November 2017

Annual Student Video Contest Is Aimed At School Bus Safety

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:56 PM

It's about the safety of the kids.

The annual School Bus Safety Video Contest is open to students grade primary to 12.

Trish Smith with the Nova Scotia School Boards Association says they're trying to raise awareness around school bus safety, specifically when the bus's stop arm is extended.

"We just need to continue to hammer away at this message until it becomes incredibly common knowledge that you do not pass a school bus when it is stopped."

Smith also says most campaigns are more effective when younger groups are reached.

Town Of Shelburne Celebrates Christmas Season

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:54 PM

The Mayor of Shelburne says the town has lots of activities and events for the Christmas season.

Tomorrow (Thursday Nov. 23) at 4:15pm there's a free family skate at the Shelburne County Arena.

Friday marks the arrival of Santa and the lighting of the town Christmas tree at 6pm.

Mayor Karen Mattatall says the Jolly Old Elf will be at a different location this year.

"He's going to be at the Guild Hall. He'll arrive on the fire truck. So for treats from Santa parents and children can go to the Guild Hall."

Nova Scotia Lung Association Offering 500 Free Radon Detectors

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:46 PM

It's invisible, odourless and tasteless.

Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in Nova Scotia.

Across the province it's Radon Awareness Month and the Lung Association is doing their part to help.

Michelle Donaldson with the association, says they're giving away 500 detector kits to 10 communities.

"If you have concerns about your family and want to make sure you home is safe, as most of us do, then you should get a Radon Kit."

Kits are available as of 9 a.m., Nov. 22.

The detectors are free and are first-come, first-served.

Nature Conservancy Of Canada takes To The Skies Over Western NS And South Shore

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:27 PM

A recent aerial inspection of conservation areas in our region revealed that human activity is posing no risks.

Members of the Nature Conservancy of Canada boarded a helicopter yesterday to check out lands it has in Yarmouth, Digby, Shelburne and Queens counties.

Doug van Hemessen, the Conservancy's Stewardship Coordinator, says it's a good way to get a bird's eye view of remote areas.

He says they looked for illegal harvesting, infrastructure development, dumping, and destruction of wildlife and plant habitats.

Auditor General Identifies NS Health Care Issues In Latest Report

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:18 PM

Nova Scotia's Auditor General has just released his report on the state of health care in the province.

Michael Pickup focused on three areas: family doctor resourcing, mental health services and managing home care support contracts.

Pickup says while government has a plan to recruit more family physicians, they're doing a poor job of letting the public know what it is.

He says access to mental health care is inconsistent and a province-wide plan is needed.

Commission On Inclusive Education In Western Nova Scotia Last Night

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:14 PM

The Commission on Inclusive Education held a public engagement Tuesday night.

It hosted a workshop at the Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School.

The commission is charged with taking a hard look at inclusive education, coming out with a new model and a strategic plan.

It issued an interim report in June which found inclusive education is largely failing both special needs students and their peers in Nova Scotia.

Commission Chair Dr. Sarah Shea says all interested parties have concerns.

Sally Ann Looking For Help To Keep Birds On Ice For Christmas

Posted on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 05:24 AM
It's a twist, but Bridgewater's Salvation Army is looking for help this Christmas.

Each year the organization distributes over 150 turkeys.

Major Wilson Sutton says the closing of the Bridgewater Sears store earlier this year leaves them with a big problem.

"For many years, Sears had space and freezers available where people could donate turkeys that the Salvation Army would distribute with our hampers throughout the year. Sears closed, and we don't have that space."

Sutton says the Salvation Army now has nowhere to keep the turkeys frozen.

Commission On Inclusive Education In Yarmouth Tonight

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 12:49 PM

The chair of the Commission on Inclusive Education says they want to get peoples ideas and learn from their experiences.

They will be holding a public workshop from 6:30 to 9pm this evening at YCMHS.

Dr. Sarah Shea says the commission wants to hear what changes parents, teachers and others think need to be made to Nova Scotia's
current policies on inclusive education.

Three Shelburne County Municipal Councils To Hold Joint Meeting

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:42 AM

Councils for the Towns of Shelburne and Lockeport and the Municipality of Shelburne will hold a joint meeting tomorrow night.

The three municipal units began getting together last year to seek out areas where they could co-operate and work together.

Shelburne Mayor Karen Mattatall says tomorrow night they'll discuss shared services.

Attempted Murder Case Returns To Court in Yarmouth Next Month

Posted on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 08:37 AM

An attempted murder case has been adjourned until Monday December 11 at Provincial Court in Yarmouth.

32-year-old Nicholas Ashton Mullen of Pembroke is facing charges that include Attempted Murder with a Firearm.

He was in court yesterday but did not enter a plea.

A focus hearing will be held on December 11.

Mullen is also charged with Careless Use of a Firearm, Pointing a Firearm and Discharging a Firearm with Intent.