Canard Fire

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 14:56:09

A blaze at a Canard rendering plant pretty much destroyed one of the buildings...but the owner S.F. Rendering says work is continuing in the main plant.

The blaze at Highway 341 and Fred Thomas Road just left a shell after three hours of efforts by fire fighters to get it out. The cause is under investigation.

Acadian Seaplants Named Exporter of the Year

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 14:55:56

As a young boy, Louis Deveau learned that seaweed was an excellent source of plant nutrients after watching his father using it in the family garden at his Baie Ste. Marie home. Mr Deveau grew up to found Acadian Seaplants in 1981, and its success as a leading global innovator in the harvesting and processing of seaweed was recognized as it won the coveted Exporter of the Year award at the 31st Annual Export Achievement awards, held Thursday in Halifax.

The company is headquartered in Dartmouth, but has three plants in southwestern Nova Scotia, with its seaweed operation based in Cornwallis, and exports 95% of its products to 70 countries worldwide.

Former Hockey Axemen Coach Inducted into Acadia HOF

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 14:53:52

With close to 150 wins to his credit, as well as 3 Atlantic and 1 National Championships during his 8-year stint here between 1987-95, former hockey Axemen coach Tom Coolen has been named as a deserving inductee into the Acadia University’s Hall of Fame.

The Halifax native played with Dal and Saint Mary’s, before getting his first coaching post with UNB. Coolen is now assistant coach with the NHL Buffalo Sabres, after about 20 years of coaching at various levels in the Maritimes and in Europe, earning several championships and Coach of the Year Awards along the way.

The ceremony is scheduled for October 17, with other inductees to be named soon.

Lohr Wary Of Process To Replace Departing Tourism Head

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 14:23:33

Kings North MLA John Lohr expressed disappointment with the news that Nova Scotia Tourism Agency CEO Patrick Sullivan would be stepping down in the midst of an extensive transition the agency is experiencing after a merge with the Department of Tourism. He is wary, in the wake of a string of high-profile appointments to people with Liberal ties, and Lohr says he wants to ensure the important post is filled by the best possible candidate, regardless of political affiliation.

Lohr says an open and transparent national search for the most qualified candidate would be in the best interests of Nova Scotians.

Belliveau Snaps At Renewed Lobster Fee Confusion

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 14:20:54

NDP Fisheries critic Sterling Belliveau is calling on Minister Keith Colwell to once again clarify statements he made Thursday regarding an apparent agreement reached by southwestern Nova Scotia lobster buyers to provide a marketing fund worth $2M.

Xsealant Seafood Company and Nova Scotia Fish Packers association member Terry Zinck said he was “left scratching my head” after reading the Minister’s comments, adding that while there is a need to work with government towards developing a strategy which would make the industry more competitive, he says Colwell “placed the cart before the horse” with his statement.

Belliveau criticized Colwell for inadequate consultation, and warned him not to proclaim any deal before a favourable industry-wide vote.

Scuffle With Officer Nets Suspended Sentence For New Minas Man

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 10:54:17

25-year-old Timothy Ryan Brown was tight-lipped as Judge Claudine MacDonald handed him a $520 fine and 12-month suspended sentence for his role in a scuffle in Wallbrook involving a police officer responding to an ATV noise complaint, and two friends last month. Brown suffered serious injuries to his jaw in a fight with the officer when trying to help his friend, Wolfville resident Justin Terry Grant Oxford, 25, already sentenced for his role last month, escape from a police car.

Testimony described a violent scene with the three attacking the officer, who suffered a bite on his forearm at one point. Brown’s defense lawyer called the alcohol-fueled fracas clearly out of character for his client.

Basketball Axewomen Welcome Top Recruit

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 10:16:24

While only 5’4”, Merigomish guard Alyson Fulton is considered one of the top recruits in the region and Axewoman basketball coach Len Harvey says he is delighted the intelligent Bachelor of Science student has committed to join the team next fall. She was a standout at the U-17 National Championships last fall, and was a second-team All-Star at the U-15 tournament a couple of years ago.

Inappropriate Touching Charges Dismissed Against Digby Officer

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 09:54:10

A Digby RCMP member has been cleared of inappropriate touching charges in relation to a drug search last December on Highway 101 near Digby. The Serious Incident Response Team concluded that statements issued by a woman and her boyfriend were compromised by inconsistencies, and her allegations were contradicted by the officer who said he had been able to conduct a visual search of the woman, and any contact was incidental. This was backed up statements from his partner, and the lack of convincing testimony from either the woman or her boyfriend.

A lengthy search of the vehicle failed to uncover any suspected cocaine, but a small quantity of marijuana, which the man claimed was medical, but had no documentation, was found.

Former Firefighter To Be Laid To Rest In Waterville

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 07:45:37

An article which appeared in kingscountynews.ca just last week quoted 87-year-old Stuart Johnstone, who had served as Cornwallis Square Village Commissioner for over 50 years, as saying, "It's time for me to retire". But the well-known Waterville resident didn't make it to his anticipated retirement at the end of the month. Johnstone passed away Tuesday at the Valley Regional Hospital.

He had been involved with the Waterville And District Fire Department for 65 years, and his son has since taken over as chief. His funeral will be held Monday in Waterville.

SPORTS

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 05:26:19

The Ducks have taken a two game to one lead in the Western Conference final with a 2-1 win over the Blackhawks.

On the diamonds...Blue Jays beat the Angels 8-4. The Red Sox dropped a 3-1 decision to the Rangers.

NBA Playoffs...The Golden State Warriors edged the Houston Rockets 99-98 to take a two game to none lead.

More Cases of Potato Tampering

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 05:26:02

There's been more potato tampering.

Three people recently found metal objects like nails in potatoes in Nova Scotia and PEI.

RCMP say a man in Antigonish found a nail in a potato in Antigonish. Another was found at the other end of the province in Barrington Passage...and one turned up in Montague PEI. They were potatoes bought from Atlantic Superstores and a No Frills store under the Farmer's Market brand.

Police are asking people to be on the lookout and if you find any foreign objects in potatoes, keep the potato, the object and the bag and call them.

Tidal Power Industry Workshops Coming

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-05-22 05:22:44

Marine Renewables Canada is hosting workshops for companies who want to become involved in the tidal power industry's supply chain. They'll feature webinars, in-person workshops and community open houses. While dates haven't been released, planned sessions include Parrsboro, Halifax and Digby.

News stories from 2015-05-21.