Windsor water safety display

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-25 07:56:45

It might not be the most aesthetically pleasing garden display one could find in Windsor, but for Scott Geddes, sailing enthusiast, and owner of the Woodshire Inn, alongside Cocoa Pesto Bistro, decorating the trellis of his inn with life-jackets has a less artistic aim in mind.

Geddes says he's spent time sailing in both Nova Scotia and Ontario and knows how quickly things can go sour on the water.
He says PFD's can save your life and there is no reason not to wear one.

The display highlights the importance of National Drowning prevention Week, which runs through Saturday.

Lifesaving Society executive director Gordon Richardson underlines the importance of wearing a PFD, keeping kids close, and avoiding alcohol while on the water.

There have been eight drowning deaths so far this year in Nova Scotia.

Valley health budget update

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-25 07:56:03

The provincial government approved 2014-15 business plans for Nova Scotia's 9 district health authorities and the IWK, but it will be the last time it will be under existing arrangements.

The provincial health cars budget totals over $1.7B, and outside the close to $1B allocated to Capital Health and the IWK, Annapolis Valley Health's budget, at $117M, is the second largest in the province, behind only Cape Breton District health Authority's allotment.

Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine lauded the district health authorities on their hard work in focusing limited resources on front line patient care.

Next April 1st, the 9 existing health boards will be combined into 1, but a separate board for the IWK will remain in place.

Digby mink farming concerns

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-25 07:55:22

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals has come out with a scathing criticism of a government scheme which gives fur-producers payment extensions on loans administered through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, calling its use of the Advance Payment Program a "perversion of a program designed to keep food on tables and jobs in the market."

Spokesman Michael Howie points out that among the groups grievances is the fact that the fur produced is exclusively an overseas commodity, not a "by Canadians for Canadians" product, designed in the spirit of the APP. Howie adds "Fur is a dying industry that is being unnecessarily propped up by our government…. It's time for them to let the fur industry die, and move onto a brighter, more humane future."

The mink farming industry, centred mostly in Digby County, represents Nova Scotia's single largest agricultural export commodity, and generates $140M a year in sales.

Antigonish plugs into a new deal with electrical workers

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-25 07:53:53

A new collective agreement has been reached between the town of Antigonish and workers with its electrical utility.

The deal was reached with the help of a conciliator.

No details were released for the pact that will run until March 2017.

The workers had been locked out by the town since last Friday.

Nova Star Cruises burns through 21 million dollars in two months

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-25 07:53:23

Nova Scotia's economic development minister says the government is committed to keeping the new Yarmouth-to-Maine ferry running.

Michel Samson says the entire 21 million dollars the province had committed over seven years for the service has been spent by the operator, only two months into its first season.

Samson would not answer when asked if the government is considering subsidizing Nova Star Cruises.

Decision soon regarding Saunders murder case

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-25 07:52:47

A provincial court judge will decide next Friday whether to send a couple charged in the death of Loretta Saunders to trial.

The two accused, 26-year-old Blake Leggette and his 28-year-old girlfriend Victoria Henneberry; are charged with first-degree murder in Saunders's death.

The 26-year-old Labrador woman disappeared from her Halifax apartment in February.

Her remains were found two weeks later in a wooded area off the Trans-Canada Highway in New Brunswick.

Cabot bus crash update

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-25 07:52:07

The company whose charter bus was involved in a collision in Nova Scotia that killed one person says all those

injured in the crash have returned home.

Pennsylvania-based Executive Coach is contacting each of the passengers to arrange in-person meetings regarding their personal needs and offer assistance.

A memorial service for 70-year-old Joyce Bowers of Ephrata, Pennsylvania who died in the crash, was held in her hometown on Tuesday.

The bus was carrying 21 people, including the driver, on a 10-day Maritime tour when it went off the road on the Cabot Trail highway south of Neil's Harbour and landed on its side on the 13th of July.

The Mounties have ruled out mechanical failure as a contributing factor.

Sports

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-07-25 07:51:03

It all fell into place for the Blue Jays last night as they beat out the Red Sox 8-0 last night.

It took rookie right-hander as well as two relievers to combine strength for the shutout .

The Calgary Stampeders can say they are the only undefeated team in the C-F-L after last night's 26-22 win over the Edmonton Eskimos. Stamps Kicker Rene Parades hit four field goals in the win.

Two golfers set records at the Canadian Open yesterday at Royal Montreal despite some strong winds. Micheal Putnam and Tim Petrovic both shot 6 under 64, which is at record at the club. Canadian Amateur Taylor Pendrith had a great opening round. He is in 3rd with a surprising 65.

News stories from 2014-07-24.