Valley Goes To War

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 17:05:10

There will likely be a lot of pride and a few tears as personnel from 14 Wing Greenwood head off to participate in Operation Impact this evening. Two CP-140M Aurora Long Range Patrol aircraft will provide intel and reconnaissance for the battle against ISIS in Northern Iraq and Syria.

However, they will be joined in theatre by aircrews from 3 Wing Bagotville and 8 Wing Trenton, who contribute six CF-188 Hornet fighters, and a CC-150T Polaris Aerial refueller to the effort.

Former Defence Minister Peter MacKay and West Nova MP Greg Kerr will be on hand, but owing to the heightened security status at the base, the general public cannot, regrettably, be accommodated.

Charges laid in one of yesterday's gun incidents

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 17:05:05

Halifax police are now saying those were two seperate gun incidents downtown yesterday.

The first was at 8:30 when a man was spotted walking down the street with a rifle near the Scotiabank Centre. Police couldn't find him. The seocnd incident was around 11:00 when a metro transit driver reported finding a rifle, wrapped in fabric, after a man had gotten off a bus. A suspect was arrested a short time later on Argyle Street.

That 25 year old man is facing several weapons charges.

Police say they've determined the incidents are not related and their investigation is ongoing. Police say there were no threats made to anyone and no shots were fired.

Smoke-Free NS Pleased With Anti-Smoking Legislation

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 17:04:53

Smoke Free Nova Scotia hailed amendments made by the government to the Smoke-Free Places Act and the Tobacco Access Act, claiming the changes make Nova Scotia a national leader in tobacco control. It applauded the treatment of e-cigarettes as the same as conventional cigarettes, making them subject to the same restrictions. It also commended the updating of regulations surrounding water pipes or hookahs, as well as flavoured tobacco, which comes in flavours such as chocolate, strawberry and peach. Surveys indicate almost half of Atlantic Canadian children in Grades 6-12 who use tobacco have tried flavoured tobacco within the 30 previous days.

It expressed disappointment, though, that menthol, also popular amongst youth, was exempted from the ban.

Two Nova Scotian Women Named to Universiade Roster

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 16:11:04

The CIS announced the Canadian women’s hockey roster for the 27th biennial Universiade Games to be held next February in Spain, and Nova Scotia will be strongly represented. Bedford native Alex Normore, a St. FX student and a veteran of the Gold medal-winning 2013 team, will be rejoining the squad, as will Lower Sackville’s Breanna Lanceleve, a student at SMU. Another St FX student, Daley Oddy, who hails from Cranbrook, B.C., also made the team.

The Canadian women’s team, who have won the championship in the last 3 previous meets, left themselves a tough act to follow, easily winning the gold medal last year while outscoring the opposition 77-2 in 7 games.

Lohr Deplores Delay In Implementing Lobster Levy

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 15:48:57

Kings North PC MLA and Fisheries critic John Lohr blasted a delay in implementing a lobster levy, designed to enhance marketing efforts, blaming Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell for failing to gain adequate industry support. A levy was recommended by a report issued last November, suggesting 2 cents a pound go towards improved branding of lobster, with an August deadline to determine support.

But Colwell stunned the industry by declaring a 5 cent-a-pound levy, claiming he had consulted with industry stakeholders. But with the announcement Thursday no levy will be implemented this season, Lohr says this confirms the Minister only “created chaos” within the vital industry due to lack of proper consultation.

UNESCO Listing Improves Tourism Numbers at Grand Pre

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 15:29:00

At a recent meeting of the Landscape Of Grand Pre Society, members learned that visits this past year increased by 7% over 2013, with Parks Canada crediting the improved figures to the site’s 2012 inscription by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Board announced it will be partnering with Parks Canada to develop a Visitor Experience and Opportunities Concept to further enhance the Grand Pre experience.

This initiative will involve the Acadian, Mi’kmaq, and local communities as well as other stakeholders, and will include upgrades such as additional signage, dykelands awareness, and a photographic inventory.

Acadia Sports Roundup

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 15:13:49

It’s a busy weekend for Acadia teams, starting tonight at 7:00 when the Hockey Axemen host the UNB Varsity Reds in a battle for 2nd place in the CIS top 10 rankings. They hit the ice again tomorrow night at 7:00 against Moncton, with both games on AVR. The Football Axemen travel to HRM to take on St. Mary’s Saturday afternoon. The basketball Axemen are in Sydney this weekend, competing in the CBU Fall Classic. They are in action this afternoon against Holland College, then go on to challenge McMaster Saturday and UPEI Sunday. The Men’s soccer team is off to Sackville to face the Mounties at Mount Allison tonight.

