May 2017

Grateful For The Long Weekend? You Can Thank Queen Victoria!

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017 09:43 AM

As many people enjoy the Victoria Day long weekend, it's worth pointing out the origins of the holiday.

The May 24 long weekend is named in honour of Queen Victoria, the ruler of the British Empire for more than 60 years until she died in 1901.

May 24th, Victoria's birthday, had been celebrated in Canada since at least 1845, but changes to the holiday came after her death.

Eventually, the government of Canada passed a law stating May 24th would be the official birthday of the ruling monarch of the Commonwealth, no matter what their actual birthdate was.

Advance Voting Opens in Nova Scotia

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017 08:19 AM

There is a steady stream of voters in Nova Scotia.

Elections Nova Scotia says more than 20,000 people have cast their ballot through advance voting.

There is seven days of advance polls and people can vote anywhere as officials can print off a ballot for any electoral district, with local candidate's names.

Advance polls opened yesterday until next Saturday, excluding today.

They are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but have extended hours this Thursday and Friday until 8 p.m.

People can also vote on election day at their local returning office until 8 p.m.

Acting Police Chief Solutes Social Media As Useful Tool

Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2017 08:12 AM

The acting police chief in Bridgewater says social media has changed the way they interact about emergency situations.

The Bridgewater Police Service joined Twitter in 2013 and Facebook wasn't far behind.

Police used to rely on their website or news outlets to relay their message.

Scott Feener says people want information quickly and social media helps them provide it.

"With the amount of manpower we have it's tough, we have nobody dedicated to it. Whether it's a dispatcher or a member adding stuff they require time but we try and get it out as best we can."

Candidates Debate In Queens County

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 16:47 PM

Three of the four candidates for Queens-Shelburne made their case for fixed election dates in front of an audience of about 100 people at the Astor theatre in Liverpool last night.

NDP candidate John Davis thinks the lack of a set date wastes time and money.

"We're wasting about $8-million bucks," he says. "It should be going to seniors care, that should be going to education, that should be going to healthcare. It isn't."

Kim Masland with the PC felt a set date would allow all parties to find and vet their prospective candidates.

Despite Best Efforts, Fishermen Unable To Meet New Transport Canada Safety Regulations

Posted on Friday, May 19, 2017 13:19 PM

Efforts to upgrade safety equipment on fishing boats in Nova Scotia are facing a major hurdle.

The Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board is putting up $1.3 million dollars to purchase 1200 immersion suits, 600 beacons, 100 floatation devices as well a defibrillator for each wharf in their region.

The new equipment will help meet new Transport Canada regulations coming this July.

As the board's managing director Leonard LeBlanc explains, the problem is suppliers can't deliver the equipment before the deadline.

Sports History Recognized in Queens

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 20:32 PM

One-hundred-year-old skates, antique jerseys and black and white photos now occupy a small corner of Queens Place Emera Centre.

About 40 people were on hand for the unveiling of a new rotating exhibit put on by the Queens County Museum.

Director Linda Rafuse says Queens County is full of rich sports history.

"We're a great sports community, always have been," she says. "So, our role as a museum is to preserve that heritage, that history, and sports is included in that."

Legion Members Descending On Bridgewater

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 20:28 PM

The Bridgewater branch of the Royal Canadian Legion is getting ready to welcome some 250 members from across the province and beyond.

Along with celebrating their 90th anniversary, they're hosting the biennial provincial convention.

President Sam Collicutt says it's no easy task.

"My arrangements committee have been working on this for the past two years, since we were selected as the next hosting branch."

Over the course of the weekend Legion members will start planning the next two years.

NSHA Urges Nova Scotians To Practice 'Tick Safety'

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017 16:45 PM

The provincial health authority wants Nova Scotians to be 'tick aware.'

Blacklegged ticks that can carry Lyme disease are found throughout the province, but the population is higher in Yarmouth and Shelburne Counties, among other areas.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Lynda Earle says the tick population has increased over the last number of years, but that shouldn't stop us from enjoying the outdoors.