By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 21:57:18
A surveillance video from MacKay’s Real Estate along Main Street over the early morning hours Friday in Wolfville indicates a man and a woman, wearing only tank tops, walking west along the street after the man broke a large plate glass window in the office with a swift punch. The company posted the 6-second video on its facebook website, and is asking the public to help identify the culprits, who are pictured walking bare-armed down the street. Anyone with any information about the incident, or who can help identify the vandals are asked to contact Wolfville Police at 542 3817, or Crimestoppers.
Update-Proving the power of social media, the perpetrator has turned himself in after the video, which has since been taken down after it got over 18,000 hits in just 12 hours, showed him clearly. While both police and proprietor John Mackay are impressed not just with the power but the speed social media can play in crime solving, Mackay says the incident is unfortunately typical of the sort of vandalism which downtown business owners regularly endure.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 21:39:46
Travis Randell scored only 3 goals all season, but his goal 6 and a half minutes into the second period propelled the Axemen to a 3-0 win Friday night over Saint Mary’s to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 AUS final. Travis Gibbons and Dustin Ekelman added empty net goals late in the third to salt away a close-checking game. Goaltender Evan Mosher earned 1st star honours by stopping all 19 shots aimed his way, outdueling Huskies goalie Anthony Peters, whose 20 saves garnered 2nd star recognition. The Axemen can clinch the final with a win at Saint Mary’s Sunday night.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 16:59:44
Pepsi is shutting down its warehouse operations in Dartmouth and Moncton.
Forty-three people are expected to lose their jobs.
Officials with the soft drink company say the move will help them stay competitive.
They say they're still dedicated to serving their customers in Atlantic Canada and employ approximately 369 people across the region.
Armour Logistics of Moncton will take over the work.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 13:56:53
The Annapolis Valley Chamber of Commerce has written a letter to Premier Stephen McNeil strongly endorsing the Ivany Report, which the Acadia President presented to the Government this week. Chamber President Sue Hayes says “The AVCC believes the time to move is now as a means of capitalizing on the collective support for the Commission’s straightforward economic development recommendations.”
She adds the report’s 19 recommendations closely align with the Chamber’s goals of spearheading economic development initiatives, expanding support for the tourism and agriculture sectors, and aggressively encouraging immigration and efforts to retain our youth to mitigate future labour shortages.
She says the report hints at groups such as the Chamber when mentioning “game changers” who have an important leadership role to play in molding a healthy and sustainable future for Nova Scotia’s economy.
The Chamber boasts almost 500 members between Hantsport and Lawrencetown, and is a respected advocate of Valley business interests.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 13:38:09
There is plenty of advice as to how to best deal with the upcoming time change over Saturday night, but it’s always best to listen to the experts. And there are few with better qualifications than Christine Magee, Co-Founder and President of Sleep Country Canada. She says the key is, first of all, to embrace the spring ahead, with the realization that warmer spring and summer days are just around the corner, even if you’re losing an hour's sleep. She also says it’s a good idea to make extra efforts to help children and teens adjust by gradually rolling back bedtime.
She adds getting plenty of fresh air and exercise on Sunday will help you feel more tired, and ease the transition to your new “regular” bedtime. You may find you need a nap, and avoiding big meals later into the evening will help.
Expect it might take few days to adjust, especially for younger children.
Remember to set all your clocks and electronics ahead before going to bed Saturday night, and make a point of changing your smoke and carbon detector batteries as well as your dryer and furnace filters.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 13:22:29
The Valley All-Star Game will host several of the Valley’s best high school basketball players, and will take place Saturday afternoon and evening at Central kings High School. The event will also feature various skills competitions, with all proceeds going towards KidSport Nova Scotia, group which helps disadvantaged kids participate in sports. The skills competition will start at 3:00, and if players are available, a dunk competition will go just before 6:00, with the game itself following at 7:00. While organizer Jalen Sabean confirms a few stars have been sidelined due to injuries, there will still be a great display of basketball skills and a highly entertaining game to take in, with both boys and girls taking part.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 13:11:26
The victim of a briefcase stolen from her car outside Driftwood restaurant Thursday evening in Berwick is desperate to get it back, and has offered a reward for its safe return. Amy, who didn’t want her last name revealed, says the briefcase belonged to a friend, and had no electronics, only personal items and the briefcase itself, and Amy said other briefcases and a Bible were stolen from other vehicles. This was confirmed by Sergeant Jamie Greene of the Kingston RCMP who says it was one of three cars which were broken into that evening outside the eatery around 6:30PM. He adds there were several items stolen, and police are investigating.
