February 2018

Contrasting Views On Government's Loan Forgiveness Program Announcement

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 06:48 AM

Goodbye student loan.

The Nova Scotia Government recently announced an expansion to the Loan Forgiveness Program.

Now students who graduate after Aug. 1, 2017, and complete their studies in five years or less, can have their entire provincial student loan forgiven.

The government also announced an increase in support from $180 per week of study to $200 in the Student Assistance Program.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis says it's to help lower income residents, and make post-secondary accessible for everyone.

1,300 Workers Recruited Since March 2017 Under Atlantic Immigration Pilot: Minister Dominic LeBlanc

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 18:33 PM

Federal and provincial politicians met in Moncton this week to update progress on the Atlantic Growth Strategy, launched July 2016, that's designed to create jobs as well as attract and keep skilled workers.

Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc says since the Atlantic Immigration Pilot began in March 2017, nearly 900 Atlantic Canadian companies have been designated to employ skilled foreign workers and international graduates.

TCRSB Holds Public Information Session On Glaze Report

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 16:37 PM

A public information session on the Glaze report was held last night.

About 50 people attended the meeting at Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, including many teachers and local board members and representatives.

Public Meeting On Policing Tonight In Shelburne

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 14:59 PM

Residents of the Town of Shelburne are being urged to attend a public meeting tonight.

It is the second public engagement session regarding a proposal that would see existing RCMP services replaced by the Bridgewater Police Service.

The session takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Shelburne Community Centre.

Mayor Karen Mattatall says the presentation will likely be made by Bridgewater's acting police chief and possibly the mayor of Bridgewater.

Lunenburg Queens Announces Finalists in Business Excellence Awards

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 13:07 PM

Nominees have been announced for the Lunenburg Queens Business Excellence Awards.

The purpose of the event is to recognize, celebrate, and inspire business excellence throughout the region.

Local businesses are vying for awards in six categories: Large, Small and New Business, Innovation, Hospitality and Exports.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner being held at the Bridgewater Best Western March 5.

The nominees are:

Mechanical Issue Brings Picton Castle Back Home

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 12:15 PM

Lunenburg's sailing ambassador is back in port.

Picton Castle was on its way to Bermuda when a mechanical issue forced the ship to turn around.

Chief Operations Officer Maggie Ostler says they were about a day away when the problem was discovered.

"Being winter in the North Atlantic, we decided that wasn't really the place to hang out and try and figure out what the problem was. So Picton Castle turned around."

Ostler says the problem is minor.

Nova Scotia NDP Holding Telephone Town Hall

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 12:02 PM

The provincial NDP is holding a 'telephone town hall' tomorrow night on concerns with the education system.

NDP Leader Gary Burrill and Claudia Chender, the party's education critic, will have a moderated conversation and the public is welcome to call in to talk and listen..

"We're trying to calibrate what are the most important things for us to be bringing forward and be giving the greatest emphasis to and of course people will often speak to dimensions of their own experience," says Burrill.

Uncertainty Around Future Of Pentz And Petite Riviere Schools

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018 11:37 AM

There is still uncertainty about what will happen to Pentz Elementary school after a recent court decision saw a motion to close Petite Riviere Elementary overturned.

Both schools were slated to close at the end of the 2017-18 school year and were tied to the same motion.

A judicial review by Justice Christa M Brothers found the South Shore Regional School Board was unfair in how it went about making the decision to close the school.

Volunteers Renew Efforts To Bring Syrian Refugees To South Shore

Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018 09:59 AM

Shehnaz Hamo, Rezan Iso and their young son Ali have fallen in love with and made Mahone Bay home after fleeing war torn Syria.

The family is thriving after arriving less than two years ago.

Hamo was studying to become a lawyer at the University of Damascus before leaving the country and is now looking at restarting her studies.

Iso, a tailor, launched his shop - The Syrian Tailor of Mahone Bay after first working at The Hat Junkie in Lunenburg when he arrived.

But now they want to make the little town a home for their family who is still stuck in Turkey. 

Province Won't Say What Caused Tragic, Fatal Fire In Yarmouth County

Posted on Sunday, February 18, 2018 08:31 AM

The Nova Scotia government will not release the findings of the fire marshal's investigation into a tragic fire last month that claimed the lives of four children in Yarmouth County.

In an email to our newsroom, Municipal Affairs spokesperson Krista Higdon confirmed that the investigation into the January 7 fire in Pubnico Head has been completed, but she said the cause of the fire would not be released "due to privacy laws."