Open farm day comes to Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-19 05:22:08

This Sunday marks Open Farm Day in Nova Scotia, and 51 farms across the province will open their doors to visitors who will be able to see demonstrations, pick local produce, sample wines, and enjoy wagon rides. The event is co-sponsored by the federal and provincial governments, the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture and affiliated groups, with the goal of helping the public to better understand local food production, and to get to know their local farmers.

The agricultural sector, which employs 4,700 people, generated almost $600M towards the provincial economy last year, with dairy, fur and chicken the top three revenue producers. There are several participating farms in Kings and Hants Counties, visit meetyourfarmer.ca for details.

Hearing to be held regarding a possible Debert discrimination case

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-19 05:21:35

A former Sobey's employee, Wesley Woodworth, is taking the food giant to a hearing before the Nova Scotia Human Rights board of inquiry as he alleges it discriminated against him when he was dismissed because of an inability to work in a specific area at the grocer's distribution centre in Debert owing to a physical disability.

Sobey's denies charges of discrimination, and says it met its duty in attempting to accommodate Mr. Woodworth. The board, which will be independently chaired by Dennis James, begins its deliberations next Monday at the Old Orchard Inn, beginning at 9:30AM.

No x-ray service today at the Annapolis Community Health Centre

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-19 05:20:43

The walk-in X-ray service at Annapolis Community Health Centre will be unavailable today (Friday).

The service will resume Monday, between 8am-4pm.

Annapolis Valley Health apologizes for any inconvenience.

Cape Sable Island incident

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-19 05:18:22

Three workers were injured, one seriously, when the roof of a building under construction on Cape Sable Island collapsed yesterday afternoon.

Mike Swim, Chief of the Island and Barrington Passage Fire Department, says the three men were working on the building near the wharf in Newellton when the roof came down around 5:30pm. Two got out with minor injuries but the third was badly hurt when he fell through the roof and got trapped. It took fire fighters about 45 minutes to free him and get him to hospital.

The building under construction is called a tank shop which shelters large lobster tanks.

Changes coming regarding healthcare in Nova Scotia

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-19 05:13:05

The Health Minister has appointed the woman who will run the new Health Authority.

Janet Knox is currently in charge of two of them, Annapolis Valley Health and South Shore Health.

Knox will take over as CEO of the new main Health Authority April 1st once the consolidation is done. The IWK will have a seperate authority.

Health Minister Leo Glavine says reducing the number of health authorities from 10 to two will save the province $13 million a year.

He says the savings will come from shared services and staffing reductions, although the minister pointed out the only staff being cut are in management positions.

Cape Breton beating

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-19 05:10:10

A man has been taken to a hospital in Halifax after being attacked in Cape Breton early Wednesday morning.

R-C-M-P say the 51-year-old man was attacked in a parking lot near the intersection of Highway 320 and Whiteside Road.

At first, the victim was taken to Strait Richmond Hospital with serious injuries and later airlifted to Halifax.

A market studies report says Atlantic Canada must reign in the public sector

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-19 05:09:41

A report from the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies shows a large gap exists between the average compensation for public and private-sector workers, especially in PEI.

Public sector workers on the island receive 40 percent of all labour income, the highest among the provinces; and higher than the rest of Atlantic Canada at 31 percent, and the Canadian average of 22 percent.

Ben Eisen, the Director of Research and Programs at the Institute; says this is a burden for taxpayers.

High rates of public sector employment in Atlantic Canada cost taxpayers almost two billion dollars in 2013.

The authors feel that public sector employment rates should be more aligned with the national average to address challenges to the taxpayers.

Valley sports

By MNN. Last updated: 2014-09-19 05:07:02

Acadia has thrown its hat in the ring in a bid to host the national championship for women's soccer in 2016. Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced proposals from 15 separate universities involving men's and women's soccer for 2015 and '16, and volleyball for 2016 and '17. Acadia will have its hands full as it is one of 9 bids for the popular women's soccer event, the only proposal issued by the Wolfville university.

In other Acadia sports news, the hockey Axemen were victorious in exhibition hockey action last night, defeating Dalhousie by a 3-2 count last night at the AppleDome in Berwick.

In the NFL, the Falcons took the Buccaneers out to the woodshed, 56 to 14.

On the diamond, it was the Yankees over the Jays 3 to 2, the Pirates beat the Red Sox by the same score; the Orioles and the Mets had the day off.

News stories from 2014-09-18.