January 2018

Queens County Program Designed To Keep Youth Off The Streets Is Folding.

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 08:15 AM

Youth programs across Queens county will have to find a new source of funding.

After 27 years, the Queens County Crime Prevention Association is folding.

It was first formed in 1991 to help keep youth educated, occupied and off the streets by supporting scholarship, sport and recreational programs.

Brian Godfrey with the association says they want the program to continue, but they've run into age, health and building issues.

"And it's harder to get younger people to jump in and take over, we've tried," he says.

Second Annual Radiothon Online Auction

Posted on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 07:17 AM

Going once, going twice, sold.

Health Services Foundation of the South Shore are gearing up for their second-annual online auction.

It takes place on the 31st as a pre-cursor to the Radiothon fundraiser for the South Shore Regional Hospital.

Their goal this year is to raise $150,000.

Alison Clements with the Foundation says they are also bringing back the Bucket Brigade to help.

They will spread across Lunenburg County in places like Sobey's in Bridgewater and the Tim Hortons in Mahone Bay to collect change.

Changing Habits Lead To Change In Production At Lockeport Processing Plant

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 15:30 PM

Change is in the works at the Clearwater Scallop processing plant in Lockeport.

Pierce Fisheries Ltd. will no longer be producing bacon-wrapped and enrobed Argentine scallops.

Vice President of Global Supply Chain Darren Bowen was at the plant this morning to explain the change to employees.

According to Clearwater's Director of Public Affairs Catherine Boyd, the company is trying to meet the demand for unprocessed scallops and is shifting their focus.

However, what that means for plant workers isn't completely clear.

Long-Serving Councillor Passes Away

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 14:28 PM

A long-time Lunenburg County municipal councillor has died.

Maria de Vries served on council from 1976-1991.

She passed away Friday at South Shore Regional Hospital at age 74.

The Kingsburg resident was a member of the UCW and Girl Guides leader.

She was well known in the community having also served as school board chairperson and LaHave Manor board member and chair.

de Vries is survived by her husband and three children.

South Shore Organization Supporting Kids Back On Solid Ground

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 13:22 PM

The doors will be staying open at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the South Shore.

The organization was close to shutting down last year.

An emergency call was put out and the organization hoped to raise $30,000.

Executive Director Vanessa Mossop says the community really came through.

"We weren't sure if we were going to make it. If we were still going to be here at this point. And what was going to take place from that call out to the community. I'm happy to announce that we actually surpassed that."

Another Winter Storm Moving In

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 12:58 PM

Residents of the South Shore should brace for more winter weather.

A snowfall warning has been issued by Environment Canada.

Fifteen to 25 cm is expected this evening and overnight tonight.

Winds will gust up to 70km/h.

Some areas of the province could also see ice pellets sometime Tuesday morning.

Look out for higher than normal water levels along the coast from Shelburne to Yarmouth at high tide Tuesday morning as well.

Drivers are being advised that travel conditions could deteriorate quickly.

RCMP Seeking Public Help In Burnt Car Investigation

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 09:07 AM

A vehicle was found burnt and abandoned on a gravel road over the weekend.

Between 7:30 and 11 p.m. on Saturday the brown 2016 Honda CRV was moved from where it was parked in an open area on Lawrence Hat Rd. between Exit 9 and 10, Hwy 103, Martin's River.

It was later found on a gravel road north of Hwy 103, Martin's River.
 
Lunenburg District RCMP are asking the public's help with the investigation.

Education Minister Says Eliminating School boards " Tough, But Necessary Decision"

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 06:36 AM

The removal of seven English speaking elected school boards was one of 11 recommendations adopted by the province from a report on education administration by expert Dr. Avis Glaze.

Zach Churchill says it's a fractured system that needs to be unified, and is in no way a commentary on individuals involved with school boards.

Members of the Tri-County Regional School Board were upset at the report, and are wondering what lies next for children in rural areas.

Churchill says he doesn't feel good about impacting people in a way that makes them feel negatively.

Nova Scotia Legislature Set To Resume February 27

Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2018 09:59 AM

The governing Liberals have a month to prepare for what will certainly be a controversial session of the legislature.

It'll be all hands on deck February 27th when the house sits for the first time in 2018.

Government will have to re-write the education act if they wish to follow recommendations from Dr. Avis Glaze's report on the education system.

Nova Scotia NDP Starts Petition For Midwifery Services

Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2018 09:45 AM

The Nova Scotia NDP has started an online petition calling on the province to make investment in the midwifery program.

MLA Tammy Martin, the NDP health and labour critic, says the petition had over 100 signatures in the first 24 hours it was posted.

She calls the lack of services an 'attack' on not just health care but on vulnerable women.

"There are a lot of women who use midwives because of their economic status, because of their current living situation, there are many factors that affect the people who use midwifery."