January 2018

Nova Scotia's Minimum Wage On The Rise

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 15:40 PM

Minimum wage earners will see a slight raise come April 1.

Nova Scotia's Minimum Wage Review Committee has recommended an increase of 15 cents and hour.

That will mean a rate of $11 an hour for experienced workers.

Employees with less than three months on the job can be paid $10.50.

The amount was raised by 1.6 percent to align with the 2017 national Consumer Price Index.

The review committee will be looking at other ways of setting the base rate of pay for hourly workers this spring.

Tattoo Artists Back In Business After King Street Fire

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 14:16 PM

After fire destroyed their tattoo shop, Artistic Issues is back on its feet.

Rennick Clattenburg and his mentor, Aaron Kaizer, didn't have insurance and lost their entire shop when a block of King Street buildings burned down in October.

But Clattenburg says thanks to thousands of dollars of donations, they're tattooing again.

"For me personally, I couldn't get over the amount of people that were helping us out and wanting to do as much for us as possible."

On Ramp At Exit 19 Reopens After Tractor-Trailer Accident

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 14:01 PM

Slippery conditions led to a tractor-trailer accident on Highway 103 near Liverpool today.

The tractor-trailer wound up on its side, facing the wrong direction between the highway and an on-ramp at Exit 19.

The accident occurred just after midnight.

Corporal Dal Hutchinson, media relations for the RCMP, says the driver sustained minor injuries.

He says the decision was made to leave the truck where it fell due to weather conditions.

Drivers were still able to use the ramp until clean up started around 10 am.

Feb. 1 Kicks-Off Nova Scotia African Heritage Month

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:31 AM

Educate, Unite and Celebrate Community.

That's the theme for the 2018 Nova Scotia African Heritage Month.

Vanessa Fells with the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre says this year's message is perfect because very few people are aware of the 52 historic black communities in Nova Scotia.

She says some may not even be aware they live in one.

"What do you know about them and the people who live there," she says.

Online Peer Support Group To Launch During Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:24 AM

Ten per cent of people diagnosed with anorexia will be dead within 10 years.

Tomorrow kicks-off Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

Executive Director of Eating Disorder NS Michelle Boyd says they're launching a new online peer support program. 

She says that's a way for people to talk through issues who may not want or have access to a therapist.

It will also allow them to reach people living outside major centres.

"Very often in rural communities people are less like to do it because of transportation issues," she says.

Farmers Dairy Products Recalled Again

Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 04:41 AM

You might want to check and see if you have any Farmer's dairy products in your fridge, there is another recall.

This is for the Farmers, Northumberland and Natrel brands.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the products have sanitizer in them creating a chemical taste. A number of  Milk, Chocolate Milk, Coffee Cream and Whipping Cream products are being recalled.

Education Minister Curtails Powers Of School Boards

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 12:12 PM

Education Minister Zach Churchill says it was necessary to issue a directive to the seven English school boards, removing much of their authority.

The boards must now seek permission from the department before entering agreements or making major changes, including decisions on transportation, finance, operations and staffing.

The boards also cannot initiate any new school reviews.

Churchill says it will help ensure a smooth transition to the new administrative system once the boards are eliminated.

Vigil Honouring Victims Of Quebec Mosque Massacre Held In Yarmouth

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:58 AM

A vigil was held last night in Yarmouth to mark the first anniversary of the Quebec mosque massacre.

Six men were murdered as they gathered to worship.

Two dozen people gathered at town hall as the names of the six victims were read aloud by Dr. Mustafa Al-Halide, a Yarmouth physician.

Children then placed lit candles in memory of each of the victims.

Dr. Khalidi, a Muslim, spoke about a personal experience he had just after the 9/11 attacks when he was a graduate medical student at Dalhousie University.

Province Announces Where To Buy Weed - Updated 3:00pm

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:24 AM

The province has just announced which NSLC outlets will be first to sell cannabis.

Nine locations across the province will retail products in July.

But depending where you live in the South Shore, you will have to travel.

The Yarmouth NSLC will sell through their location on Starrs Road.

After that, the next stop to purchase weed is in the city.

Halifax will have two outlets, Dartmouth gets one, Lower Sackville, Truro, New Glasgow, Amherst and Sydney River pick up the remainder.

Breakfast Program To Lose Some Funding When Local Program Folds

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 10:53 AM

Not every student can afford breakfast.

The John C. Wickire Academy spends $400 a month to make sure each student has access to a healthy meal.

Part of that funding came from a program that's now folding.

After 27 years the Queens County Crime Prevention Association is distributing their remaining $9,000 to programs in the area.

J.C. Wickwire got a $1200 piece.

Vice-Principal Cathy Shaw says the Association helped fund a program providing roughly 20 per cent of the energy and nutrients students need throughout their day.