February 2018

Roseway Emergency Department Closed Saturday

Posted on Friday, February 23, 2018 09:59 AM

The emergency department at Roseway Hospital in Shelburne, will be closed much of tomorrow, Saturday, February, 24.

It will shut down at 6:00 a.m. and reopen at 8:00 p.m.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says it's due to physician availability.

If you have an emergency you're asked to call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department.

For non-emergency health advice from a registered nurse, call 811.

Province Creates New Immigration Stream To Attract Doctors

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 16:33 PM

The provincial government is launching a new immigration stream to help attract international doctors and specialists to Nova Scotia.

The stream, which has been approved by the federal government, is a part of the Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program.

And according to a release from the province, they already have a recruit - Dr. Jamie Tribo, an American doctor who plans on practicing family medicine in Cape Breton this spring.

Nova Scotia NDP Introducing Bill To Open Health Care Authority Meetings To Public

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 16:27 PM

The Nova Scotia NDP is looking to pass two bills to make the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) more accountable.

One bill, the Nova Scotia Health authority Openness Act, would see all of the health authority's meetings open to the public and require agendas and minutes be posted publicly online.

The other, the Nova Scotia Health Authority Accountability Act, would require NSHA to track and publicly report information, such as wait times, percentage of people visiting ER who are without a family doctor, and number of patients in hospital beds waiting for long term care.

Analyst Says To Expect Gas and Diesel Prices To Increase Slightly At Midnight

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 13:51 PM

We can expect an increase at the pumps at midnight.

Last week the cost of both gasoline and diesel fell about 6 cents a litre.

Dan McTeague with GasBuddy.com says that was because crude and gasoline futures dropped.

He says prices have since firmed up a little bit.

"That means the break we got last week might be negated a little bit by an increase of about 1.2 to 1.5 cents a litre (for gas) for the entire province."

He says diesel will go up a little more, probably by 1 and 3/4 cents a litre.

Nova Scotia Fire Marshal Says Pubnico Head Fire Was Accidental

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 11:54 AM

The Office of the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal has released the cause of a tragic fire in Yarmouth County last month.

In an email, Krista Higdon of the Department of Municipal Affairs, says the investigation into the fire in Pubnico Head on January 7 is complete.

The fire, that claimed the lives of four children and injured two other people, is classified as accidental.

The source was determined to be a wood stove.

Fire investigators said the area of origin was around the chimney.

Patriots Jr. Girls Basketball Take Multiple Championship Titles

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 10:31 AM

Hebbville Academy girl's basketball team are District champions.

On Tuesday night they defeated the Bluenose Academy.

Co-coaches Amy Hopkins says it was a long time coming for this group.

Hopkins says she's excited her team had this opportunity after missing out on last season.

"Because of work-to-rule, and they worked so hard all season, so it was just nice to see them get rewarded with the win."

Hopkins and co-coach Laura Whitehouse led the girls to first in the South Colchester Jr. Girls Invitational Top Team title.

Recall Of KitchenAid Kettles Due To Burn Hazard

Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2018 06:52 AM

Over 47, 000 electric kettles are being recalled, because of a burn hazard.

Health Canada says the 1.7 litre KitchenAid kettle was sold between September 2013 and February 2018, in stores across Canada.

The handle can loosen and separate from the kettle, causing hot water to spill.

As of last month, there have been 19 reports in Canada of handles deteching from the kettle.  One incident resulted in minor burns.

In the United States, there have been 79 reports.

Urgent Call For Blood Donors

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:32 PM

There is an urgent, national plea for blood donors.

Canadian Blood Services says it needs 35,000 donors across Canada to meet patient needs leading up to the March break.

They're asking for people to step forward by the 10th of next month.

Peter MacDonald, Director of Donor Relations for Atlantic Canada, says the national blood inventory has been in a steady decline over the winter months.

Not A Big Turnout For Shelburne Policing Info Session

Posted on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 12:14 PM

The Town of Shelburne will have to make a decision soon whether or not it will renew its contract with the RCMP.

The council is considering a proposal from the Bridgewater Police Service that would see them police the town.

The public were encouraged to attend an information session last night in Shelburne and ask questions.

About 50 people turned out.

Mayor Karen Mattatall would have liked to have seen more, especially from the Town of Shelburne.

She said there were quite a few people there from Bridgewater and the Municipality of Shelburne.