May 2018

Canada Retaliates Against American Penalties With Tariffs On US Steel, Aluminium

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 15:21 PM

The Prime Minister has announced Canada will be imposing tariffs on US steel, aluminium, and other products.

This is in retaliation for US President Donald Trump's tariffs on the same Canadian products announced earlier this morning.

Justin Trudeau said the federal government will impose dollar for dollar tariffs for every dollar levied against Canadians by the US.

The Americans will charge a 25 percent levy on steel and 10 percent on aluminium.

Other products will include: yogurt, coffee and prepared meals among others.

New Germany High Social Justice Committee Are The Latest Awesome Winners

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 14:25 PM

New Germany Rural High School took home the $1,000 prize from the Awesome Foundation last night.

The school's Social Justice Committee pitched their idea to host an event called We Day X.

The money will cover costs associated with bringing speakers and performers to the school.

Committee member Josie Skinner says their aim is to promote positive awareness about the uniqueness of all people.

"We really want to make this event about inclusion and not being afraid of who you are. Because no one should feel that way in school."

Teachers Casting Votes For Next President

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 13:07 PM

Members of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union will elect their next president today.

Two candidates, Grant Frost and Paul Wozney are the two names remaining on the ballot.

A first ballot last week saw three candidates drop off the ticket including Cherie Abriel, Shawn Hanifen and current NSTU president Liette
Doucet.

The NSTU president must be elected by a majority vote of 50 percent plus one.

More than 10,000 members began electronic voting at six o'clock this morning.

Polls will close at 9:00pm and the results are expected about an hour after that.

Region Of Queens Tackles Aging Sewer Lines

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:50 PM

The Region of Queens Municipality is continuing to work on its sewers this summer.

Like many coastal areas, Liverpool and its surrounding communities have aging infrastructure.

Since amalgamation, the municipality has been working to attach parts of Brooklyn to the sewer system and municipal water.

Mayor David Dagley says this year's addition will stop at least 22 homes from sending sewage directly into the harbour through straight pipes.

"Residents that are located within 100 feet of the sanitary sewer line, will be required to hook into the sewer."

NS Fisheries Minister Concerned Violence Could Erupt Over Lobster Poaching This Summer

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:36 PM

Nova Scotia's Fisheries Minister says while it's the responsibility of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to address lobster poaching, his department is doing what it can.

Commercial fishermen are concerned about more activity this summer.

Last year tensions grew over reports that some Aboriginal fishermen were using the Food, Social and Ceremonial Fishery to sell lobsters on the black market with the help of non-aboriginals.

Keith Colwell says he's concerned about violence this year.

Mersey Tobiatic Research Institute Seeking Reports of Bat Sightings

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:13 PM

Do you have bats on or near your property? If so, the Mersey Tobiatic Research Institute wants to hear from you.

It's been five years since the Mersey Tobiatic Research Institute launched their Bat Reporting website and in that time, they've received more than 3,000 reports from Nova Scotians.

And now, Institute spokesperson, Lori Phinney, says a new project will see that data used to locate and monitor bat species using a technology called Acoustic Monitoring to detect bat activity in previously reported locations.

Warmer Temps and Sunshine for South Shore

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:59 AM

Outside temperatures are definitely getting warmer and while Nova Scotia won't likely see the heat that other provinces like New Brunswick and Quebec are expecting, we will see decent weather over the coming days.

Ian Hubbard, Meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, says a ridge of high pressure will bring nice weather for at least the next day or so.

Municipality Of Shelburne Hosting Public Meetings On Recreation Today

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:53 AM

The Municipality of Shelburne is trying to develop a strategic plan for recreation services.

They are hosting two public sessions today, the first one starting at 1:30 at the Sandy Point Community Centre.

Lisa Locke, recreation coordinator for the municipality says they are looking for feedback.

"All the input that we get will be gathered into the strategic plan and help us move forward over the next three years as we look at upgrading facilities or creating new programs."

Locke says right now, they offer a lot of recreation programs for children.

Queens County Newspaper Merging, Office Closing

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 16:46 PM

The Queens County Advance is no more.

The newspaper that served Queens County since the 1800s will merge with Saltwire Network's free community paper - the South Shore Breaker.

Saltwire made the announcement in this week's newspaper.

Sources confirm one office staff member has lost their job and the office on Main Street in Liverpool will close.

The Liverpool Advance started in 1878 and was later renamed the Queens County Advance.

It was purchased from Transcontinental Media by the Chronicle Herald's subsidiary company - Saltwire Network last April.

Commercial Lobster Season Ends Thursday

Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 13:28 PM

Thursday at midnight marks the end of the 2017-2018 fall lobster season in LFA's 33 and 34.

Final catch numbers aren't available yet.

But Yarmouth fisherman Bernie Berry says catches in 34 were decent.

"I think as we get the true numbers later in the summer as they're tabulated, LFA 34 might be out just marginally, maybe 5, 6 7 per cent. That's just a drop in the bucket."

Berry, president of the Coldwater Lobster Association, says while the quality was good, the price was down a bit this year.