January 2019

Fatal Accident Shuts Down Highway 103

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 20:36 PM

*updated 11:45 AM February 1*

Highway 103 has reopened between exits 12 and 13.

RCMP closed the highway just after 7:00 p.m last night following a fatal collision.

RCMP say a car was heading westbound when it crossed the line and collided head-on with an oncoming tractor trailer.

The lone occupant, a 38-year-old Bridgewater man was killed on impact.

Bridgewater fire department and EHS were on the scene as well as Bridgewater Police Service, to help with traffic control.

Non-Profit Aims To Build Beluga Sanctuary In Nova Scotia

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 16:31 PM

A whale sanctuary could be coming to Nova Scotia.

An American non-profit organization, made up of scientists and researchers, has been surveying the coastline for suitable spots to house beluga whales.

Charles Vinick, executive director of the Whale Sanctuary Project, says their focus is on getting belugas out of entertainment parks.

"We want to create an environment that maximizes their well-being and autonomy that's frankly as close to a natural environment as we can get."

UPDATED Yarmouth Not Getting Cancer Therapy Unit

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:47 AM

Derek Lesser went into a meeting Wednesday hopeful for good news.

He is one of the creators of the Facebook group Western Nova Scotia Cancer Support Network, a grassroots online movement to rally support for a radiation therapy unit at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital.

The meeting at the hospital was attended by other local committee members and Nova Scotia Health Minister Randy Delorey and Dr. Drew Bethune,
the medical director of Nova Scotia Cancer Care.

Fire Fighters Flaunt Their Curling Skill in Bridgewater

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:40 AM

Fire Fighters will soon be yelling hurry hard in Bridgewater.

The Nova Scotia Fire Fighters Curling Championship opens Thursday evening at the Bridgewater Curling Club.

Sixteen teams will be split into competitive and recreational divisions.

The Bridgewater team is skipped by Michael Nauss, who has won the event three times since 1988.

He feels it's anyone's tournament to win.

Opposition MLAs Accuse Government Of Blocking Issues In Health Committee

Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2019 08:52 AM

Nova Scotia's opposition parties say the Liberals are not working with them to address the health care crisis.

The Legislature's health care committee met Tuesday to set their agenda.

NDP MLA Susan Leblanc says her party wanted to discuss emergency room overcrowding and offload delays.

"When ambulances get backed up in ERs and ambulance drivers can't go to new calls that's a very serious issue in and of itself. But it also points to other parts of the health care system that are in crisis."

One Thousand Dollars Worth Of Lobster Stolen In Lunenburg

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 15:13 PM

The RCMP is looking for information on another lobster theft on the South Shore.

One thousand dollars worth of lobster was reported missing to police January 27.

The incident occurred on Bluenose Drive in Lunenburg some time between 10 and 10:30 p.m. January 26.

The theft was caught on camera and police are attempting to identify the suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP.

This is the third such incident in recent weeks.

Lobster pounds in Port Medway were targeted in December.

 

Search For Sunken Vessel Off Halifax Over

Posted on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:53 AM

The search for the third crew member missing after a boat sunk in the Halifax Harbour is over.

According to Joint Task Force Atlantic, divers found the body of the missing person inside the sunken vessel.

The 40 foot service vessel - Captain Jim - went down near Devils Island in Halifax Harbour this morning.

Two other people onboard were rescued earlier today.

The Canadian Forces and the Canadian Coast Guard conducted the search.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada also deployed a team of investigators to Eastern Passage to assess the situation.

Queens-Shelburne MLA Raises Concerns Over ER Closures

Posted on Monday, January 28, 2019 15:35 PM

The MLA for Queens-Shelburne is once again calling on the province to do more for Roseway Hospital.

The Shelburne hospital's ER was closed last weekend and has been closed around 140 hours since the new year.

Kim Masland says it's a dire situation.

"We know when we go to Queens General Hospital, people in Lunenburg County know when they go to Fishermen's or South Shore Regional, they're going to have access, these people in Shelburne, they never know."

Transportation Minister Says Province Is Paying U.S. Border Guards for Service

Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2019 09:06 AM

Nova Scotia's Minister of Transportation says paying the salaries of US border guards in Bar Harbor is part of their arrangement with the operator.

Bay Ferries is working to move ferry operations from Portland to Bar Harbor this season.

To do so, border services in Bar Harbor need to be brought up to U.S. Customs standards.

Hines says estimates for that work total around $3 million dollars U.S. and will involve Nova Scotia ponying up to pay US salaries.

Trudeau Fires Canada's Ambassador To China

Posted on Sunday, January 27, 2019 09:03 AM

Amidst ongoing tensions with China, Justin Trudeau has fired Canada's Ambassador to China.

statement from the Prime Minister's office says he asked for and accepted John McCallum's resignation on Friday.

Multiple media outlets are saying McCallum's firing comes after Trudeau warned him not to talk publicly about the case of two Canadians who are detained in China and the case of a Huawei executive being held in Canadian custody.