May 2019

Pentz School Advisory Council Disappointed In How Principal’s Complaint Was Handled

Posted on Friday, May 24, 2019 11:34 AM

After months of silence, the co-chairs of Pentz Elementary's School Advisory Council (SAC) are speaking out about their principal.

In a statement, SAC co-chair Laura Brown, expressed dismay over the handling of Principal Rebecca Smart's complaint against Bayview Principal Lamar Eason.

"As parents we are very concerned about the impact this situation has had on our principal. It has been disappointing and upsetting to see her maligned by rumour and innuendo as information was spread clearly in an attempt to discredit and retaliate for her complaint,” says Brown.

Doctors NS Calls For Changes To Health Care Funding

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 15:04 PM

Doctors Nova Scotia says health care based on aging doctors treating aging patients in an aging system can't continue.

Director of Finance and Partnerships Kevin Chapman says a laundry list of issues are causing huge backlogs in patient care.

Chapman has heard from emergency room doctors across the province who are particularly concerned with the issue of bed blocking.

"Twenty percent of the beds in a hospital might be filled with people who don't need to be in the hospital anymore and are ready to be discharged but really don't have anywhere to go."

Province Launches Survey On Accessibility Standards

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 14:20 PM

The province is looking for more input on accessibility standards.

The Nova Scotia government has launched an online survey for people who face barriers to accessibility to share their experiences.

And to gain input from people looking to make the province more accessible.

The Standard Development Committees, which were struck earlier this year to look at how to make education and public buildings more accessible, will use the information to help develop recommendations.

Pump Prices To Change At Midnight

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:32 PM

Look for a small increase in Nova Scotia fuel prices at midnight.

Petroleum analyst Dan McTeague says it'll be on the upswing.

"Look for an increase of about one cent a litre for gasoline, a bit more, two cents a litre, for diesel."

There's good news for next week though.

McTeague expects a big decrease of about 4 cents a litre.

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Story by Gary Nickerson
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NDP Calls For Free College Tuition As NSCC's Fees Rise

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 09:58 AM

The Nova Scotia NDP is unhappy with the Nova Scotia Community College's plans to raise tuition fees.

Students will see a three per cent increase each year over the next three years.

NDP leader Gary Burrill says NSCC tuition should be free for Nova Scotian students.

He says the cost to taxpayers would not be high and the cost is worth it.

"It would be a wonderful investment so to go in the opposite direction and place more financial barriers to people's access to post secondary education is exactly the wrong way to go," says Burrill.

Nova Scotia Sending Firefighters To Help Fight Alberta Wildfires

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 06:48 AM

Reinforcements are on the way for firefighters battling in wildfires in Northwestern Alberta.

Nova Scotia is sending a 21-person wildfire fighting crew today to provide aid.

According to a news release from the Department of Lands and Forestry the crew is expected to be on the fireline for about two weeks.

The assistance was requested through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, which ensures provinces and territories receive help if forest fires become too large.

Ugandan Children's Choir Brings Message Of Hope To Bridgewater

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 14:20 PM

A Ugandan children's choir will be performing in Bridgewater this week.

The Watato group began in 1984 in the midst of armed conflicts and an AIDS epidemic in Uganda.

Initially, the organization worked to bring together widows and orphans but their work now extends to providing housing, healthcare, employment and education.

The Childrens Choir supports that work by traveling the world raising money and awareness

Trina Mitchell says seeing the choir for the first time 15 years ago had a real impact on her family.

NSHA Takes Stock Of Health Care Concerns With Discussion Sessions

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 11:36 AM

The Nova Scotia Health Authority heard from South Shore residents last night.

The NSHA held a discussion session in Liverpool prior to their first public board meeting being held in the Western Zone today.

It involved a survey of attendees, prior to the session to see what's on their minds.

About 75 people sat around tables and discussed some of their health care concerns with representatives of the health authority.

Queens-Shelburne MLA Wants More Info On Education Funding

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 10:18 AM

Kim Masland want government to come clean on changes to the education funding formula.

The MLA for Queens - Shelburne says the hand-wringing over the past week on whether or not programs or funding are being cut could all be relieved if the Education department would just release the new formula.

Masland says an important announcement such as this should not be made on the Friday afternoon before a long weekend.

Bluenose Academy Class Teaches Practical Skills For Lifelong Lessons

Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 07:32 AM

A local educator is teaching students practical skills he hopes will turn into life lessons down the road.

Kajtek Jaskowiak is a science and outdoor education teacher at Bluenose Academy in Lunenburg.

He can often be found outside of the school, teaching Grade 7, 8, and 9 students how to tie knots, make shelters, and cook on camp stoves.

"It's a program that allows students to learn many of the hands on skills they get in other classes but it's a bit more of a hands on approach."

Jaskowiak says these skills aren't just important for camping.