Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment Facility To Close

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 17:21:19

The McNeil Government has introduced legislation to close Pictou County's Boat Harbour Effluent Treatment facility in 2020. Remediation planning is already underway, and some parts could be treated earlier to test different technologies. Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis says the province is committed to removing the environmental scar, and making Boat Harbour a place people can enjoy again.

Legislation Introduced For Flavoured Tobacco Ban

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 17:20:49

Legislation has been introduced to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco in the province. E-cigarettes, e-juice and certain cigars will be exempted. Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine says the ban will discourage a culture of tobacco use among Nova Scotians, and protect their health. The legislation takes effect May 31st.

More Film Tax Credit Meetings Today

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 17:20:16

Finance Minister Diana Whalen is again meeting with industry reps today over the film tax credit. Meetings were held earlier this week, and reps believe there's wiggle room in the province's proposal to cut the credit 75%. A massive, all-afternoon rally was held Wednesday at Province House, with celebs and other workers protesting the cut.

Proposed NSLC resort weekend now cancelled

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-04-17 17:05:06

The NSLC won't be holding a weekend training event for over 200 managers next month. Finance Minister Diana Whalen asked the crown corporation to do something other than the Cape Breton retreat, which would've cost taxpayers $140,000.

Tory critic Tim Houston had said the trip is out of line during a time of financial restraint, and Whalen evidently agreed.

5 Arrested After Greenwood Drug Bust

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 17:00:32

A total of 5 Kings County residents, 4 of whom are in their late ‘50s or early ’60s, were arrested in connection with pill trafficking charges after policed searched a Greenwood residence and conducted several traffic stops Thursday. The hydromorphone trafficking ring operated within the communities of Greenwood, Kingston, and Berwick.

Three of the accused appeared in court in Windsor Friday, while a couple, Gary Edward and Marie Diane Trimm, will appear at a later date

Kentville Mayor Urges Patience With Potholes

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 17:00:27

Kentville Mayor Dave Corkum urged area residents to be patient with pothole repairs, admitting that he, himself, had a pothole-related repair which set him back about $2,300 last year. In a recent interview, he said crews are out trying to patch up the worst ones, but with overnight temperatures still dropping below freezing, and lots of water still in the holes, conditions are far from ideal.

Compounding the situation, the asphalt plant for the more permanent fix is late in opening owing to the ongoing cool temperature. While he is sympathetic to motorists who have suffered major repairs after hitting the holes, he reminded them the town can’t be responsible, and the best advice is to slow down, and make allowances for bad road conditions.

Healthy Aging Clinics Set For Berwick, Wolfville

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 16:54:57

Seniors LINCS will be hosting Healthy Aging clinics to offer information to those 55 and better information on medications, bone health, staying active, mobility, home alterations, and other topics of interest. One-on-one talks with a physiotherapist, an occupational therapist, a pharmacist, a dietician, a registered nurse, and a social worker will be available.

The first is scheduled for next Thursday between 9:00 and 2:00 at the Western Kings Memorial Health Centre in Berwick, and the second one on May 7th at the Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Centre in Wolfville. Appointments are required, so call the closest centre to book a time.

Weekend Sports Slate

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 16:31:11

Spring must be around the corner as Basketball and broomball tournaments have replaced hockey, with the Valley Junior Axewomen hosting the D-1 Midget Girls Basketball Provincials at Horton. The action begins this evening at 5:45 when the Axewomen tip off against Bedford. Games continue Saturday with playoffs slated for Sunday afternoon.

Windsor will be the site of the Broomball provincials, hosted by the Valley Thunder Senior Men’s and the West Hants Thunder Co-Ed teams. Action begins today with games going around the clock throughout the weekend, with 3 divisional titles up for grabs.

The Kings Mutual Centre will be holding its major fundraiser Saturday evening, with a reception starting at 6:30 and dinner at 7:00, followed by a silent auction, and then a live auction. Give Bob Best a call at 902-679-2031 for tickets and more information

M.A.D.D. To Hold Kentville Candlelight Service Saturday

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 14:10:53

Impaired Driving in the Number One criminal cause of death in Canada, and Nova Scotia is no exception. In an effort to reduce the number unnecessarily killed or injured Nova Scotians due to drunk driving, the Annapolis Valley Chapter of MADD, in conjunction with local police, will be holding a Candlelight Service of Hope and Remembrance at White family Funeral Home in Kentville Saturday at 2:00.

By honouring the memories of those who have been killed in drug or alcohol related crashes, MADD hopes it can live up to its mission of stopping impaired driving and supporting the victims and survivors of this violent crime.

Bruce “Excited And Surprised” With Hall Of Fame Induction

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 12:38:19

Veteran Nova Scotia musician, and admitted Beatle fanatic Hal Bruce expressed excitement and surprise at being among the 2015 inductees to the Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame, along with country star George Canyon and respected singer/songwriter George Longard. Now in his ‘60s, Hal, who now lives on the South Shore in Lawrencetown, frequently performs in the Valley, where he has pleasant memories of spending summers picking tobacco in the Steam Mill area as a teen.

Bruce will be performing at the Port Pub in Port Williams tonight at 7:00.