Amy is putting up an undisclosed cash reward for return of the briefcase, and is hoping someone witnessed the theft. She can be reached at 698-9162, and Kingston Police can be contacted at 765-3317.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 12:53:58
South West Health has welcomed the arrival of two new doctors in the Yarmouth area, Dr.Amna Kremed, and Dr. Nazila Khanahmadi. Dr. Kremed, originally from Libya, received her Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from a Tripoli university, but furthered her studies at Edmonton’s University of Alberta, before completing her MD at Dalhousie in 2011.
Dr, Khanahmadi, from Iran, is a successful recruit through the Clinical Asessment for Practice Program, or CAPP, which recognizes International Medical graduates under the auspices of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, and Dalhousie University. She’ll have both a local physician mentor and sponsor.
Patients in the Yarmouth area who currently are without a family doctor are invited to call 1-844-742-4530 to register on Tuesday, March 18th, the first of 3 patient intake days for the new doctors, who will each accept 100 new patients.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 12:37:43
Kings County Warden Diana Brothers says the county is ahead of the curve on the subject of potential relocation of the Waterville airportin light of a potential $500M expansion of the neighbouring Michelin plant. She said the land title and boundary work, the costs of which the province has already agreed to cover, has already been completed, and the deed to consolidate the airport land into a single parcel has already been signed off by herself and county CAO Tom MacEwan. The next step, she says, will be for Michelin and the province to identify specifically the land required, so that the parcel can be subdivided appropriately.
Rural Development Minister Michel Samson recently wrote a letter to the County stating the province wouldn’t commit to funding the relocation until a detailed business plan and assessment could be carried out, which could take up to 2 years. But the letter indicated the province would be willing to cover the cost of such a study.
Brothers’ statements were made before Monday’s announcement that Michelin was downsizing its Pictou plant by about 500 jobs, some of which would be relocated to the Waterville plant. There hasn’t been any formal County announcement as to whether the airport relocation issue has become more urgent in light of this latest development.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 12:04:13
An all-terrain vehicle which had been reported stolen Tuesday was recovered in the Sherbrooke Lake area Thursday. The vehicle had originally been taken by thieves from a west end Park Street garage in Kentville. While no charges have yet been laid, the investigation into the incident continues.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 10:47:42
There will be a benefit hockey game tonight at the Berwick AppleDome to help a local family with out-of-province medical expenses. Organizer Rod Reeves explained the game will start at 6:45, and will pit the local RCMP members against the Berwick Fire Department, nicknamed "Guns versus Hoses". Reinforcing the teams will be former NHLer Dennis Vial, Health Minister Leo Glavine, and as a last minute addition, Axemen Alumni Norm Batherson, who was a prominent member of the powerhouse Acadia teams of the early ‘90s, will also suit up, as will Magic 94.9 morning man Kevin Bottaro. There will be a 50/50 draw, so come on out and support a great cause.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 09:59:06
Just in time for International Women’s Day Saturday, the AUS announced its Women’s basketball awards and All-Stars. And while the Axewomen struggled with a 5-15 record on the year, graduating forward Abby Duinker was rewarded for an outstanding season by being named to the First Team All-Stars. Not only was the Cambridge native clearly a team leader statistically with a 17 point per game average as well as almost 9 rebounds a game, she was among the league’s top five in several categories. She was a frequent recipient of the Female Athlete of the Week award. And 1st year forward Emily MacLeod, from Fredericton, was named to the All-Rookie team .