On the Women’s side, the basketball team is in action is the Don Grant Classis in Moncton, as they play UPEI this afternoon, Nipissing Saturday, and UPEI Sunday. The soccer Axewomen are also taking on Mount Allison this evening. The volleyball Axewomen are in Quebec this weekend, taking on Laval tonight, Montreal and McGill Saturday, and Sherbrooke Sunday. And the Women’s Cross country team will be taking on SMU Saturday at Point Pleasant Park.

Hockey Roundup

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 14:36:18

It’s “Wildcats Hockey Weekend in Berwick” as all 3 Wildcat teams are encouraging fans to wear pink to the rink in support of their Cancer Awareness campaign. The Summit Hyundai Junior A Wildcats are in action Saturday night at 7:00 against the Bridgewater Lumberjacks, which features four former Wildcats. Military personnel presenting their ID will get free admission. Sunday at 4:00, they host the Amherst Ramblers.

The CIBC Wood Gundy Major Midget Valley Wildcats host the Cape Breton West Islanders Saturday at 4:00 and again Sunday at 2:15. And the Kings Mutual Bantam Valley Wildcats welcome the Pictou County Nova Junior X-Men Saturday at 2:00, and again Sunday morning at 10:00AM.

Police Caution Seniors When Dealing With Direct Sellers

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 13:49:17

Police are urging caution when citizens, especially seniors, are approached by direct sellers, either door-to-door, by telephone, or through mail offers. They should be very hesitant to provide personal information, recognizing sellers will frequently present a senior’s discount or rebate.

Rebates are particularly worrisome in that sometimes eligibility conditions can be complicated, and recovering money already spent can be problematic. Make sure proper credentials are presented, and take the time to check out the company with the Better Business Bureau, and with family or friends.

The best defense against being scammed is to be well informed, but if you feel you have been the victim of a fraud attempt, whether successful or not, contact the police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

Car Thefts and Fires In Nictaux Worry Police

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 12:06:47

Annapolis County police are concerned about three separate incidents in Nictaux regarding thefts from vehicle and subsequent fires. One homeowner had items stolen from two separate vehicles during the overnight hours of Monday night and Tuesday, and then fires were lit in both vehicles, causing significant damage. A similar incident occurred at another property with fire totally destroying two vehicles, and damaging an adjoining shed and the siding on the home with the Nictaux Fire Department responding at 1:30 AM. A third resident had prescription drugs stolen from a vehicle.

Police remind citizens to lock their vehicle doors, and urge anyone with information on these incidents to contact them or Crime Stoppers.

Universite Sainte Anne Fetes Famous Alumni

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 11:02:20

When Louis Deveau graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Universite Sainte Anne in 1953, it’s likely he didn’t envision himself making a living from seaweed. But after developing the shrimp and snow crab industries in the Maritimes during a stint with Fisheries and Oceans Canada during the ‘60s, he went on to launch Acadian Seaplants.

Today, his seaweed operation has grown to employ hundreds in 8 different countries with exports to 80, and the Church Point institution celebrated its most famous alumni with a dinner last weekend.

Deveau hasn’t forgotten about his Alma Mater, having served a recent 6-year stint as Chancellor, and now, after a major contribution to the university’s fundraising campaign, a new centre of entrepreurship on the campus is being named in his honour.

Avon Animal Hospital Hosts Hallow’een Open House

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 10:50:04

The Avon Animal Hospital in Windsor is getting a head start on Hallow’een Saturday when it hosts an open house, inviting children and their parents to stop by in their costumes, to meet some furry friends.

Staff will be providing tips on pet care, as well as presenting the latest technologies in animal treatment. A petting pen featuring sheep, goats, hedge hogs, horses, and a few dogs and cats, as well as a colouring contest will keep young ghosts and goblins entertained, and a bake sale to raise funds for the Friends of Ferals and the Animal Rescue Coalition will also be taking place.

The event is slated for Saturday between 2:00 and 4:00 at the Avon Animal Hospital, 45 Morison Drive in the Windsor Industrial Park.

Heating Rebate Program To Start

By The Canadian Press. Last updated: 2014-10-24 06:23:56

The government of Nova Scotia is inviting people to start applying for the government's heating rebate program. The 2014-15 Heating Assistance Rebate Program will launch on October 30th. The rebate provides up to 200 dollars to help with the cost of purchasing oil, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, propane, electricity, or coal. To qualify, applicants must be a household with a net annual income of 42-thousand dollars or less or a single person earning 27-thousand dollars or less annually.

NS MADD supports proposed MVA changes

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 05:17:51

Drivers who have lost their licenses permanently after a fourth conviction for impaired driving, may be able to drive legally again under amendments to the Motor Vehicle Act introduced by the Transportation Minister.

Geoff MacLellan says four amendments to the act would strengthen the graduated licencing program for new drivers. One change would double the time of the beginner phase from six months to a year. Drivers would have to maintain zero blood alcohol content for two years after they complete the program. Supervisory drivers would also have to be fully licensed for at least two years after they complete the program.

