By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-18 11:10:27
Another Conservative senator has been driven from the Tory caucus over questionable expense claims.
Pamela Wallin says she'll sit as an independent while external auditors investigate more than $320,000 in travel expenses.
The former broadcaster and journalist now represents Saskatchewan in the Senate.
Wallin's resignation from caucus comes one day after Senator Mike Duffy stepped down over controversial housing expense claims.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-18 11:10:02
Three people are facing charges in connection with the alleged theft of a vehicle.
Police say they got a tip that a Honda Accord, stolen from the Bible Hill area, had been spotted on Akerley Boulevard in Dartmouth around 5:40 last evening.
Officers located the unoccupied vehicle and set up surveillance.
Police say three people were seen getting in the car little after 6:30, police pulled it over and arrested the occupants without incident.
A 24-year-old Cole Harbour man faces charges of theft, possession and breach of probation. He'll be held in custody until a Tuesday court appearance.
A 23-year-old man from Greenwood and a 21-year-old Carroll's Corner woman were released to appear in court at a later date on theft and possession charges. Police say the woman's also facing drug-related charges.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-18 11:09:13
The Bluenose Marathon gets moving today with the Doctors Nova Scotia Youth Run at 11:00am.
The four-kilometre run along the streets encircling Citadel Hill and the Common will also feature a lap around the Emera Oval, a first for the event.
In another first, there will be two starts at this year's youth run, with runners from Grades 4-9 starting at 11 and participants in Grades 3 and below starting at 11:10.
Police say a supplementary traffic detail will be in place to help keep runners safe and motorists moving, but they're warning drivers to expect delays in the area.
This is the tenth year for the Bluenose. The full marathon is set to take place tomorrow.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-18 07:26:46
The Mayor of Windsor doesn’t agree West Hants consulted with his town over leaving Windsor fire department's service. Windsor Mayor Paul Beazley's media release says, Windsor asked for fire service talks with West Hants Council, but no invitations came. And an independent contract study Windsor asked for never happened either. West Hants Warden Richard Dauphinee says the issues were not Windsor’s to decide: “Our fire service contract is separate from Windsor's ...we’ve done enough studies already.” Dauphinee says Mayor Beazley told him Windsor is open to partner -- if West Hants cancels their break –away plans. Dauphinee said in-camera information at Council cemented their decision to split, but Hantsport and Windsor are still welcome to get involved.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-18 07:26:32
The Senate committee tasked with examining expense claims will re-examine Senator Mike Duffy's file.
A Conservative Senate source says senators want the report on Duffy's expense claims brought back before the committee.
The request was prompted by reports that Duffy campaigned for the Conservatives during the April 2011 election while saying he was on Senate business and claimed expenses from both.
Duffy resigned from the Conservative caucus Thursday to as controversy raged over his expense claims.
The Prime Minister's Office continues to stand behind Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper's chief of staff, despite his gift to Duffy to help repay the expenses.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-18 07:26:01
Kentville is mourning the recent passing of John Rafuse ,an exceptional man, committed to serving others. Generations of young baseball and hockey players will remember Mr. Rafuse—and many have grown up to volunteer as well, coaching or administering minor sport. Ever since the Valley Wildcats senior baseball team began in 1977, Mr. Rafuse could be found selling tickets at the east end of Memorial Park and rode the bus throughout the Valley to distribute posters for Wildcat games. He was a Kentville Lions Club member, and volunteered for Meals on Wheels, Bethany Baptist church among others. In 1996, he was recognized by the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League with their Volunteer of the Year Award. Jeff Lockhart, league president described him as a “selfless individual”. That nature –and volunteer activity—created “John Rafuse” stories with almost everyone in the town of Kentville. Rafuse died at age 68.
By MNN. Last updated: 2013-05-18 07:24:29
A shaken, but unhurt excavator operator was able to escape through the open roof hatch when a breakwater under construction north of the Digby wharf gave way Friday morning, taking the large machine, along with its driver into the Annapolis Basin. By the time high tide rolled in, the entire excavator was completely submerged. Digby Port Manager Jeff Sunderland said a ramp will be built down to the machine, and a larger excavator will attempt to extricate the sunken one at low tide today, around noon. The RCMP were on the scene.