October 2018

Cooke Aquaculture Open House Draws Dozens Looking To Quell Concerns

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 16:43 PM

Cooke Aquaculture held an open house yesterday as a part of their plans to possibly expand the fish farm in Liverpool Bay.

Beach Meadows resident Brian Muldoon has been protesting the expansion in downtown Liverpool for days.

He wasn't satisfied with the format of the Cooke's meeting, which featured company employees as well as industry and science experts.

"They have to have at least one public meeting and then they can check off that box, this is considered it," says Muldoon. "To me it's not a public meeting, it's a divide and conquer type (meeting)."

NSCC Responds To Complaint Of Racist Decoration

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 11:51 AM

The Nova Scotia Community College has apologized for a racist, stereotype image on a classroom door at Burridge Campus in Yarmouth.

The life-sized image was placed on an Early Childhood Education classroom door for about a week.

It depicted a black woman dressed provocatively, with a coffee and a cigarette in one hand and a baby in the other arm with the caption “How not to ECE.”

A complaint was lodged and the NSCC responded in a statement issued yesterday, calling it unacceptable.

World's Wildlife Population Decreases By Sixty Per Cent

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 09:52 AM

The world's wildlife population has decreased by 60 per cent since 1970.

That's according to a new report from the World Wildlife Foundation and Zoological Society of London.

Emily Giles, species specialist with WWF Canada, says there's an urgent need to take action to prevent further decline.

"Both globally as well as here in Canada we know that habitat loss as well as over exploitation are the main reasons for this wildlife decline."

Giles says climate change is a major factor and countries need to take steps to reduce its effects.

Lighthouse Lens Being Returned To Its Home

Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 07:41 AM

A beacon that helped guide mariners into port in Clark's Harbour from 1902 through to the 1980s will soon be returned home.

The lens, discovered in an old government warehouse in Saint John, New Brunswick, was used on both the original Cape Sable Lighthouse, built in 1861 and its replacement built in the early 1920s.

Mayor Leigh Stoddart tells Acadia News the process is underway to reassemble the lens and transport it to Clark's Harbour in plenty of time for next year's celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the town.

Cannabis Odour Causes Complaints At Some NSLC Stores

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 14:22 PM

Cannabis sales at NSLC stores have some customers holding their noses.

Complaints have been made about the smell of pot wafting through the store.

NSLC Spokesperson Beverley Ware says they've examined the building ventilation system.

"As part of the renovations to the Bridgewater store and to the other stores that carry cannabis, we did ensure that the HVAC system is working properly in that area. But we will be looking at this, and monitoring this to see if there might be something we can do to address the situation."

Halloween Decoration Described As "Racist And Very Offensive"

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 11:39 AM

A Halloween decoration is being described as racist.

It was placed on a door of the Early Childhood Education classroom at NSCC Burridge in Yarmouth as part of a decoration contest.

A photo, taken by a Black student at Burridge, was sent to Vanessa Fells while she was attending a Black educators conference with over 100 guests including several international educators.

Fells tells Acadia News the door decoration is very offensive.

Woman Bitten, Injured After Dog Breaks Free From Leash

Posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 10:26 AM

A woman was injured last weekend after a large dog broke free from its leash and bit her.

Bridgewater Police Service says they responded to an incident on October 27 when a woman in her 70s was injured while walking with friends on Victoria Road.

Police say an initial investigation determined a large, brown pit bull type dog broke free from its owner's leash and lunged at her and caused her to fall on the street.

She was also bitten during the incident.

Police and By-law Enforcement have seized the dog under the Town of Bridgewater Dog By-law.

Residents Concerned Over Possible Fish Farm Expansion

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 16:56 PM

News that Cooke Aquaculture is hoping to expand their fish farm in Liverpool Bay has some residents worried.

Brian Muldoon has lived in Beach Meadows for 4 years in a home overlooking the current fish farm.

He placed a sign at the end of his driveway asking concerned people to meet at his house and 30 people showed up.

Muldoon says automated feeding means there will be few new jobs created.

"They say they bring jobs to the area but now they don't need those people manually going out and feeding them every day."

Trunk Or Treat Brings Early Halloween To Bridgewater

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 16:21 PM

*An earlier version of this story mis-identified the event as "Trick or Trunk". That has been corrected.

Ghosts and goblins got an early start in Bridgewater this weekend.

The first annual Trunk or Treat took place in the parking lot of the LCLC.

People decorate their cars for Halloween and hand out treats to kids from their trunk.

Reena and Luke Wentzell organized the event which also included a pumpkin carving contest and awards for best trunk decorations.

Houston Launched To PC Party Leader

Posted on Sunday, October 28, 2018 11:16 AM

Tim Houston will lead the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party.

The result was confirmed after Cecil Clarke threw his support behind Houston following the first ballot results.

A party official came over the loudspeakers to announce, "I've just been informed by the campaign co-chair of the Cecil Clarke campaign, that he has crossed the floor with his campaign team and endorsed Tim Houston for leader."