April 2018

Advocates Against Offshore Drilling Protest At Liberal National Convention

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 20:09 PM

The Liberal National Convention was met with protests today in Halifax.

People opposed to BP's plan to drill off the coast of Nova Scotia gathered outside the Halifax Convention Centre to voice their concerns.

John Davis, Shelburne resident and director of the Clean Ocean Action Committee spoke at the protest.

He's concerned ties between government and offshore oil are too tight.

He cites government's bill C-69 as an example.

After Months Of Anticipation Esso Cup Is Set Launch

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 16:20 PM

The final touches are being laid out as Bridgewater prepares to welcome the best female midget hockey players in Canada.

The Esso Cup will be played at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre starting Sunday.

LCLC General Manager and co-chair of the Esso Cup Kevin Benjamin says it's taken a lot of work from a number of dedicated people to get to this point.

He says what's most important is to ensure all the athletes are made to feel welcome.

Funding To Benefit Local Pre-Primary Care

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 12:22 PM

As the province prepares to roll out its new pre-primary program, it's injecting a total of $2.7 million dollars into regulated childcare centres right across Nova Scotia.

A number of pre-schools in the South Shore area will receive funding from the province as part of that plan.

In Lunenburg County, New Ross Pre-School will see $44,400.00, Through the Years will receive $10,000.00, while Bridgewater Day Care will get $5,000.00 in funding.

Lunenburg County Man Dies In Boating Accident

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 12:17 PM

A boating accident has claimed the life of a Lunenburg County man.

RCMP says shortly after 9:00am yesterday, a 73-year old man was fishing with a woman near Dean Lake Road in Westfield, Queens County.

While attempting to start the motor, both of them fell into the water.

The two swam to shore but when the woman arrived she realized the man was not with her.

She managed to bring him to land and called 9-1-1.

Paramedics were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Government Invests In Conversion Of Child Care Spaces

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 11:57 AM

570 child care spaces will be converted to support infant care, toddlers and pre-primary wraparound care.

The province announced they're spending $2.7 million dollars to meet 'the changing needs of communities.'

51 centres will receive funding from both the provincial and federal government.

Education Minister Zach Churchill says they want to grow the childcare sector.

"Currently only one in four of our kids are able to access childcare and early learning. We're also planning on expanding our pre-primary program for four year olds."

Lobster Fishermen's Group Fed Up With DFO

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 11:54 AM

Lobster fishermen in our area aren't very happy with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

The issue is an at-sea observer program to monitor bycatch.

In a news release, the Southwest Lobster Science Society (SLSS) says five separate fishermen's associations joined forces in 2017 to form the Society to work towards a partnership-based approach to fisheries management and conservation; a move which was touted to be a historic partnership between industry, environmental non-governmental organizations and regulators.

Slight Increase In Price Of Gas

Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 06:49 AM

If you're looking to fill the gas tank today, you'll be spending just a little more at the pumps.

The price of gas around Lunenburg County and surrounding areas jumped 1.6 cents a litre over night.

As of this morning (Friday, April 20th) the price for regular unleaded gasoline is a $1.25.6 cents a litre, up from a $1.24 a litre yesterday.

The price of diesel this morning is sitting at $118.7 centes a litre.

Cat Ferry On Schedule For Spring Season

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 16:40 PM

Nova Scotia's transportation minister says the Cat ferry is ready for action.

Problems last summer with its engines caused several delays and cancelled some crossings.

Lloyd Hines says those issues have been resolved over the winter.

"My understanding is that the repairs have been conducted. I'm not sure if they're at sea trials at this time, but we're progressing well."

It's says advance ticket numbers are very positive.

"Sales are brisk, I'm given to understand in preseason booking. So all systems are go at this point."

Liverpool Teen Spreads Message Of Autism Acceptance To Peers

Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 15:03 PM

April is Autism Awareness Month but for one young South Shore man, awareness is his mission all the time.

Thirteen-year-old Ethan Ringer has autism and does presentations to schools to advocate for acceptance and awareness.

Ringer says he's had to correct or explain Autism to peers and even teachers sometimes, which is why he started.

"Autism has a voice and it should be heard by other people around the world and in the school boards."

Ringer started his presentations at Dr. John C. Wickwire Academy in Grade 3.