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 09:38:43
With a relatively easy 6-3 win over SMU in the opening game of their best of 5 AUS finals last night in Wolfville, the Axemen easily justified why they had a total of 6 players named to the AUS all-star teams. 1st team all-star and league MVP Liam Heelis broke up a 1-1 tie four minutes into the second period, and added 2 assists. All-star defenseman Chris Owen had 2 third period power play goals to ice the game, and added an assist, All-star linemate Mike Cazzola assisted on one of Owens goals. All-star goaltender Evan Mosher had to be sharp, especially when the Huskies tried to come back in the third with a 15 shot barrage, and did manage 2 power play goals to make the score respectable. Defenseman Geoff Schemitsch, who made the All-Rookie team, added 2 assists, and only backup goalie Brandon Glover, another rookie team choice, didn't figure in the win. Game 2 goes Friday night at 7:00 at Acadia with Len Hawley covering the action on AVR starting at 6:40.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 08:00:21
Premier Stephen McNeil says his government is open to discussing help for Michelin Canada but it won't be giving the tire giant any grants. McNeil pointed out Michelin has not asked for assistance but his government would consider a proposal if it is brought forward.
The premier was elected last fall after a campaign in which he promised to end what he called free money giveaways to large corporations.
Three of his cabinet ministers will be in Pictou County today tio talk to local politicians about the layoff of half the workforce at the Granton plant and how it will affect their communities.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 08:00:00
There's another snag which may delay the first sailing of the new Yarmouth ferry. It's because of American regulators again.
STM Quest is still waiting for the Federal Maritime Commission in the US to approve its application to travel between Canada and the U.S. Neither STM nor the provincial government knew about the application requirement. So people still can't buy tickets. STM has to submit an application to the American authorities and then it could take 60 days to process but it still hasn't sent in the application. Nova Star spokesperson Sean Lewis told CBC they have approved the draft application documents.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 07:59:28
There's an old hockey stick for sale...a really old one. Mark Presley of Berwick says it's the oldest hockey stick in the world at 180 years. He bought it for a $1,000 in 2008 from a retired barber in Sydney, who had displayed it in his shop for thirty years.
Presley hasn't had it formally appraised but he put it up for sale on eBay Wednesday....and there's already an early bidder of $10,000 US for it.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 07:58:32
A new study by Dalhousie University and University of Waterloo researchers is linking the consumption of high-caffeine energy drinks to substance abuse and mental health issues among high school students.
Over 8,200 high school students around Atlantic Canada were surveyed and about two-thirds of them said they had consumed an energy drink in the previous year. The findings have prompted the researchers to call for the government to reduce the amount of caffeine allowed in energy drinks.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:43:34
A local estate trust recently donated almost $184,000 to the Valley Regional Hospital Foundation, which has gone to purchase much needed medical equipment.
$75,000 will go towards an Echo Cardiogram unit, $38,000 will cover ureteroscopes and urodynamics equipment, and the remainder will go towards the Our Community Our Health towards a hospice and palliative unit.
A further $50,000 investment in support of other Urology services was made by the Foundation.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:43:15
People in Canning have gas for the first time in eight years, but it's a cause for celebration, not for embarrassment.
John Oulton of Oulton's Fuels and Fire Chief Terry Porter were excited to help the first customers as the self serve station opened Thursday.
Oulton says anyone with a debit or credit card can pump gas by simply following outlined instructions, adding the facility uses brand new technology which only came on the market last fall.
It's the first time area residents have been able to get fuel in the village since Cruikshank's service station shut its doors in 2006.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:42:19
A car reported stolen in Digby February 17th wound up being recovered in Port Williams along Terry's Creek Road, and police are in the process of contacting the owner.
A pair of vehicles stolen from New Minas and Wolfville last month wound up in Digby, and RCMP there believe the Kings County thefts could be linked to the theft of two other cars stolen from West Street in Digby.
Digby RCMP Corporal Tim MacDonald confirmed police are working on the assumption the cases are linked.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:41:52
The worrying, highly contagious disease which affects pigs, known Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, or PED, has shown up in Atlantic Canada, but anxious pork farmers may be able to breathe a little easier with news of a new disinfectant, known as Thymox.
It has been tested under clinical conditions, and its ability to kill the virus which causes the disease has been proven scientifically, and it takes less than a minute.
It spreads on transport trucks, and has shown it can survive even the unusually cold temperatures we have experienced this winter.