Andrew Murie of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada supports the changes, especially the faint hope clause for drivers who have lost their licenses, says it would allow better monitoring because ignition locks would be required for them to get their licenses back.

NS to launch heating assistance rebate program on the 30th

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 05:16:25

People can start applying for the government's heating rebate program. The Heating Assistance Rebate Program will launch next week on the 30th.

The rebate provides up to $200 to cover some of the cost of oil, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, propane, electricity, or coal.

To qualify, applicants must be a household with a net annual income of $42,000 or less or a single person earning $27,000.

Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce sends you a "green" message

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 05:15:19

Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee Energy Forum recently learned about the field of alternative energies. Representatives from Scott's Bay Tidal Project, Watts Wind, and Scotian Windfields elaborated on their initiatives, and spoke of economic spinoffs from not just construction, but the production of green fuel, with the payoff of reduced reliance on fossil fuels.

The Chamber urges its members to stay informed on these green energy options, and to ensure their political representatives are supportive of such projects.

Kings County Academy bus incident

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 05:13:14

No students were injured in a crash between a school bus and another vehicle yesterday near Kings County Academy.

School Board spokeswoman Kristen Loyst told the Kings County Register a minor collision between a school bus and another vehicle occurred as the Primary to Grade 8 school was dismissing for the day. Paramedics arrived and checked the 32 satudents aboard the bus, some were upset but none were injured.

Loyst said another bus was brought in to take students home, although they were half an hour to 45 minutes late.

Kings County Museum Busy In Advance of Remembrance Day

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 05:11:25

With the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WW1 and the 75th anniversary of WW2, there is renewed interest in Canada's military history. And the Kings County Museum hopes those interested will stop in to see a fascinating display on a critical element of our country's preparations for the Great War, the development of Aldershot as a training camp. At a time when the entire population of Kentville wasn't much more than 2,000, 7,000 recruits, most in canvas tents, trained at the historic base, which still exists today.

The museum hosts a talk Friday evening at 7:30 about the birth of the Spiritual Movement during the late Victorian era, presented by Maynard Stevens.

Military Training Exercise This Weekend in Pictou and Colchester Counties

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 05:10:33

Military personnel from 36 Canadian Brigade Group will be conducting training exercises this weekend between Friday afternoon and Sunday in Colchester and Pictou Counties, and especially around McCallum's Settlement, and the Debert Range near Truro. Personnel will be deployed in groups of 10-20, and blank ammunition will be used, which will result in higher than usual levels of noise. Additional training will take place at the Truro and New Glasgow Armouries.

This means there will be increased numbers of military vehicles on the road in many areas of the province. Canadian Forces urge members of the public to not be alarmed by the higher than usual level of activity among military personnel, which was planned well in advance and has nothing to do with the attack in Ottawa Wednesday. Personnel will be in place to issue safety and traffic instructions where required.

Halifax cops collar a suspect following a gun call

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2014-10-24 05:09:29

Heavily armed police scoured downtown Halifax yesterday after reports of a man seen with a gun near the Scotiabank Centre.

They had received no threats or heard of shots being fired.

Access was restricted in that area, as well as at Citadel High School and other places; those restrictions have been lifted.

Police confirmed the arrest of a man at just after 11 yesterday morning.

They also found a gun on a nearby route 320 Halifax Transit bus, that route goes to Stanfield International Airport.

The mother of a Canadian-born Muslim terrorist cries for the victims, not him

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 05:08:39

The mother of Ottawa shooting suspect Michael Zehaf-Bibeau says she does not know what to say to the victims.

Susan Bibeau adds that she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son.

Bibeau says the family is sorry and is asking "Can you ever explain something like this?''

Zehaf-Bibeau was known to police and a convert to Islam.

Flood watch in NS and NB

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 05:05:54

People living in parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia are preparing for possible flooding.

A slow-moving weather system may drop up a total of up to 100 mm of rain by the time it tapers off tonight. Forecasters say there's heavy rain in the western half of Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick.

Warnings have gone out that poeople should watch for flash flooding and possible washouts near creeks, rivers and lakes.

Valley sports

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-10-24 05:03:47

Due to the current weather forecast and field conditions, the NSSAF JV Girls Soccer Championship will be postponed by a day. The tournament will now be held on this Saturday and Sunday at Horton High.

NHL action had the Islanders over the Bruins 3 to 2, and the Red Wings beat the Penguins 4 to 3 in OT.

In the NFL, the Broncos topped the Chargers 35 to 21.

One game in the Maritime Hockey League, The Pictou County Weeks Crushers doubled the Amherst Ramblers 6 to 3.

News stories from 2014-10-23.