April 2017

High Praise For Saint John Ahead Of ECMAs

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 12:30 PM

Rave reviews for Saint John ahead of this week's East Coast Music Association festival.

ECMA Executive Director Andy McLean says the city's condensed layout allows festival-goers to easily walk between venues and take in more of the events.

And McLean says aside from a few remaining tickets for the awards show and a couple of other showcases, the event is sold out.

Soil Contamination Grounds Boat Launch Build

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:54 AM

Sailors in Lunenburg will be waiting a while longer to get their boats in the water.

Construction of the new boat launch on Broad Street began in March, but was halted after contaminated soil was found on the site.

Tests showed higher than normal levels of hydrocarbons and metals in the soil.

Town Engineer Marc Belliveau says the soil needs to be properly disposed of before work can continue.

Bridgewater Releases 2017/18 Budget

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:41 AM

People living and working in Bridgewater can let out a sigh of relief.

The 2017-18 budget approved last night will see residential taxes remain the same at $1.65 per $100 of assessment.

But Mayor David Mitchell says both homeowners and businesses will still be getting a little bit of a break.

"Two cents ofF the commercial rate, and two cents off the special purpose tax for the LCLC which applies to both residential and commercial. So, commercial entities are actually getting a four cent reduction in their taxes."

Bridgewater's Mayor 'Disappointed' By Pijinuiskaq Park Fire

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 16:09 PM

Bridgewater's mayor says it's frustrating someone felt the need to lash out by damaging the new boardwalk on King Street.

Mayor David Mitchell says hearing a trash can fire had damaged the brand new boardwalk left him with a mixed bag of emotion.

"I was, um, a whole bunch of things when I heard. Disappointed, frustrated, angry. It's heartbreaking that someone would think 'Oh, I have an idea, why don't I light the park on fire.'"

Mitchell says the point of the $5-million revitalization project was to help residents feel a pride in where they live.

NDP Leader Says Government Can't Cut Its Way To Prosperity

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 12:48 PM

The leader of Nova Scotia's NDP party says the balanced budget government is expected to announce is the wrong approach.

Gary Burrill was speaking prior to the opening of the Legislature on Tuesday.

He says the province can't cut its way to prosperity.

"The idea that you can solve our problems by cutting back and taking things away has been entirely discredited and it has no evidence from any jurisdiction in its favour."

NSCC Students Help Local Kids Go For A Ride

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 12:31 PM

Several kids in Lunenburg County will soon be feeling the freedom of life on two wheels.

The United Way's annual Bikes for Kids campaign is underway.

Each year, the organization collects bikes from the community to be reconditioned and returned to kids.

Students in the diesel repair program at NSCC Lunenburg Campus lent their skills to get some of the bikes back on the road.

Academic Chair for Trades and Technologies, Blair Lipsett says it was a great fit for the students.

Lunenburg Woman Calls "Fowl" on Town's Chicken By-Laws

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 12:17 PM

A Lunenburg woman is frustrated she is not permitted to raise chickens on her property.

Menna Riley hoped to teach her children about the value of raising animals and locally sourcing your food

She asked her councillor and was informed that to have the birds she would have to apply to change the town's bylaws.

Riley says the work involved is prohibitive.

"We don't have that kind of time to be approaching council and going over and over and collecting all these signatures of our neighbours."

Election Call Looming Over Spring Sitting Of N.S. Legislature

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 12:01 PM

When will Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil call an election?

That is dominating talk heading into the spring sitting of the Nova Scotia Legislature tomorrow.

The Premier won't tip his hand on when that might happen, but says he's looking forward to the session.

McNeil was in Shelburne yesterday for an announcement on construction of a new collaborative medical clinic.

When asked about opposition criticism to numerous spending announcements, McNeil says working together with communities is key.

Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta To Hit Shelburne, Digby, Lunenburg

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017 11:38 AM

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10 ports in Nova Scotia will see the Tall Ships this summer.

The Rendez-Vous 2017 Regatta will be in the province between June 30 and August 16th as part of Canada 150 celebrations.