The MLA for Queen's-Shelburne takes Colwell to task over lobster levy

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 05:01:56

In a recent interview, Sterling Belliveau, the NDP MLA for Queen's-Shelburne, and the party's Fisheries critic, denounced Liberal Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell as being in "damage control" after Colwell's stunning announcement last week that he would bring in a 5 cent a pound lobster levy, without any industry consultation.

He further criticized the Minister for a lack of experience in the fishing industry despite his previous stint in the Ministry in the '90s. A panel on the lobster fishery recently recommended a 2 cent a pound levy towards lobster marketing, to be shared equally by fishermen and producers. But the opposition, and the industry, was "shocked" by Colwell's announcement that legislation introducing a 5 cent levy, to be borne entirely by fishermen, would be introduced this fall. Belliveau cited Colwell's lack of consultation as evidence he was "out of touch" with the industry.

Gaspereau Vineyards outside Wolfville wins a wine award

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 05:00:43

The song goes, "If you can make there, you'll make it anywhere," and for Devonian Coast Wineries; after winning the Ultimate Wine Challenge in New York earlier this summer, they hope the lyrics are prophetic. The winery, which is based in Malagash, but also operates Gaspereau Vineyards outside Wolfville, took home the coveted Chairman's Trophy Award in a competition their release describes as "one of the most credible and relevant in the industry" with their 2012 Mercator Lat 45 Degrees White wine in the White Blends-North America category.

Owner Carl Sparkes was understandably beaming after the award, saying the award indicates the Nova Scotia wine industry "is beginning to show such great potential." The wine, which is partially described as tart, intensely pear-like, but neither juicy nor jammy, is available at select NSLC outlets.

The Digby ER is CLOSED today (Wednesday)

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:59:40

Due to an unexpected and temporary doctor shortage, the Digby General Hospital has announced its Emergency Department will be closed today (Wednesday) between 8am and 8pm.

The hospital reminds you that 9 1 1 is still available for emergency purposes, and apologizes for any inconveniences the closure might cause.

Kentville Wildcats baseball notes

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:58:16

It's been a rough year for the Kentville Wildcats, with the most recent installment being a 3-game weekend sweep in Cape Breton at the hands of the Sydney Sooners. Despite this, veteran Mike Lockhart continues to maintain his standing among league batting leaders with a .333 average, and Codey Shrider and Kyle Dougan are among league leaders in home runs with 3 each.

And it doesn't get any easier for the 'Cats this week as they are in Halifax tonight to face the Pelham Molson Canadians, led by the Pelham brothers Jake and Josh, in a virtual tie for the league batting lead, before coming home Wednesday to host the league-leading Dartmouth Moosehead Dry 7:30 at Memorial Park.

Lohr Steps up against Libs

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:57:17

Kings North MLA John Lohr has been stepping up his offensive against the Liberal government on several fronts over the past few days. He, too, expressed shock at Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell's announcement of a five cent a pound levy on lobster, more than twice a panel's recommendation, after the government apparently ignored any consultation with fishermen. In a release yesterday, he noted lobster exports contribute about $1B to the Nova Scotia economy, and he stated his worry that the Liberals might "mess it up".

Earlier Monday, he slammed a proposal from Environment Minister Randy Delorey calling for a new tax on off-road tires, which would include ATVs, mining vehicles and farm tractors, saying the industry couldn't afford it. He says it flies in the face of recommendations of the Ivany Report, and that saddling struggling farmers with new taxes would be an "incompetent decision".

On Friday, he had the finger pointed at Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell again, blaming him for delays in processing approvals in the Homegrown Success, which might result in farmers being unable to complete projects during the current season.

Acadia grad named to post in Yukon

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:56:45

Labour Minister Kellie Leitch announced today that an Acadia Alumni, Ms Kimberley Henney, has been named as Governor representing the Yukon on the Council of the Canadian Centre for Occupational health and Safety. Ms Henney studied at Dalhousie before getting a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Phys Ed, and Biology at Acadia.

She has worked in several capacities within the Occupational Health and Safety Department for the Yukon Government over the past 14 years, including stints with the Department of Education and the Yukon Worker's Compensation Board. Leitch lauded Henney's leadership skills and professional experience in announcing the appointment.

New Look, Feel, And Name For Acadia Arena For Fall

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:56:21

When the Acadia Axemen take to the ice this fall, they'll have a new home, for all intents and purposes, as the Acadia Arena is currently undergoing some major renovations and improvements. Thanks to a $1M donation made by the McCain family announced last fall as part of Founder's Day celebrations, Athletic Director Kevin Dickie unveiled several of the upgrades, which include a 250-metre track around the perimeter rof the arena.

