Funding Announced For Acadian Initiatives

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 17:16:25

Acadian Affairs Minister Michel Samson announced funding to support initiatives, and strengthen Nova Scotia's francophone community media. The province is giving $57,000 to the media, and the Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse will work with the community-based outlets. $10,000 is going to the Conseil jeunesse.

ER Closures Continue To Plague McNeil Government

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 15:14:59

With the announcement that the Emergency Room at the Roseway Hospital in Shelburne is closed again today due to nursing shortages, and warnings that this situation will likely be a recurring one for the immediate future, area MLA Sterling Belliveau hammered the McNeil government for what he describes as doing “nothing about it for almost 6 months”. Belliveau notes that the closure today raises the total amount of hours the Roseway ER has been closed so far this year to over 200, as compared to just 39 for the same period last year, a five-fold increase.

He blames the government for ‘picking fights with health care unions”, and coupled with overcrowded ERs in Halifax, he terms the lack of access to ER services to area families as “unacceptable”.

Agreement Provides Hantsport with $3M To Help With Dissolution Costs

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 10:55:33

Hantsport will be getting a desperately-needed infusion of funds from the province to help the dissolving town deal with costs associated with infrastructure, operations and capital investments, and transitional costs. An arrangement providing the financially struggling community with $3.05M over 5 years has been finalized with the McNeil government, and equalization funding for the anticipated combined municipality has been frozen for that period.

A letter of intent will be presented at a March 23rd NSURB hearing, and if approved, the new municipal structure will take effect July 1.

Forrest Hill House Fire Claims Fatality

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 10:39:00

An early morning house fire in the Forrest Hill community has claimed the life of a resident. Police and Wolfville fire fighters responded to a blaze at one mobile home on Welch Road, which was totally engulfed in flames upon their arrival, and wound up being completely destroyed. The identity of the deceased has not yet been released.

Six other family members, including 2 teens, 2 middle-aged women, and 3 seniors, got out of a nearby mobile home safely, and are being assisted with emergency shelter and supplies by the Red Cross.

An investigation involving the Fire Marshal’s Office, RCMP Forensics Identification Services and the Medical Examiner’s office is underway

Two Chester Girls Charged In Weapon-Related Incident

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 10:19:46

In yet another incidence of weapons being carried around schools in the region, police have charged two 14-year-old Chester girls with possession of an air-soft gun in relation to an incident last week near a school there. Police explained that while air-soft guns are normally associated with recreational purposes, it would be very difficult for even someone highly trained to tell the difference between and air-soft gun and an actual weapon. Parents are urged to explain the very serious potential consequences of bringing replica weapons to public places such as schools.

The girls were charged Wednesday, and will appear in court in Bridgewater in early April.

Clocks Spring Ahead This Weekend

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 10:00:54

A quick look out the window reminds us we’re still in the midst of winter, but we’ll be able to enjoy another hour of daylight beginning this weekend, as it’s time to spring ahead over Saturday night by setting clocks ahead one hour.

While it’s important to remember to adjust all electronics involved such as microwaves, automatically timed lights, and security systems, safety officials remind us it’s also a good excuse to clean dryer vents to prevent fires, and to change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Hockey Canada Century Tour Lands In Halifax During University Cup

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 09:59:07

When the 8 best university teams from across the country, Acadia among them, converge on Halifax next week to compete for the University Cup, fans will not only get the chance to catch some great hockey, but also to experience some fascinating hockey history. The Century Tour, hosted by Hockey Canada and highlighting great moments in hockey over the past 100 years, will be set up at the grand parade in downtown Halifax, and, according to tournament organizing committee chair Derek Martin, it will help “create a true celebration of hockey in our city”.

The exhibit will be open Wednesday through Sunday, and details are available at ucuphfx.ca.

7th Game Showdown in Windsor Tonight

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 09:38:51

The Valley Maple Leafs, stayed alive in their playoff series with a 3-0 shutout Wednesday night over East Hants to force a deciding 7th game, slated for 7:50 Friday night at the Barn in Windsor, in a series where the home team has yet to win a game. If they win, the they’ll go on to play the winner of the Sackville/Liverpool series, which the Blazers currently lead 3 games to 2.

Coldbrook event remembered in a video

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 05:12:05

March 19th is the fourth anniversary of the death of Josh Graves of Coldbrook, whose sister Amy is the driving force behind a group called Get Prescription Drugs Off the Street.

She's in a video profiling Chris Cull, an Ontario man who biked 7500km across Canada last year to raise awareness of prescription drug abuse.

You can see the documentary at inspirebyexample.ca

Fatal blaze in Forrest Hill

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 05:10:45

A house fire in Forrest Hill, south of Wolfville; around 6:00 yesterday morning has claimed the life of a 24 year old man.

No name has been released yet.

He lived in the smaller of two mobile homes on the property on Welch Road.

Six other family members in the larger home got out safely when the flames engulfed it.

The investigation into the cause continues.

The Kings Hants election lineup is now set

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 05:09:51

Now that the Kings Hants Conservative Riding Association has acclaimed David Morse to run in October's election, all three major parties have their riding candidates in place.

Morse is optimistic that Kings-Hants, which traditionally was a Conservative stronghold before the Scott Brison Liberal era; will revert to the PC fold.

The honeymoon continues for Nova Scotia liberals

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 05:09:01

According to new figures from Corporate Research Associates, the Liberals would still get the most votes in the province.

58% of those surveyed would vote for them, although down from 64% in November.

Tory support rose to 20% from 18, while the NDP had 18%, up from 15.

The Green Party was unchanged at 3%.

31% of people weren't sure who they'd vote for.

University students demanding free tuition

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 05:07:54

Cape Breton University wants free tuition.

Their student union, faculty association; and President signed a letter asking the Harper government and other federal parties to talk about the possibility.

School President David Wheeler claims that a system of federal taxation and provincial grants would fund tuition, and that many G20 nations do that.

No plans for Saturday or March Break school days

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 05:05:51

No Saturday school, none during the March Break either.

Premier Stephen McNeil rulled out those possibilities to make up for all the snow days this winter saying it was unrealistic and the government is not considering those options.

The NS government backs off on summer jobs idea

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 05:05:00

There won't be student summer jobs with MLAs after all.

The McNeil Government was going to use $290,000 to create them, but Minister Michel Samson says that's been dropped due to the backlash.

The money would've come from the Economic and Rural Development and Tourism department, which just announced tourism cutbacks last week.

Changes regarding sex assault cases in Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-03-06 05:03:54

Victims of sexual assaults will be able to sue their abusers in civil court, no matter when it happened.

Justice Minister Lena Diab is planning amendments to legislation passed last fall which removed time barriers on when suits could be filed, but it wasn't retroactive.

Diab says now it will be.

Sports scores

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-03-06 04:57:54

The top three teams of the Brier have clinched playoff berths. Northern Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador; and Team Canada will all compete in tomorrow's Page playoff. This morning's draw will decide the fourth team.

Truro beat Pictou 5 to 4.

Dieppe topped Woodstock 5 to 3.

The Flames bumped Boston 4 to 3 in a shootout.

Tampa Bay doubled the Leafs 4 to 2.

It was the Kings over the Habs 4 to 3 in a shootout.

Arizona got past the Canucks 3 to 2 in a shootout.

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