Laboratoire M2, based in Sherbrooke, Quebec, developed the disinfectant, and President Serge Auray says his company has teamed with Quebec and Canadian Swine Health Boards to draw up several biosafety guides to establish a protocol in effective farm disinfection, available online.
Pork farmers interested in the product can visit www.syrvetcanada.ca, which is the national distributor.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:40:51
Acadia University will once again open its doors to prospective students and their families Friday at an event they call "Experience Acadia."
The 175- year-old Valley institution will shine itself up to offer advice and encouragement to graduate students who are not only looking for a first rate post-secondary education, but a chance to experience life in the Valley.
Prospective students will be able to explore program choices and career options, meet staff professors, chat with existing students, and tour residences.
It all gets started bright and early and 8:30, so anyone wanting to register on a last minute basis should contact The Office of Student Recruitment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:40:09
Kings County councilors were busy at their regular council meeting Tuesday night.
They had three important items on the agenda; a development amendment for Mercon Place in Coldbrook, a development agreement for Port Williams tourist accommodations, and amendments to separation distances in the country residential zone. But then an agenda debate ensued regarding CAO Tom MacEwan's suggestion to move municipal economic development fund (or MEDF) applications to a meeting next Monday. Council eventually agreed to discuss MEDF applications, with the exception of a $25,000 funding proposal for Zedex Theatre in Greenwood because the councillor who brought it up, Wayne Atwater, was away on Federation of Canadian Municipalities business.
Councilors also fast tracked plans for a proposed private school in Port Williams. Then there was a closed door meeting to consider other matters.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:39:42
It took 11 years for the police to arrest Albert Rex Baird in connection with the alleged August 2002 murder of his then partner Rhonda Wilson. But it has taken Baird 9 months since his arrest in May last year to obtain legal counsel.
In his 5th court appearance this year on Monday, acting counsel Ken Greer reported to judge Alan Tufts that Baird's struggles to find a lawyer have ended. Halifax-based Wayne Bacchus will defend him "to a limited degree."
This arrangement will be more fully explained when Baird returns to court next Thursday for a hearing to set preliminary inquiry dates.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:38:51
It was "Now or Never" as Acadia President Ray Ivany attended a discussion on his darkly titled report on the future of Nova Scotia's economy with the standing committee on economic development at Government House.
His report laid out the stark demographic reality of an aging, and overall, shrinking population, and a failure to properly exploit the tremendous natural, human resources, and infrastructural advantages the province already possesses.
But PC leader Jamie Baillie didn't wait for Ivany to finish. He has wholeheartedly endorsed the report, and urges the McNeil government to "to put all 19 of the Ivany Commission's goals into law to properly start rebuilding Nova Scotia's economy."
He added that the report "has presented us with a big challenge, but also a great opportunity."
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:37:30
Environment Minister Randy Delorey was in Kennetcook Wednesday night to respond to concerns of about 70 area residents regarding the latest relating to the eventual disposing of millions of litres of fracking wastewater stored in holding ponds near the community.
And while Delorey conceded the issue has been going on for far too long, and that he takes it very seriously, it was evident he gained few converts in his crusade to convince townspeople to support fracking based on promises of future economic growth.
The issue resurfaced last January when it was reported up to 14,000 litres of wastewater spilled out of a holding pond containing 10 million litres of wastewater after heavy rains in mid-January.
The ponds were put in place when Denver-based Triangle Petroleum Corporation did some exploratory work in the area towards potential drilling for shale gas in 2007 and 2008.
Company chairman Peter Hill made the dramatic claim he would actually drink treated wastewater knowing what it is, and actually followed through by toasting to the health of the community before the meeting ended.
But he said that despite the purity of the treated water, the company would never put it back into a freshwater system, and ultimately would prefer the water be discharged into the sea after treatment at the Debert-based Atlantic Industrial Services treatment facility.
But concerned citizens mentioned that dead animals had been reported around the pond in the fall, and worries regarding potential damage to the delicate flora and fauna in the Bay of Fundy were raised.
