April 2017

Opposition Leaders React To Provincial Budget

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 11:18 AM

The leader of Nova Scotia's NDP calls government's latest budget a failure on multiple fronts.

Gary Burrill says the province has not addressed funding shortages in health care, long-term senior's care and education.

Council To Improve Classroom Conditions Releases Final Report

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 11:15 AM

The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions has released its final report.

They recommend hiring 139 teachers at a cost of $7.3 million in order to reduce class sizes and give students extra support.

The council suggests capping the number of students in junior high at 28 and at 30 in high school.

Other recommendations include: providing grants to help schools who don't meet provincial standards in math and literacy, eliminating and streamlining school board and provincial assessments, as well as coming up with an attendance policy to make students more accountable.

Sexual Violence Prevention Strategy Gets Provincial Boost

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 17:14 PM

A stack of grants have been awarded to groups combating sexual violence all over Nova Scotia.

As part of the announcement earlier this week the province also unveiled a new online course to help people gain a better understand the issue.

Prevention and support specialist Sarah Granke says it's a response to concerns raised by those trying to help loved ones who've been victimized.

ECMA Working To Address Mental Health Of Musicians

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:33 PM

There's more than music going on at the ECMAs this weekend.

Mental health issues for musicians have come to the fore over the past number of years.

The East Coast Music Association has partnered with Membertou First Nation and Debut Atlantic to commission a study on mental health issues that affect musicians.

ECMA Executive Director Andy McLean has seen the struggles first-hand.

"Being a musician is pretty tough, there's a lot of difficult conditions you have to deal with, particularly touring, but also the precariousness of the profession as well."

Kevin O'Leary Pulls Out Of Conservative Leadership Race

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 15:42 PM

Kevin O'Leary has officially dropped out of the Conservative Leadership race and is putting his support behind Maxime Bernier.

One of the main factors behind O'Leary dropping out of the race is surrounding the fact he cannot speak French and felt he could not get votes from Quebec.

O'Leary is ending his campaign just hours before tonight's last leadership debate in Toronto.

In a statement, O'Leary says he is not a politician and he never pushed a shopping list of promises.

NS Power Offering Former Customers A Refund

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:35 PM

Former Nova Scotia Power customers could be due a refund.

The money comes as a result of fuel savings the utility enjoyed last year.

Current customers will see a one-time credit automatically applied to their monthly bill.

Anyone who was a customer in 2016 but has since disconnected their service can apply for the rebate.

The refund is available here.

Best East Coast Musicians To Be Recognized Tomorrow Night

Posted on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:17 PM

The finest East Coast musicians will be honoured tomorrow night at the ECMA awards show at Harbour Station in Saint John starting at 8:00.

Saint John comedian James Mullinger will be hosting the show.

Mullinger says musicians from ther east coast have to be passionate about their music because they're not in it for the money.

He says, by contrast, people who try their hand at music in America and England do so because, by and large, they're looking for fame and fortune.