Middleton Long Term Care Facility Reopens To Visitors

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 10:38:22

Heart of the Valley Long Term Care Centre in Middleton is pleased to announce that, effective today (Friday), the facility has reopened its doors to visitors after being shut down due to a respiratory illness. But it reminds guests to stay home if indeed they aren’t feeling well themselves.

Securities Commission Warns Residents Of Investments Scam

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 10:13:50

The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is warning residents, especially those in Amherst and Kentville, to be wary if they are contacted by Magnus Torgerson, John Westbrook or anyone representing themselves as being with Stratus Financial Group International, Stratus Offshore or the like. The company and their representatives have ignored an order to cease trading, and are continuing to use “boiler room” tactics, which entail using a high pressure sales approach which encourages highly speculative or fraudulent investments, discouraging independent research, and the use of phrases such as “it’s a sure thing” or a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

The Commission discourages residents from responding to such tactics, regardless of the identity of the caller, and to report any such incidents to the Commission or to local police.

Unleaded Gas Prices Continue To Rise

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 09:32:33

The price of unleaded gas has increased steadily from a low of under 90 cents a litre since the end of January, and the slow climb continued this week despite a slight drop prices in New Brunswick Thursday. A litre of regular unleaded went up by almost a penny here in contrast to a drop of about half a cent in New Brunswick. The price of diesel went up about 3 cents.

Trudeau’s Slide in Polls Coincides With Halifax Visit

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 09:32:28

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau visited Halifax Wednesday and weighed in on the Film Tax Credit cut controversy, while also visiting the city’s new library. But one piece of reading he likely didn’t enjoy was a new national poll released by ThreeHundredEight.com, which showed the Liberals slipping behind the PCs for the first time since he became leader two years ago.

The survey, which takes averages of publicly released polls and weighs them against several contributing factors, puts the parties within a point of each other, but the PCs held the edge with 32% support as compared to the Liberals with 31%, the NDP at 22%, while the Greens polled at 7% and the BQ at 5%. Liberal support in Atlantic Canada showed some slippage.

Double-Threat Port Williams Student Wins Mount Allison Athletic Award

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 09:32:21

Gillian Tetlow, a Port Williams student who attends Mount Allison, and excels at both badminton and soccer, will be taking home the Female Athlete of the Year award from the institution after its recent year-end athletic award gala. The 21-year-old third year biology and environmental science double major student was named as an all-Canadian as well as ACAA badminton player of the year, and credits her years of participating in sports in the Valley for enabling her to excel on a national level.

She led her school to a bronze medal performance at the Nationals, only the second time in the school’s history it managed a medal.

A man dies in the Falmouth area

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-04-17 05:12:53

The provincial Labour Department is checking out the death of a man who died when a tree fell on him.

The R-C-M-P confirms that the 57-year-old was cutting down the tree yesterday morning at a farm in the Falmouth area.

He was from Ellershouse, but his name has not been released.

Joyriders end up hitting an RCMP cruiser

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 05:06:59

If you're going to go joyriding in a stolen car, don't smash it into an RCMP vehicle.

That's what happened yesterday afternoon in a subdivision off Highway 3 near Robinson Road in Yarmouth County.

While trying to stop the stolen car, it smashed into a Mounty cruiser.

A 19 year old man is facing charges but two teenage girls in his car were released without charges.

Flood threat eases off in The Valley

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 05:05:33

The flood threat on the Annapolis and Cornwallis Rivers is easing.

Kings County RE-MO co-ordinator Brian Desloges said water is still cresting to the edges of some roads but hasn't crossed and no homes have been compromised.

No rain this week has helped keep the flood waters at bay, now they're waiting for the water to drain away naturally.

Most Farmer Clem’s garden centres will be closing

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 05:03:44

Farmer Clem’s is closing most of its garden centres because of the harsh winter.

Three of the Stewiacke company's centres in Metro Halifax and one in Sydney are closing because of supply problems.

Only the Farmer Clems on Hammonds Plains Road will remain open to sell of the company’s remaining plant material.

Company President Vernon Blois told the Chronicle Herald the closure is because of damage caused by the harsh winter to the garden centres and his main supplier Avon Valley Floral in Falmouth.

The Indian Prime Minister visits Vancouver

By MNN. Last updated: 2015-04-17 05:01:34

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted by supporters with a brass band, and protestors when he visited Vancouver on the last leg of his Canadian trip.

Prime Minister Harper said he appreciates the Indian leader's vision, character and capabilities.

The two leaders toured a museum dedicated to nearly 400 Indians, mainly Sikhs; who were denied entry to Canada aboard a ship in Vancouver Harbour in 1914.

Q-League, MHL; NBL scores and schedules

By Rick Fleming. Last updated: 2015-04-17 04:58:41

In the Q-League, Quebec eliminated Charlottetown with 5 to 2 win.

MHL action Dieppe topped Truro 3 to 2, to lead that series 3 games to none.

Tonight in Fredericton, the Halifax Mooseheads face-off against the Moncton Wildcats.

The game is being played in Fredericton because the Moncton Coliseum was booked for another event.

The series is tied at two games each.

The Halifax Rainmen tip-off game two of the NBL final tonight in Windsor.

The Windsor Express leads the series one game to none.

In the NHL, it was Anaheim over the Jets 4 to 2.

The Rangers got past the Penguins 2 to 1.

In baseball, Tampa Bay doubled the Jays 4 to 2.

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