Hill stressed that if the community was opposed to eventual shale gas drilling, he would respect that and, "just pack up and…go," after which he was invited by some audience members to do just that.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:35:46
It appeared few residents could bear to hear the bad news as Hantsport Mayor Rob Zwicker announced the town would have to cut spending by over $118,000 to make up for an anticipated revenue shortfall in the 2014-15 budget at a sparsely attended meeting at the town's fire hall last week. Without spending cuts, the mayor said he would have to increase taxes by 16 cents in both residential and commercial rates, and he doesn't think the town's existing or prospective residents have the stomach for any tax increases.
The town's library, pool, and Kings Transit are being scrutinized for potential savings, but Councilor Margot Bureaux suggested it may be premature to consider closing the pool, which she called a "phenomenal asset'. Reductions in auditing services, police services, IT services, and even closing the old town hall building and tourism office are being considered.
Deputy Mayor Harold Bulger said the town is trying to "supply champagne services on a beer budget," a reference to the extensive services the town offered when it hosted a thriving gypsum mill and paper mill which have recently closed.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:35:12
There's another snag which may delay the first sailing of the new Yarmouth ferry.
It's because of American regulators again.
STM Quest is still waiting for the Federal Maritime Commission in the US to approve its application to travel between Canada and the U.S. — an application neither STM Quest nor the provincial government even knew about. So people still can't buy tickets.
STM Quest has to submit an application to the American authorities and then it could take 60 days to process, although they say they will try to speed it up. Nova Star spokesperson Sean Lewis said that the application has not been submitted yet, although they have approved the draft application documents.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:34:00
A fireball exploded and lit up the skies over Yellowknife early yesterday morning, but was not believed to have caused any damage.
An image was posted on Spaceweather.com
The exploding meteor was described as being so bright that it turned the night sky blue.
Peter Brown, a physics professor from Ontario; calculated the meteor was less than one metre in size, adding that the fact there was an explosion meant the object had probably penetrated deep into the atmosphere.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:31:45
Canada and the U-S have joined numerous countries questioning the legitimacy of a planned referendum in Crimea on whether to leave Ukraine and join Russia.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada would not recognize such a referendum while the Obama administration contends it would be illegal.
Pro-Russian lawmakers in that region of Ukraine announced plans to hold the referendum on March 16th to decide their allegiance.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:30:54
Defence Minister Rob Nicholson has apologized to the mother of a dead Canadian soldier who committed suicide.
The family got a cheque from the government for one cent.
Denise Stark, mother of Corporal Justin Stark; says she had a positive conversation with Nicholson and believes it was just a mistake.
Nicholson apologized twice this week in the House of Commons for the one-penny cheque issued by the Public Works department.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:29:30
Want to wake up to the sound of bacon sizzling on the stove with its aroma drawing you out of bed?
There's an app for that.
Oscar Meyer says it has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone, developed by the Madison-based company's Institute for the Advancement of Bacon.
The user needs an external device that plugs into the headphone jack.
By MNN. Last updated: 2014-03-07 05:28:09
Acadia Axemen had a 6-3 win over the St. Mary's Huskies to win the first game in their five game AUS final series in Wolfville.
The Axemen have six players named to the all-start team including, league MVP Liam Heelis who scored a goal and had two assists last night. Also on the all-star team are defenceman Chris Owen, linemate Mike Cazzola, goaltender Evan Mosher. Defenseman Geoff Schemitsch made the All-Rookie teamalong with backup goalie Brandon Glover.
Game 2 goes tonight (Friday) at 7:00 at Acadia with Len Hawley covering the action on AVR starting at 6:40.
In the Q-League, Halifax beat Charlottetown 7 to 4.
Maritime Hockey League action had Summerside edging Dieppe 3 to 2 and Pictou County shut out Amherst 4 to nothing.
In curling, Alberta's Kevin Koe finished the day at the Brier with a 9 and 1 record, alone atop the standings.
BC's John Morris and Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton are 9 and 2.
Saskatchewan and Quebec are vying for the final playoff berth.
New Brunswick's James Grattan is 5 and 5, Nova Scotia's Jamie Murphy rink is still winless, and PEI's Eddie MacKenzie is 3 and 7.
In the NHL, Phoenix topped the Habs 5 to 2, Dallas thumped the Canucks 6 to 1, the Oilers squeaked by the Islanders 3 to 2, and Boston shut out the Capitols 3 to zip.