With the huge donation, the McCain family, which boasts several Acadia grads, also was given naming rights, and the late Andrew H. McCain, who was a huge hockey fan, will have the Arena named after him.

Dickie is confident the renovations will be finished in time for when students athletes get back to school in a few weeks. The Hockey Axemen will try out the revamped arena with an exhibition game against Moncton September 24, less than two months away.

A pair of men face charges regarding a Cape Breton beating case

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:55:33

Two young men are facing charges in an alleged assault that put a 14-year old Cape Breton boy in hospital last Wednesday.

18-year-old Dakota Charles Williams of Scotchtown will be in Sydney provincial court today for a bail hearing on charges of aggravated assault and weapons possession.

A 17-year-old boy from New Waterford is also charged with aggravated assault.

The mother of the 14-year-old victim says her son is in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital with bruising on his brain, a skull fracture and a damaged eardrum.

Her son was walking with a group of girls just before the alleged beating happened.

Two young men challenged the boy and then hopped a fence just before the incident occured.

Ombudsman expresses concern about Nova Scotia child death case

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:55:00

Nova Scotia's acting ombudsman has identified several issues with the way the province dealt with the case of a child who died after authorities were alerted to concerns about their well-being.

Christine Delisle-Brennan says there were vague standards, government services were "fragmented'' and there were problems with communication.

The child died at home due to blunt abdominal trauma.

An unnamed person close to the family was charged with manslaughter and was acquitted, but no other details were released.

Delisle-Brennan says her office's investigation did not turn up evidence of government wrongdoing, but she adds it revealed a series of disconnects and an "uncertainty of approach.''

Nova Scotia cat credited with waking owner just before a fire broke out

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:53:59

A former Nova Scotia politician is crediting his cat with getting him out of bed before a fire raced through his home.

Brian Young says his cat Berkeley woke him up around five Monday morning, mewing to be fed and let outside.

He fed the eight-year-old tabby, let him out and returned to bed.

He awoke to the sound of crackling floorboards about an hour later.

Young rushed his wife and son out of their North Sydney home before the fast-moving fire destroyed part of the house.

Berkeley took off after the fire but has since returned and is being cared for by a neighbour.

Young feels that getting up to feed Berkeley prevented him from falling back into a deep sleep.

Brooklyn wind power project

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:53:01

What could be a major breakthrough in global wind energy production has been announced on the South Shore.

Energy Minister Andrew Younger was at the former Bowater plant in Brooklyn regarding a project to store wind power so the energy is availible when the wind isn't.

Dalhousie University student Danielle Fong is credited with inventing a way to store wind energy in a harsh environment.

She has received funding from the provincial government, Bill Gates, Total Energy of France, and Innovacorp.

A 3.6 megawatt wind turbine will be set up in Brooklyn by the summer of 2016 as ReNova Scotia Bioenergy is developed.

Cape Breton campground incident

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:52:21

Police say a man has been taken to hospital in Halifax with life-threatening injuries after reportedly jumping from a moving vehicle at a Cape Breton campground.

The incident occurred at the Ben Eoin Campground at about 11 yesterday morning.

The 25-year-old man, who is from New Brunswick; was taken to a hospital in Sydney before he was flown to Halifax for further treatment.

No other details have been released.

Lunenburg fire

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:51:44

The Highliner Foods plant in Lunenburg evacuated all 200 workers due to a small fire.

The Vice President of plant operations, Lee Obritsch; said someone saw smoke, and then the fire alarm went off around 10:30 Monday morning.

Obritsch thinks that roof repairs contributed to the blaze, where hot tar may have leaked into the area and caused the fire.

No one was hurt, and not much damage happened.

Sports

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-30 04:51:00

Marcus Stroman pitched seven superb innings and Colby Rasmus hit his 14th long ball of the year as the Blue Jays doubled up the Red Sox 4-2 for their fourth straight win. Elsewhere in the A-L East, first-place Baltimore beat the L-A Angels 7-6 in 12 innings to maintain a two and a half gam,e lead over Toronto. The Yankees outslugged the Rangers 12-11, and Philly beat the Mets 6 to nothing.

Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer will return for his record 66th season with the team next year.

Jake Gardiner and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a new five-year contract that will pay the defenceman just over $4 million dollars annually. The 24-year-old led all Leaf blue-liners last season with 10 goals in 80 games.

News stories from 2014-07-29.