Minister Trudeau is heading to America next month.

Trudeau's visit runs February 7th to 10th and includes stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.

While in LA, Trudeau will speak at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute in Simi Valley placing a focus on the strong connection between the economies of the U.S. and Canada.

Yarmouth County Man Charged With Child Pornography, Voyeurism Offences

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 12:41 PM

A Yarmouth County man has been charged with child pornography and voyeurism offences.

19 year old Jarrett Crowell of East Kemptville was arrested on January 18th after a home in the community was searched.

The RCMP's Provincial Child Exploitation Unit searched the home, with assistance from the RCMP's Technological Crime Unit, Special Tactical Operations Team, Yarmouth District RCMP, the Yarmouth/Clare Street Crime Enforcement Unit and the Yarmouth General Investigative Section.

Crowell was arrested without incident, and appeared in Yarmouth Provincial Court.

Canadians Urged To Exercise "High Degree Of Caution" In Jamaica's Montego Bay Are Amid Military Lockdown

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 11:40 AM

Canadian travellers in and around the popular Jamaican tourist destination of Montego Bay are being urged to exercise a high degree of caution after the local government declared a state of emergency.

Military forces have been deployed to St. James Parish in an attempt to stabilize the area after a significant increase in violent crime, according to a news advisory from Travel Canada.

In a statement, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the level of criminal activity is so extensive, it's endangering public safety.

Review Underway Into Yarmouth And Area Cancer Services

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018 11:35 AM

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says the province's's Cancer Care Program is conducting a review of cancer services in the Tri-Counties to determine the feasibility and sustainability of adding radiation therapy services at Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

In a release, the health authority says a steering committee of cancer health professionals, patient and public officials from southwestern Nova Scotia and the Cancer Care Program are guiding the process.