March 2018

Province Investing $40 Million In Initiatives, Incentives To Retain And Attract Doctors

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 17:44 PM

The province is spending $40 million in incentives to retain and attract doctors to Nova Scotia.

Premier Stephen McNeil made the announcement today along with the Dr. Tim Holland, president elect of Doctors Nova Scotia and Dr. Heather Johnson, a Bridgewater family doctor who runs a collaborative care practice.

Seasonal Cottages In Lunenburg County Targeted For Break Ins

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 17:22 PM

RCMP is investigating after receiving five complaints of break and enters in to seasonal cottages and sheds.

The break ins occurred between February 25 and March 3 in the New Russell area in Lunenburg and the Murphy Lake area in Kings County.

In a statement, RCMP told cottage owners to take extra steps to secure property including avoiding storing ATVs and other items of value at seasonal cottages and camps.

They also encouraged the use of video surveillance such as trail cams to deter criminals.

Rural Business To Benefit From NSCC Partnership

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 12:43 PM

NSCC is set to partner with a Bridgewater business to help encourage entrepreneurship.

Mashup Lab will be at the Community College's Lunenburg campus to make the announcement tomorrow night.

CEO of Mashup Lab Andrew Button says the partnership is the result of months of work.

"The connection with NSCC is really intuitive. They have a keen interest in both entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking."

While he couldn't go into details, Mashup Lab CEO Andrew Button says the new initiative will be rolled out across the province.

Bridgewater Park Earns National Award

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 12:33 PM

Bridgewater's beautification is being nationally recognized.

The town, in partnership with Ekistics Planning & Design have been honoured with the 2018 Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence for the Pijinuiskaq Park/King Street project.

The park design falls into the category of Small Scale Public Landscapes Designed by a Landscape Architect.

Bridgewater CAO Richard MacLellan says the park is a jewel in the centre of the town.

Light Pollution A Concern For Deep Sky Eye Observatory

Posted on Monday, March 19, 2018 11:24 AM

The Deep Sky Eye Observatory in Quinan draws tourists from around the world.

They come for an amazing view of the stars, the planets and far-off galaxies.

The Yarmouth County astro-tourism attraction is certified as a UNESCO-Starlight Tourist Destination in North America.

But owner/operator Tim Doucette says with an increase in the use of full spectrum lighting, that designation could be in peril.

He says the new LED-style lighting is the main culprit.

Province Expands Caregiver Benefit Program

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 14:19 PM

Nova Scotia's Seniors Minister says more seniors will be able to stay at home longer as a result of a program expansion.

It was announced this week by Leo Glavine on behalf of Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey.

The province has broadened the criteria under the Caregiver Benefit Program.

It's been expanded to include those with very high and moderate care needs.

Leo Glavine says the program is for family members or friends.

Bay Ferries And NS Government Paying For Upgrades Portland Terminal

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 13:54 PM

Bay Ferries and Nova Scotia taxpayers will pay for upgrades at Ocean Gateway Terminal in Portland.

Last year U.S. Customs and Border Protection threatened to end customs service in Portland because the facility doesn't meet federal standards.

At the time Bay Ferries CEO Mark MacDonald said they were looking at all options for the Cat Ferry, including Bar Harbour.

USCBP had said the terminal needs $7 million worth of work, but it has agreed to operate at the terminal this year if between $1.5 million and $2 million worth of upgrades are made.

Premier Commits Half Of Offshore Royalty Revenue Windfall To Rural Internet

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 13:25 PM

The Nova Scotia government is going on a spending spree in advance of next week's budget which comes down March 20.

Premier Stephen McNeil announced that his government will spend nearly $245 million this fiscal year.

The money came as the result of recalculated offshore royalty revenues dating back to 1999.

Premier McNeil tells Acadia News that they'll be putting almost half, $120 million, towards expanding high-speed Internet service.

Local Tattoo Artists Welcome New Industry Regulations

Posted on Friday, March 16, 2018 11:51 AM

Tattoo artists and piercers say they're pleased with the new provincial regulations on body art that are set to roll out in 2019.

Tattoo artists will now have to have a permit and meet standards for infection prevention as well as records management.

Tuesday Addams, a tattoo artist at Bridgewater's N&M Tattoo and Piercing, says he's been hoping for government oversight since he started tattooing five years ago.